What you need to know about me and why I am seeking to retain my position on the El Toro Water District Board:
Hello, my name is Kathryn Freshley and I am a Licensed Professional Engineer with graduate management education and over 40+ years working in increasingly responsible industry positions in engineering, executive management, business and strategic planning and financial systems and controls. I have been putting my prior business knowledge to help address many public issues. Having been appointed to complete the term of Director, Bill Kahn, who recently passed, I am confident that with the years of participation in water industry seminars and water educational foundation visitations, I have the technical and business knowledge to ensure the El Toro Water District continues to be recognized as a "Water District of Distinction" by the California Association of Water Districts. This is an elite honor and is based upon superior performance regarding water quality, reliability and customer service.
Why I care
Water is a natural resource we often take for granted. However, in Southern California, this resource must be carefully managed for the benefit of all. This requires board members who have good technical and financial backgrounds and have demonstrated the capability to provide leadership through challenging issues when there are many stakeholders who have different opinions on what should be done.
As the recent (alternative) Public member of the Orange County Local Agency Formulation Commission, I have experience and, more importantly, a clearer understanding of the critical issues affecting both local and statewide water delivery systems.
I am a Community Leader
In 2015, the OC Register recognized me as One of OC’s Most Influential Community Leaders. In addition, I served six years on the Laguna Woods Village (LWV) Third Mutual HOA, three of which as Treasurer with a $35 million budget. I was also President of the LWV Golden Rain Foundation with a combined budget of $100 million and led the community to change its governance model to that of a self-governed municipality.
I understand the Challenges
Having been appointed to the District Board and participated in engineering/finance and board meeting for the pass 6 years, I am well aware of the status of current projects and the importance of maintaining ETWD's water and wastewater infrastructure. This ensures that customers pay the lowest rates possible for both water, wastewater and recycled water services. I also recognize the importance of keeping customers informed about District programs via proactive public outreach activities and encouraging working together with other agencies to ensure water quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness.
I promise to work with each of the communities served by ETWD and the District's Executive Management team.
I respectfully ask for your vote