Introducing CWEA’s New Board of Directors


On Friday, May 1st the gavel was passed for the first time in a virtual setting, from CWEA’s Outgoing President Kevin Calderwood to our new President Wendy Wert.  Wendy is a Civil Engineer in the Facilities Planning Division, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Congratulations Wendy!

Members unanimously approved the slate of nominees for the 2020-21 Board of Directors as recommended by the Board:

  • Vice President from the South–MEGAN YOO SCHNEIDER
  • Director at Large, South/Treasurer –BRIAN VILLACORTA
  • Director at Large, North–GARY WARREN
  • WEF Delegate Director, South–KODY TOMPKINS

Two additional directors joined the Board as chairs of their respective committees:

  • Northern Regional Committee Chair Zaheer Shaikh
  • Technical Certification Chair Abigail Gomez

Arvind Akela, Engineering Director with Silicon Valley Clean Water took office as our President-Elect. Kevin Calderwood, Sr. Project Manager with HDR becomes the CWEA Immediate Past President.

CWEA’s Board of Directors 2020-21

President Wendy Wert Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
President Elect Arvind Akela Silicon Valley Clean Water
Vice President Megan Yoo Schneider Municipal Water District of Orange County
Treasurer William Cassidy Orange County Sanitation District
Past President Kevin Calderwood HDR Engineering, Inc.
Director Brian Villacorta Coombs-Hopkins Company
Director Garin Warren East Bay MUD
Director Kathryn Gies West Yost Associates
Director Mark Takemoto CDM Smith
Director Shawn Nesgis Union Sanitary District
Director Soma Bhadra PROTEUS Consulting
Director Valerie Ratto Orange County Sanitation District
Director Zaheer Shaikh Lee & Ro, Inc.
TCP Chair Abigail Gomez City of Fontana
WEF Director Brian Peck Carollo Engineers
WEF Director Debi Lewis Stantec
WEF Director Kody Tompkins City of Barstow
WEF Director Matthew Winkelman GHD Inc.


You can find the CWEA Board contact list at The list of CWEA Committee leaders is here.