Our Board of Directors

Helix is governed by a five-member board of directors, elected by the communities in which they reside, who oversee district policies and represent Helix in regional and state-level water resources management and policymaking.

Dan McMillan EA, MS, MBA

Board President / Division 1 Director

Current term    January 2018-December 2020
Appointed         January 2017

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Division 1 Map

Mark Gracyk

Board Vice President / Division 3 Director

Current term    December 2016-December 2020
First Elected      December 2016

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Division 3 Map

DeAna R. Verbeke

Division 2 Director

Current term    December 2018-December 2022
First Elected      April 2005

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Division 2 Map

Kathleen Coates Hedberg PE, MPH

Division 4 Director

Current term    December 2018-December 2022
First Elected      December 2006

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Division 4 Map

Joel A. Scalzitti

Division 5 Director

Current term    December 2016-December 2020
First Elected      December 2012

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Division 5 Map

Fiscal Year 2018-19

Committee Assignments

Boardmembers rotate committees annually, as directed by the board president.

Helix Water District

Water Quality and Resources Committee
Director Scalzitti, Chair
Director Verbeke, Vice Chair
Director McMillan, Alternate
Engineering and Operations Committee
Director Gracyk, Chair
Director Verbeke, Vice Chair
Director Scalzitti, Alternate
Finance and Administration Committee
Director McMillan, Chair
Director Hedberg, Vice Chair
Director Gracyk, Alternate
Parks, Land, Lakes and Garden Committee
Director McMillan, Chair
Director Scalzitti, Vice Chair
Director Gracyk, Alternate
Advanced Water Purification Ad Hoc Committee
Director Hedberg
Director Scalzitti
Scholarship Committee
Director Hedberg
Director Gracyk, Alternate

Regional and State-Level

San Diego County Water Authority
Director Hedberg, Board of Directors, Engineering Committee, Water Planning Committee, Water Conservation Garden Committee Alternate

Director Scalzitti, Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Engineering Committee, Imported Water Committee

Association of California Water Agencies
Director McMillan, Joint Powers Insurance Authority
Director Verbeke, Region 10 Vice Chair
Director Hedberg, Communications Committee and JPIA Alternate
California Special Districts Association
Director Gracyk, Grant Committee
Director McMillan, Alternate
East County Economic Development Council
Director McMillan
Director Verbeke, Alternate
Environmental Sustainability  Commission, City of La Mesa
Director Gracyk
Water Conservation Garden Authority
Director Verbeke
Harry Griffen Park Steering Committee
Director McMillan
Director Gracyk, Alternate
San Diego River Conservancy
Director Verbeke

 

National Water Resources Association
Director Verbeke
Cleantech San Diego
All
San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
All

 

Council of Water Utilities
All
WateReuse Association
All
Urban Water Institute
All

 

Your Representative

Helix board members are elected by residents in each of the five divisions shown on the map.

Dan McMillan, Division 1

DeAna Verbeke, Division 2

Mark Gracyk, Division 3

Kathleen Coates Hedberg, Division 4

Joel Scalzitti, Division 5

Resolution 85-59 of the Helix Water District Board of Directors states that the district’s general election will be held in conjunction with the statewide general election.

Each director is elected for a term of four years and assumes office at 12 p.m. on the first Friday in December following the election. Elections are held in November in even-numbered years.

Individuals interested in serving on the Helix Water District Board of Directors are invited to visit the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters for the latest information on how to file as a candidate, including filing deadlines.