Members of the Board
Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez is the first woman elected in the history of Orchard Dale Water District. She is also the first woman to preside as President of the Board of Directors at Orchard Dale Water District.
Upon her first day as Director, Yvette began work on a plan to repair the District's aging water infrastructure, improve the financial outlook for the District and create a sustainable but affordable supply of drinking water for customers. Within a few years, the District adopted a plan to reinvest $12 million dollars in capital improvement projects. There were two major capital improvement projects completed, the installation of a new main line with new fittings to absorb shaking or rolling earthquakes. The second project was completed in collaboration with Los Angeles County and Water Replenishment District. The Adaquo is an exemplary example of collaborative teamwork, through its construction rain is returned to the local aquifer to replenish groundwater. Within the same time frame, at the request of Yvette, an investment policy was approved during a critical time, when the market was at an all time low, pension plans for working middle class families reaped negative gain. Fortunately, after a decade of diversified investment efforts, the investment policy continues to yield positive gains for the District.
As a Director on the Board, Yvette continues to participate in activities to promote safety in and around her community. A recent example of her efforts is the adoption of a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Orchard Dale Water District. The plan recently approved by the State of California allows the District to submit a request for FEMA funds to fix hazardous infrastructure after an occurrence of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
Yvette's broad work experience and education, encompasses 20 years with various non-profit, Taft Hartley and private sector employers. Her most recent accomplishments include a successful city-wide fundraising campaign that provided resources for nearly 200 teacher classroom specific grants and a K-6 elementary summer school enrichment program. Additional achievements include development of a health benefit customer service system, named PlanIT, a private resort acquistion, implementation of HIV safety and prevention program for hospital staff and campaign stints with two state wide constitutional officers in California, Governor Gray Davis and Controller Steve Westly. Yvette earned her Bachelor in Science, Business Management degree from the University of Phoenix.
Together through volunteerism, Yvette, with her husband of 20 years, Tim and their son, Augustus, spread the love of literacy to every child through reading.
Mr. Azevedo is married to his wife Normie and has two sons -Chris, and David. In 1978 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from California State University at Los Angeles and holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Management from Cerritos College in 1974.
He holds memberships within the following organizations; Alpha Gamma Sigma, California's Honor Scholastic Fraternity, and Veteran's Club. He's a member of the Maywood Lions Club, Past President, Vice Commander of the Southeast Area V.F.W. (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and a Member of the American Legion for more than 40 years.
His accomplishments are admirable and stretched from 1967 through 2010. He began as Security Police in the U.S. Air Force and supervised an eight- man crew missile site. He completed Army Ranger training, received the Base Airman of the year award at the Sewart A.F. Base, and served two tours of duty in South Vietnam. He was awarded a total of nine metals/ribbons (Air Force - Accommodation Medals, Two Vietnamese Campaign Ribbons and others). Afterwards he worked for Jerseymaid Milk in Los Angeles and supervised ten men combined with the loading of 25 trucks. Thereafter, he was a Police Officer of the Narcotics Gang Unit. He patrolled all activities within the L.A.P.D. Harbor area addressing traffic, gangs, and any narcotic issues. He was soon found to be a proven, reliable, and reputable source for Gang Recognition and an accomplished Court/Enforcement Narcotics Expert with over 800 narcotic related arrests. During his tenure he continued to operate as a Specialist in narcotics buy teams, foot beats, detective work, beach detail, crash (gang units) and vice. Finally, he served as a Community Relations Officer for the City of Maywood, California . He was Sergeant for nine months as a Day-Watch Commander. Completed over 50 training courses, was an 8-year member of the Maywood V.F.W., Past President of the Maywood Lions Club, and received an Advanced P.O.S.T. Certification.
Today, Mr. Azevedo continues to serve his own community within the honored capacity as a Board of Director for Orchard Dale Water District. During his initial opportunity to serve, he plans to learn, adapt, and most importantly understand the landscape by which the District operates in. The direction and best interest of the community can only be protected and guided by learning the system by which we all partake in. The challenge of sustaining and preserving our most valued commodity, water, is one vital resource he hopes to be rich in intellect and prepared to address issues collectively with the elected group of officials of the Board and its administrative staff.
Joseph Velasco III
Joseph Velasco III was appointed by the active members of the Orchard Dale Water Board in February 2008 and then publicly elected into office on November 3, 2009 and November 5, 2013, then reappointed on November 6, 2018. As an active resident and customer in the South Whittier area, Mr. Velasco believes that through his involvement in the community and familiarity with the residents he will be a positive asset to the decision making process as it relates to the Board. As an incumbent, Mr. Velasco is familiar with governmental policies and procedures. He has completed Ethics Training AB 1234, for Elected Officials, and he looks forward to contributing toward the betterment of the service, and the water delivered by the District.
- Elected Vice President-Orchard Dale Water District, Board of Directors December 2018
- Elected President-Orchard Dale Water District, Board of Directors 2012-2018
- Elected Vice President-Orchard Dale Water District, Board of Directors 2010-2011
- Appointed Board Member-Orchard Dale Water District, Board of Directors 2008-2009
- Consultative Board Member-St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish and School
- Employment Program Manager-State of California 2011-Present
- Former U.S. Military Veteran's Representative-State of California, Employment Development Department
- Program Manager-State of California, Veteran Employment Services
- Precinct Officer/Election Inspector-Office of Registrar/LA County Clerk
Highlights: As a Governing Board Member, I VOTED TO
- Minimize water rate increases by reducing our district expenditures
- Ensure that our long-term water rates are secure and competitive
- Improve our water district by funding infrastructure projects and capital improvements
- Provide staff with new equipment for more efficient and safe job production
- Keep our district assets and finances safe-guarded and secure
- To continue to be your voice in water related issues and customer concerns
- To advocate for control of future, unnecessary water rate increases for homes, schools, and businesses
- To remain active and relevant in providing ideas and solutions to political water issues as they arise
- To ensure that our Water District is transparent and compliant with governmental policies and regulations
To establish the strategic direction and policies of the District, while providing our service area with the highest quality of clean, safe, and healthy supply of water at the lowest possible rates
With your support, I am very proud of the work I have accomplished as a Director and Board Vice President at Orchard Dale Water District.
Bob Noonan is a long time, active Whittier community citizen. He is currently a member of the Orchard Dale Water District Board of Directors. Serving for the last fourteen years, he brings a wealth of business knowledge and community service to the Board. After forty years of running his own insurance agency in uptown Whittier, he knows the issues important to the local community. His expertise in the insurance business continues to bring valued counsel to the District's elected officials and District staff.
As a board member, Bob Noonan works closely with the Board and the District's General Manager on water, legislative, environmental. and insurance issues. He is always in regular attendance at the Orchard Dale Water District Board Meetings. He represents the District's interests at the Metropolitan Water District, as well as the Central Basin Municipal Water District meetings. He serves as the District's ambassador to many water-based agencies such as ACWA, Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA), and the Southern California Water Utilities Association. He is a familiar and favorite face to be seen on the educational trips that promote the District's activities and programs.
Four of his years of service were as president of the board. During his tenure of office, he was instrumental in the construction of the District's office, warehouse, and grounds. Along with other directors and district managers, Bob Noonan helped execute a plan for capital improvement for the District's infrastructure.
In addition to the network of business relationships he has established over the years, he is a dedicated supporter of Saint Gregory the Great Church. Having raised five children in Whittier, he was heavily involved in multiple youth sport activities and programs as coach and supporter. He enjoys being with his five children and six grandchildren . In the fifty years since Bob Noonan came to Southern California, fresh from the service in the Korean War, he has been a loyal and outstanding citizen of Whittier. He continues to be a well-respected and known personality throughout the community.
Denise Dolor is the newest member of the Orchard Dale Water District Board of Directors. She strongly believes in protecting our natural resources and is excited for the opportunity to learn and understand our process and challenges of supply, delivery and conservation. She considers it an honor to serve her community in this capacity.
Director Dolor has been a resident of South Whittier since 1975, attending local schools including California High School. She has been married to her husband Abraham for nearly 24 years. Together they have two children: a daughter, Nadia and a son, Adam.
Director Dolor is currently an instructional aide at St. Gregory the Great School where she takes great joy in working with her students and guiding them in realizing their academic potential.
Director Dolor is an active member of St. Gregory the Great parish and its surrounding community. She has dedicated and volunteered her time and talents by coordinating and contributing to events and programs in addition to raising funds for nearly two decades.