Leadership

Cal Domestic’s History of Distinguished Leadership

Throughout its history, Cal Domestic has been guided by leaders noted for their innovation, accomplishment, entrepreneurship, and commitment to shareholders.

The contributions of our early leaders are memorialized in the names of city streets and parks. Leffingwell Road in Whittier is named for C.W. Leffingwell, a rancher who raised lemons and walnuts and served on Cal Domestic’s Board of Directors from 1905 to 1919. Byerrum Park in Fullerton was named for the family of Severen Byerrum, a former Director of Public Works for the City of La Habra and a member of the Cal Domestic Board of Directors from 1962 to 1969.

Cal Domestic’s leaders have also been on the cutting edge of science and innovation. George Chaffey, Cal Domestic’s first manager and member of the Board of Directors from 1903 to 1912, introduced hydroelectric systems in the region. Los Angeles too hired Chaffey to install its first streetlights and engaged him as President of the Los Angeles Electric Company before the formation of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Lynda Noriega (seated), with Myra Malner and Ernesto “Che” Venegas.
Lynda Noriega (seated), with Myra Malner and Ernesto “Che” Venegas.

Cal Domestic continues this history of leadership and distinction with its active support of the California Association of Mutual Water Companies, a statewide non-profit focused on providing advocacy and educational resources to ensure effective and compliant operation and governance for small water systems. Cal Domestic's staff have served as leaders and active board members of the San Gabriel Valley Water Association, which promotes, maintains, and coordinates the quantity and quality of water in the San Gabriel Valley.

Managing the local groundwater basin goes beyond the capabilities of any individual water producer, so Cal Domestic’s management team partners with the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (Watermaster) for regional water management. By pooling leadership and resources with other stakeholders, Cal Domestic saves money and forges valuable partnerships that help in developing regional water supply programs, dealing with the state and federal governments, and recovering damages from entities whose practices have compromised water quality and require expensive treatment methods. Learn more about regional water supply and quality programs that benefit shareholders.

Current Leadership

Lynda Noriega

Lynda Noriega, President

Lynda Noriega serves as Cal Domestic’s President. She began her career in water in 2001 with Valley County Water District, a retail water district based in Baldwin Park, California. She served as Operations Assistant, Water Quality Specialist, Finance & Administrative Manager, and Interim General Manager prior to her appointment as General Manager in 2011. In 2016, Ms. Noriega was hired as Vice President/General Manager of Cal Domestic as part of its leadership succession plan, and in January 2018 she officially transitioned to the position of President. She maintains operator certifications with the State Water Resources Control Board, including a Water Distribution D2 and a Water Treatment T2.

Ernesto “Che” Venegas

Ernesto “Che” Venegas, Director of Water Operations

Che Venegas serves as Cal Domestic’s Director of Water Operations. He began his career with the Company in 1998 and has served for more than two decades as the Chief Operator of water system facilities and operations. Mr. Venegas maintains operator certifications with the State Water Resources Control Board, including a Water Distribution D5 and a Water Treatment T5. These are the highest levels of operator certifications available in the State of California, and Mr. Venegas is one of only 70 individuals credited with this accolade.

Esmerelda “Myra” Malner

Esmeralda “Myra” Malner, Director of Finance and Administration

Myra Malner serves as Cal Domestic’s Director of Finance and Administration and Assistant Secretary. She began her career with the Company in 2011 as Accounting and Office Manager and Assistant Secretary. Ms. Malner also serves as Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer at both CalMutuals and CalMutuals Joint Powers Insurance Management Authority. Prior to joining Cal Domestic, she had over 13 years of public and private accounting experience. Ms. Malner is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her Master’s in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from De La Salle University in the Philippines. She maintains operator certifications with the State Water Resources Control Board, including a Water Distribution D2 and a Water Treatment T1.

Board of Directors

Richard D. Jones

Richard D. Jones

Chairman

Nominated by City of La Habra

Michael O. Quinn

Michael O. Quinn

Vice Chairman

Nominated by Suburban Water Systems

Thomas J. Prenovost, Jr.

Thomas J. Prenovost, Jr.

Secretary

Nominated by City of Brea

Richard J. Rich

Richard J. Rich

Chief Financial Officer

Nominated by Suburban Water Systems

Christopher D. Blake

Christopher D. Blake

Director

Nominated by City of Brea

Donald J. Hannah, Jr

Donald J. Hannah, Jr

Director

Nominated by City of La Habra