Strengthening the Foundation: Recognizing Board Legacy, Welcoming a New Board Member, and Celebrating Employee Promotions
As Soquel Creek Water District embarks on an exciting new chapter in its history, it recognizes the achievements of a departing board member, welcomes a new board member, and celebrates the advancement of dedicated team members. During this period of transition and growth the District reinforces its commitment to excellence, community service, and the sustainable management of our water resources.
Dr. Bruce Daniels: A Legacy of Dedication and Service
The District said farewell to longtime director Dr. Bruce Daniels, whose 23-year tenure on the board was marked by unwavering dedication to the District and a commitment to the betterment of the community. Under Daniels' guidance, the District has made remarkable strides in developing and achieving numerous goals, including innovative conservation measures like the Water Demand Offset (WDO) Program and the successful identification of alternative water sources. His strategic vision and deep understanding of climate change and water management issues have helped establish the district as a model for sustainable water practices. Daniels’ insights and experience were instrumental in guiding the District through numerous challenges and successes, leaving an indelible mark on its operations. His legacy of leadership and his tireless efforts in advocating for responsible water management were valuable contributions to the community. Dr. Daniels officially left his position on June 19, 2023.
Jennifer Balboni: Newly Appointed Director
Jennifer Balboni is the newest member of the District Board of Directors. After an open application and interview process was conducted, she was sworn in and appointed on August 15 to fill the vacant seat of longtime Board member Dr. Bruce Daniels. She has been a resident of Aptos for three decades and brings a wealth of experience and passion to her board role. Balboni’s deep connection to the community is evident through her involvement in local initiatives and her dedication to environmental stewardship. She is a California Certified Naturalist and former local business owner and is prepared to contribute her skills and expertise to the District's ongoing initiatives.
Balboni’s passion and interest in water-related issues led to her membership in the District’s inaugural class of the Water Wise Academy in 2018, a program that allows District customers to gain a deeper understanding of the District and its mission. In 2019, her commitment to responsible water management prompted her to volunteer and serve as a public member on the District’s Water Resource Management & Infrastructure Committee. Her work on the committee underscores her commitment to responsible water management and sustainable practices. Her dynamic background, her dedication to environmental protection, and her active role in the community, make her a great addition to the District Board.
Embracing Growth: Celebrating Employee Promotions
In the first half of 2023, the District has celebrated the hard work and dedication of several team members who have advanced within the agency:
- Nick Emmert was promoted from Operations & Maintenance Supervisor to the District’s O&M Manager.
- Eric Humble was promoted from Sr. Water Distribution Operator to O&M Supervisor
- Andy Villegas was promoted from Water Distribution Operator II to Sr. Water Distribution Operator
- Jordan Talbot was promoted from Water Distribution Operator II to Water Systems Operator I
- Courtney McEvoy was promoted from Customer Service & Billing Technician II to Contracts & Customer Billing Specialist
- Sarah Stevens and Drew Carlson were promoted from Customer Service Field Tech I to Customer Service Field Tech II
Hats-off to these deserved promotions, and to all the hardworking staff of the District.
A Bright Future Ahead
As the Soquel Creek Water District enters this new era, the community can expect a continued commitment to excellence and innovation. The combined efforts of visionary leaders and the enduring legacy of individuals like Dr. Bruce Daniels, alongside the growth of dedicated employees, will continue to support the District's mission of providing a sustainable and reliable water supply for all. With a steadfast focus on the community's need for safe water and a healthy environment, the District is prepared to navigate the future with determination and resilience.