Board Members

Meet the Board Members

William Ruh, Chair

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William Ruhof Montclair, CA, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2002.  Mr. Ruh also has served on the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors as director of governmental affairs since 2001 as a consultant for the State Assembly Select Committee on the Alameda Corridor East since 1999 and has served on the Montclair City Council since 1998.  Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Monte Vista Water District from 1991 to 1998 and the Planning Commission for the City of Montclair from 1988 to 1998.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2019

Linda I. Ackerman, Vice-Chair

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Linda I. Ackerman of Irvine, CA, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2010. She also serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, where she has served as a Director representing the Municipal Water District of Orange County since 2008. Ms. Ackerman serves on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority OWOW Steering Committee. In addition, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Municipal Caucus at the National Water Resources Association.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2018

Tom M. Rivera, Board Member

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Dr. Tom M. Rivera of Grand Terrace, CA, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2013. Dr. Rivera was a Peace Corps volunteer serving in South America from 1963 through 1965.  He retired in 2011 from California State University, San Bernardino after 39 years as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  He has an extensive record of active participation as a board member and volunteer in numerous community organizations.  He is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater San Bernardino founded in 1967.  Dr. Rivera earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973.  Dr. Rivera and his wife Lily have been married 52 years, have three children, and two grandchildren.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2019

William von Blasingame, Board Member

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William von Blasingame of Irvine, CA, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2013.   He has been a member of the One OC Finance Committee of the Board of Directors since 2011 and of the Orange Children and Parents Together Board of Directors since 2008.  He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Caribbean Operations at Mirant Energy Company (Now NRG) and Chief Financial Officer and Vice President at Edison Mission Energy Asia Pte., based in Singapore for a decade.  Mr. Von Blasingame earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of California.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2020

Lana Ong Peterson, Board Member

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Lana Ong Peterson of Orange, CA, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2016. Ms. Peterson has been director of public affairs at the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2010, including senior public affairs representative and senior communications specialist. She held several positions at Cox Communications from 2004 to 2010, including senior communications specialist, communications specialist and public relations coordinator. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Chapman University.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2021

Daniel Selmi, Board Member

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Daniel Selmi of Newport Beach, CA, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2016.  Mr. Selmi has been a professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles since 1983. He was a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1976 to 1983 and a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Manuel L. Real at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1975 to 1976. Mr. Selmi earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2021

Board Information Sheet - Including Board Members and Senior Staff.

GENERAL STATEMENT

The primary duty of the Regional Board is to protect the quality of the waters within the Region for all beneficial uses. This duty is implemented by formulating and adopting water quality plans for specific ground or surface water bodies and by prescribing and enforcing requirements on domestic and industrial water discharges. The specific responsibilities and procedures of the Regional Water Quality Boards and the State Water Resources Control Board are outlined in the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Division 7, California Water Code).