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Keith BlackburnKeith Blackburn

Board Chair

Keith Blackburn represents the City of Carlsbad. He has been on EWA’s Board since 2009 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Blackburn was a police officer for 29 years, including 21 years with the Carlsbad Police Department, and holds a Master's Degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Blackburn has served on various regional boards including SANDAG, North County Transit District and the San Diego County Water Authority. Community involvement has included the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Animal Shelter and Meals on Wheels.


Judy Ritter

Board Vice Chair 

Judy Ritter

Mayor Judy Ritter represents the City of Vista and Buena Sanitation District. She has served on EWA’s Board since 2003 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mayor Ritter has been the City of Vista’s Mayor since 2010. She represents Vista on SANDAG as a board member and Transportation Committee member. Mayor Ritter has been a business owner and resident in the community for over four decades.


Cori Schumacher

Cori Schumacher

Cori Schumacher represents the City of Carlsbad and is currently a member of the Policy and Finance Committee. Ms. Schumacher has served on various regional boards including SANDAG, Clean Energy Alliance JPA, and the League Housing, Community & Economic Development Policy Committee. In addition, her community involvement has included being a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a social and environmental justice activist, and co-founder of The Inspire Initiative.


John Franklin 2019 Head Shot resizedJohn Franklin

John Franklin represents the City of Vista and Buena Sanitation District. He was elected to the Vista City Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He has been a strong advocate for improving public safety and for improving traffic flows in the community. A graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., Mr. Franklin served nearly a decade as a congressional policy advisor before opening his own small business in Vista.


Jim HernandezJim Hernandez


Jim Hernandez represents the Vallecitos Water District. He has been on EWA’s Board since 2013 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Hernandez is an architect and small business owner, and has lived in San Marcos for over 40 years. After serving in the United States Marine Corp, he attended Palomar College and then continued his education at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona). Mr. Hernandez was a San Marcos Planning Commissioner for 14 years and past president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, and Palomar College Foundation.


Mike Sannella Board Photo resizedMike Sannella

Mike Sannella was first elected to the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors, Division 4 in 2014. He represents parts of San Marcos, Carlsbad, and the Lake San Marcos community. A resident of San Marcos since 1996, Sannella’s involvement in the community includes having served as City Planning Commissioner, Vice President of the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, and Vice President of San Diego County Crime Stoppers.


Elaine SullivanElaine Sullivan

Elaine Sullivan represents the Leucadia Wastewater District. She has served on EWA’s Board since 1988 and is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Ms. Sullivan is retired from her previously owned interior decorating business in Carlsbad. She also serves on the California Special District Association (CSDA) Membership and Education Committees.


Judy Hanson  Judy Hanson resized

Judy Hanson joined the Leucadia Wastewater District Board in 1983 and was most recently re-elected in 2020. Ms. Hanson is a resident of the Village Park area of Encinitas. She retired from the San Dieguito Water District/City of Encinitas as a Finance Supervisor. She represents the District on the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority Board of Directors and has served on the San Diego County LAFCO Special District Advisory Committee. Her community services include volunteering at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas.


Catherine BlakespearCatherine Blakespear

Mayor Catherine Blakespear represents the City of Encinitas. She has been on EWA’s Board since 2017 and is currently on the Capital Improvement Committee. Mayor Blakespear is a fourth-generation Encinitas resident who also works as an attorney. In November 2014, after four years on the Encinitas Traffic & Public Safety Commission, she was elected to a four-year term on the Encinitas City Council. After two years, that included a stint as Deputy Mayor, she ran a successful campaign to become the second elected Mayor of Encinitas.


Elaine SullivanJoe Mosca

Joe Mosca represents the City of Encinitas on EWA's Board of Directors. Mr. Mosca was appointed to the Encinitas City Council in 2017 and elected in 2018. He is currently on the Policy and Finance Committee. Additionally, Mr. Mosca is an attorney with significant work experience in the energy sector. Mr. Mosca serves on a number of regional and State organizations, including San Diego County Water Authority and the League of California Cities.