IEWorks is in the process of becoming a 501(c3) nonprofit organization. It is currently governed through a leadership committee and executive level group working in collaboration with JVS. At this time, JVS is the fiscal and program sponsor, providing guidance and support towards building the regional consortium. As IEWorks grows, additional representatives will be added from signatory agencies.

IEWorks Leaders


Gracie Torres

Gracie Torres joined Western’s Board of Directors in December 2018 and now serves as Vice President. She  represents Division 2, which includes portions of the City of Riverside located southeast of the 91 Freeway and west of the 215 Freeway, portions of Lake Mathews, March Air Reserve Base, and Woodcrest.

Gracie Torres is a longtime Riverside resident and a proud product of Riverside Unified School District schools as well as Riverside Community College. Her passion for water quality and environmental science developed when she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry and a Master’s in Earth and Environmental Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She is currently working on a Doctorate in Public Administration at Cal Baptist University (CBU).  Professionally, she is a water chemist and water quality compliance planner with Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and is an adjunct chemistry professor at CSUSB.

Gracie Torres and her husband live in Riverside with their three children. Her current term on the Western Board of Directors expires in December 2022.

Vice President


Representing the northern portion of the City of Murrieta, the southwest portion of the City of Moreno Valley, the northern portion of the City of Perris and the unincorporated areas of French Valley, Winchester, Domenigoni, Diamond Valley, Homeland, Juniper Flats, Nuevo, Lakeview, Gilman Hot Springs, and Green Acres.

Philip E. Paule has served on EMWD’s Board of Directors since 2007 and has worked at various levels of government for more than three decades.

Mr. Paule served as Board President from 2013-14 and 2021-24. He serves on EMWD’s Administrative, Executive, Deferred Compensation, and Retirement Trust committees.

Mr. Paule also serves as EMWD’s representative on the Hemet-San Jacinto Watermaster Board of Directors and the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) Board of Directors.

He serves on EMWD’s Ad Hoc committees for Lake Hemet Municipal Water District, Western Municipal Water District, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Committee, and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Committee.

Mr. Paule resides in French Valley with his wife and two sons. He is active in several youth organizations in the region.

His EMWD board term expires at the end of December 2026.

Jasmin Hall



Susan brings expertise in the areas of crisis management, conflict resolution, community relations, program development, workshop facilitation and grant writing.

Susan most recently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.

Her experience in public affairs includes handling managing tensions and resolving disputes between opposing groups related to a range of issues including product boycotts, fee increases, policy changes, race, gender and sociopolitical conflicts.

She holds a doctorate in Education Administration from Syracuse University, a masters in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Hartford.

West Valley Water District, President Channing Hawkins headshot


Channing Hawkins

Director Channing Hawkins is a founder of IEWorks and led the groundbreaking work to secure key funding to establish IEWorks as a 501(c)3. 

.The people of the West Valley Water District elected Channing Hawkins to the Board of Directors in November 2019. Director Hawkins represents District 4, which includes the communities of Rialto, Colton, Bloomington and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Understanding that water is a vital public resource, he serves based on the belief that the West Valley Water District must be transparent, accountable and create opportunities that benefit local families. Through his role, he is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable water for the inland empire.

Director Hawkins is a longtime organizer for worker rights, civil rights and social injustices causes and has served as an adviser to members of the California State Assembly, U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He currently serves as a County of Riverside worker’s rights advocate, City of Rialto human relations commissioner, adult literacy volunteer to City of Colton residents and mentor to County of San Bernardino at-risk youth.

Director Hawkins earned a law degree and undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., is a proud member of the Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in the Del Rosa Community of San Bernardino and is a committed husband and father of three boys and daughter.

Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Director Jasmin Hall headshot


jasmin Hall

Jasmin Hall serves as Vice President of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency Board of Directors where she represents Division 4, the City of Fontana and portions of the Cities of Rialto and Bloomington. Director Hall was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013, elected in November 2014, and re-elected in November 2018 and November 2022.

Director Hall serves as the IEUA representative to the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and is a member of the ACWA Energy Committee. Director Hall is a Director of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority and a Commissioner on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Commission. Director Hall is also the Agencies representative to the California Association of Sanitation Agencies where she previously served as President.

She has extensive experience in community leadership by serving as the Fontana Planning Commission Secretary and serving as Chairwoman for the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission. Director Hall initiated the process that earned the Inland Empire Utilities Agency the Special District Leadership Foundation’s District Transparency Certificate of Excellence.

She received a Recognition in Special District Governance certificate, which is designed to honor special district Board members and trustees that demonstrate their commitment to continuing education and special districts governance. The recognition covers the essentials of good governance, as well as service-specific education.

Director Hall holds a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management from National University, San Diego, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix, San Diego, and a Project Management Certification from the University of California, Irvine.


Scott Goodell

Scott Goodell experienced program manager with over 14 years of experience designing and delivering high-profile career pathway training programs for workers in labor/management partnership settings.  His career has included work with UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, Building Skills Partnership, and most recently, SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund. Scott holds a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies and a holds a Certificate in Project Management from Cal State Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Toups

Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience leading workforce education and training strategies, with particular expertise in the utilities and healthcare industries. Elizabeth recently led research to identify workforce capacity and training needs to connect people to water industry jobs in the Bay Area, which resulted in the Water and Wastewater Career Pathways report.

Prior to JVS, Elizabeth served as the Executive Director of the SEIU UHW-West and Joint Employer Education Fund. She received her master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.

Aaliyah Martin

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