ETWD Board Elects New Officers

The El Toro Water District (ETWD) Board of Directors announced that it has elected Kathryn Freshley to serve as president and Kay Havens to serve as vice president. Both were the first women to serve on the ETWD board and are the first women to serve as officers in its 61-year history.  

Freshley has served on the board since 2018 and brings extensive experience in engineering, strategic planning and financial control systems. Freshley, who previously served as vice president for the board in 2021, said that her top priority is to continue making economically sound infrastructure investments to ensure customers a sustainable water supply now and for future generations. She also serves as the alternate special district representative of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission and represents ETWD as a director on the South Orange County Wastewater Authority. Freshley currently chairs ETWD’s regional reclamation committee and budget committee.

Havens has served on the board since 2019 and brings a high level of expertise to the board in environmental analysis, water quality and as a certified Master Gardener Sustainable Landscape Expert. Havens’ top priority is to continue to educate the community on the importance of water use efficiency and making better choices for a sustainable future.

Havens currently chairs the ETWD finance and insurance committee. She also represents ETWD as the vice chair of the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee.

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