Erik Christeson, General Manager

Mr. Christeson joined the District in 2017 and is a California Licensed Professional Engineer who has worked extensively with regulators. state and local government agencies, both in the private and public sectors.


Rick Ansel, Assistant General Manager, Fire Chief

Rick Ansel joined the District in 2006 and was with Kirkwood Mountain Resort for six years prior to that.


Brandi Benson, Operations Manager

Brandi joined the District in 2012 and previously worked for Mountain Utilities.


Kelly McBride, Administrative Manager

Kelly McBride joined the District in 2012.  Prior to working for the District, Kelly worked for Kirkwood Mountain Resort for four years in the accounting department.


Drew Meteer, Technology Specialist

Drew Meteer has been in Kirkwood since 2006 and began working for the District in 2007.


Kimberly Norton, Human Resources Specialist/Accounting Specialist

Kimberly Norton joined the District 2015 after working for the TRPA for seven years.


Amie Pfeiffer, Accounting Specialist

Amie Pfeiffer joined the District in 2011.


Jessica Gillies, Clerk of the Board

Jessica Gillies joined the District in 2015 and previously worked for the KCA.


Kathy Beyer, Customer Service Specialist

Kathy Beyer joined the District in 2011,


Derek Dornbrook – Water/Wastewater Supervisor

Derek Dornbrook joined the District in 2002 and was promoted to Water/Wastewater Supervisor in 2010.


Brandon Bruzzese, Water/Wastewater Operator 2

Brandon Bruzzese joined the District on 2018 and has a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Davis.


Spencer Patterson, Water/Wastewater 1, KVFD Captain

Spencer Patterson started working for Kirkwood Mountain Resort during the 2013/14 winter season and joined the District in 2014 as well as the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department.


Steve Neff, Electric/Propane Foreman

Steve Neff joined the District in 2009.


Ed Benson, Electric/Propane Operator 2

Ed Benson has been a Kirkwood powerhouse operator since 2001 and joined the District when Mountain Utilities assets were acquired.


Joseph Forrest, Electric/Propane Operator 1

Joe Forrest worked for Mountain Utilities for two years and also worked as a District Snow Removal Operator for ten years before joining the District full-time in 2018.


Joe Pellerin, Snow Removal/Construction Foreman

Joe Pellerin came to Kirkwood in 1999 and joined the District in 2005 as the seasonal Snow Removal Supervisor and in 2012 became a full-time employee.


David Waddle, Snow Removal/Construction Supervisor

David Waddle began working in the Kirkwood area in 1985 and joined the District in 2002.



Updated June 24, 2019