The Board of Directors’ responsibilities include establishing policy, providing oversight, and setting direction and vision to ensure SDRMA meets its mission, obligations and commitment to its members.
Board meetings are held on a regularly scheduled basis on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month (occasional exceptions). Meetings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act (California Government Code Section 54950 et seq.).
SDRMA’s Board of Directors consist of seven directors elected from member agencies participating in both SDRMA’s Property/Liability and Workers’ Compensation Programs.
Current Board Members
Mike Scheafer, President
Mike Scheafer was elected to the SDRMA board in January of 2014. Mike has been an insurance professional for over 40 years, has a Community College teaching credential in Insurance Education, has taught insurance continuing education and licensing classes for various institutions. His experience has given him a keen perspective in the risks faced by individuals as well as public entities. He has served on numerous not for profit boards including The Boys and Girls Club, Little League Baseball, The Costa Mesa Senior Center and others and has held leadership positions on each board that he served on. He is known as “Mr. Fish Fry” in Costa Mesa for his leadership with Lions Clubs International where he also served as District Governor.
Mr. Scheafer has also served on the Costa Mesa City Council, the Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission and Chairman of the City of Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary Committee. He currently serves as a member of the board for the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) and previously served as a Director of CMSD prior to his appointment to the Costa Mesa City Council.
Sandy A. Seifert-Raffelson, Vice-President
Sandy A. Seifert-Raffelson was elected to the SDRMA Board of Directors on January 1, 2012. Mrs. Raffelson has completed her District Clerk Certificate, CSDA Governance Foundation Leadership Academy and SDLF Special District Governance and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology and Accounting. In addition she has 15 years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting and auditing for special districts.
Mrs. Raffelson is the Finance and Administration Manager for Herlong Public Utility District, where she has been involved with the District since the beginning of its conception as Herlong Utility Cooperative, later changing to Herlong Utility Incorporated and finally to a Public Utility District. Mrs. Raffelson has strong business, community and family values.
Robert Swan, Secretary
Robert Swan was elected to the SDRMA Board of Directors on January 1, 2016. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.S. in Computer Science from San Jose State University. A native of Wisconsin, he found himself in the Bay Area after release from three years of active duty in the USAF, and never left. A thirty year career in the semiconductor industry included positions in both engineering management and product line business management. Since 2009, Robert has lived full time in Groveland’s Pine Mountain Lake development, where he is a member of several community organizations.
He has been a member of the governing Board of the Groveland Community Services District (GCSD) since being appointed in July 2013, and was elected to a four-year term in the November 2014 general election. He has served as President of the GCSD Board for 2014 and 2015. GCSD supplies potable water, wastewater collection and treatment, and fire protection services to an unincorporated part of Tuolumne County that has about 3,500 permanent residents, and a summer population that approaches 12,000 on some weekends.
Jean Bracy, SDA, Director
Jean Bracy was elected to the SDRMA Board of Directors on January 1, 2010. Ms. Bracy has a wide range of experience with organizational structures, long term and vision planning, development of staff and volunteers, and resource and program management. In addition, she is a qualified Special District Administrator, has completed the special District Leadership Academy, and holds a Master Certificate in Labor Relations from the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association.
Ms. Bracy is the Deputy Director of Administrative Services for the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. The MDAQMD is a regulatory agency implementing regulations from both the federal and state Clean Air Acts. Her areas of responsibility include Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Information Systems, Risk Management, Fleet, and Facilities.
Ed Gray, Director
Ed Gray was appointed to the SDRMA Board in November 2010, filling a prior director’s vacated seat and was re-elected to a 4 year term in 2012. He is a long time public safety officer with many years of experience in the public sector. Mr. Gray is currently serving as a Director of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District and has served on the Finance, Planning and the Chino Valley Public Agencies Committee. He has an associates of Arts Degree from Chaffey College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Redlands. He has received certificates in Governance, Administration and Board Members Role in Human Resources from the California Special Districts Association. He also holds numerous professional certificates from the California Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training, including a Management certificate from the Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Mr. Gray has also served on several Fire District Committees, been liaison to the cities of Chino and Chino Hills, is currently the Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the California Institution for Men and is a member of the Chino Valley Lions Club.
David Aranda, SDA, Director
David Aranda has served as a member of the SDRMA Board of Directors since 1998. Committed to advocating and strengthening special districts through sound governance, Mr. Aranda is an active member of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA), fulfilling a variety of roles within the Association, including serving on the Alliance Executive Council and President of the Special District Leadership Foundation.
Mr. Aranda is the General Manager for Stallion Springs CSD.
Timothy Unruh, SDA, Director
Timothy Unruh was elected to the SDRMA Board of Directors on January 1, 2018. He has obtained his SDA Certification, District Clerk Certificate, Supervisor Safety Specialist Certificate as well as completing the Recognition in Special Districts Governance Award. He holds a BA degree in Ag. Business with an Economic Emphasis.
Mr. Unruh is the Manager at the Kern County Cemetery District and sits on the Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Directors. He currently sits as a Director on the California Association of Public Cemeteries and the Kern County Special Districts Association.