Kathleen is a Registered Civil Engineer, with certification as a California Water Treatment Operator Grade 4 and American Water Works Association California Nevada Cross-Connection Specialist. She is a dedicated, Environmental Civil Engineer with a Masters in Public Health and over 20 years of experience in the water industry.
Kathleen is a native Southern Californian and began her experience in the water industry while in High School at her father’s engineering firm. She is third generation in the water industry; her father and grandfather were General Managers for water agencies in Southern California.
Kathleen graduated from Fallbrook High School and attended college at Cal Poly Pomona where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. She worked at the San Diego District of the State of California Drinking Water Branch inspecting water systems in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. She has served as the Chair of the State Cross-connection Committee addressing regulatory concerns over the protection of water supplies and was also in charge of the State Revolving Fund Program in the San Diego District, working with water agencies for low cost or grant funding for water system improvements. Subsequently, with help from an US EPA Fellowship she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health at San Diego State University.
While working for the state Kathleen became a volunteer for Aqualink Water Systems, a non-profit organization assisting communities in Mexico with water system improvements and in 2003 was elected President. She went on to obtain a US EPA grant for the organization to evaluate water systems in indigenous communities south of the border.
Kathleen and her husband Jon moved to Mt. Helix in 2000 and quickly became involved in the community. Kathleen believes that in order to effectively represent her constituents, it is important that she be actively involved in her community. She believes in being actively involved and knowledgeable in state water issues as well as local and regional water issues. She supports educational outreach, providing information and listening to concerns and feedback on water issues. In 2008, she completed the East County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Active supporter of Mt. Helix Park Foundation, Las Hermanas, Water Conservation Garden and Grossmont Mt. Heilx Improvement Association. She is also involved with her children's lives volunteering with their schools PTA, Coaching Cajon Valley AYSO Soccer, Managing and Team Mom of several Cajon De Oro Little League teams and also as the Team Manager for the St. Martin of Tours Academy Flag Football and Basketball Teams!
Because of crime increase in the neighborhood, in June of 2010 she worked with neighbors to form a neighborhood watch program that has resulted in active communication with over 100 neighbors. As the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator she actively sends out emails to the neighbors on issues, concerns and local events and coordinates the annual block party. As a result crime has gone down and the neighborhood comradery has gone up!
Kathleen joined the Grossmont Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA), in 2013 as a Board Director. She actively participates in outreach for the Mt. Helix area through events and also has written numerous newsletter articles on how to be water wise. She was even the Event Chair for the Fall GMIA Safety and Crime Prevention Forum that had over 100 attendees and a panel including the Sheriff Captain, US Postal Inspector, and representative from the San Diego District Attorneys office.
Kathleen enjoys being on the Helix Water Board, and working hard for you toward ensuring safe, reliable and affordable water is available for our community’s future.