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Board of Directors

Current Board & Committee Agendas

For agendas from previous years, click here.


Mark MuirMark Muir

Board Chair
Mark Muir represents the City of Encinitas. He has been on EWA’s Board since 2012 and is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Mr. Muir has served on many community regional boards including San Dieguito and Olivenhain Water Districts, San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego North Economic Development Council, and San Diego Association of Governments. The San Diego Taxpayers Association's "Golden Watchdog Award" recognized his efforts in saving millions in taxpayer dollars. The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce honoured him as a "Community Hero" and the New Encinitas Network named him a "Top 25 Leader in the Past 25 Years."


Jim HernandezJim Hernandez

Board Vice Chair
Jim Hernandez represents the Vallecitos Water District. He has been on EWA’s Board since 2013 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Hernandez is an architect and small business owner, and has lived in San Marcos for over 40 years. After serving in the United States Marine Corp, he attended Palomar College and then continued his education at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona). Mr. Hernandez was a San Marcos Planning Commissioner for 14 years and past president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, and Palomar College Foundation.


Judy RitterJudy Ritter

Mayor Judy Ritter represents the City of Vista and Buena Sanitation District. She has served on EWA’s Board since 2003 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mayor Ritter has been the City of Vista’s Mayor since 2010. She represents Vista on SANDAG as a board member and Transportation Committee member. Mayor Ritter has been a business owner and resident in the community for over four decades.


Amanda RigbyAmanda Rigby

Amanda Rigby represents the City of Vista and Buena Sanitation District. She has been on EWA’s Board since 2012 and is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Ms. Rigby has been appointed as the City's representative to the League of California Cities, serving on the Policy Committees for Housing, Community, & Economic Development and Revenue & Taxation.


Keith BlackburnKeith Blackburn

Keith Blackburn represents the City of Carlsbad. He has been on EWA’s Board since 2009 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Blackburn was a police officer for 29 years, including 21 years with the Carlsbad Police Department, and holds a Master's Degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Blackburn has served on various regional boards including SANDAG, North County Transit District and the San Diego County Water Authority. Community involvement has included the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Animal Shelter and Meals on Wheels.


Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher represents the City of Carlsbad. He has served on EWA’s Board since 2015 and is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Mr. Schumacher also serves on several San Diego regional committees, such as the SANDAG Board of Directors. He is currently on the Real Estate Advisory Board of North County Health Services, a non-profit health-care organization, and is a member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.


Craig ElitharpCraig Elitharp

Craig Elitharp represents the Vallecitos Water Direct. He has been on EWA’s Board since 2015 and is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Mr. Elitharp retired from the Rancho California Water District in 2014 with over 24 years of experience as Civil Engineer, Operations Manager, and Director of Operations and Maintenance. He has prior experience as a Civil Engineer with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Navy. Mr. Elitharp has a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Engineering, is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California, and holds California State Water Resources Control Board certification as a Grade 5 Water Distribution Operator and Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator.


Catherine BlakespearCatherine Blakespear

Mayor Catherine Blakespear represents the City of Encinitas. She has been on EWA’s Board since 2017 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mayor Blakespear is a fourth-generation Encinitas resident who also works as an attorney. In November 2014, after four years on the Encinitas Traffic & Public Safety Commission, she was elected to a four-year term on the Encinitas City Council. After two years, that included a stint as Deputy Mayor, she ran a successful campaign to become the second elected Mayor of Encinitas.


Elaine SullivanElaine Sullivan

Elaine Sullivan represents the Leucadia Wastewater District. She has served on EWA’s Board since 1988 and is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Ms. Sullivan is retired from her previously owned interior decorating business in Carlsbad. She also serves on the California Special District Association (CSDA) Membership and Education Committees.


Allan JuliussenAllan Juliussen

Allan Juliussen represents the Leucadia Wastewater District. He has been on EWA’s Board for over 20 years and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. He also serves on the Encinitas School District Oversight Committee. He is a resident of the Leucadia area of Encinitas and is a retired licensed general contractor in the commercial construction industry.


As an environmental leader, EWA provides reliable and fiscally responsible wastewater services to the communities we serve while optimizing the use of renewable resources.

Together, we are a model of excellence and innovation.

Recognition

  • CWEA San Diego Section - Plant of the Year
  • EPA Green Power Partner
  • NACWA Peak Performance Award
  • Government Financial Officers
         Association CAFR Award

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