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Ruth Anderson Wilson - Director

Ruth Anderson WilsonNow in her fourth consecutive term, Ruth Anderson Wilson has
been serving on the Rubidoux Community Services District Board of Directors since 1998.  A dedicated volunteer, she focuses her attention on the wise use of resources, and the protection of water supply and water quality.

After earning her B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Cal State University San Bernardino and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of California Riverside, Wilson embarked on a long career of service to others.  She has served three terms as President of the League of Women Voters, an organization in which she has been active since 1954.  She has also worked with the YWCA, AARP, American Association of University Women, and several Riverside city and county boards and commissions, among others.

Wilson's background in water is extensive.  She was appointed to the California Water Quality Control Board (Santa Ana Region), where she served for nine years, and she chaired the California Water Study for the Riverside League of Women Voters.  She also co-founded the Tri-County Conservation League, which successfully preserved the Santa Ana River as Southern California's last wild river that is soft bottomed rather than concrete lined.  SAWPA's Ruth B. Anderson Wilson Award has been given annually in her name in recognition of environmental achievement.  She is a steadfast supporter of the Master Gardeners Program.

A ship welder during World War II, Wilson looks for opportunities to stretch taxpayer funds to their best effect.  She places great value on her community, and considers her investment in its success a true privilege.

She is proud of the achievements of her three children, along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Christopher Barajas - Director

Board Member since December 2016.


Armando Muniz - Current Board President

Armando MunizFormer prizefighter Armando Muniz reached the quarterfinals of the 1968 Olympics as a welterweight boxer, but now he represents his community in a different ring –he has served as a board member of the Rubidoux Community Services District since 1992.

Muniz attended Cerritos Jr. College and earned a wrestling
scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles.  Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, he used his amateur boxing skills to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team and later won a number of military and national championships. After his military service, he earned his degree in Spanish from Cal State University and later received his Masters in Educational Administration from National University.  He was an educator and wrestling coach at Rubidoux High School prior to his retirement in 2008.

Outside of the classroom and the boardroom, Muniz is actively engaged in his community.  He participates in numerous organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Jurupa Lions Club, and the Jurupa Valley Boxing Club, where he shares his international boxing experience with local community members.  He is a proud inductee in the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

As a member of the Rubidoux Community Services District Board of Directors, Muniz has focused on using his public service as a means to help those in need.  By being part of the organization, he hopes to continue to enact meaningful change for his community.

He has three children with his wife, Yolanda, and five
grandchildren.




Bernard Murphy - Director

Board Member since April 2016


F. Forest Trowbridge - Director

Forest TrowbridgeForest Trowbridge has had a varied career – with work ranging from grant writer to curator, from small business owner to teacher – before becoming a Rubidoux Community Services District board member in 2002.  Whether in the public or private sector, however, he has sought out opportunities to make a difference in his community.

After receiving his B.A. in Political Science with honors from Indiana University, Trowbridge pursued his Master's in Liberal Studies and then his Doctorate of English Letters from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Following work as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at his alma mater, Trowbridge relocated to California, where he taught English as a second language and Plant Science at the University of California, Riverside.  He owned and operated Wonderland Nursery in La Sierra, and has served the Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center as a grant writer, curator, and newsletter contributor.  His expertise in irrigation hydraulics makes him a natural fit for his board of directors seat.

Trowbridge's long list of civic and community awards and activities include service as President of the California Association of Nurserymen-Inland Empire Chapter, a member of the Bilingual Education Committee, the Special Education Committee and the Riverside Mayor's Committee for the Handicapped, as well as wide-ranging roles and duties in support of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

In addition to service in support of his community, he prioritizes time with his wife Linda, and their three children and three grandchildren.




 

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