To achieve its goals, Olivenhain Municipal Water District maintains a philosophy of a rewarding working environment, high level of customer service, open communication with the public, and a strong financial position. These elements are imperative for achieving long-range infrastructure plans to provide a sustainable water supply for generations to come. OMWD’s board takes pride in its ability to carry out our responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and consensus, aided by an experienced and competent staff.
OMWD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected for staggered four-year terms, with each director being elected from a specific geographic area of OMWD’s service area. Director division boundaries are updated after each census so that the divisions are approximately equal in population, and may be viewed via this interactive map.
Current directors are as follows:
Christy Guerin, President
Term of Office: 2020-2024
Ms. Guerin was appointed to the board in January 2011 to represent Division 3, and won election to her first full term of office in November 2012. In addition to her duties as President, Ms. Guerin serves on OMWD’s Personnel, Ad Hoc Facilities, Ad Hoc Customer Outreach and Conservation, and Ad Hoc Public Policy.
Ms. Guerin’s tenure at OMWD follows a long tradition of public service; she is a ten-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and former council member and mayor of the City of Encinitas. In her capacity with the city, Ms. Guerin served on the San Dieguito Water District board and also represented the city on the San Diego Association of Governments’ board. Ms. Guerin lives in Encinitas with her husband and is the mother of four children.
Matthew R. Hahn, Vice President
Term of Office: 2022-2026
Mr. Hahn, a US Navy veteran with over 30 years of cumulative service (active duty and reserve) was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2022 to represent Division 4. In addition to his duties as Vice President, Mr. Hahn serves on OMWD’s Personnel, Safety, and Ad Hoc Cybersecurity committees.
As a businessman, he has an extensive background in the environmental compliance arena, in particular, the National Environmental Policy Act.
A leader in his military and civilian careers, Mr. Hahn knows the importance of leadership and good stewardship and believes that providing access to safe, reliable, high-quality drinking water to our communities in a cost-effective, environmentally responsive and sustainable manner is essential to people’s health and livelihoods, all while maintaining fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability to OMWD customers.
Mr. Hahn holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and an executive master of business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Mr. Hahn and his wife have two children and have lived in the 4S Ranch community for over 20 years.
Neal Meyers, Treasurer
Term of Office: 2022-2024
Mr. Meyers was appointed to the board in 2021 to represent Division 5, and was unopposed in the November 2022 election to complete the remaining two-year term. In addition to his duties as Treasurer, Mr. Meyers serves on OMWD’s Finance and Safety committees. In addition, he previously served on an Ad Hoc Insurance committee.
Since 1983, he has resided in the La Costa area of southern Carlsbad with his wife, a counselor at Palomar College. He is the father of three grown children. He holds a certificate from the Special District Leadership Academy, and he was awarded a Certificate in Special District Governance from the California Special Districts Association. Mr. Meyers is a determined proponent of maintaining a safe, high-quality, and reliable water supply for OMWD customers while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
For 38 years, Mr. Meyers actively practiced law in North County, defending individuals, businesses, and public agencies in civil claims and lawsuits, including for water districts. As a businessman, Mr. Meyers co-founded and assisted in managing a successful law firm.
Mr. Meyers received his undergraduate degree in political science with a concentration in local government administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he earned Highest Honors. He graduated from law school at the University of San Diego. As an attorney, he received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from his peers.
Lawrence A. Watt, Secretary
Term of Office: 2020-2024
Mr. Watt, a veteran public works official with over three decades of public sector experience, was originally appointed to the board in 2011 and was elected in November 2012 to his first full term of office as the Division 2 representative. In addition to his duties as Secretary, Mr. Watt serves on OMWD’s Finance, Ad Hoc Facilities, Ad Hoc Public Policy, and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Executive committees.
Mr. Watt also represents OMWD on the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority board. Prior to joining OMWD, Mr. Watt was Director of Public Works for the City of Encinitas and General Manager of San Dieguito Water District. Previously, Mr. Watt served as head of the County of San Diego Department of Public Works’ Transportation Division and he has also spent time with the California Department of Transportation. An Encinitas resident and OMWD customer for over 35 years, Mr. Watt and his wife have three adult children who are proud Encinitas natives. Mr. Watt holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree from San Diego State University. He is a credentialed California Community College Instructor and a longtime member of the American Public Works Association.
Marco San Antonio, Director
Term of Office: 2022-2026
Mr. San Antonio is a lifelong Encinitas resident, former firefighter, and business owner. He was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2022 to represent Division 1–including portions of the City of Encinitas and the communities of Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove, Rancho Santa Fe, and Fairbanks Ranch.
In addition to his duties as a Director, Mr. San Antonio serves on OMWD’s Ad Hoc Customer Outreach and Conservation, Ad Hoc Cybersecurity, and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Executive committees.
OMWD’s directors are elected officials representing each of OMWD’s five divisions, and are selected by voters in the November general election in even-numbered years. Individuals interested in serving on the board are invited to visit the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters for the latest information on how to file as a candidate, including filing deadlines.