Keith BlackburnMichael F. Steinlicht

General Manager
Appointed General Manager on March 1, 2016, Michael F. Steinlicht joined the Encina Team in 1992 and has served on Encina’s Executive Leadership Team since 2001. Mr. Steinlicht was appointed Assistant General Manager in June of 2009 providing executive oversight to Encina’s Operations, Environmental Compliance, General Services, Engineering, and Financial & Administration programs. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Steinlicht served as Director of General Services with executive leadership roles in Encina’s Capital Improvement Program, Maintenance & Fleet Management, Information Systems, Purchasing & Inventory Control, and Asset Management. Prior to Encina, Mr. Steinlicht worked in plant operations for the banking industry and began his career in the United States Navy. Mr. Steinlicht holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and attended Post-Graduate Studies in Executive Education at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Keith BlackburnScott McClelland

Assistant General Manager
Scott McClelland joined the Encina Team in 2016 as the Assistant General Manager, providing executive oversight to the Engineering, General Services and Operations programs. Prior to Encina, Mr. McClelland served as the Director of Water Quality for Sweetwater Authority where he managed the operations and maintenance of three water treatment plants, as well as laboratory, environmental compliance, and distribution system operations. Mr. McClelland holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Grade 5 Operator’s License, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Civil) and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in Water and Wastewater Treatment.

Keith BlackburnDebbie Allen

Human Resources Manager
Debbie Allen joined EWA in 2012 as the Human Resources Manager. Prior to Encina, she served in HR leadership roles at Palomar College, Prairie State College (Chicago), and CAMP, Inc., a public/private hybrid manufacturing consulting organization(Cleveland). Ms. Allen earned a BA in English from Miami University and a Masters of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University.

Keith BlackburnDebra Biggs

Director of Operations
Debra Biggs joined the Encina Team in 2000 and has served on Encina’s Executive Leadership Team since 2006. Ms. Biggs was appointed Director of Operations in 2012 providing executive oversight for operation of the Encina Water Pollution Control Facility, the Carlsbad Water Recycling Facility and four remote pump stations. Prior to that, she served as Director of Environmental Compliance with responsibility for the Source Control Program, laboratory operations, safety, and the Biosolids Environmental Management System Program. Before joining Encina, Ms. Biggs worked eight years for the City of San Diego Wastewater Utilities Department. Ms. Biggs holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Certified Public Manager certification.

Keith BlackburnDouglas J. Campbell

Director of Environmental Compliance
Douglas J. Campbell joined the Encina Team in 1991 and has served on Encina’s Executive Leadership Team since 2012. Mr. Campbell was appointed Director of Environmental Compliance in July of 2012 providing executive oversight to Encina’s Laboratory, Source Control and Safety programs. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Campbell served as the Laboratory Manager since 2004 where he was responsible for the Flow Metering and Revenue programs with his major contribution being the implementation of a Laboratory Information Management System. From 1991 to 2004 Mr. Campbell worked as a chemist for the authority. Prior to Encina, Mr. Campbell worked as a Biological Technician for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries programs. Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Science emphasizing in aquatic biology.

Keith BlackburnGarry J. Parker

Director of General Services
Garry began his career at EWA in May of 2003 as an Electrical Instrumentation Specialist. Garry has served as the Systems Manager and now is the Director of General Services at Encina Wastewater Authority in Carlsbad, California. Garry is responsible for all mechanical maintenance, Information Technology as well as Automation (SCADA), Electrical, and the instrumentation needs for the agency. His educational achievements include an Associate Degree in Water/Wastewater Technology from San Diego Mesa College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Webster University. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Garry has been certified through the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and holds a Grade IV Plant Maintenance Technologist Certification and a Grade III Electrical Instrumentation Technologist Certification. Garry has held board positions for the CWEA at both the San Diego Section and California State level. He is currently President-Elect and slated to be President of CWEA in April of 2016.

Keith BlackburnLeeAnn Warchol

Administrative Services Manager / Treasurer / Auditor
LeeAnn Warchol joined the Encina Team in 2004 and has served on Encina’s Executive Leadership Team since 2009. Mrs. Warchol was appointed Administrative Services Manager in March of 2012 providing leadership and oversight to the Financial and Administrative functions.  In 2016, Mrs. Warchol was appointed an Officer of the Encina Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer and Auditor.  Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Warchol served as Management Analyst and Purchasing Specialist.  Prior to Encina, Mrs. Warchol worked in the purchasing field at a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) firm located in Kearny Mesa, California.  Mrs. Warchol holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences in Business Administration.

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.


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

Contact Us

Encina Wastewater Authority
6200 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92011

  (760) 438-3941