Rowland Water District mourns the passing of Board of Directors President Rios by Rowland Water District Jan 15, 2021 Member Submitted News ROWLAND HEIGHTS – Rowland Water District is saddened to announce the passing of Board of Directors President Teresa P. Rios due to complications related to COVID-19. President Rios has represented District 1 on the Board of Directors since May 2011, when she was first appointed to finish the term of her late father, Rene Rios. She has served on the District board ever since, most recently winning reelection this past November. “All of us here at Rowland Water District are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Rowland Water District Board of Directors Vice President Anthony Lima. “Her loss will truly be felt throughout our operation and our entire community. As a resident of West Covina for most of her life, Rios graduated from Nogales High School and attended Four D College in Colton, where she studied to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She has long been an active member of the community, where she also served on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Advisory Council and represented Rowland Water District on the Pomona-Walnut-Rowland Joint Water Line Commission. “President Rios was a champion for the local community and made an impact on everyone who knew her,” said Tom Coleman, Rowland Water District General Manager. “She was one of those people who was always giving back and ready to help others and will be fondly remembered as a humble leader and dedicated public servant.” A mother of two, President Rios brought compassion and selflessness to all aspects of her life. “Teresa was a joy to be around and lit up every room,” added Lima. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this very difficult time.” Memorial service information is pending and will be announced as it becomes available.