Board of Directors

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:

Richard McGowan, President

Richard McGowan, Board Member

Current Term Ending: 2025
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 Horobin, Vice President

Current Term Ending: 2027
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.


Kimberly Burr, Esq.

Current Term Ending: 2027
Kimberly has lived in Forestville since 1991 and served briefly on the Hollydale Mutual Water Company Board before it was annexed to the RRCWD. Kimberly 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.

The board has appointed Kimberly as President for several years running. Russian River County Water District has grown both and size and complexity over the last decade. Kimberly, as an attorney, has a special talent for running the board meetings in an efficient and effective way.


Decker Smith

Decker Smith, Board Member

Current Term Ending: 2027
Decker, while the most recent  member of the board, is a long time resident of Sonoma County and has made Forestville his home for more than forty years. 

As a retired Registered Nurse who worked for the county-owned Community Hospital in its Emergency Department and after it’s sale to Sutter, for the Public Health Department, he began his search for local organizations he might best be fitted to devote his time to. 

Among other volunteer duties he assumed he became most active with the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation as both a guide and docent, this for the last eleven years. Decker’s interest in maintaining the integrity of the vital wetlands upon which we all depend and his eagerness to more fully engage with our community, prompted his seeking a position on the board.

He welcomes the opportunity to serve. 


Janet Zagoria

Janet Zagoria, Board Member

Current Term Ending: 2025
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 also does pro bono web design work for several community organizations.

Janet has been active in community politics and issues since first coming to Sonoma County. She has lived in Forestville since 1977.