Speaker Date Topic
San Diego County Water Authority May 11, 2021
Liz Mendelson-Goossens & Denise Vedder
Liz Mendelson-Goossens & Denise Vedder

The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $245 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments, and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts, and a military base.

Liz Mendelson-Goossens, Principal Water Resources Specialist

Liz Mendelson-Goossens joined the Water Authority in 2012 and is a Principal Water Resources Specialist in the Water Authority’s MWD Program. The MWD Program supports the Water Authority’s Board officers and four MWD delegates in developing and implementing strategies to achieve the Water Authority’s supply reliability goals. Program staff works closely with other Water Authority departments, linking MWD programs and policies to the Water Authority’s management strategies and operations. The program also works closely with MWD board members and member agency managers to advocate for the Water Authority’s positions relative to MWD programs and activities. An avid runner, Liz enjoys exploring trails and routes around her home in Orange County in her free time. She was a member of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club prior to moving to Orange County. Before joining the Water Authority, she was the Program Manager for the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, an environmental non-profit located in Encinitas. She also assisted on various research projects at Pitzer College and Virginia Tech’s Hampton Road Agricultural Research and Extension Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Spanish, from Pitzer College and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Denise Vedder, Director of Public Affairs

Denise Vedder is responsible for developing and executing regional outreach and public affairs programs that inform and educate the San Diego region’s residents and businesses on critical water issues. She has primary responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and implementing comprehensive public affairs, community education, and outreach and media relations programs and activities. Vedder directs and participates in facilitating and enhancing two-way communication between the Water Authority and its multiple stakeholders, providing expert professional assistance and guidance to Water Authority board members, executives, managers, and others on public affairs, media relations, and community outreach matters. Prior to her appointment as director in 2018, Vedder served as the department’s senior manager for 11 years, directing two award-winning drought outreach programs. Before joining the Water Authority, Vedder was appointed as the first Communications Manager for the city of Carlsbad, where was responsible for designing and implementing a strategic communications plan and building the city’s outreach program from the ground up. Vedder also served two district attorneys as a public affairs officer. Vedder has a BA in journalism and political science from San Diego State. 

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EDCO’s Anaerobic Digester May 18, 2021
Christine Spielmaker
Christine Spielmaker

Join us for a talk about EDCO’s Anaerobic Digester, and also how residents in EDCO’s service area will be able to participate, by Christine Spielmaker, Director of Market Development.

After an extensive sales career that took her throughout the Western United States, Ms. Spielmaker joined EDCO in 1991 as a Sales Representative. Her efforts were rewarded with promotions to Recycling Sales Coordinator then Sales Manager then Director of Customer Service. In January 2021, she was named to her current position of Director of Market Development for North San Diego County. She and her family reside in San Diego County.

With her extensive industry experience in providing superior service to customers, Ms. Spielmaker will lead the effort of implementing and expanding commercial organics recycling programs in North San Diego.  Ms. Spielmaker is a Certified Practitioner in Zero Waste Principles and Practices.

Participation Includes:

  • Encinitas, San Marcos and Vista Chamber of Commerce volunteer
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Volunteer & Fundraiser
  • Palomar YMCA Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Little League, AYSO and Girl Scout volunteer
  • Carlsbad 5000 volunteer
  • B.A. from University of Michigan

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San Diego Green New Deal Jun 01, 2021
Bertha Rodriguez
Bertha Rodriguez

Bertha Rodriguez graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters in Women’s Studies and an Advanced Certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies. At Climate Action Campaign she helps organize the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance. Prior to her work at Climate Action Campaign, Bertha served as a Youth Coordinator at Casa Familiar, where she provided programs and services for youth in San Ysidro including financial series, college applications, writing workshops, and theatre and art workshops. 

Growing up in Pomona, Bertha has experienced how people in her community faced a diverse set of challenges due to underinvestment and systematic racism. She has set her path in creating different ways in promoting social justice with her position as a Lecturer at San Diego State University and programmings at Casa Familiar. She has taught courses in Women’s Studies department focusing on topics such as intersectionality, transnational feminism, environmental racism, borderlands, and queer theory. At Casa Familiar, Bertha created a small garden club at the Youth Center in order to promote organic gardening and taught youth about environmental justice. Her passion is to help empower youth to create change within their lives, communities, and future generations.

CA's Call for Renewable Energy: Today and 2035 Jun 08, 2021
Alex Kaufman
Alex Kaufman

California's Call for Renewable Energy: Today and 2035".

What's all this talk about renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles? Where does California stand today, and how much deployment is required to reach the State's climate goals? Learn about the fundamentals of solar, storage, and electric vehicle technologies and the role they will play in addressing the climate crisis.

Alex Kaufman, PE CEM (he/him) is an engineer and founder of Solutions in Sustainability, a local consultancy advising corporations on strategic sustainability planning, with a focus on energy. His work includes technical support for various market transformation programs with clean energy non-profits and mechanical design with engineering consulting firms. You can learn more about him on his website or LinkedIn.

Audubon Society Jul 06, 2021
Travis Kemnitz
Travis Kemnitz

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The 14ers Project Jul 13, 2021
Brittney “Bert” Woodrum

Brittney “Bert” Woodrum is a Rotary Peace Fellow Candidate who became a ShelterBox ambassador nearly a year ago when she began her master's in Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Denver. A Kentucky native, she graduated from the University of KY in 2015 with a focus in Nonprofit Administration and Spanish and, over the past four years, has put her education to good use, working for a variety of NGOs across the globe, including in Mexico, Hong Kong, and Myanmar. In her free time, Bert enjoys studying languages, cycling, and hiking. As an avid thru-hiker, she has completed the entirety of the Appalachian Trail and Camino de Santiago and hopes that before leaving Colorado, she’ll have the opportunity to explore all that the Rockies have to offer. Above all else, however, Bert’s ultimate goal is to be of service to the global community and plans to dedicate her life to solving logistical challenges across the field of Humanitarian Assistance.

THE FOURTEENERS PROJECT is Bert Woodrum's mission to climb 58 mountain peaks for ShelterBox USA