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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
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 • President
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.
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 • Vice 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.
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 • Secretary-Treasurer
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
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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Stockton joined Western’s board representing Division 1, which includes a
portion of the city of Riverside located north of Highway 91, extending to the
San Bernardino County line.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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