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.
Janet Zagoria, Vice President
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.
She has lived in Forestville since 1977.
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.
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.
A Forestville resident since 1975, Judy Smith was one of those who, in the early ‘80s, went house-to-house gathering signatures to change our water system from the privately-owned, on-off, inky-water debacle of that time to today’s public water district.
She joined the board in 1984, a year after its creation. Judy worked for 30 years as a travel agent, often promoting Sonoma County, and puts Central America’s Belize as her favorite destination.