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Brenda Dennstedt • President
Dir. Brenda Dennstedt
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 (WRCOG) and the alternate Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Authority (ACWA/JPA). In addition, she serves as the District’s alternate for the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority (WRCRWA) Board and March Joint Powers Authority Successor Agency Oversight Committee. Ms. Dennstedt also sits on Western’s Community and Government Affairs Committee, Finance and Executive committees.

Donald D. Galleano • Vice President
Dir. Donald D. Galleano
Don Galleano is currently serving his third term representing Division 4 on the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors. With a population of more than 175,000, Division 4 includes the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco, and the communities of Mira Loma, Rubidoux and Glen Avon. A member agency of Metropolitan Water District, Western serves a population of roughly one million across a 527-square mile service area.

As a representative for Western’s interests in the greater watershed, Galleano also serves 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. Galleano is proud to work collaboratively with SAWPA’s member agencies, which include Eastern Municipal Water District, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency and Orange County Water District, in addition to Western.

Prior to joining Western, Galleano served for nearly 25 years on the Jurupa Community Services District Board of Directors. He is also past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman’s Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce.

Galleano is a third-generation winegrower at the Historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch in Mira Loma. He is past chairman of the National Orange Show and currently serves as the chairman of the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.

A third generation Southern California wine grower, Mr. Galleano is the owner of Galleano Winery in Mira Loma.

S.R. "Al" Lopez • Secretary-Treasurer
Dir. S.R. Al Lopez
S.R. “Al” Lopez joined the Western Municipal Water District board in January 2001 representing Division 5 – Division 5 includes the cities of Corona, Home Gardens, ?El Cerrito and a portion of Temescal. He also served as Western’s representative on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Lopez serves on Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), ?representing Western.

Mr. Lopez represents Western on committees at several agencies including the Ad Hoc Committees at Rancho California Water District; the Metropolitan Water District Coalition; and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA); ?past Riverside Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) special district alternate; and the ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority/ACWA Utility Service Agency. Director Lopez also serves on the joint committee of Western and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. He is also a member of  the Western Community and ?Government Affairs Committee and Finance Committee.

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 Mr. Lopez 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 Chino Basin Watermaster Board and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA). 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 OC. Lopez is the owner of SR Consulting specializing in business, governmental relations and real estate.

Thomas P. Evans
Dir. Thomas P. Evans
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. He represents Western on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board where he is also Chairman of the Engineering and Operations Committee.

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.


Division 1
Vacant due to director retirement; to be filled by Nov. 4, 2014 election.