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Following is a list of representatives currently serving on the Watermaster Board:

This is a pdf file!2019 Board Representatives

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Board Member Rotation Schedule


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Jeff Pierson, Chair

Mr. Jeffrey Pierson has been involved in both the Dairy and Farming industries within the Inland Empire Region for over three decades. He has participated as an officer of the Overlying Agricultural Pool and Advisory Committee throughout this period and has been involved with the evolution of Watermaster to its present-day configuration.

Mr. Pierson represents one of the largest property owners in the Chino Basin. Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for supervising and coordinating the production aspects of large scale real estate development, including land entitlements, engineering studies and documentation, land planning and architecture, construction management and general contracting, along with the acquisition and disposition of raw and finished product. He serves as the Principle-in-Charge of individual development projects controlled or managed by Unitex Management Corp., the Intex family of corporations and partnerships, and Eastvale Development Company.

Mr. Pierson is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Civil Engineering and the University of California, Irvine, in the Graduate School of Business, Executive Management Program.

Mr. Pierson represents the Overlying Agricultural Pool on the Watermaster Board.


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Darron Poulsen Vice-Chair

Mr. Darron Poulsen has been working in the water utility industry for over 32 years. His work experience has been exclusively in the Chin Basin where he has worked at the Fontana Water Company, the City of Ontario, the Cucamonga Valley Water District and the City of Pomona. At his current place of employment, the City of Pomona, he holds the position of Water Resources Director. Mr. Poulsen was selected by the Pomona City Council to represent the City’s water resource interests on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board in December of 2018. Over the last six years Mr. Poulsen has been actively participating in the Watermaster process holding leadership positions as the Chair and Vice-Chair on the Appropriative Pool, the Vice-Chair on the Advisory Committee and at the annual Board meeting in January 2019 he was elected as the Vice-Chair of the Watermaster Board.

In addition to Mr. Poulsen’s work at the Chino Basin Watermaster he also represents the City of Pomona’s water interests at two other Watermaster agencies, the Six Basins Watermaster and the Spadra Basin Watermaster. He has been the President of the Six Basins Watermaster Board for the last three years and he is also playing a significant role at the Spadra Basin Watermaster, which is a newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

Mr. Poulsen is a licensed Grade V Water Distribution Operator and a licensed Grade II Water Treatment Operator. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.


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Bob G. Kuhn, Secretary/Treasurer

Bob and his wife have lived in Glendora for over 53 years.

Bob served four years on the City Planning Commission and eight years on the Glendora City Council, three of those years as mayor. As a Council Member, he served on the San Gabriel Valley Association of Cities, Southern California Association of Governments, was a delegate to the League of California Cities and the Los Angeles County Sanitation District. He is a past President of both the Foothill Transit Board and Independent Cities Risk Management Association. He also served on the San Gabriel Valley Planning Committee and as an alternate on the Los Angeles County LAFCO Board.

Currently, he is serving his fifth term on the board of Three Valleys MWD. He is currently the president of the board and has held this position for the past fifteen years. He is a past chairman of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority and currently serving as the Vice Chairman. Also, he is currently a board member of the San Gabriel Economic Partnership and a member of the Board of Directors of Glendora Community Hospital. He is a member of the Glendora Rotary Club and a Mason.

Bob is Semi Retired as the owner of a Glendora based insurance agency.


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Robert Bowcock, Member

Mr. Robert Bowcock has been appointed to serve on several Watermaster Boards by California Superior Courts since 1990. He currently represents municipal, industrial and commercial parties in the Chino, San Gabriel, Raymond, Mojave, Central and West Los Angeles, Upper Los Angeles River, Santa Clara and San Diego River Basin Judgments in California. Mr. Bowcock founded Integrated Resource Management, Inc. in 1997 after serving as a Water Utility Manager in Azusa (1991-97) and Huntington Park (1987-91), California. Prior to that, Mr. Bowcock worked for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1982-87), and as a United States Army Civil Affairs Team Leader designed and constructed water treatment and distribution systems for various federal branches of government in Southeast Asia and South America. Mr. Bowcock is also a founder and strategic advisor to Aqua Capital Management LP and AquaTecture, LLC. He is a licensed California Grade V Water Treatment Operator and maintains various other water industry licenses and certifications. He routinely provides expert witness testimony to both state and federal courts and conducts research and writes reports for legal firms in the specific area of water resource management.


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Steve Elie, Member

Mr. Elie was first appointed as the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s representative to the Watermaster Board and has served continuously since January, 2011. Mr. Elie previously served as Vice Chair (2014) and Chair (2015-16) of the Watermaster Board.

In November, 2010 and 2014, Mr. Elie was elected as the representative of IEUA Division 3, representing the Cities of Chino and Chino Hills, and currently serves as IEUA’s President. He previously served as Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2016). Mr. Elie also serves as the Chair of IEUA’s Community and Legislative Affairs Committee and as a member of IEUA’s Audit Committee, as IEUA’s representative to the San Bernardino County Association of Special Districts, and as an alternate on the Chino Basin Desalter Authority.

Mr. Elie is an attorney who has practiced for almost 30 years and regularly represents public entities and public utility regulated entities in complex, multiparty litigation and administrative matters, including soil and groundwater contamination.


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Gino Filippi, Member

Gino L. Filippi of Upland is a retired winery owner, marketing/business development consultant and wine writer. He was elected to the Upland City Council in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem in 2017. Gino is a current Board member on San Antonio Water Company.

Director Filippi is a fourth-generation vintner and remains active preserving our region's wine heritage. In 1995, the U.S. Department of Treasury approved "Cucamonga Valley" an American Viticultural Area (AVA), as a result of a petition written and filed by Gino on behalf of local growers and vintners. Since 1996, his column "Off the Vine" has published in newspapers including Foothills Reader of the L.A. Times. He is a regional expert on the history of Southern California viticulture and a leader in preserving its rich history and culture for others to enjoy.


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Donald D. Galleano, Member

A champion of regional water interests across the Inland Empire, Donald D. Galleano has a near 40-year history of public service in Riverside County. In 2004, he was elected to the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors after serving nearly 25 years on the Jurupa Community Services District Board. He represents Western’s Division 4, which includes the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco.

As Western’s sole representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board, Director Galleano is responsible for acting on behalf of the interests of the nearly one million customers who receive their water both directly and indirectly from Western. Currently, he serves on Metropolitan’s Engineering & Operations, Agriculture and Industry Relations, Communications and Legislation and Integrated Resources Planning committees. Director Galleano’s leadership role in the greater watershed also includes a seat on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board, which is charged with managing the Chino groundwater basin, one of the largest in Southern California.

Director Galleano is a third-generation winegrower at the Historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch, home to Galleano Winery, a historic local treasure and living wine museum in Mira Loma. Galleano Winery is a highly-acclaimed dry farming operation, a statement to Director Galleano’s formidable commitment to water supply sustainability, even in the midst of historic drought.

A partner in the communities he serves, Director Galleano is past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman’s Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving on the National Orange Show Foundation Board, the Los Angeles County Fair Association Board and is the Chairman of the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.

Director Galleano’s current term on the Western Municipal Water District Board expires in December 2020.


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Paul Hofer, Member

Paul Hofer represents the Agricultural Pool on the Watermaster Board. He currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, District 2. Mr. Hofer has previously served on the Chino Basin Water Conservation District Board of Directors for over 20 years as both President and Vice President. Mr. Hofer is a resident of Ontario where he has spent his lifetime career as a farmer.


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Eunice Ulloa, Member

Mayor Eunice Ulloa represents the City of Chino and is also the City’s representative on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), Santa Ana Watershed Advisory Council and the Southern California Water Committee. She also serves as a Board Member to Omnitrans. Additionally, the Mayor is a member of the Ontario International Airport Interagency Collaborative (ONT-IAC).

Mayor Ulloa has been involved with the Chino City Council since 1984. She has served as a Council Member for 10 years, and has served two terms as the Mayor Pro Tem. In addition to her time as a Council Member, she previously served for 12 years as the Mayor of Chino. Prior to her time on the Council, Mayor Ulloa served on the Planning Commission from 1983 to 1984.

   
   

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