Dr. J. Wayne Miller Appointed Board President

Placentia, Calif. – Yorba Linda Water District’s new Board Members were officially sworn into office on Thursday, December 8, just prior to the District’s regularly scheduled Board Meeting.  The four new Directors, then took to the dais and the unanimously voted Dr. J. Wayne Miller as Board President.  The Board also unanimously appointed Director Al Nederhood as Vice President.  Director Andy Hall and Director Brooke Jones now join Director Phil Hawkins on the YLWD Board.

The New Director Bios:

J. Wayne Miller, PhD

Board President - Term: December 2020

Dr. J. Wayne Miller received a BS degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a PhD degree from the California Institute of Technology, both in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Miller worked at UNOCAL for twenty years and then at Sunoco as VP of Technology and Development. There he was responsible for product innovation and technology implementation and managed a national race fuels business.  He has held several national chair positions.

In 2001, he started teaching at UC-Riverside in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, including courses on water quality and processing. He is an advisor on the AQMD Clean Fuels Program and was a member of the OC Water District Citizens Desalination Committee. 

In 2007, he was a member of a team that received a national EPA Climate Change Award.

Dr. Miller and his wife Wendy have resided in Yorba Linda for 35 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Al Nederhood

Board Vice President - Term: December 2018

Director Nederhood is a retired college president.  He was also president of the nonprofit, KidWorks, in Santa Ana.  He has been married for forty-five years with four children and twelve grandchildren. He has lived in Yorba Linda for the past 30 years.

Director Nederhood graduated from Long Beach State University with a BA in History.  He has a Secondary (grades 7 -12) Life Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Central Michigan University.



Andrew J. Hall

Board Director - Term: December 2020

Director Hall is a Supervising Engineer for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. He has lived in Yorba Linda since 2012 and he and his wife have three children. He participates actively in his church and in the Boy Scouts of America.

Director Hall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering both from Utah State University.




Brooke Jones

Board Directors - Term: December 2018

Director Jones worked at Rockwell in Anaheim and Newport Beach as an engineer/manager for 30 years. Director Jones has been a Yorba Linda resident since 1978.

Director Jones earned a B.A. Degree in Physics from CSUF, and an M.S. Degree in Materials Science from the University of Southern California.