Board of Directors

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EPASD's Regular Board meetings are scheduled and conducted on the first Thursday of each month unless otherwise noticed. Special meetings are held as needed. Meetings begin at 7 pm in the Board Room at East Palo Alto Sanitary District, 901 Weeks Street, East Palo Alto, CA.


Board Members:

The East Palo Alto Sanitary District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, each elected to a four-year term.



Glenda Savage, President (Term Expires 2019)

Glenda Savage has been a local resident for over 30 years, where she raised her three daughters. In 1984 she founded the Children’s Preservation Network, Inc. where she served as President until 2011. Savage has a B.A. in African American Studies with a minor in Child Development from the University of California at Davis. In 2011 Savage completed her Master Certifications in Solar Thermal Energy, Solar Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy. Savage served as an EPASD Board member from 1990-1994 and again from 2006 to the present day. As a publicly elected member of the Board, Glenda works to maintain a solvent organization, which provides employment, training, and opportunities for her local community.

Ethics Training Certificate AB1234 Ethics Training - G. Savage

Harassment Prevention Training Certificate AB 1825 - May 25, 2017




Joan Sykes-Miessi,  Vice President (Term Expires 2021)

Joan Sykes-Miessi is originally from Washington, D.C and has been in Northern California since 1981. She is an ex-Peace Corps volunteer where she lived in Kenya for three years. Sykes-Miessi has been a public and private school educator and managed a library-based adult literacy program for San Mateo County. She currently works as an Intensive Case Manager Social Worker at UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Sykes-Miessi has been a member of the EPASD Board of Directors since 2003.

Ethics Training Certificate AB1234 Ethics Training - J. Sykes-Miessi

Harassment Prevention Training Certificate AB 1825 - May 25, 2017




Betsy Yanez, Secretary (Term Expires 2019)

Biographical Highlights

  • Occupation: Incumbent,
  • Community Outreach
  • Executive Chef of Gaston & Betsy.
  • Menthal Health First Aid Instructor.
  • EPA YMCA Former Chair.
  • OEPA (One East Palo Alto) Former Chair.:

Ethics Training Certificate AB1234 Ethics Training - B. Yanez

Harassment Prevention Training Certificate AB 1825 - May 25, 2017




Goro Mitchell, Director(Term Expires 2019)

Goro Mitchell has proudly served on the EPASD Board of Directors since 2007. Mitchell has served on the EPA Planning Commission and Rent Stabilization Board. Other public service includes appointments to MTA's Minority Citizens Advisory Committee and San Mateo County's Commission on Aging. Mitchell holds Masters Degrees from Clark University and Georgia Tech.


Ethics Training Certificate AB1234 Ethics Training - G. Mitchell

Harassment Prevention Training Certificate AB 1825 - May 25, 2017

        Director-SherzerDennis Scherzer, Director (Term Expires 2021)

Dennis Scherzer is presently serving his 7th term as a member of the EPASD Board of Directors, having served as the EPASD General Manager from 2000-2002. Dennis is an Environmental Scientist and has resided in California since 1973. He has been engaged in intensive study and research regarding solutions to the climate crisis. Scherzer's research has centered on powered generation, as it is the largest global source of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Scherzer has his B.A. in Geography from San Jose State University.

Ethics Training Certificate AB1234 Ethics Training - D. Scherzer

Harassment Prevention Training Certificate AB 1825 - May 25, 2017






District elections are held every two years in March on odd-numbered years.  Elections are consolidated with the statewide election.   Each Board Member is elected at large, for a four-year term. 

Candidates for the District Board must be registered voters and must reside within the boundaries of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District.

The County Elections Office is the Election Officer for the District and conducts the election.  Nomination papers may be obtained from and election questions directed to:

Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 312-5222
Fax: (650) 312-5348


Meeting Information
Please read this information before attending one of EPASD's board meetings.

Code & Statutes
EPASD's District Code can be viewed online.

Agendas & Minutes
Upcoming Board meeting topics and documentation of previous meetings.

Board Committees and Agendas
Board committee meeting information and agendas.

Form 806


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