Board of Directors and Service Area Map

Dina Nguyen | Division 1

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Service Area: Garden Grove, Stanton, Westminster

Dina Nguyen was voted to the Orange County Water District in November 2014 by the citizens of Garden Grove to represent them in Division 1. Director Nguyen was formerly councilmember for the City of Garden Grove.

She was elected to the Garden Grove City Council in November 2006, then re-elected in 2010. She began her political career as a commissioner on the Garden Grove Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission where she recommended programs to the city council to improve and preserve neighborhoods through zoning enforcement, housing rehabilitation, street improvement, and other housing-related programs.

Director Nguyen served Orange County for 18 years as an employee of the Superior Court. During that time, she attended law school. Presently, she is the principal owner of the Business & Law Center of Dina L. Nguyen in Garden Grove.

Both her professional law practice and her activities in the community focus on the areas of education, family and business.

Over the years, she has lent her support to organizations that include the Rotary Club of Garden Grove, the Boy Scouts of America, the Sustainable Community Foundation of Orange, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Team of Advocates for Special Kids, the NBH Youth and Cultural Development Center, and the Orange County Community Services Programs.

Director Nguyen came to the United States in 1975, has lived in Orange County since 1977 and now resides in Garden Grove with her family.

Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E. | Division 2

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Service Area: Orange, Villa Park, and parts of Tustin

Denis Bilodeau was first elected to public office as a Director of the Orange County Water District in November 2000. Re-elected in 2004, he served as President of the Board from 2002 to 2004. He was re-elected to a fourth term in November 2012.

In November 2006, Director Bilodeau was elected to the City of Orange City Council. Additionally, he currently serves or has served on the following committee and commissions throughout Orange County: Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Orange County Vector Control, Orange County Waste Management Commission, Orange County Transportation Authority, San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency, Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee, Orange County Housing and Community Development Commission, Orange County Water Task Force, and the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River Watershed Taskforce.

Director Bilodeau and his wife Suzanne and their three children are long-time residents of Orange. Professionally, Director Bilodeau is a licensed Civil and Traffic Engineer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Roger C. Yoh, P.E., 2nd Vice President| Division 3

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Service Area: Buena Park, La Palma, Placentia, Yorba Linda, and parts of Cypress

Roger Yoh was elected to serve on the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in November 2004, and has since been re-elected in 2008 and 2012. He was elected to serve as the 2012 Chairman of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) Steering Committee, and most recently as the 2013 and 2014 2nd Vice President of the OCWD Board of Directors. Director Yoh is a registered professional engineer, a project management professional, and is currently employed with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura Counties) as a senior transportation engineer.

Director Yoh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, where he received extensive training in various disciplines of civil engineering, including water resources engineering and construction management.

Director Yoh is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental & Water Resources Institute, and the Project Management Institute. A resident of Orange County since 1982, Yoh and his wife Stephanie live in Buena Park.

Phil L. Anthony | Division 4

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Service Area: Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and parts of Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster

Philip L. Anthony has been an elected member of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors since 1981. Director Anthony was President of the Board from 1993 through 1995 and from 2005 through 2007. Director Anthony also serves as a Director of the National Water Research Institute, Commissioner of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, a member of the Groundwater Replenishment System Steering Committee, and was formerly Chair of the Association of California Water Agencies Region 10. He also co-founded the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County, was a founding member of OCWD’s Groundwater Guardian team, and has served on the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency since 1988.

Director Anthony was selected for the 2002 E. Benjamin Nelson Government Service Award by the Groundwater Foundation. The prestigious national award honors and recognizes an elected or appointed public official who has significantly advanced environmental and groundwater stewardship.

Director Anthony was elected first to the Westminster City Council, where he served from 1962 to 1976 and was Mayor from 1972 through 1976. Director Anthony was next elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors where he served from 1976 to 1981 and was Board Chairman in 1979. He also served on the boards of the Orange County Sanitation District, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Southern California Association of Governments and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission.

He is currently President of Philip L. Anthony, Inc., practicing as an independent public affairs and management consultant, and real estate developer. Earlier in his career, Director Anthony worked in aerospace engineering and program management at Rockwell International Corp. where he received a NASA Technology Utilization Award and was granted two U.S. patents. He has also authored several scientific and technical publications and given numerous presentations. He is widely sought out for local, national and international speaking engagements as an expert on advanced wastewater purification for potable reuse.

Director Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Chemistry. His other community service includes Board President of the Westminster Boys & Girls Club and Board Member and Past Chairman of the Orange County Taxpayers Association. He is also a Kiwanis Services Club member.

Stephen R. Sheldon | Division 5

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Service Area: Parts of Irvine and Newport Beach

Steve R. Sheldon has served on the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors since 2005. He served as President of the Board in 2008 and 2009.

Director Sheldon, an attorney, brings more than 20 years of experience in public policy, government relations, land development, coalition building and grassroots organization. His work includes managing land use entitlement efforts before cities, counties and special districts. Director Sheldon has represented numerous entities on the California Environmental Quality Act, and on land use matters pertaining to zone changes, conditional use permits, variances, development agreements, and specific and general plan amendments, among other entitlement actions.

A representative on behalf of OCWD for the League of Cities, Director Sheldon also sits on the University of California Irvine Urban Water Research Institute Advisory Committee. In addition, Director Sheldon is a volunteer for the Eli Home in Anaheim, a nonprofit organization for abused children and their mothers.

Cathy Green, 1st Vice President | Division 6

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Service Area: Parts of: Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach

Prior to being elected to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in November 2010, Cathy Green was elected to two consecutive terms on the Huntington Beach City Council where she served two terms as Mayor. Director Green has been involved as a Council liaison and committee member on many city boards, commissions and committees. Director Green was re-elected to serve on the OCWD Board in November 2012. She was selected by the Board to serve as its 2013 and 2014 1st Vice President.

Her community involvement includes serving as Chair of Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee, Vice Chair of Finance Explorer’s/Learning for Life, and Director of the Huntington Beach Hospital, Boy Scouts of America Council and American Family Housing. She is a founding member of Amigos de Bolsa Chica, three-time Chair and Board Member of the Huntington Beach Community Clinic and served as President of the Therapeutic Riding Center. She also is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Director Green is the recipient of many awards. In September 2010 she was the recipient of the Spurgeon Award, and in 2005 she was named Woman of the Year by then State Senator John Campbell (now U.S. Congressman). Other awards include the 2006 United Way Excellence in Child Care Planning, the 2007 Peace Maker Award from the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, and the Golden West College Pillar of Achievement Award. She has also been recognized as Huntington Beach’s Citizen of the Year by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, a Huntington Beach Soroptimist’s Woman of Distinction, and a Bolsa Chica Conservancy Conservator of the Year.

Director Green is a registered nurse and holds a degree in law. As a nurse, Director Green worked in the health care areas of intensive care, student health, community health and patient advocacy. In addition to nursing, she gained experience with a variety of environmental projects while associated with Lockhart and Associates.

Director Green and her husband Peter have been residents of Huntington Beach for more than 40 years where they raised their two children Teresa and Tom.

Shawn Dewane, President | Division 7

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Service Area: Costa Mesa and parts of Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin

Shawn Dewane was elected to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in 2010, representing Division 7, which includes Costa Mesa, and parts of Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin. His fellow Directors elected him to serve as Board President in 2013 and 2014. He served as First Vice President in 2012.

President Dewane recognizes that clean, affordable water is fundamental to our civil liberties and key to our community’s economic development. He is working to increase the local and regional water supply and reliability, preserve local and regional water rights, and promote fiscal responsibility and transparency in government.

Currently, President Dewane is Chair of the Executive Committee and serves as a standing member on all regular committees of the district. He acts as the District liaison for the Board of Directors to the Federal Government, Army Corps of Engineers, County of Orange and the Orange County Business Council (OCBC).

President Dewane is also Chairman of CalDesal, an advocate for clean, safe, reliable drinking water for California through environmentally responsible water desalination and salinity management. He also serves as Chairman of the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County; the water policy coordination body of Orange County. He is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies and, having attended numerous annual conferences, he is familiar with the State, Regional and Local issues facing water agencies.

Professionally, President Dewane owns Dewane Investment Strategies (www.DewaneIS.com) -- an independent branch office of Raymond James Financial Services in Newport Beach -- which provides sophisticated investment planning, estate planning, and tax planning advice to individuals and institutions. The Registered Representative published the article, “Profitable Knowledge,” profiling Dewane’s professional work in its October 1998 issue.

President Dewane earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Arizona State University. He is also honored to serve as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.

Recognized for his achievements and service, President Dewane received the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, and a scholarship from the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. He resides in Costa Mesa with his wife Tracey, daughters Shannon and Cristina, and son Ryan.

Vincent F. Sarmiento, Esq. | Division 8

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Service Area: Santa Ana

Vincent Sarmiento was appointed by the Santa Ana City Council in December 2012 to serve on OCWD’s Board of Directors, beginning January 2013. Director Sarmiento’s service on the Santa Ana City Council began in January 2007 when the council appointed him to represent Ward 1. He was formally elected by the voters in November 2008 to a four-year term and re-elected in November 2012.

Director Sarmiento and his family have lived in and around Santa Ana since 1965. He attended John Muir Elementary, Sierra Elementary and Willard Intermediate Schools. Sarmiento now lives in a 1929 historic home in the Saddleback View neighborhood; three blocks from where he grew up. Presently, Director Sarmiento is the principal owner of a law practice in Santa Ana with his wife, Eva, who is also an attorney. They have three children, ages 13, 10, and 7, whom they hope will learn the value of public service and contributing to their community.

Among many of his accomplishments, Director Sarmiento is most proud of preventing the City of Santa Ana from becoming insolvent. During his time on the City Council, Santa Ana experienced years of serious economic challenges. Despite a series of annual revenue shortfalls, the City Council balanced all of its budgets and avoided a fiscal crisis. Secondly, during the past few years, crime rates have decreased to record lows. In fact, “Forbes” magazine recently listed Santa Ana as the fourth safest city in the country among cities of similar population.

Director Sarmiento serves as Chairman of the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Former Redevelopment Agency for the City of Santa Ana. The Oversight Board has the fiduciary responsibility of handling the dissolution of the City’s former Redevelopment Agency. Sarmiento is also a member of the City Council Sub-Committees for Development; Parks, Recreation, Education, and Youth; and Ethics. He also recently served as the Vice-Chair for the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency, which owns and manages the 15-mile toll road system in southwest Orange County.
Director Sarmiento graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. More recently, Sarmiento attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and successfully completed the Certificate Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Harry S. Sidhu, P.E. | Division 9

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Service Area: Anaheim

Harry S. Sidhu, P.E., was appointed to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors by the Anaheim City Council to represent the city of Anaheim, effective February 1, 2012.

Director Sidhu was first elected to the Anaheim City Council in November 2004. During two four-year terms on the council, Director Sidhu served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2012 and from December 2009-December 2011. Prior to serving on the Anaheim City Council, he was Chairman of the City of Anaheim Budget Advisory Commission. Director Sidhu also serves on the City of Anaheim Audit Committee and as an Orange County Sanitation District Alternate Director.

Prior to serving on the Anaheim City Council, he was Chairman of the City of Anaheim Budget Advisory Commission. Director Sidhu also serves on the City of Anaheim Audit Committee and as an Orange County Sanitation District Alternate Director.

Director Sidhu is an Anaheim resident and leader who cares deeply about his community and the people living in it. He is committed to encouraging a thriving business culture and economic development in the region that will create jobs, housing, and meet the needs of the taxpayers. His achievements while in office include initiating a free annual health fair in the City, supporting a charter amendment which was placed on the November 2006 ballot to forever prohibit eminent domain abuse in the City of Anaheim, and implementing an annual Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo.

Director Sidhu is honored to have been elected to serve as an Anaheim City Council Member - the first person of Indian heritage to have achieved this position. Born and raised in India, Sidhu immigrated to the United States in 1974 with his parents as a permanent resident, settling in Philadelphia, Pa., where he completed his education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

In 1979, Director Sidhu became a United States citizen, and in 1980, he left the Philadelphia area and moved to California where he began his professional life as a consulting engineer with Rockwell International and General Dynamics, and as a U.S. Defense Industry Engineer for Hughes Aircraft. During that period, he became a licensed Professional Engineer - a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, and obtained a General Contractor’s License (B). He is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

Director Sidhu understands the value of honest, hard work. He worked his way through college, and started a small business that began with a single restaurant. Director Sidhu is now recognized as a successful California businessman and owner of restaurants in Orange County. He and his wife, Gin, have two children.

His community involvement includes the following: Community Advisory Board Member, Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim; Advisory Board Member, Anaheim Family YMCA; Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Member; Anaheim Small Business Chamber Committee Member; Orange County Republican Party, Deputy Chairman, City of Anaheim; Anaheim Youth Soccer coach; charity fundraiser and sponsor of children's sports; supporter of the arts and arts education; and many civic activities.

Jan M. Flory, Esq. | Division 10

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Service Area: Fullerton

Jan M. Flory, Esq. was appointed by the Fullerton City Council in January 2014 to serve on OCWD’s Board of Directors, beginning January 22. Director Flory was previously appointed to OCWD’s Board and served a four-year term from 1999-2002.

Director Flory has been a longtime public servant and resident of Fullerton. In November 2012, she was re-elected to the Fullerton City Council. She previously served on the Council from October 1994 through December 2002. She was also the city's Mayor in 1998-99, and Mayor Pro Tem in 1997-98 and 2001-02. Flory also served on the Fullerton’s Planning and Community Services commissions and was a former appointee to the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency and the Sister City Association.

Director Flory is a family law attorney and has maintained her law office in Fullerton since 1986. She claims that 28 years of working with families in distress has prepared her for being on the City Council. She was admitted to the practice of law in 1986 by both the California State Bar and the U.S. Court of Appeals. She is currently a member of the Orange County and North Orange County Bar associations, as well as the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar. She was a licensed real estate broker for 15 years prior to becoming a lawyer, and she and her husband, Bill, owned and managed a new home sales business in Fullerton for more than 12 years.

Director Flory was born in New Zealand, and was brought to this country by her Kiwi mother when she was six months old to rejoin her U.S. Marine father. She grew up in Garden Grove where she still has several friends that she went to kindergarten with.

Flory and her husband Bill have been married for 48 years. They and their three-year-old twins, Mike and Rob, moved to Fullerton in 1970. All four of them are graduates of California State University, Fullerton. Flory completed her education at Western State University College of Law where she earned a juris doctorate in 1986.

Flory and her husband have three grandchildren who live close by allowing them to have close contact with the little ones.

10 Jan M. Flory, Esq. 9 Harry Sidhu, P.E. 8 Vincent F. Sarmiento, Esq. 7 Shawn Dewane | President 6 Cathy Green | 1st Vice President 5 Stephen R. Sheldon 4 Philip L. Anthony 3 Roger C. Yoh, P.E. | 2nd Vice President 3 Roger C. Yoh, P.E. | 2nd Vice President 3 Roger C. Yoh, P.E. | 2nd Vice President 2 Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E. 2 Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E. 2 Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E. 1 Dina Nguyen
Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster
Orange, Villa Park and parts of Tustin
Orange, Villa Park and parts of Tustin
Orange, Villa Park and parts of Tustin
Buena Park, La Palma, Placentia, Yorba Linda, and parts of Cypress
Buena Park, La Palma, Placentia, Yorba Linda, and parts of Cypress
Buena Park, La Palma, Placentia, Yorba Linda, and parts of Cypress
Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and parts of Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster
Parts of Irvine and Newport Beach
Parts of Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach
Costa Mesa and parts of Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin
Santa Ana
Anaheim
Fullerton