Governing Board

Governing Board

Patrick is the Manager of Conservation and Efficiencies at California American Water, overseeing all of the company’s conservation and public outreach programs throughout California. Its parent company, American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States. Patrick has been working for California American Water since 2004.

Patrick Pilz


Jan served as Water Conservation Manager for Otay Water District where, as manager for program development, she chaired the task force that led to the founding of The Water Conservation Garden. Jan managed the operations of The Garden from 1991 until retiring in 2001. She has three degrees in Horticulture from Cuyamaca College and is a volunteer instructor of landscaping at The Garden.

Jan Tubiolo

Vice President

Dr. Julianna Barnes began her tenure as President of Cuyamaca College in October 2015, bringing more than 27 years of higher education experience to this position. She is a passionate educational leader with a deep commitment to student success and equity.

Julianna Barnes, Ph.D.


Tom is owner of Backflow Services of La Mesa and has taught plumbing and backflow prevention technology at numerous community colleges. He has held leadership positions with the American Waterworks Association and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Tom is an active volunteer with the San Diego Model A Club and Stand Up for Kids teen homeless shelter.

Tom Allingham

Chris is the CEO and founder of BigFish Consulting, a client centric business designed to partner with companies looking for revenue growth and evolving business development strategies. His concepts help educate business owners, executives and sales teams on how to achieve strategic revenue objectives in today’s accelerative and collaborative business environment. Chris and BigFish Consulting are proud longtime stewards of the environment. They are committed to making a positive impact within the local community, they donate significant amounts of time and resources to the creation of safe places where youth and families can be happy and healthy together.

Along with his wife Stacey, Chris is also the co-founder and co-owner of Dog-SokTM, a local company devoted to quality of life for dogs. For Chris and Stacey, passion is a way of life, as caring for those around them and making the world a little bit better through personal and business pursuits. Their passion devoted care for their labrador, Mulligan, is how the idea for Dog-Sok™ formed.

Chris Coughlan


Cheryl is a retired educator, business owner, and former director of the Heritage of the Americas Museum in El Cajon. She has served on the boards of Historic Highway 80 Foundation, Rancho San Diego/Jamul Chamber of Commerce, and Grossmont College Foundation. She was recognized as Rotarian of the Year in 2007 and 2012 for the Rancho San Diego Rotary.

Cheryl Minshew

Harold is a registered Civil Engineer with extensive experience in policy development, environmental impact analysis, planning, and operations of waste management and resource recovery infrastructure. He has worked at Padre Dam Municipal Water District, The City of San Diego, and served on the La Mesa Planning Commission. He is also a volunteer with Water For People.

Harold Bailey, PhD

Jennifer Pillsbury

Executive Director

DeAna Verbeke

JPA Designate (2016)

Dr. Michael W. Hager has been in the museum profession since 1965, located from coast to coast, including serving as President & CEO of the San Diego Natural History Museum until retiring on June 30, 2016. He is also the Executive Producer of “Ocean Oasis”, a film about Baja California filmed in IMAX and “A Reef Reborn”, a film about the restoration of Cabo Pulmo in Baja California, filmed in 3D. He was President of CinemaCorp of the Californias from 2000-2016. His academic specialty is paleontology and his administrative specialty is Strategic Planning and Development. He is married to Denise and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Hager serves on numerous boards including the Elementary Institute of Science, the New Americans Museum, KidSpark Education, the Center for American Paleolithic Research, and the Water Conservation Garden. He is also involved in documentary film making and helping to plan several Museums in Baja California.

Michael (Mick) Hager, Ph.D.

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