Region Elections

ACWA’s 10 regions have elected their officers and region board members for the two-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2014, and ends Dec. 31, 2015.

The region boards serve many important functions, such as organizing tours and programs that educate ACWA’s membership, activating grassroots support for issues and articulating regional views.

After nominating committees announced their recommended slate, each region’s membership elected a chair and vice chair as well as three-to-five region board members. The election concluded Sept. 30. The chair and vice chair of each region will serve for the next two years on ACWA’s Board of Directors as well as ACWA’s Finance Committee.

The result of each region election is available below:

Region 1

CHAIR: Judy Mirbegian, Hidden Valley Lake CSD

V CHAIR: Dennis Mayo, McKinleyville CSD


·   David Bentley, North Marin WD

·   Grant Davis, Sonoma County WA

·   David Guhin, City of Santa Rosa

·   Krishna Kumar, Marin MWD


Region 2

CHAIR: Eric Larrabee, Western Canal WD

V CHAIR: Stan Wangberg, Anderson-Cottonwood ID


·   George M. Barber, Paradise ID

·   David Coxey, Bella Vista WD

·   Sandy Denn, Glenn-Colusa ID

·   Sean Earley, Richvale ID


Region 3

CHAIR: Bill George, El Dorado ID

V CHAIR: Joshua Alpine, Placer County WA


·   Dennis Cocking, South Tahoe PUD

·   Remleh Scherzinger, Nevada ID

·   Arthur J. Toy, Amador WA


Region 4

CHAIR: Mike Hardesty, Reclamation District No. 2068

V CHAIR: Robert S. Roscoe, Sacramento Suburban WD


·   Glen Grant, Solano ID

·   Thomas McGurk, Stockton East WD

·   John Mensinger, Modesto ID

·   Tim O’Halloran, Yolo County Flood Control & WCD

·   Pamela Tobin, San Juan WD


Region 5

CHAIR: Dick Quigley, Zone 7 WA

V CHAIR: David Hodgin, Scotts Valley WD


·   Polly Holcombe, Carpinteria Valley WD

·   Lesa McIntosh, East Bay MUD

·   Anson B. Moran, San Francisco PUC

·   John H. Weed, Alameda County WD


Region 6

CHAIR: Dave Orth, Kings River CD

V CHAIR: Matthew Hurley, Angiola WD


·   Rick Gilmore, San Luis& Delta Water Authority

·   Chris Kapheim, Alta ID

·   Sheri McBee, Firebaugh Canal WD

·   Martin Querin, City of Fresno

·   Aldo J. Sansoni, Henry Miller Reclamation District No. 2131


Region 7

CHAIR: William A. Taube, Wheeler-Ridge-Maricopa WSD

V CHAIR: David Bixler, Kaweah River Power Authority


·   Tom Barcellos, Lower Tule River ID

·   Scott A. Edwards, Lindsay-Strathmore ID

·   Sean P. Geivet, Terra Bella ID

·   Paul Hendrix, Tulare ID

·   Adrienne “Ann” J. Mathews, Kern County WA


Region 8

CHAIR: Steve Cole, Newhall County WD

V CHAIR: Michael Touhey, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD


·   Bill Cooper, Castaic Lake WA

·   Greg Galindo, La Puente County WD

·   Mel Matthews, Foothill Municipal WD

·   Sandy Olson, Walnut Valley WD


Region 9

·   CHAIR: Harvey R. Ryan, Elsinore Valley MWD

·   V CHAIR: Craig A. Ewing, Desert WA


·   Joseph J. Kuebler, Eastern MWD

·   Mary Ann Melleby, San Gorgonio Pass WA

·   James Morales, East Valley WD

·   Ed Pack, Coachella Valley WD

·   Ed Ventura, Mojave WA


Region 10

CHAIR: Peer A. Swan, Irvine Ranch WD

V CHAIR: DeAna Verbeke, Helix WD


·   Cathy Green, Orange County WD

·   Harold Martin, Vallecitos Water District

·   Richard L. Vasquez, Vista ID


The ACWA region election process got under way earlier this year. The elections reconstitute the boards of each region, including the region chair, vice chair and board members.

Nominating committees were appointed by the current chairs of each region and are posted below. The committees are tasked with identifying and reviewing qualifications of eligible region chair, vice chair and board member candidates for the 2014-’15 term.

Election materials were sent to ACWA member agencies electronically on May 6. Included in the email were links to information about the role and responsibilities of the regions, election timeline, region rules and regulations, candidate nomination form and a sample resolution.

Interested candidates were required to submit a signed resolution of support from their agency’s board of directors in order to be eligible for the election. All candidate nomination forms, signed resolutions and candidate information were to be submitted to ACWA no later than June 30, 2013.

The election began on August 1, 2013, when the region nominating committees announced their recommended slate for each of the 10 region boards. An official electronic ballot identifying the recommended slate and any additional candidates for consideration was sent to all ACWA member agencies. Only one ballot per agency was accepted.

All region election ballots had to received by ACWA by Sept. 30, and election results were announced on Oct. 4, 2013.

If you have questions, please contact Regional Affairs Representatives Katie Dahl or Tiffany Giammona, or call (916) 441-4545.

About ACWA Region Elections

ACWA Region elections occur in odd-number years to elect the officers of each region. The officers shall be a chair and a vice chair and three to five board members who are elected by their region by September 30, or the preceding Friday if September 30 falls on a weekend. The officers of the region board take office on January 1 of the calendar year following the election and hold office for two years.

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee role is to pursue qualified member candidates within the region to run for the region board. The nominated committee is appointed by the region chair in concurrence by the region board in the odd year. The nominating committee will select a recommended slate for the region election.

2014-2015 Nominating Committees


 Region 1 

Tami Ipsen         Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District                               

Carol Rische       Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District 

Chris DeGabriele  North Marin Water District  

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here

Region 2

Thad Bettner     Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District 

Jeff Sutton        Tehama Colusa Canal Authority

Tom Ellis          Sacramento River Westside Levee District           

Ted Trimble      Western Canal WD

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here    


Region 3              

Dave Breninger   Placer County Water Agency                     

Mitch Dion         Calaveras County Water District                               

Dennis Cocking  South Tahoe PUD

Region Election Materials Click Here

             Rules and Regulations Click here


Region 4              

Richard Atkins   Stockton East Water District

Ron Greenwood Carmichael Water District

Christy Barton   Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District 

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here


Region 5                              

Bette Boatmun   Contra Costa WD             

Bert Michalczyk   Dublin San Ramon SD                    

Jill Duerig          Zone 7 Water Agency    

Rick Gilmore      Byron Bethany Irrigation District                              

Walt Wadlow     Alameda County Water District

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here


Region 6

Jeff Bryant      Firebaugh Canal WD      

Gerry Serrato   Fresno Irrigation District               

Ara Azhderian  San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here     


Region 7

Phil Nixon        Lost Hills Water District                 

Dan Vink          Lower Tule Irrigation District                      

Ron Jacobsma   Friant Water users Authority                     

Will Boschman  Semitropic WSD

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here


Region 8                              

Gail Pringle      Callegues MWD                               

Jerry Gladbach  Castaic Lake WA                              

Nina Jazmadarian Foothill MWD  

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here 


Region 9              

Greg Morrison  Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District

Kirby Brill        Mojave Water                  

Nancy Wright   Mission Springs               

Tom Kieley      Desert Water Agency    

Jolene Walsh   Eastern MWD   

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here  


Region 10

Phil Anthony     Orange County water District    

Robert Hill        El Toro Water District                     

Doug Wilson     Padre Dan MWD                             

Bud Pocklington Sweetwater Authority

Region Election Materials Click Here

Rules and Regulations Click Here


Call for Candidates

Sent out to all ACWA Region General Managers and Board Presidents on May 6, 2013.

Region Election Results Announced

ACWA Region election results were announced October, 2013.

Call for Candidate form92.88 KB