Board of Directors

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PRESIDENT RICK MERRIFIELD

A local homeowner and GWD ratepayer since 1993, Mr. Merrifield received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Heath Science from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Merrifield was employed by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department for 34 years as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and was the Director of the division for seven years.

Goleta Water District Board Term and Committee Assignments

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors in 2011, elected in 2012, reelected in 2016. He served as Vice-President for two years. Current term expires in 2020.
  • Chair, Administration Committee.
  • Represents the District as a Director at meetings of the Central Coast Water Authority, and the Goleta Sanitary District.
  • Alternate Representative for the District to the Cachuma Operation & Maintenance Board and the Cachuma Conservation Release Board.

Community Involvement

  • Member, Goleta Valley Beautiful.

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VICE-PRESIDENT MEG WEST

Ms. West is a Goleta-based small business owner and licensed Landscape Architect with a specialty in stormwater management, native plants, and water conservation. She enjoys water-wise edible gardening and cooking with the vegetables and fruit that she grows on her 1/3 acre suburban lot. Ms. West also served as a Planning Commissioner in the City of Goleta for four years.

Goleta Water District Board Term and Committee Assignments

  • Elected to the Board of Directors in 2014. Current term expires in 2018.
  • Member, Administration Committee.
  • Member, Public Information Committee.
  • Alternate, Water Management & Long Range Planning Committee.
  • Alternate Representative for the District to the Association of California Water Agencies / Joint Powers Insurance Authority, and the Goleta Sanitary District.

Community Involvement

  • Former Planning Commissioner, City of Goleta.

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DIRECTOR JACK CUNNINGHAM

A retired United Airlines employee, Mr. Cunningham has been a Goleta Water District ratepayer for over 35 years.

Goleta Water District Board Term and Committee Assignments

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors in 1995, and then elected in 1997. Reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Current term expires in 2018. Served as President three times.
  • Chair, Public Information Committee.
  • Represents the District at meetings of the Santa Barbara County California Special Districts Association.

Community Involvement

  • Former Commissioner (12 years) and Chair (six years), Santa Barbara Airport.
  • Military Order of World Wars.
  • Rotary Club of Santa Barbara.
  • Former Chair (three years), Local Red Cross chapter.

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DIRECTOR LAUREN HANSON

A long-time Goleta Valley resident, Ms. Hanson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Goleta Water District Board Term and Committee Assignments

  • Elected to the Board of Directors in 2008, she served as President for two years. In her first year on the board, she served as Vice-President of the Board and Chair of the UCSB Relations Committee. Reelected in 2012, and 2016. Current term expires in 2020.
  • Chair, Water Management & Long Range Planning Committee.
  • Represents the District as a Director at meetings of the Cachuma Operation & Maintenance Board and the Cachuma Conservation Release Board.
  • Alternate Representative for the District to the Central Coast Water Authority.
  • Alternate, Administration Committee.
  • Alternate, Public Information Committee.

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Goleta Vision Committee and co-author of its report, A Comprehensive Vision for the Eastern Goleta Valley (2006).

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DIRECTOR BILL ROSEN

Mr. Rosen moved to Goleta in 2003 and is a ratepayer of the Goleta Water District. Mr. Rosen is a retired New York attorney experienced in municipal government, having served as County Attorney and as counsel to municipal governments. In addition, Mr. Rosen served as Counsel to the Upper Delaware Council, one of the first cooperative river management programs conducted by the National Park Service and local governments.

Goleta Water District Board Term and Committee Assignments

  • Elected to the Board of Directors in 2008, he served as President for five years. Reelected in 2012, and 2016. Current term expires in 2020.
  • Member, Water Management & Long Range Planning Committee.
  • Elected Vice Chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Region 5 Board.
  • Represents the District at meetings of the Association of California Water Agencies / Joint Powers Insurance Authority.
  • Alternate Representative for the District to the Santa Barbara County California Special Districts Association.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Santa Barbara Film Festival.
  • Goleta Area Representative, Santa Barbara Democratic Committee.

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Required FPPC Form 806: Public Official Appointments