Paul Bushee, President

Paul Bushee is the general manager of the Leucadia Wastewater District in Carlsbad. He initially joined the District as its assistant general manager and served in that capacity for approximately a year and a half. Prior to Leucadia, Paul worked for the Encina Wastewater Authority for 13 years, serving in various capacities and concluding as the Authority’s Capital Program Manager. In addition to his duties as General Manager, Paul has been active with several statewide organizations. He chaired CASA’s Managers and Program Committees before accepting a position on the Executive Board. Paul has also been involved with the California Sanitation Risk Manager Authority (CSRMA) since 2005 and is currently vice president of its Executive Board of Directors. Furthermore, Paul served on the WateReuse Finance Authority’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010.

Traci Minamide, Vice President

tminamideTraci is the chief operating officer for the City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation. In this capacity, she assists the director by maintaining bureau-wide oversight of operational activities in a program that consists of three core services: wastewater collection and treatment, solids resources, and watershed protection (stormwater). Her main area of focus is in wastewater treatment, water recycling, and biosolids management where over 450 million gallons per day are collected and treated. Traci has been with the city for 25 years and has previously served with the city’s Department of Water and Power and the Irvine Ranch Water District. She has served in many capacities including water planning, industrial pretreatment, environmental regulations, and wastewater treatment.

Traci holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and a Master of Science in environmental engineering from Loyola Marymount University. She is also a licensed professional civil engineer in the State of California and a board certified environmental engineer.

Timothy Becker, Secretary Treasurer

tbeckerTimothy Becker has more than 25 years of experience providing environmental consulting services to both the public and private sectors related to hazardous waste, solid waste and wastewater issues. He is a California registered environmental assessor II and serves as president and principal scientist for Environmental Guidance, Inc. In 2007, Tim was appointed to the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board of Directors, was elected to the position in 2008 and was re-elected in November 2010. Tim also acts as an alternate Board member for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority. Tim received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Science in geology from the University of Oregon.

Jason Dow, Director

jdowJason Dow was appointed general manager of the Central Marin Sanitation Agency (CMSA) in 2002. He began his career with CMSA in June 1993 as a University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering intern and was then hired permanently as an engineering technician in December of 1993. Jason graduated from University of California, Berkeley in with his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and received his Masters of Science in environmental engineering from San Francisco State. He is a California registered civil engineer.

Scott Goldman, Director

sgoldmanScott Goldman has been on the Board of Directors of the El Toro Water District since 2000 and is currently vice president. He was appointed to the Board of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority in 2006 as the representative for El Toro, and served as chairman from 2010 to 2014.

Scott is also a senior vice president at RMC Water and Environmental located in the Irvine office. He has 35 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of various aspects of water, wastewater and recycled water systems. 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in water resource engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters of Science in environmental engineering from University of Southern California. He is a registered civil engineer in California, Arizona and Nevada, and an environmental engineer certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Jasmin Hall, Director

Jasmin Hall serves as Secretary Treasurer of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency Board of Directors where she represents Division 4, the City of Fontana and portions of the Cities of Rialto and Bloomington. Ms. Hall was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013, and elected in November 2014. Ms. Hall serves as Chair on the Agency’s Finance & Administration Committee, and as an alternate Committee member on the Community & Legislative Affairs Committee and the Audit Committee. Ms. Hall is the Secretary/Treasurer on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) Commission, and serves on the Orange County Sanitation District/SAWPA Joint Policy Committee. Ms. Hall is also the Agency’s representative to California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), Chino Desalter Authority, and Association of California Water Agencies. Ms. Hall serves as the Vice Chair for both the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority and the CASA Utility Leadership Committee. She also serves as President on the Chino Basin Regional Financing Authority. She has over thirteen years of experience working on Inland Empire utility issues. Ms. Hall has extensive experience in community leadership by serving as the Fontana Planning Commission Secretary and serving as Chairwoman for the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission. Ms. Hall initiated the process that earned Inland Empire Utilities Agency the Special District Leadership Foundation’s District Transparency Certificate of Excellence.

Ms. Hall received a Recognition in Special District Governance certificate, which is designed to honor special district Board members and trustees that demonstrate their commitment to continuing education and special districts governance. The recognition covers the essentials of good governance, as well as service-specific education.

Ms. Hall holds an M.B.A. degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management from National University, San Diego, a B.S. degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, San Diego, and a Project Management Certification from University of Irvine.

Ashwini Kantak, Director

Ms. Kantak is Assistant Director in the Environmental Services Department in the City of San Jose and oversees administrative services, the sustainability and compliance division, and a multi-billion dollar capital program for the San Jose/Santa Clara regional wastewater facility. Prior to this role, Ashwini was an Assistant to the City Manager and led the development and implementation of several citywide policies and programs related to infrastructure and environmental sustainability. Ashwini has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Mumbai, India, a graduate degree in Architecture from Iowa State University, and a graduate degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.  She is a licensed architect in California since 1997 and a LEED Accredited professional.  She enjoys combining her educational and professional training with her interest in sustainable communities to advance the City’s goals of economic growth, environmental sustainability and a better quality of life for the residents of San Jose.

 

William “Bill” Long, Director

wlongBill Long is a four term board member at Novato Sanitary District. He is also a member of the board of the North Bay Water Reuse Authority – a coalition of water and wastewater agencies and local governments in Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. Bill’s focus has been on resource reuse and recovery which includes the solid waste handled by the trash collector franchised by the District. His other interests include preservation of open space and outdoor recreation. Bill is chair of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and a board member of the San Francisco Bay Trail. In 2011 he was honored for environmental leadership by the North Bay Leadership Council.

Bill has a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in chemical engineering from MIT and is retired.

Jeff Moorhouse, Director

Jeff Moorhouse has been a member of the Carpinteria Sanitary District Board of Directors since 1997. Jeff is a Certified Financial Planner™ and financial advisor with Moorhouse Financial Services, Inc. located in Carpinteria.

Jeff is a committed community servant – he is a Past President of the Carpinteria Lions Club, member of the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge and was an assistant coach for the Carpinteria High School Warriors Football team for over 15 years. He has served on the Boards of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce (past President), Carpinteria Education Foundation Board (past President), California Avocado Festival (Past President and Chief Financial Officer), Carpinteria Relay for Life and numerous other community groups.

In 2010 Jeff was elected as a Commissioner to the Santa Barbara Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and is currently serving a second term (re-elected in 2014). Also in 2010 Jeff was elected to the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara County Special District Association. Jeff is the Treasurer of the Carpinteria Sanitary District Board and Chairman of the Finance and Utility Committees and serves on the California State Legislative Committee and Federal Legislative Committee for CASA. Additionally, Jeff served on the CASA Education Scholarship Formation Committee and currently serves as a Board Member of the recently established Foundation. In addition, Jeff was appointed to the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority (CSRMA) pooled liability committee after serving two years on the CSRMA Finance Committee.

Marco Palilla, Director

Marco Palilla is an Associate Vice President with HDR Engineering in Folsom, California. He has been in the environmental consulting industry for over 36 years, most of that time focused on wastewater. In addition to the CASA Board, Marco currently sits on engineering Advisory Boards for both California State University, Sacramento and University of the Pacific Schools of Engineering.

Marco holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is a registered civil engineer in California and a certified Project Management Professional.

 

Grace Robinson Hyde, Director

Grace Robinson Hyde is Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. She has 33 years’ agency experience. In her current role, she manages all operations of the sanitation districts, which provide wastewater and solid waste management services for over 5.5 million people. She oversees approximately 1,700 employees and an annual budget of over $700 million. Since September, 2013, she has served on the CASA Program Planning Committee as Vice Chair and, most recently, Chair. Grace also serves on the following boards and commissions: Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Authority Board, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority Board, Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority Board, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Commission. She received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of science degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Grace is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in California and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Gorgean Vonheeder-Leopold, Director

gvonheeder-leopoldGeorgean Vonheeder-Leopold has been an active member of CASA for more than 15 years. Also a Director on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board, she brings years of public service and experience to the CASA Board. In 1977, while raising four children, Georgean became active in local government, scouting, and youth sports. She worked on the campaign to incorporate Dublin and San Ramon as cities and then served on the first Dublin Planning Commission, which was tasked with writing the first General Plan. She then became a member of the Dublin City Council, just in time to approve the General Plan.

Active in public service for more than 35 years, Georgean has served on various city and county commissions as well as a host of nonprofit boards. She has lived in Dublin since 1971 and recently retired from a long career in tax accounting.

Roland Williams, Director

Roland Williams is the General Manager of the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan). He has been with CV San 19 years, 12 years as the General Manager. Prior to coming to CVSan, Roland worked for Harris and Associates as a project manager and owner’s representative on wastewater treatment plant projects. He has served on the CASA Utility Leadership Committee and is a member of CWEA, WEF, APWA, and has held various volunteer roles with these organizations. He is a father of two adult children and grandfather of two. His hobbies include fitness training, reading, travel, and spending time with family.