kaTHY kING - cHAIRMAN - oN THE BOARD SINCE 2016
Mayer has been home for 35 years. I love the open spaces at the base of the Bradshaw Mountains, they are perfect for trail riding, dog walking, clear air, clean water, not to mention a short trip to either Prescott or Phoenix. Mayer is a perfect location to raise a family like my husband and I did with our four children. When you move to Mayer you are automatically a part of the library, the recreation center, fire department, churches and school, which is how I got involved on the School Board and Water Board. I am thankful for all the wonderful people I have gotten to know over the years and new friends and neighbors to come. God put our family here for a purpose, at this point it's not just my children who grew up here. I encourage everyone to get involved in this wonderful place we live! God Bless you and America!
SHASTA GUTHRIE - bOARD CLERK - ON THE BOARD SINCE 2023
Has lived in Mayer for 4 (four) years (since 2019) plus one in 2004. I wanted to be on the water board to serve my community and contribute relevant experience. I believe leadership means behaviors that earn trust and inspire others. One of my many favorite lines from a movie is: "Never give up. Never surrender” (Galaxy Quest) My hobbies and interests include dog & cat rescue, trivia games, theatre & showtunes. The best piece of advice I ever received was: Don't let bad teachers get in the way of your education. (Thanks, Dad.) My personal motto/philosophies are "Say yes" and "No fear". Both are meant to encourage discovery and growth. If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be everywhere, but Europe first. I am happiest in nature, especially on/near water or with critters. My favorite word in the English language is: Peace (tranquility, acceptance, the absence of chaos, fear and persecution). When I was a child, I wanted to be many things, including a teacher, an actress/dancer, an adoptive parent, an animal advocate. To greatly varying degrees of success, I have done them all!
KEVIN JONES - MEMBER - CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD SINCE 2019 (ORIGINALLY ON THE BOARD 2007)
Has lived in Mayer since 1995. I wanted to be on the Mayer Water Board to ensure people have good drinking water. I believe leadership means you are making a difference. My favorite line from a movie is “I’ll be back”. My hobbies and interests are working with dogs. My greatest achievement is working in search and rescue and being a fireman. The best piece of advice I ever received was “listen before you talk”. My personal motto/philosophy is treat people the way you want to be treated. If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Mt. Everest adventure. I admire Ronald Reagan for his achievements for peace. I am happiest being in nature. My favorite word in the English language is: Peace. When I was a child I wanted to be a fire fighter.
JACQUE BURRUSS - MEMBER - ON THE BOARD SINCE 2017
Has lived in Mayer for 55+ years - off and on. I wanted to be on the water board because it seemed at the time like the only right thing to do, to try and help our community. I believe leadership means the ability to lead, influence or guide while setting a favorable and positive example. My favorite line from a movie is "After all, tomorrow is another day" Scarlett O'Hara Butler - Gone With The Wind. My hobbies and interests include reading, gardening, research and the love of animals and their welfare. My greatest achievements are my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The best piece of advice I ever received was: Follow your heart - and the rest of life will fall in place. My personal motto/philosophies are Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Live and let live. If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Australia it fascinates me. I admire my younger Brother for his ability to love, listen, appreciate and not judge. I am happiest when relaxing with my family and pets. My favorite word in the English language is: Possibilities. When I was a child, I wanted to be an Archaeologist and a Veterinarian.
KEITH FRANCEN - MEMBER - ONTHE BOARD SINCE 2023
Has lived in Mayer for almost 8 years. I moved to Mayer because I grew up on a ranch and wanted to get back to that life again. I believe leadership means to make good decisions and to be justified in those. I like to ride horses and play stringed instruments. But I am not good at either. My greatest achievement is tricking my wife into marrying me. The best piece of advice I ever received was “When picking a career make sure it is something you like to do. Otherwise, every day seems like it lasts forever.” My personal motto/philosophy is do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. There is nowhere I would like to travel because I have no desire to leave my land. I am happiest when I fall asleep in the lower barn with the horses standing around me. My favorite word in the English language is: Quiet. When I was a child, I wanted to be happy, rich or both.
jIM MUYLLE - SYSTEM OPERATOR OF RECORD
Jim is with Fann Environmental and the operator of record for the District
MARDI BEFORT - DISTRICT MANAGER - WORKED FOR THE DISTICT SINCE 2017
Has lived in Mayer since 2009. I fell into the job at the Mayer Water District in the summer of 2017 when they needed an office clerk. I continue to work for the Water District because I love what I do, and I live here. I feel like I am contributing back to my community. Leadership to me means you lead by example, don’t ask others to do things you wouldn’t do yourself, be supportive and understand personalities of the people you are leading so you can better help them. My favorite line from a movie is. “You’re killing me smalls”. My hobbies are hunting, fishing, exploring new areas to spend time with family at and frustrating my husband by starting projects for him to either take over or help me complete. My greatest achievement is my family. I have a husband who’s put up with me for 24 years and 4 amazing sons' (the youngest just barely an adult). The best piece of advice I ever received, (I have 2) the first I didn’t understand at the time but completely get now, was when I was pregnant with my oldest son. “It doesn’t get any easier, it just gets different.” The second was when my mom passed. “Grief is like an ocean, always moving, you will always feel it. But there will be times when a big wave comes unexpectedly that knocks you to your knees.” My personal motto/philosophies are to treat others as I want to be treated, never regret your past mistakes because it all made me who I am today, and everything happens for a reason and according to God’s plan. If I could travel anywhere, it would be Ireland. Because my grandfather’s family immigrated from Ireland, and I have always been fascinated by it. The person I admire the most is my dad, for putting up with me as a teenager, always being there for me even when I didn’t want it and for giving me my sarcastic nature. I am happiest when I have my family around me. My favorite word in the English language is “Prayer”. When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher, ballet dancer and actress. Only one of those came true.
TOM THURMAN - PROJECT MANAGER - WORKED FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE 2022
Has lived in Mayer for 18 years. I wanted to work at the Mayer Water District because many folks are on fixed income needing water for a reasonable cost. Leadership to me means having the ability to work with employees and the public in an efficient manner. My favorite lines from a movie are; “I’m your huckleberry” and “Talk softly but carry a big stick”. My favorite hobbies and interests are hiking and camping. My greatest achievements are having a good marriage, being a Yavapai County Supervisor for 16 years and my children. The best piece of advice I received was one, there is someone up above and live within your means. My personal motto/philosophy is always to be faithful, true, and honest. If I could travel anywhere, it would be Normandy, France WWII since my dad was there during the war. I admire Teddy Roosevelt because he started the National Park Service. I am happiest at the end of the day when you’re tired since you gave it your all. My favorite word in the English language is tranquility. When I was a child, I wanted to be a guitar player in a known band.
cHRIS POMICHTER - FIELD OPERATOR - WORKED FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE 2018
I lived in Mayer 8th Grade through high school then move back about 6 years ago. I wanted to work at the Mayer Water District because it is a respectable job. Leadership to me means responsibility, direction and inspiration. My favorite line from a movie is “What kind of man doesn’t try to make the world a better place” (Kingdom of Heaven.) My hobbies and interests are making chain malle, armor and jewelry, graphic design, gold mining, hiking and camping. My greatest achievement is 12 years with my girlfriend. The best piece of advice I have ever gotten was; you should always welcome advice, its up to you to use it. My personal motto/philosophy is work hard, play harder. If I could travel anywhere it would be Sicily, Italy, love the area, always wanted to go. I admire my dad, he traveled the world, had a lot of knowledge, I learned a lot from him. I am happiest when I’m out in the woods, where it’s quiet.
MATT VALEVICH - FIELD OPERATOR WORKED FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE 2022
I have lived in Mayer a pretty long time, moved back about 15 years ago but first moved here when I was 8. I wanted to work at the Mayer Water District because my best friend and my Step Dad were solo in the field so I wanted to help them. Leadership to me means a person who can get along with all walks of life and get behind them. My favorite line from a movie is; “I’m gonna have me some fun”. My favorite hobbies and interests are gardening, dirt bikes, I am an artist, I paint, tattoo, airbrush, and shooting to name a few. I don’t know what my greatest achievement is yet, I have yet to do it or could have and just don’t know. The best piece of advice I received was if you go faster you won’t crash a dirt bike. My personal motto/philosophy is to each their own and DO NOT be scared, pain is temporary. If I could travel anywhere it would be somewhere with very few people because that place would be peaceful. I don’t really have anyone I admire but I am influenced by a few people like my step dad and mom, they both have quality’s worth having. I am happiest when I’m in the flow and things are just working out or any time I’m on my YZF450 and I’m pretty happy shooting. My favorite word in the English language is any word that gets my point across. When I was a child I wanted to be a Great White Shark.
CARLA CORDERO - OFFICE CLERK WORKED FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE 2022
Has never lived in Mayer but grew up in a small town. I wanted to work at the Mayer Water District because I enjoy working with hardworking, caring and friendly people. Leadership to me means working as a team. Not only growing yourself but helping others grow as well. My favorite line from a movie is: “Keep the change, ya filthy animal” from Home Alone. My hobbies and interests are camping, enjoying time with my family and I love coaching basketball. The best piece of advice I have received was don’t ever think you’re better than anyone because you can be on top today and at the bottom tomorrow. Help others as you rise to the top so that if you ever hit bottom, they will be there to help you up. My personal motto/philosophy is Live, Love, Laugh – 3 most important things to do in life. Live your life as you want, love with all your heart and laugh as often as you can. If you’ve done all 3, then you’re truly blessed. If I could travel anywhere it would be anywhere there is hot weather, sandy beaches and lots of sunshine. I love enjoying the water and sun. I admire my parents, they worked so hard to give us a better life. From immigrants to American Citizens, their journey has been full of struggles and hard work to make sure their children had a better future. I am happiest when I see my children smile. When I see them accomplish something they’ve worked so hard for. That truly makes me happy. My favorite word in the English language is “smile”, not necessarily a spoken word but a small gesture that can brighten up anyone’s day. When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher. Even though I did not become a teacher, I did work in several school districts for approximately 17 years.
ARCHIE ANDREWS - BACKHOE OPERATOR
BOBBY MILONE - FIELD OPERATOR HAS WORK FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE 2023
Has lived in Mayer for 32 years. I wanted to work at the Mayer Water District to help my community. Leadership to me means taking charge of something that I am knowledgeable at and can be a positive influence at. My favorite line from a movie is “Alrighty Then”. My favorite hobbies and interests are riding my dirt bike and recreational target shooting. My greatest achievement is trying to be a good person. The best piece of advice I received was “be your own person”, a leader and work hard. My personal motto/philosophy is to be humble and kind. If I could travel anywhere, it would be Hawaii because it’s beautiful and I would like to try surfing. I admire my family; they are my foundation. I am happiest riding my dirt bike. My favorite word in the English language is sweet. When I was a child, I wanted to be a professional baseball player.