Lake Forest, CA — At the December Board meeting, the El Toro Water District (ETWD; District) Board of Directors elected Kathryn Freshley to serve as President and Kay Havens to serve as Vice President. President Freshley and Vice President Havens were the first women to serve on the ETWD Board of Directors and are the first women to serve as officers in the District’s 61-year history.
President Freshley has served on the board since 2018 and brings extensive experience in engineering, strategic planning and financial control systems. Freshley, who previously served as Vice President for the Board in 2021, said that her top priority is to continue making economically sound infrastructure investments to ensure customers a sustainable water supply now and for future generations. She also serves as the Alternate Special District Representative of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and represents ETWD as a Director on the South Orange County Wastewater Authority. Freshley currently chairs the District’s Regional Reclamation committee and ETWD’s Budget committee.
“It is an honor to serve in this role and I look forward to leading the District in 2022,” said Freshley. “As a board we are pleased to continue ETWD’s high level commitment to provide reliable water, wastewater and recycled water services to the community in an environmentally and economically responsible way.”
Vice President Havens has served on the board since 2019 and brings a high level of expertise to the board in environmental analysis, water quality and as a certified Master Gardener Sustainable Landscape Expert. Havens’ top priority is to continue to educate the community on the importance of water use efficiency and making better choices for a sustainable future.
Havens currently chairs the ETWD Finance and Insurance Committee. She also represents ETWD as the Vice-chair of the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee.
The El Toro Water District is a District of Distinction accredited by the Special District Leadership Foundation because of its commitment to good governance and to ethical and sound operating practices. ETWD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors and provides full-service potable water, wastewater and recycled water for use across portions of the cities of Aliso Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo and the entire city of Laguna Woods.