Board Members

Meet the Board Members

Lana Ong Peterson, Chair

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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

Kris Murray, Vice-Chair

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Kristine (Kris) Murray of Anaheim, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2018. Ms. Murray is president and chief executive officer at KLM Strategies since 2018 and has more than 25 years of executive management experience, serving public agencies across Southern California. Ms. Murray began her career in Washington, D.C. as a senior legislative aide to U.S. Representative Steve Horn (CA-38). Most recently, Ms. Murray served as an at-large member of the Anaheim City Council serving more than 350,000 residents from 2010 - 2018. During her tenure, she chaired the Orange County Council of Governments Board of Directors, Southern California Water Committee Water Energy Task Force and served on the boards of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Association of California Cities–Orange County (ACC-OC), League of California Cities, and Transportation Corridor Agencies. Prior to her service on the city council, she was a member of the Anaheim Public Utilities Commission, serving as Vice-chair of the board.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2022

William Ruh, Board Member, Past Chair

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William Ruh of 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, 2023

Dan 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

Joe Kerr, Board Member

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Joe Kerr of Coto de Caza, is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a Fire Captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department for 34 years.  He was elected as the first President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association where he served 17 years, and he has also served in numerous other leadership positions as a former Vice President of the California Professional Firefighters Association, as the Southern Director for the California State Firefighters Association, and as the10th District Field Service Representative for the International Association of Firefighters.  Kerr has been a business agent at the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association since 2012, and he was a member of the California Workforce Investment Board from 2003 to 2004.  He has been a member of the Honor Society – Washington D.C. since 2018 and is a 2005 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2022

Letitia Clark, Board Member

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Letitia Clark of Tustin, was appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2020. Ms. Clark is currently District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations at the South Orange County Community College District since 2018 and previously served as District Director of Public Affairs, Marketing and Government Relations at the Coast Community College District from 2015 to 2018.  Ms. Clark has also served as Executive Director and Community Relations Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County from 2013 to 2015 and has been a Member of the Tustin City Council since 2016.   Ms. Clark earned a Master of Public Policy degree in emergency management from New England College. Ms. Clark’s appointment is pending Senate confirmation.

  • Appointment Expires: September 30, 2024

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).