Board of Directors
The Pauma Valley Community Services District is governed by a five-member board that is accountable to the electorate in the same manner as city councils and County Board of Supervisors.
Directors must be property owners as well as registered voters of the District and stand for election every four years. The Board President and Vice-President are elected by the Board to serve a two-year term.
The Board of Directors sets policy that directs the activities of the Management Team of the District. The General Manager of the District is appointed by the Board to oversee the activities of the District.
Written correspondence for the Board may be sent to:
Pauma Valley CSD
Board of Directors
33129 Cole Grade Road
Pauma Valley, CA 92061
The District's current Board Members are:
President Michael Martello
Appointed: January 2022 • Term Expires: December 2022
Michael and Pam found Pauma Valley in 2017 and have been grateful to be part of the community ever since. Originally from Pennsylvania, Michael left to join the U. S. Air Force, serving from 1972 to 1976. Afterwards he finished undergraduate and law school in Arizona and California.
Michael practiced municipal and government law for over 30 years, retiring as Mountain View’s City Attorney in 2009. He previously was City Attorney of Concord, Ca and a Deputy and Assistant City Attorney in Thousand Oaks. Since retirement, he has served as Interim Town Attorney of Los Gatos and Interim City Attorney of Sunnyvale, CA. In private practice, he focused on land use and has represented public agencies and individuals challenging the actions of public agencies.
Michael has served as general counsel of several special districts and for 12 years was chair of the California City Attorneys‘ FPPC Committee. In that role he was the main contact with the FPPC, the California Attorney General and other agencies on issues of conflict of interest laws and ethics. In 2006 Michael chaired the initial group tasked with developing the AB 1234 Ethics training curriculum.
Vice President Mike Esparza
Appointed: January 2021 • Term Expires: December 2024
Mike and his wife Tammy lived in the Riverside area before moving into their retirement home in Pauma Valley. They have two sons and one grandson.
Mike started his career at 20 years of age serving as a volunteer firefighter in the La Habra Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He then worked for the Los Angeles County Fire department before being hired as a full-time firefighter with the City of Riverside Fire Department. During Mike’s career with the City of Riverside, he promoted up the ranks from Firefighter to Interim Fire Chief. Amongst the many emergencies, he responded to in his career, two were historic, the World Trade Center collapse and Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Mike has volunteered as a youth mentor in several programs, including Youth Education Mentoring Program (YEMP) for middle school students, High School Business Academy, and Riverside Community College’s “Puente” program. He served as the Vice-Chair of the California State Board of Fire Services, Director on the State’s Office of Emergency Services FIRESCOPE Board, and on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission Taskforce which addressed protecting Californians from wildfires. Mike graduated from Cogswell Polytechnical College with dual Bachelor degrees in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology.
After retiring from the City of Riverside, he served as a Retired Annuitant, in the capacity of an Assistant Chief for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), Fire & Rescue Branch. His primary job with OES was to help coordinate the master mutual aid system at large scale fires, ensuring that mutual assistance is operating within the parameters in the California Fire Assistance Agreement.
Mike is grateful to live in this special community and appreciates the opportunity to contribute by serving on the Pauma Valley CSD
Treasurer Betty Potalivo
Appointed: December 2021 • Term Expires: December 2022
Betty and her husband Ken purchased their home in Pauma Valley in 2013. Betty retired In 2018 after 44 years in the financial services industry. Pauma Valley became the Potalivo’s permanent home. Betty has served as the treasurer of the Pauma Valley Country Club Women’s Association and is currently the Vice Chair.
Betty is currently a Member of Business Advisory Board of CytoStorm, Inc (July 1, 2019 to Present)
She assists the company and its CEO in these areas: develop an economically sound business plan and strategy to obtain FDA pre-market approval; develop plans and strategies to meet the requirements to obtain an Investigational Device; Exemption to commence a clinical trial of its InFlex© System device; review the operations and activities of the company and suggest changes
Betty is currently a Member of Advisory Board, Southern California PGA Foundation (Nov 2019 to Present). She assists the organization in these areas: raise awareness and funds for youth programs; continue the fundraising Pro-Am Fore Youth Tournament which she created, raising $60,000 in inaugural year 2021
From 2000 to 2018 Betty was an executive at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, IL, a Fortune 500 Company. She was Group Managing Director and President Orange County, San Diego County Regions. She was a member of the Northern Trust Wealth Management Operating Group reporting to division President and named to the Business Leadership Council, reporting to Northern Trust Company Chairman & CEO. At Northern Trust Betty was responsible for sales, marketing, and go to market execution for all product and service deliverables through a team of 80. Many of these were highly trained professionals including these designations: VP, SVP, CFP, CFA, CPA, and Attorneys. Under Betty’s leadership, financial assets under management grew to almost $7BB; real estate assets under trust to $200MM, loans to $1.5BB, and deposits to $450MM. Services were delivered in a highly regulated industry including investment management, tax and wealth transfer advisory, trust services, private and corporate banking. Clients included billionaire entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and heirs to significant estates.
Betty earned a BS in Business & Finance from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Secretary Jodie Lawston
Appointed: December 2021 • Term Expires: December 2022
Jodie Lawston, a native New Yorker, moved to San Diego in 1999. After living on the San Diego coast for many years, she moved to Pauma Valley with her partner and cocker spaniel in 2016. She has been involved in community work since college, and moving to Pauma Valley afforded her the opportunity to become active in her HOA, first on the architectural committee and then as president. She is now thrilled to serve the community on the board of CSD.
Jodie earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and her MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She is Chair and Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, San Marcos and is well-published in her field. Most recently, she authored the textbook, Sociology: Structure and Change, published by Pearson in 2018. She is Pearson's first female introduction-to-sociology textbook author.
Jodie has extensive board and leadership experience, having chaired many committees to help in the administration of academic and community engagement activities for CSU San Marcos. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several 501c(3) organizations and has over a decade of leadership experience in the public sector.
Director Roland Skumawitz
Appointed: March 2022 • Term Expires: December 2024
Mr. Skumawitz holds a master's degree in public administration from USC and a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies from Cal Poly Pomona. He has 35 years of experience in education, with 19 years of service as a superintendent of the Romoland School District.
While superintendent Mr. Skumawitz worked closely with Eastern Municipal Water District on projects involving the school district. In the years of actively working in the public sector, he had the good fortune of serving in a variety of roles including; Board President of Sycamore Academy Board, a Charter School, in which he is currently serving his 6th year as President.
Besides having served the public through education, Mr. Skumawitz contributes to the local community by participating on the HOA 1 Board, currently as the Treasurer, Member of the Temecula Chamber of Commerce, and Rancho California Water District board.