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Board of Directors

BVWD has a five-member Board of Directors publicly elected by property owners within the District's service area to four year terms of office. 

The Board is committed to developing policy through an open, public process, guided by the BVWD Mission Statement.  The Board of Directors meets quarterly generally on the 3rd Monday of the month and at other times as needed.

Under the direction of the Board, the General Manager and District staff work to support the mission and objectives of the District.  From Lake Alpine to Bear Valley Mountain Resort and through a web of pipes and facilities,  BVWD collects and treats wastewater before it is discharged to the land or surface waters. 

James Bissell - President

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Term  Expires: December 2021

Bio Coming soon . . .

Stefaniya Becking - Vice President 

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Term  Expires: December 2021

For a period of a few years, Steffi moved to live in Bear Valley full-time with her family. She bought a condo in 2011 and fell in love with the environment. She was excited to learn about the elections for the Bear Valley Water District Board as an opportunity to get involved.

Steffi's academic and professional background provides technical expertise to the Board. Her academic background is in chemistry (B.S., UC Berkley) and environmental engineering (M.S., Stanford). Professionally, Steffi gained experience specific to the wastewater industry working at CH2M HILL. She participated in developing a statewide protocol for reporting greenhouse gas emissions from the wastewater treatment process. Also, Steffi tracked regulation changes and updated staff at wastewater treatment agencies from 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Over the past 10 years, Steffi has worked in different aspects of environmental engineering: wastewater, wetland health, air quality and energy. Currently, Steffi is working at a water tech company in the agricultural industry as a Product Manager. The real-time monitoring solution the agricultural firm employs helps growers save water, energy and prevent nitrogen runoff.

Working with growers, Steffi is reminded about the value of water every day. Steffi is honored to bring her experience and appreciation of water to the Bear Valley community.

John C. Boyle - Treasurer 

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Term  Expires: December 2021

John Boyle has a strong background in both business and non-profits/public service.  His business experience includes both operations and finance, with over 15 years of experience in high-tech management and operational roles in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies.  He also has over 10 years of venture capital investing in partner and associate roles at multiple firms.  Most recently, John served as the Director of the Purdue West Coast Partnership Center, based in Mountain View, CA. 

Previously, John served a four year term as an elected City Councilman for the City of Menlo Park (2006-2010) including roles as the Vice Mayor and service on multiple finance and business development committees for various agencies.  John has also previously served in board positions with San Mateo County based Samaritan House (Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Treasurer), the San Mateo County Housing Endowment and Regional Trust non-profit, several school foundations, and other public sector boards and agencies.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA degree from Stanford University.

According to John, he asked to be considered for the BVWD board because, “… As a homeowner in BV for nearly 20 years, my wife and kids and I really appreciate the community and want to help ensure that we protect it AND ensure its continued vibrancy and viability.  The BVWD provides a critical infrastructure system for both existing and potential future residents and businesses.”

Ken Brown - Secretary 

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Expires: December 2019

Ken's family has owned a house in Bear Valley for the last 57 years. Along with his wife and our kids, Ken has fond memories of his entire family learning to ski here and many memorable times in this community. More recently, Ken's children have finished college, are now leading their own productive lives and he and his wife have found themselves spending more time in Bear Valley. Ken determined that it was time to give back to this community that has given so much to his family.

Ken's primary emphasis is in Real Estate Finance and Construction. Ken has owned a Real Estate Development Company for the last 28 years. Ken has built and manages apartments in the Central Valley. He has served on the Board of Directors for Stockton Building Association, multiple owner’s associations, a private Country Club and has served as President on each of these Boards. 

Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Real Estate Finance from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, a General Contractor's License and a Real Estate Broker's License.

Gunnar Thordarson - Director 

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Term  Expires: December 2019

Gunnar has a strong background in the private sector with a focus on water treatment technology and lends his unique industry perspective and experience to the District's management team.  Gunnar was educated at the University of California, Davis with a focus in Economics. 

In 1988 Gunnar co-founded Chemical Services Company with his partner Brent Simmons to provide alternative disinfection technology as a response to the toxic gas ordinance being adopted. Soon thereafter in 1988, Gunnar and Brent co-founded ClorTec® building the company from a small operation to a dominant On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generator (OSHG) manufacturer. Under Gunnar and Brent's management and ownership, over 3,000 onsite sodium hypochlorite generation systems (OSHG) were developed, marketed, manufactured, installed and serviced.

ClorTec® was acquired by Severn Trent Services (STS) in November, 1999. Gunnar took over as Vice-President of the Water Purification Division of Severn Trent Services. Brent and Gunnar continued to work for STS until March, 2003.

In 2003 Gunnar then co-founded Process Solutions Inc.(PSI), a service company providing disinfection solutions and began development of the Microclor® technology, the next generation On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Technology.  Shortly after defining the new generation of OSHG, the Tank Shark® tank mixing system was developed to effectively mix and properly dose hypochlorite into water storage vessels. After the initial Tank Shark® mixing model in 2007, the simple mixer has evolved capabilities into a full-blown disinfectant residual management system - the Monoclor chloramine management system.

PSI now retains on a full-time basis nine individuals who jointly possess over 300 years of combined experience selling, designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing similar onsite hypochlorite generation equipment and tank management equipment. With PSI systems across North America, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America, the team has been able to adapt to a wide variety of customer needs and preferences. No company in the water industry has more relevant experience, know-how or technology to meet customer needs in the area of OSHG and reservoir management.

In his free time Gunnar is a private pilot and enjoys snow skiing, snowmobiling, boating and 4 X 4 rock crawling.

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