An elected, five-member board of directors governs the Russian River County Water District, with the offices of president and vice-president rotating regularly every two years. The board’s current members include:
Kimberly Burr, Esq., President
Kimberly has lived in Forestville since 1991 and served briefly on the Hollydale Mutual Water Company Board before it was annexed to the RRCWD. Although a relative newcomer to the Forestville area when compared to the existing Board members and staff, she has a strong interest in water quality, reliability, responsible use of limited fresh water resources, as well as management of public funds in the service of those ends.
Richard McGowan, Vice President
A refugee from Los Angeles and Forestville resident since 1972, Rich McGowan joined the board in 1987.
Following a 25-year career as both a general and plumbing contractor, he is now an independent consultant and site inspector for major school construction projects.
Rich works to protect the health of the Russian River through Trout Unlimited and, no surprise, loves to camp, fish and garden.
Alan has worked as a general contractor in this area for the last 20 years. He lives in a neighborhood of 30 households that was served by their own community well and water system.
Alan served as a director on his community water system board for about 10 years up until it dissolved when it annexed to Russian River County Water District. He looks forward to serving the larger community providing potable water as well as upgrading the system, as necessary, for fire protection.
Before the district’s formation in 1983, Ed Monroe participated in early efforts to secure more-reliable, higher-quality water delivery for himself and his neighbors.
When the community voted to create the district, he was elected as one of its earliest directors. In his earlier years, Ed held a Water Treatment Operator’s Certificate from the California Department of Health Services.
At the urging of a neighbor, Janet Zagoria spearheaded the formation of the water district shortly after she moved to her current home in 1980 and was first elected to the original board in 1983.
Since 1999, she has had a Web design and development company. Her clients are small businesses and non profits.
Janet has been active in community politics and issues since first coming to Sonoma County. She has lived in Forestville since 1977.