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Judith Mitchell, District Manager

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Bethany Principe, Biologist

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Born and raised in Fallbrook, CA, Beth earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from California State University San Marcos. She started at Mission RCD in the summer of 2003 as a staff biologist. In 2012, Beth was certified by the USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service as a Conservation Planner in 2012. As part of her duties at Mission RCD, she enjoys helping property owners address any resource concerns they have for their property and providing solutions to ensure that the properties are sustainable and thrive. When not at work, time with her family, hiking, reading, and puzzles (of any kind!) are a few of her favorite activities.

Karla Standridge, Biologist

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Karla graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Her primary responsibility at Mission RCD is the management of the Santa Margarita-San Luis Rey Weed Management Area. Karla also helps out with other programs when needed. In her free time, Karla enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring new hiking trails with her family.

Lance Andersen, Agricultural Program Director

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Lance directs the Agricultural program for Mission RCD, assisting growers through irrigation audits and educating them about Best Management Practices for growing crops in San Diego County. He is responsible for keeping pace with regulations affecting San Diego Ag to be a resource of information on these issues for farmers in San Diego County. Lance spent his youth helping around his grandparent’s Avocado grove in Escondido and then after graduating from Fresno State, he spent 10 years farming in the Central Valley growing grapes, blueberries, peaches and plums. He has returned to San Diego County to be near family, and is thrilled to put both his childhood experience in area groves and practical experience in production agriculture to work assisting area growers. When not focusing on how to irrigate uphill, Lance enjoys spending time with his family, having fun playing and learning together with his wife and kids.

Dustin Farrelly, Irrigation Specialist

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Dustin graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an Emphasis in Geographic Information Systems.  He is 29 years old and loves finding leaks and measuring irrigated areas.  He grew up playing soccer and surfing in San Diego County, so naturally water conservation has always been very important to him.

Erich Portigal, Irrigation Specialist

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Erich was born and raised in Fallbrook, CA.  His hobbies include golfing and spending time with his friends and family. Erich has extensive experience and knowledge in residential and commercial irrigation, plant material, landscape design, landscape maintenance, and water smart helpful tips. He has spent all of his career working directly in the agricultural and landscape industries. Erich takes pride in knowing that he is helping and educating others on how they can become water wise and drought efficient.

Tom Norton, Irrigation Specialist

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Tom has an A.S. in Horticulture and a Vocational Certificate in Ornamental Landscape. He originally became an Irrigation Association Certified Landscape Water Auditor in 1993 and was recertified in 2007. Tom has retained an International Association of Arboriculture Certified Arborist designation since 1997. In 2007, Tom received a Qualified Applicator License from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Tom has worked in landscape construction management for city parks, streetscapes including medians and slopes, production homes, HOA common areas, native landscapes and restoration areas. He has worked in landscape maintenance management on the same variety of the sites above but also at commercial and retail sites including malls and business parks, HOAs, public schools, military installations and housing, and industrial plants.

Drew Oldfield, Irrigation Specialist

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Mary Rocha, Administrative Assistant

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Mary was born, raised, educated, and employed in Lubbock, Texas, having been employed with Texas State Government for 34 years prior to moving to Fallbrook and beginning employment with Mission RCD.  Mary works as the Administrative Assistant serving as the point of contact in the office and providing the administrative/clerical support for office staff.  Mary assists the District Manager with the daily operation of the Landscape Program, and provides support to other staff as needed.  Mary enjoys spending time with her son and enjoys following him in all his academic and athletic activities.

Patricia Bender, Bookkeeper

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