Richard Shaikewitz - President
Richard jointed the
Montecito Water District Board in December, 2006. He was a trial
lawyer in the Midwest for 35 years before he retired to Montecito.
He previously served on the board of the Sansum Diabetes Research
Institute, and was on its finance and audit committees. He was on
the board of the Montecito Association for 6 years. For 4 of those
years he served as its secretary, and has also chaired its Land Use
For the past 14 years he has been a non-commercial wine maker, and
headed the Los Cinco Locos wine making group.
He is serving in his seventh year as a Director of
the Montecito Water District. He is a former President of its Board, and
is currently on its Operations and Public Information Committees, Central
Coast Water Authority and the Santa Barbara County Special Districts
Association. He has also served on the Finance and Appeals Committees.
In his duties with the Central Coast Water
Authority he has served as the elected Chairman, and is now its Vice
Chairman. He is a Director of the Santa Barbara County Special Districts
Association, and has served as its elected Vice President.
Jan E. Abel - Vice-President
Jan Abel has been a Montecito resident for 39 years. Jan was elected to the
Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Association
of California Water Agencies (ACWA). ACWA is the largest coalition
of public water agencies in the United States and it represents
90% of all municipal and agricultural water delivered in
California, through its 435 member agencies. Ms Abel served on
the ACWA Board for nine years representing the coastal water
agencies from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.
Jan has been a community volunteer in
Santa Barbara for over 30 years. She has served on the Boards of the Santa
Barbara Museum of Art, Family Service Agency, Santa Barbara Symphony
League, Casa Dorinda, UCSB Art Affiliates and Las Positas Park
Foundation. Jan has also served as President of both the Junior League
of Santa Barbara and the Las Aletas Auxiliary of the Assistance League
of Santa Barbara. Ms. Abel has been a trainer and facilitator for the
Association of Junior Leagues International in the Western States,
Canada and Mexico, and for non-profit agencies in Santa Barbara.
Samuel Frye - Director
Sam currently serves on the Montecito Water District Board's Operations and
W. Douglas Morgan - Director
Director Morgan was formally
sworn in as a District Director at the Board’s meeting of March 20,
2007. He brings a significant professional background in economics
and water resources to the District. Doug retired in 2007 from UC
Santa Barbara where he had been a professor of economics since 1967. He received degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Doug serves on the Montecito
Water District Board's Finance Committee
and as Board representative to the Cachuma Operation and Maintenance
Charles Newman - Director
Charles Newman became a Director of the Montecito Water District on July 8, 2015. He serves on the Finance,
Ad Hoc Water Supply and Public Information Committees. He is a native of Los Angeles and attended UCSB
and Washington University School of Law. For 42+ years he was a practicing lawyer in St. Louis with Dentons US
LLP and specializing in the defense of large corporate clients in 350+ class actions. Charles also served as an
officer and board member for several charities. In Santa Barbara his wife, Betsy and he participate in many
not for profit organizations.
Charles can be reached at the Montecito Water District at