Board of Directors

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Brenda Dennstedt • Secretary-Treasurer
Brenda Dennstedt began her term on the Western Municipal Water District board in January 2007. Ms. Dennstedt represents Division 3, which comprises Lake Mathews, city of Lake Elsinore, properties located south of Cajalco Road and west of the 215 Freeway, Temecula, Canyon Lake and Murrieta.

As a board member with the former Murrieta County Water District, which was merged with Western in late 2005, Ms. Dennstedt heads up Western’s Murrieta Advisory Committee.

She represents Western on several committees, including Eastern Municipal Water District; Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District; and on the Ad Hoc Committee for Rancho California Water District. Director Dennstedt is also the representative for the Western Riverside Council of Governments; and the alternate for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority; and the Association of the California Water Agencies Joint Powers Authority. In addition, she serves as the District’s alternate for the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority Board; Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Council; and March Joint Powers Authority Successor Agency Oversight Committee. Ms. Dennstedt also sits on Western’s Community and Government Affairs and Finance committees. Her term expires on Dec. 7, 2018.

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Donald D. Galleano
A third generation winegrower at the historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch in Mira Loma, Don Galleano has been actively involved in the Southern California water community for more than three decades. He is currently president of the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors and is serving his third term representing Division 4. With a population of more than 175,000, Division 4 includes the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco and the communities of Mira Loma, Rubidoux and Glen Avon. He first joined the Board in 2004 after serving for nearly 25 years on the board of Jurupa Community Services District.

Mr. Galleano represents Western on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board. As a representative for Western’s interests in the greater watershed, his leadership roles in the water industry also include a seat on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board, which is charged with managing the Chino groundwater basin, one of the largest in Southern California. He also sits on the Metropolitan Water District’s Agricultural and Industry Relations Committee. In addition, he is a member of Western’s Engineering, Operations and Water Resources Committee and the alternate for the joint Western and city of Riverside Committee.
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Consistent with Galleano’s well-established commitment to using water resources as efficiently as possible, the Galleano Winery is a dry farming, completely organic operation and has been since the vines were first planted nearly 100 years ago. Dry farming not only offers a higher quality product, but it yields significant crop security, even in times of uncertain water supply. Galleano is a leader in this effort in the state and on average saves upwards of 300 acre-feet or roughly 100 million gallons of water annually by eliminating irrigation. Founded in 1927 and proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Galleano Winery is not only a local treasure, but a working wine museum. Every year, hundreds of area college students visit for lectures and seminars on the unique integration between growing grapes, making wine, and then selling wine to consumers. Providing students with this level of access to the business is one of Galleano’s personal commitments, ensuring today’s viticulture students become the next generation of wine industry leaders.

A partner in the communities he serves, Don Galleano is past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman’s Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving on the National Orange Show Foundation Board in San Bernardino and is the chairman of the Pacific Rim Wine Competition. His term expires on Jan. 2, 2017.

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S.R. "Al" Lopez • President
S.R. “Al” Lopez joined the Western Municipal Water District board in January 2001 representing Division 5, including the cities of Corona, Home Gardens,
El Cerrito and a portion of Temescal Canyon.

Mr. Lopez represents Western on committees at several agencies, including the Chino Desalter Authority; the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority; the Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Council; and the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

In addition, Director Lopez is the alternate representative for the Metropolitan Water District’s Southern Coalition and the Western Riverside Council of Governments Executive Committee. He also serves on the joint committee of Western and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and is the alternate for the joint committee of Western and Eastern Municipal Water District. He is also a member of the Western Community & Government Affairs Committee and Finance Committee.
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Mr. Lopez was Mayor of the City of Corona in 1986 and again in 1990 and served on the City Council from 1982 to 1994. Other boards and commissions that he has been a part of are the Riverside Transit Agency, Chairman of Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), MetroLink Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District Advisory Group. Additionally, Lopez has served on the Metropolitan Water District Board, the Chino Basin Watermaster Board and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) Board. He has been involved with various civic and community organizations in the area.

Mr. Lopez was honored in February 2005 by Congressman Ken Calvert with a Congressional Record Tribute for 25 years of Community Service.

He, his wife, Martha, and two children reside in Corona; he also has two adult children. Mr. Lopez earned an Associate of Arts degree from Riverside Community College and received “The Watershed Certificate” award from Chapman University in Orange, Calif. Lopez is the owner of SR Consulting specializing in business, governmental relations and real estate. His term expires on Jan. 2, 2017.

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Thomas P. Evans• Vice President
Thomas P. Evans joined the Western Municipal Water District board in January 2007. Mr. Evans represents Division 2, which consists of a portion of the city of Riverside located south of the 91 Freeway and all of March Air Reserve Base as well as a portion of Lake Mathews, Woodcrest, Mission Grove and Orangecrest.

Mr. Evans serves as Western's commissioner on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, one of California’s leading regional water agencies whose mission is to plan and build facilities that protect the water quality in the watershed.

He also serves on the joint committees of Western and Eastern Municipal Water District and Western and the city of Riverside. In addition he is a member of Western’s Engineering, Operations and Water Resources Committee. Director Evans also serves as the alternate for the March JPA Successor Agency Oversight Committee.
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Mr. Evans has more than 35 years of experience in water, electric and gas utility management. In 2005, he retired from the city of Riverside as interim city manager; he also served there for four years as director of public utilities. Most recently, he served as the interim city manager at Lake Elsinore in 2012.

Currently, Mr. Evans serves on the Riverside Community College District Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has served as a director for both the Southern California Public Power Agency and the Northern California Power Agency. He has served as a board member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and past chair of the Leadership Steering Committee as well as a past board member of Smart Riverside. Mr. Evans is a member of the Riverside East Rotary Club, and is currently serving as a volunteer counselor for SCORE, an organization designed to provide counsel to small business owners.

Mr. Evans is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and he holds a master’s in business and information systems management from Golden Gate University. He is married to Marcia; they have two grown children. His term expires on Dec. 7, 2018.

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Bob Stockton
Bob Stockton joined Western’s board in December 2014, representing Division 1, which includes a portion of the city of Riverside located north of Highway 91, extending to the San Bernardino County line.

Mr. Stockton serves on the joint committee of Western and the city of Riverside. He is also the alternate for Western’s Engineering, Operations and Water Resources Committee.

Actively involved in his community, Director Stockton is the 2015 Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. He has also served on the Riverside Public Utilities Board as well as the Path of Life Ministries Board, the Riverside YWCA Board and the California Baptist University School of Engineering Advisory Committee.

Director Stockton has also served as a planning commissioner for the city of Riverside and is a past chair of Leadership Riverside. Currently, he is the chair of the Monday Morning Group’s Environmental Committee.
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In 2012, Gov. Brown appointed him to the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. The 15-member board regulates the civil engineering, land surveying, geology and geophysics industries.

Mr. Stockton, a season civil engineer, has more than 31 years of experience designing infrastructure projects. He currently is the principal-in-charge at Rick Engineering’s Riverside Office – a position which he’s held for the past 27 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Additionally, he is a registered civil engineer in California and Arizona and has his LEED accreditation. His term expires on Dec. 7, 2018.

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