Regional Water Board Members
David Noren, ChairMr. Noren, of Sebastopol, is the Manager of Environmental Services for EBA Engineering in Santa Rosa. He is a co-founder and member of the Sebastopol Water Information Group, a member of the California Groundwater Association, and a Registered Environmental Assessor. Mr. Noren was appointed to the Regional Water Board on April 9, 2008. His term expires September 30, 2018.
Valerie Minton, Vice-Chair
Valerie Minton, of Petaluma, has been program director at the Sonoma Resource Conservation District since 2012, where she has held multiple positions since 2008, including conservation project manager and project coordinator. She was an environmental science intern at the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board from 2006 to 2008. Minton is a fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa. Her term expires September 30, 2017.
Hector Bedolla, of Healdsburg, has been vineyard manager at North Pacific Vineyard Management since 2016. He was a crop advisor and agronomist at Crop Production Services from 2013 to 2016 and vineyard and ranch manager at Stuhlmuller Vineyards from 2011 to 2013. He was a consulting viticulturist at Windsor Oaks Vineyards in 2011 and an agricultural biologist in the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's Office in 2010. He was a vineyard manager at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates from 2000 to 2010 and at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars from 1999 to 2000. He was vice president of vineyard operations at Hambrecht Vineyards from 1995 to 1999. He was vineyard manager at Hambrecht and Peterson Vineyards from 1988 to 1995 and at Iron Horse Vineyards from 1983 to 1988. Mr. Bedolla was appointed to the Regional Water Board on December 2, 2016. His term expires September 30, 2020.
John W. Corbett
University of Stockholm School of Law with a thesis on water quality administration. He has previously lectured at Humboldt State University on water quality law, Indian water rights, air quality law and the politics of Natural Resources. He was a sponsored participant at the Harvard University Environmental Policy management program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Present governmental service includes the Mckinleyville Community Services District, hearing officer for the Regional Air Quality Board, Co-Chair Del Norte Marine Collaborative, and the Eel River SGMA. Past service includes California Coastal Commission, Federal Magistrate Judge Klamath River Indian Fishing, Humboldt County Supervisor, City Attorney Arcata, and senior attorney Yurok Tribe.
Mr. Corbett was a key negotiator for the Yurok Tribe for the removal of four dams on the Klamath River, successfully drafted an amendment to the Clean Water Act, was part of the team to acquire the mouth of Blue Creek, the largest cold water refugium for salmon on the Klamath River and the related 43,000 acre watershed, was a leader in having the first designated cultural beneficial use for Native Americans in California, and the development of climate change regulations for forest fire burn areas.
Key areas of interest are coordinating water quality marine Areas of Special Biological Significance with the newly designated California Marine Reserve program of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and additional climate change regulations as warranted. Mr. Corbett was appointed to the regional Water Board on December 21, 2001. He is currently serving his third consecutive term as Chairman of the Board. His term expires September 30, 2019.
Kelli Gant, of Trinity Center, was a director and technical writer for various software companies for over twenty years before moving to Trinity County. She earned a BS in Economics from UC Davis. She currently serves as a Board member for the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce and the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association; is President of the Trinity Lake Revitalization Alliance; a member of the Trinity Collaborative; is a federally appointed member of the Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG); and is an elected Board Director for the Trinity Public Utilities District. Ms. Gant was appointed to the Regional Water Board on November 25, 2015. Her term expires September 30, 2019.
Gregory Giusti, of Kelseyville, has been appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Giusti has been an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology at the University of California Cooperative Extension since 1985. He was an agricultural biologist at the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985 and chief biologist at the Marine Ecological Institute from 1979 to 1981. He earned a Master of Arts degree in ecology and population biology from California State University, San Francisco. Mr. Giusti was appointed to the Regional Water Board on November 25, 2013. His term expires September 30, 2017.
Mr. Hales, of Eureka, is a geologist with the consulting firm McBain & Trush, Inc., specializing in streamflow and sediment management needs to naturally restore fluvial processes on regulated rivers. He is a licensed California Professional Geologist. Mr. Hales earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University. Mr. Hales was appointed to the Regional Water Board on February 27, 2007. His term expires September 30, 2016.
Updated February 7, 2017