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 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 BlackburnTucker Southern

Director of Technical Services
Tucker Southern joined the Encina Team in 2017 as the Engineering Services Manager, where he was responsible for future planning of capital projects, managing consultants, and comprehensive asset management. Prior to Encina, Mr. Southern was a project manager for Kennedy Jenks Consultants, one of Encina’s trusted engineering consulting firms. Mr. Southern earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in three states.

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.

Octavio Navarrete

Director of Operations
Octavio Navarrete joined the Encina Team in 2004 and has served in Operations Management since 2012. Mr. Navarrete holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a SWRCB Grade 5 Operator’s License. Prior to Encina, Mr. Navarrete worked for Teradyne Circuits as project manager providing advanced engineering support for the manufacturing of printed circuit boards.

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