Board of Directors

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Bob Stockton • President

Bob Stockton joined Western’s board in December 2014. He represents 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 a member of Western’s Engineering, Operations and Water Resources Committee.

In addition, he is Western’s representative for the Chino Desalter Authority and the alternate representative for the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority; Chino Basin Watermaster; March Joint Powers Authority; and the joint committee of Western and Eastern Municipal Water Districts.

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.

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 seasoned civil engineer, has more than 39 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 30 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. 2, 2022.

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Donald D. Galleano  • Vice President

A champion of regional water interests across the Inland Empire, Donald D. Galleano has a near 40-year history of public service in Riverside County. In 2004, he was elected to the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors after serving nearly 25 years on the Jurupa Community Services District Board. He represents Western’s Division 4, which includes the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco.

As Western’s sole representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board, Director Galleano is responsible for acting on behalf of the interests of the nearly one million customers who receive their water both directly and indirectly from Western. Currently, he serves on Metropolitan’s Engineering & Operations, Agriculture and Industry Relations, Communications and Legislation and Integrated Resources Planning committees. Director Galleano’s leadership role in the greater watershed also includes a seat on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board, which is charged with managing the Chino groundwater basin, one of the largest in Southern California.
Director Galleano is a third-generation winegrower at the Historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch, home to Galleano Winery, a historic local treasure and living wine museum in Mira Loma. Galleano Winery is a highly-acclaimed dry farming operation, a statement to Director Galleano’s formidable commitment to water supply sustainability, even in the midst of historic drought. 

A partner in the communities he serves, Director 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, the Los Angeles County Fair Association Board and is the Chairman of the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.

Director Galleano’s current term on the Western Municipal Water District Board expires in December 4, 2020.

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S.R. "Al" Lopez • Secretary-Treasurer

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.

Lopez represents Western on committees for several agencies, including the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority; the Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Council; and the Association of California Water Agencies Local Government Committee and the Joint Powers Insurance Authority Liability Committee.

In addition, he is the alternate representative for the Metropolitan Water District’s Southern Coalition, the Western Riverside Council of Governments Executive Committee, the Santa Rosa Regional Resources Authority Committee, and Chino Desalter Authority. Lopez serves on the joint committee of Western and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. He also serves on the ad-hoc committee of Western and Rancho California Water District and Corona/Norco. Further he is a member of Western’s Community & Government Affairs and Finance committees.
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 Dec. 4, 2020.

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Brenda Dennstedt

Brenda Dennstedt began her first term on the Western Municipal Water District board in January 2007 and was subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Ms. Dennstedt represents Division 3, which comprises Lake Mathews , properties located south of Cajalco Road and west of the 215 Freeway, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Canyon Lake, Wildomar and Murrieta.

Ms. Dennstedt was a former Murrieta County Water District board member, which merged with Western in late 2005. She serves on Western’s Murrieta Advisory and Executive committees. Ms. Dennstedt also sits on Western’s Community and Government Affairs and Finance committees.

In addition, she serves on the joint committees of Western and Eastern Municipal Water District; Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District; and Rancho California Water District. Director Dennstedt is also the representative for the Western Riverside Council of Governments; Santa Rosa Regional Resource Authority, Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority 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 Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Council. Her term of office expires on Dec. 2, 2022.

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Gracie Torres

Elected in November 2018, Gracie Torres was seated on the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors on December 19, 2018. Mrs. Torres serves Division 2 which represents the city of Riverside located south of the 91 freeway, March Air Reserve Base as well as portions of Lake Mathews, Woodcrest, Mission Grove and Orangecrest.

Gracie Torres, six years ago, received the Western - Lois B. Krieger endowed scholarship while attending California State University San Bernardino. She is a water chemist and water quality compliance planner with Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. She is also proud to say that she is a product of Riverside schools.

Mrs. Torres has dedicated her career to protecting and conserving our water resources as well as educating the next generation of scientists. “As a water quality professional, I have monitored the water quality of both surface water lakes and stormwater systems throughout Riverside County. Ensuring that water resources are properly maintained, allocated, and utilized has become my life’s passion.”

Gracie Torres, and her husband live in Riverside with their three children. Her term expires on December 2, 2022.