Meet the Board Members & Executive Officers

Board Members

Karl E. Longley, Chair

Board Chair, Karl E. Longley

Karl E. Longley, of Fresno, is a emeritus professor and dean of engineering and he is the founding director of the California Water Institute at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Longley is a member of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Nature Conservancy, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation. Dr. Longley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and he is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Dr. Longley's professional practice has focused upon water and wastewater treatment and supply.

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2021

Denise Kadara, Vice-Chair

Vice Chair Denise Kadara

Denise Kadara currently serves on the board of the Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners and president of the Allensworth Progressive Association, a non-profit organization serving community needs. Her career spans over 25 years of public service from entry level positions to senior planner, senior management analyst, and consultant for cities in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Mateo counties in California. Her expertise includes housing, economic and community planning, policy development and program implementation. She received her education in urban/regional planning and public administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and University of La Verne, La Verne, CA respectively. She is retired and moved to Allensworth in May 2010 with her husband where they now devote their time toward improving the quality of life of residents in the community and other disadvantaged communities. Since 2010, she and her husband have focused on community issues pertaining to water quality, distressed housing, infrastructure, youth/leadership development, environmental justice and economic development. She recently served as a member of the Tulare Lake Basin Disadvantaged Community Water Study -Stakeholders Oversight Advisory Committee (SOAC).

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2022

Nicholas Avdis, Board Member

Board Member Nicholas Avdis

Nicholas Avdis is Of Counsel at the Thomas Law Group in Sacramento, specializing in land use and general real estate matters. He is also a third generation cattle rancher in Sacramento County. The child of immigrants, he is committed to public service including membership on the governing boards of the Capitol Area Development Authority, Reclamation District 1000, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Mr. Avdis has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis and received his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall).

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2023

Mark Bradford, Board Member

Board Member Mark Bradford

Mr. Bradford graduated from U.C. Davis with a B.S. degree in Renewable Natural Resources.  He served as a Program Director for Ecology & Environment, Inc. in San Francisco from 1979 - 1992, and as a Principal at ERM-West, Inc. (ERM), in Sacramento from 1992 - 2016.  His consulting experience in Northern California involved managing large, complex site investigation/ remediation programs, as well as projects addressing compliance, permitting, and environmental management systems for a wide range of government and private sector clients. These services involved complex multidisciplinary teams including Geologists, Hydrogeologists; Engineers, Toxicologists and a variety of other scientific disciplines. Regulatory agency coordination and negotiation was a key component of these programs. Mr. Bradford has extensive expertise in program organization, budgeting, cost control and contract negotiations.

As a Principal at ERM, he managed the Sacramento office and participated in strategic senior management discussions for 24 years during a period of strong growth. He was also the partner in charge of coordinating ERM's US government sector sales and delivery.

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2023

Raji Brar, Board Member

Board Member Raji Brar

Raji Brar is owner and operator at Countryside Market & Restaurants. She has previously served as a City Council Member for the City of Arvin, Vice-Chair for the Arvin Redevelopment Agency and as a Governing Board Member for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Brar obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Masters of Science in Health Care Administration from Cal State University Bakersfield. She has previously worked as a Chemist for BC Laboratories and as an Executive Assistant at ClinicaSierra Vista. She was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the 15th District Agricultural Association Governing Board. Brar also serves on the Governing Board of Kern Health Systems. She also co-founded and is Director of the Bakersfield Sikh Women's Association. The Sikh Women's Association is a non-profit which gives out needs based scholarships to deserving students throughout Bakersfield and partners with the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2024

Carmen L. Ramirez, Board Member

Board Member Carmen L. Ramirez

Carmen Ramirez is a partner at the Law Offices of Kelsey Souders & Ramirez. She works almost exclusively in the civil litigation area of the law with an emphasis on real property and commercial cases. Ms. Ramirez has been an attorney since 2009. Previously she was employed by the City of Merced where she was involved with environmental remediation and water quality issues.

Ms. Ramirez received her law degree from San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. She received her bachelor's degree from UCLA. Ms. Ramirez resides in Atwater.

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2021

Sean J. Yang, Board Member

Board Member Sean Yang

Sean J. Yang lives in Sacramento and has been a Central Valley resident for over 30 years. He works as a Medical Imaging Specialist for Kaiser Permanente Hospital, where he has been employed since 2016. Yang has been in the medical field for 20 years with four different companies. Yang is a former farmer in the Central Valley who has many friends and family members who farm. As a volunteer, Yang serves as a food delivery driver for Elk Grove Food Bank and is Regional Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. Yang is also a school board member of the Elk Grove Unified School District.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University, and a Master Business of Administration degree from Fresno State University. Yang is married to Ka Bao Yang, and they have two girls and two boys.

  • Appointment Expires: 09/30/2022

Executive Officers

Patrick Pulupa, Executive Officer

Executive Officer Patrick Pulupa

Patrick Pulupa started his career as an attorney representing the Board, advising the Board as it endeavored to find equitable solutions for the diverse water quality issues facing the Central Valley. As the Board’s Executive Officer, Patrick works to ensure the Board achieves its vision of ensuring that the Valley’s aquifers and surface waters meet or exceed water quality necessary to support all beneficial uses, and that all communities have access to safe, affordable, and resilient water supplies.

Patrick has a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and received his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall).

Adam W. Laputz, Assistant Executive Officer, Rancho Cordova Office

Assistant Executive Officer Adam W. Laputz

Adam Laputz has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. Adam is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 14 years of experience working in water quality programs. He has been with the State and Regional Water Boards for over 12 years working in surface water permitting, irrigated lands, water recycling, 401 certification, and waste discharge to land programs. Adam manages the NPDES Point Source Permitting, Irrigated Lands Assessment and Planning, and TMDL Basin Planning sections in the Central Valley Water Board's Sacramento office.

John "J.J." Baum, Assistant Executive Officer, Rancho Cordova Office

Assistant Executive Officer J.J. Baum

J.J. Baum joined the Central Valley Water Board in 2020 after 21 years as a water quality professional in the public sector. J.J. has specialized experience in addressing water quality issues on construction projects, contaminated site cleanup/remediation, surface water quality monitoring, ecosystem restoration, and dredged material management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and earned his B.S and M.S degrees in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington and University of California, Davis respectively. J.J. manages the Permitting-Title 27, Compliance & Enforcement, Storage Tanks, and Cleanup sections in the Central Valley Water Board's Sacramento office.

Clay L. Rodgers, Assistant Executive Officer, Fresno Office

Assistant Executive Officer Clay L. Rodgers

Clay Rodgers graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Geology. Clay has been employed by the Central Valley Regional Water Board from 1999 to 2003 and since 2007. In addition to his experience at the Central Valley Water Board, Clay has 19 years of professional consulting experience. He is a Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist in California. As Assistant Executive Officer, he manages the Fresno Office.

Clint Snyder, Assistant Executive Officer, Redding Office

Assistant Executive Officer Clint Snyder

Clint Snyder graduated from California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Prior to joining the Central Valley Water Board in 2008, Clint was a principal at a private consulting firm and specialized in groundwater remediation and mining remediation, compliance and permitting. Central Valley Water Board experience includes compliance and permitting in the NPDES, Non-15, UST, SCP, and Land Disposal Programs. Clint is a Professional Geologist in California. Clint is Assistant Executive Officer and manages the Redding Office.

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The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is semi-autonomous and is comprised of seven part-time Board members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board makes critical water quality decisions for its region, including setting standards, issuing waste discharge requirements, determining compliance with those requirements, and taking appropriate enforcement actions.