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Scotts Valley Water District's most important asset is its employees.

David McNair, General Manager
(831) 600-1902 | email

David McNair was appointed as General Manager in November 2022. He previously service as the Operations Manager. David has nearly four decades of water experience. He began his career with the San Lorenzo Valley Water District in 1981 as a Maintenance Operator. He worked through both the infamous flood of January 1982 and the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989. He relocated to southwest Florida in 1991 where he went to work for the Collier County Water Department before moving over to the City of Naples Utilities Department where he managed the water distribution, wastewater collection and recycled water systems. California called David back home in 1996 after he was offered the Distribution Superintendent position with the Santa Cruz Water Department where he worked for the next 18 years before joining the SVWD in 2014.  

Donna Paul, Assistant to General Manager
(831) 600-1919 | email

Donna joined District in August 2013. She has over 30 solid years of organizational skills in the public sector, including 25 years in the water industry. Along with providing administrative support to the General Manager, Donna supports the Board of Directors and manages the District’s Human Resources. She enjoys the varied workload and opportunities that the District has to offer.

Nate Gillespie, Operations Manager
(831) 600-1903 | email

Nate Gillespie joined the District as the Operations Manager in October of 2022. Nate has over 15 years of experience in the water industry in a variety of roles, including regulatory compliance, water quality management and water supply operations in both normal and emergency conditions.  Prior to joining the SVWD, Nate has held positions with the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and the Soquel Creek Water District. Nate has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Sonoma State University and holds both T-4 and D-4 operator certifications. He is excited to join the highly skilled team of Scotts Valley Water District and be a part of providing an essential service to the community that he and his family call home.

Nicholas Kurns, Finance and Customer Service Manager
(831) 600-1904 | email

Nick Kurns joined the District in April 2018. In his role as Finance and Customer Service Manager, Nick is responsible for the finance, accounting, utility billing and customer service functions of the District. Prior to joining SVWD, Nick worked as a Budget Analyst for the City of Sunnyvale. He brings nearly 10 years of work experience in local government. Nick has also worked in various financial management roles in the private sector. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna and MBA from Santa Clara University.


Engineering Operations
Brody Knutson, Engineering Technician
(831) 600-1905 | email
Ryan Ritchie, Operations Supervisor
(831) 600-1914 | email
Ross Albert, Lead Water Facilities Operator
(831) 600-1912 | email
Finance & Customer Service Hugo Rivera, Lead Water Facilities Operator
(831) 600-1911 | email
Kathy Ballinger, Utility Service Specialist
(831) 600-1918 | email
Matthew DeBrito, Electrician/Instrumentation Tech
(831) 600-1922 | email
Rahni Jensen, Utility Service Technician
(831) 600-1907 | email
Rhett Beatton, Water Facilities Operator III
(831) 600-1916 | email
John Dillon, Accounting Technician
(831) 600-1906 | email
Dan Scott, Water Facilities Operator III
(831) 600-1916 | email
Administration Alan Bainbridge, Water Facilities Operator II
(831) 600-1916 | email

Piret Harmon, Special Project Manager
(831) 438-2363 | email

Carlos Flores, Water Facilities Operator II
(831) 600-1916 | email
Claudia DuVernois, Projects and Program Asst.
(831) 600-1901 | email
Justice Locatelli, Utility Service Representative
(831) 600-1916 | email