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.
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.
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.
Director Hall serves as President of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies; Chair of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Commission; President of the Chino Basin Regional Financing Authority; Director of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority. Director Hall also serves as a representative to the Association of California Water Agencies, Regional Sewerage Program Policy Committee; and as an alternate representative to the Chino Basin Water Bank.
Director Hall previously served as Secretary of the Fontana Planning Commission and as Chairwoman for the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission.
Director Hall holds an MBA degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management from National University, San Diego, a BS degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, San Diego, and a Project Management Certification from University of California, Irvine.
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 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.