Board of Directors

GEORGE RILEY, Managing Director of Public Water Now, has a BS in Geology from Allegheny College, PA. He has a Masters degree from Wharton School, University of PA. He was a US Navy Lieutenant in cryptography and communications. He spent his public service management career in Bethlehem, PA and San Mateo County, Redwood City, CA. He retired as Director of Housing and Community Services. He founded Citizens for Public Water in 2005. He co-founded Public Water Now in 2013. He has been an Intervenor in CPUC proceedings since 2010. He is on the Technical Advisory Committee to the Mayor's Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District revenue oversight committee.

HARVEY E. BILLIG III, M. D. was a practicing ophthalmologist for 25 years before retiring in 2000 to work full time on medical development. He is past president of the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the senior author of the McGraw Hill book on surgery centers. Dr. Billig was also the president and Chairman of Medical Malls, Inc. and involved in surgery center and hospital development. He has lived in Carmel for the last 25 years and is presently developing a behavioral health hospital and a memory care facility in Templeton, California. He has long been concerned about water issues and collects water from his roof runoff to feed his underground tanks and drip irrigation system.

CHUCK CECH is a US Navy veteran. He attained the rank of petty officer second class as an aviation electronics technician maintaining top secret aircraft radar transponders. He attended John Carroll University, Night School division, in physics and chemistry. He worked for General Electric materials research laboratory as a lab technician for 11 years. After GE, he moved into sales, selling high tech test and measurement equipment. In 1975, Chuck moved to Monterey to join Pro-Log Corporation as their first sales and marketing manager selling microcomputer based modular industrial automation systems.

MELODIE CHRISLOCK has lived on the Monterey Peninsula since 1971. She and her husband, Phil Wellman, are the owners of Wellman Advertising and Design. A writer, with experience in online forums and communication, she is also an award-winning songwriter. She enjoys writing to find the truth of things. An experienced gardener, she designed and maintains a unique canyon garden on an acre in Carmel. She loves sharing her garden and seeing the freedom and delight people find in nature. Her garden is what brought her to PWN after her water bills began to rise at an alarming rate. Melodie manages the PWN Facebook page and the PWNaction email group.

MYRLEEN FISHER is a native of Salinas, CA, with a BS in Nursing from UCSF. Her career in pediatric nursing included SF General Hospital, Monterey County Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Stanford. ​Her Public Health career included Santa Clara Co. Health Department, also as a health educator for the Rural Health Project in King City, CA. She switched to the pharmaceutical industry, working in clinical research for Alza Corp., Cooper Labs and Syntex Corp. She volunteered with Médicos Voladores, providing eye care to remote areas of No. Mexico. She studied landscape architecture for 2 yrs before retiring in 2009. She enjoys living beside the Carmel River and xeriscaping her property.

RON NELSON got his BA in English and Creative Writing from Duke University on a Navy Scholarship. He served on aircraft carriers in the Navy. He was an advertising copywriter at J. Walter Thompson, New York. He owned and managed an advertising agency. He has been a freelance writer specializing in corporate speech writing (GE, IBM) and making complex things simple and readable (Corps of Engineers, etc.). Board memberships: Trickle Up (grants to the poorest, 1990-2000); World Affairs Council Monterey (current); International Human Learning Resources Network (currently Treasurer). AT&T golf marshal. Now retired, he is a New Englander who has lved in Carmel, California for the last five years.

JANICE PARISE graduated from California Polytechnic University. She taught in the elementary grades, middle school, and at Fresno State University in both math and science. An early advocate of water conservation, she demonstrated the significance of water’s role in society at every grade level. She has worked as a writer for Houghton/Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Project A.IM.S. (Activities in Math and Science), and Fresno Unified District's science curriculum. She was also selected to work with a team to correct the writing essays for the State of California.

LARRY PARRISH was born in Carmel, CA, and has been a resident of Carmel Valley since 1962. He is a Carmel High School graduate and received his BA in Music from Cal State University in Sonoma. He is a Vietnam era veteran. He has been Painting & Decorating contractor since 1980. Involved in public activism from 2000 to the present, he has served and continues to serve on numerous community-based boards, including Citizens for Public Water and Public Water Now. He is committed to publicly-owned natural resources, especially water.

DAN PRESSER is a Texan who graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans. He did graduate work in Mass Communications at Michigan State University. He worked in television in Houston and then moved into advertising where he spent five years in Chicago. His agency sent him to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he received the equivalent of a master's degree in advertising and marketing. Dan moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1989. He owns a travel business and has traveled the world, especially the world's jungles. He wants to see equity in the cost and use of water. He's an avid advocate of public water.

NANCY SELFRIDGE is a retired elementary school teacher. She served on the Monterey City Council for eight years. She has lived on the Monterey Peninsula for thirty years and is very active with a number of local non-profits including the League of Women Voters, the Dan and Lillian King Foundation and the Monterey History and Art Association.

JEANNE (SNYDER) TURNER grew up in San Leandro. She has lived on the Monterey Peninsula since 1968. She graduated from San Jose State with a BA in Elementary Education, and later earned an MA. A latecomer to political activism, she got involved in 2002. She is currently a member of the League of Women Voters, serving in Voter Services for the Monterey Peninsula. She is also a member of the Safe Strawberry Working Group of Monterey County. She chaired the Measure O petition drive and is currently serving as Treasurer and Administrative Manager of Public Water Now.

DOUG WILHELM received his BS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, IN., and his MBA from Xavier University, OH. From 1961-96, he worked for Procter & Gamble on various assignments in the US and internationally in Purchasing and Oleochemicals. From 1991-94, he was on loan to a newly formed joint venture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he served as President, and CEO. From 1994-96, he was the global director for Oleochemicals. He retired in 1996, and moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2000. He was President of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area from 2008-2011. He is on the Ambassador's Council at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Cal State Monterey Bay, and has been a water activist since 2010.