The Groundwork Board of Directors is a of local leaders with knowledge, skills, and experience who are dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of the Chollas Creek Watershed and its neighborhoods.
Derryl Williams, President
Serves as a Subcontract Administrator for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He served as President of the Webster Neighborhood Council where he assisted in the rezoning of the community to reflect its single-family character in harmony with a light industrial business focus. Under his leadership, the most successful Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) in the City of San Diego was approved. He served on the City’s Committee on Government Efficiency and Fiscal Reform, and as Chair of the Encanto Neighborhoods Community Planning Group. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation, and is a founding Board member of Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek.
Bill Ponder, Vice President
has extensive experience in higher education administration, counseling, teaching, and urban planning. He served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Eastern Washington University, and as Registrar at the Pierce College District. At University of California Riverside, he directed student admissions and outreach. He served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Combined Fund of Washington, and a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Olympia. He served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Leadership Development Initiative at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and currently serves as an appointee to a San Diego Unified School District oversight committee.
Charles Davis is the principal of Urban West Development providing project development and construction management services for residential, office, industrial, retail and environmental projects. He served as Director of Project Development for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation from 2006-2013, where he was responsible for project management of housing, retail, environmental and commercial projects totaling over $350 million. He has served as a Board Member of the -San Diego Housing Federation and the San Diego Land Trust.
Dr. Hugh (Bud) Mehan
Is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Education at UCSD. He started the Teacher Education Program at UCSD and directed that Program from 1972 until 1998, when he became the founding director of The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence. CREATE coordinates efforts at UCSD to improve the academic preparation of under- represented students. He has helped build equitable educational environments (The Preuss School UCSD and Gompers Preparatory Academy in Southeastern San Diego). He assists the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership and Groundwork San Diego in Southeastern San Diego by advising those organizations on evaluation measures and educational policies. He has authored 7 books on a variety of educational equity issues; In the Front Door: Building a College-Going Culture of Learning, documents the political and cultural context surrounding establishing CREATE, Preuss, and Gompers.
Is the Co-Chair for the Independent Voter Project. The Independent Voter Project works to represents the rights and access of independent voters to the political process. Marston was president and co-owner of Marston+Marston, Inc., a full service public, governmental and community relations firm and, before that, was senior vice president of another San Diego-based public relations firm where he spent nearly four years serving as the lobbyist for the City of San Diego in Sacramento. Marston was a member of the California State Assembly representing San Diego’s 78th District and is active as the Past President of the San Diego State University Alumni Association.
Is a TK-5th grade science teacher for the San Diego Unified School District. She serves as secretary for the Webster Neighborhood Council and is vice chair of the Eastern Area Communities Planning Committee. She is a passionate advocate for science education and serves on the leadership team for 52 Weeks of Science Barrio Logan and is the director of San Diego State Universities Aztec Science Camp.
Has lived in and worked on behalf of the Chollas Creek Watershed since 1968. She was president of the Montford Point Marine Association Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteered for the American Legion. She was active in the Heroines of Jericho, Daughter of the Elks and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils, the Chair of the Webster Community Council and is now Chair of the Webster Heights Community Development Corporation.
Is a general contractor and a graduate of the New School of Architecture in Landscape Architecture . He currently teaches landscape design at Southwestern Community College, and supports Groundwork’s residential drought-tolerant landscape program.
Vice President for Planning) is a retired urban planner who worked for the City of San Diego Planning Department for 22 years. His responsibilities included planning for the Southeastern San Diego and Encanto communities and implementation of the Chollas Creek Enhancement Program, an officially adopted City planning document. Prior to working in San Diego, he worked for 15 years with the City of St. Louis Community Development Agency. He is also active in the League of Conservation Voters and other local organizations.
Is the Manager of Environmental Engineering for National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), the largest full service shipyard on the West Coast of the United State. Prior to joining NASSCO, she worked for the City of San Diego’s Industrial Wastewater Control Program. Sara holds her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Humboldt State University and a professional Certificate in Project Management. She is an experienced environmental compliance professional with 25 years’ experience working for improved air and water quality in both public and private sectors. Sara was born and raised in San Diego and is married with one son. She enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and travel.
Is principal and owner of TTG Environmental, a consulting firm focusing on environmental planning, project management, compliance and permitting. She is passionate about mentoring students in conservation/planning issues, and recently received the Rosa Parks Diversity award from the Women in Transportation (WTS) in recognition of her outreach efforts with students from Southeastern San Diego. Ms. Wilkinson served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, Central America and was the environmental coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. She also co-authored the “Politics of Water Management in the Tijuana River Watershed”. Borderlinks Journal.
Is a landscape architect and urban designer and President of Estrada Land Planning, providing land planning, landscape architecture, GIS, re-vegetation, visual analysis, and urban design services. Her projects have included the Balboa Park Master Plan, the Otay Ranch New Town Plan, the San Ysidro Mobility Study, the Rancho San Diego Specific Plan and the Downtown San Diego Streetscape Manual. She serves on the San Diego Canyonlands Board, the County of San Diego Historic Site Board, the Cal Poly SLO School of Architecture Deans Advisory Board, the Media Arts Center San Diego Board, the San Diego Athletic Club Board, the C3 Parks Board, and the San Diego Foundation Board.