Coaching

Special District Coaching Program

The Special District Coaching Program is designed to help individuals accelerate their advancement in local government management, the program was created in partnership with CSDA and Cal-ICMA. Emerging leaders from all districts, at any stage of their careers, are invited to link with experienced local government managers (coaches) and use them as an educational and career development resource.


The program is operated on a volunteer basis, subject to the time constraints of the coach and the emerging leader. These individuals determine, and are solely responsible for, scheduling, content, and all aspects of the coaching relationship. SDLF provides this service as a resource only. Individual coaches are not endorsed by SDLF and have not gone through a specific screening.

Disclaimer: By accessing this program, indivduals understand and agree that any advice given is designed to provide general guidance in career development, management, operations, governance, and other related topics based on the experience of the coaches and is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice. Information provided is not a substitute for individual judgment or legal opinions.

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Coaching Webinars

Participants of the SDLF Special District Coaches Program are able to participate in a variety of career development webinars at no charge through CSDA’s sponsorship of the Cal ICMA Coaching Program:

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Webinars can be viewed live or as recorded sessions and provide a resource that helps to prepare mid-career professionals to take their places in senior management roles.

Jean Bracy, SDA

Jean Bracy, CSDM 

Deputy Director - Administrative
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District

Jean Bracy has over 30 years of experience working in local government, which has influenced many of her coaching interests. Bracy is passionate about topics such as women in leadership, supporting boards, and administrative and organizational transitions.

Bracy attained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from California Baptist University. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State San Bernardino. She has worked in non-profit social services as an assistant director at Yuma WORC Center and served as an administrative assistant for the City of Victorville, where she learned the importance of administrative and organizational transitions. Bracy went on to work in education as an Adjunct Professor at Victor Valley Community College and currently serves on the Special District Risk Management Authority and Special District Leadership Foundation Boards of Directors.

Bracy is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Scott Carroll, SDA

Scott Carroll, CSDM

General Manager
Costa Mesa Sanitary District

Scott Carroll has over 25 years of experience in local government in the areas of leadership, finance, human resources, risk management, strategic planning, emergency preparedness, performance measurements, public works, and workplace culture.

 

Carroll has experience facilitating training workshops such as CSDA’s “So You Want to Become a General Manager?” and SDLF Study Group for becoming a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM). Carroll has made presentations about special districts and leadership throughout California and internationally including in Qingdao China, Phnom Penh Cambodia and Vientiane Laos.

Carroll has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He is a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM) and a Credentialed Manager from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

 

Carroll has been the General Manager at the Costa Mesa Sanitary District since 2010 and is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Tim Deutsch, SDA

Tim Deutsch, CSDM

General Manager
Orange County Cemetery District

Tim Deutsch over 30 years of experience in local government. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing and Master’s in Public Policy & Administration from California State University Long Beach. He has served as a utilities aide, management analyst, and administrative manager for the City of Newport Beach. He has served as the general manager of the Orange County Cemetery District since 2006.

Deutsch is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Kara Ralston, SDA

Kara Ralston, CSDM

Chief Executive Officer
Camarillo Health Care District

Kara Ralston has over 20 years of experience in local government. Ralston achieved her Masters of Business Administration with emphasis in Management from California Coast University. Her interests include communications, personnel and collaborations.

Ralston is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Ryan Clausnitzer, SDA

Ryan Clausnitzer, CSDM

General Manager
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District

Ryan has 20 years of experience in service beginning with his work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tonga and then as a Vector Control Specialist for the County of Santa Cruz. He has also served as a Vector Control Technician for the City of Berkeley and a Senior Environmental Health Inspector for the City and County of San Francisco. He holds a BA in Geography from Gustavus Adolphus College as well as a Masters of Public Affairs from UC Berkeley in 2017. Ryan currently serves on the CSDA Board of Directors and in 2019 serves as the Board Treasurer.

Ryan is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Pete Kampa, SDA

Pete Kampa, CSDM

Kampa Community Solutions

Pete Kampa has over 25 years of local government experience, beginning with Lake Don Pedro Community Services District as the general manager. He went on to serve as general manager for McCloud Community Services District, Twain Harte Community Services District and Tuolumne Utilities District. Kampa has also served on the California Special Districts Association Board of Directors since 1998. Kampa has a special interest in helping special districts develop their accountability and transparency strategies, and formed a consulting company, Kampa Community Solutions, to provide general management services for small districts. Kampa currently serves as General Manager for the Groveland Community Services District and Copper Valley CSD.

Kampa is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Dennis LaMoreaux, SDA

Dennis LaMoreaux, CSDM

General Manager
Palmdale Water District

LaMoreaux has over 30 years of experience working in special districts the majority with a water district but has also been employed with a community services district. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming. LaMoreaux has interest in coaching engineers interested in public water agencies.

LaMoreaux is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Richard “Rick” Howard, SDA

Richard "Rick" Howard, CSDM

General Manager
Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Rick Howard received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of San Diego. He went on to achieve his master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Howard has over 35 years of experience in various positions within local government. He began his career as a management analyst for the City of Poway. Howard served as senior management analyst for four years, as an assistant to the city manager for three years and went on to serve as the deputy city manager at the City of Mission Viejo for seven years. Howard served four years as deputy executive director for the North County Transit District, and six years as the General Manager at the Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District. Howard is currently the District Manager for the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District, a position he has held since 2016. 

Howard is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).

Sandi Miller, SDA

Sandi Miller, CSDM

General Manager
Selma Cemetery District

Sandi Miller is the current General Manager for the Selma Cemetery District. The district manages three cemeteries and recently purchased land to add another. Miller currently serves on the California Association of Public Cemeteries Board as well as the California Special Districts Association Board of Directors.   

Miller is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM) and has earned her Certificate in Special Districts Governance.

David Aranda, SDA

David Aranda, CSDM

General Manager
Mountain Meadows Community Services District

David Aranda most recently served as the general manager, board secretary and treasurer for North of the River Municipal Water District. For sixteen years he served in the same positions for Stallion Springs Community Services District.

Aranda was privileged to serve as a committee member working with the Legislature in drafting new CSD law.  He currently serves as president of the Special District Risk Management Authority and the Special District Leadership Foundation.  He was part of the original committee that drafted and produced the CSDA Special District Leadership Academy courses.

Aranda is currently a Certified Special District Manager (CSDM).