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Governing Board of Directors


Richard Herrick, Jr. (Rick) was elected to the Big Bear Lake City Council in November 2006 and re-elected in November 2012. Rick has served on the BBARWA since January 2007, since he has served as Chairman for the last two years.

Rick was born in Denver, Colorado then moved to La Habra and later to West Los Angeles with his parents, one brother and four sisters. During his college years, Rick attended Loyola Marymount University, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in International Business and Economics with studies in Heidelberg Germany. While attending college, Rick was Program Director and Sales Manager of KXLU-AM/FM broadcasting from Loyola Marymount University. Throughout his extensive radio career he worked as a sales account executive for KIKF-FM in Orange County, and KABC-AM and KBIG-FM in Los Angeles.

Rick has been a Big Bear Valley resident since 1995 when he and his wife moved to Big Bear, to build Big Bear’s radio station, KBHR-FM 93.3. Their company, Parallel Broadcasting additionally owns and operates an outdoor advertising company as well

In addition to being a businessman, Rick has served the Big Bear community as President of the Chamber of Commerce and Director for the Bear Valley Parks and Recreational District. In 1999, he was honored with the National Crystal Award for excellence in community service from the National Association of Broadcasters. In 2000, he was appointed by the City Council to the Department of Water & Power Board of Commissioners where he served as chairman until his election to the Big Bear Lake City Council in 2006. Rick has served as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for two terms each. Rick is involved in Rotary International: a Masters Ski racer, a private pilot, races classic cars and has been a certified scuba diver from the age of 13. Rick has two daughters, Nicole who is currently enrolled at UCSD Medical School and Elizabeth who is currently enrolled at California State University Chico.


Karyn Oxandaboure was appointed to the Big Bear City Community Services District Board in 2011. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. She served as President of the CSD Board in 2014. Karyn joined the BBARWA Board in January 2017, she currently is the Vice-President.


Liz Harris was elected to be a member of Big Bear Lake City Council in 2000. She was honored to serve as Mayor in 2003 and 2004. More recently, she was again chosen to serve as Mayor in 2010. Liz has been serving on the BBARWA Board since 2003 for the City of Big Bear Lake, she then started appointed to serve on our Board for the County CSA-53B in May 2013, and she is currently the Secretary.

Liz is a native Californian growing up in Imperial Valley on ranches and in El Centro. She is a graduate of San Diego State University where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. She received an Education Specialist Degree from Nazarene College on Point Loma in San Diego County. Her Doctorate in Education Administration is from Northern Arizona University. Liz is a retired Educator with 35 years of experience as a teacher and principal in San Diego County, Assistant Superintendent at Burbank Unified School District and retired from Rancho Santiago Community College District where she was the Chief Human Resources Officer.

In 1992, she and her husband were vacationing in Big Bear and decided to purchase their first piece of property called Doc’s Getaway, a second home and lodge. They fell in love with the Valley and moved full-time to Big Bear Lake in 1996.

Since that time she has been very active in the community. She is an original member of the Big Bear Cowboy Gathering Committee. The Gathering brings cowboy poetry, music and culture to the Valley for 4 days during the summer. For 10 years she has worked to improve the college offering here on the mountaintop. Currently, she is working with a core group of like-minded individuals, who have started Big Bear Valley Education Trust. The goal of the Trust is to expand educational opportunities for all members of Big Bear Valley. She is an active member of Rotary and is President of the Board of Big Bear Center for Spiritual Enrichment. Liz is the chair of the Pebble Plains Wildland Park Committee. This is working to create a park to protect the unique pebble plains that only occur in the Big Bear area.


David Caretto was elected to the City Council in November 2010 and is currently serving as Mayor. During 2011 he served as Vice Chair of the Improvement Agency and Vice-Chair of the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District. In 2012 he was selected as Chair of the Fire Protection District and was also selected as the first Chair of the newly formed Big Bear Fire Authority, a position he still holds. Prior to that, he served on the Planning Commission from 2006 to 2010 and as Chairman from 2007 to 2008. David has been serving on the BBARWA Board since January 2013. He is also a member and Chairman of the MARTA Board.

During his professional career, David served for 10 years as General Manager and Secretary for the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA), a Joint Power Authority that oversaw operations for four regional wastewater treatment plants and two ocean outfalls, along with several pipelines. The Authority represents three-member agency cities, six water districts and a community service district with principal offices in Dana Point, CA. David holds a Masters of Art degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both in Geography, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He served as City Manager/City Clerk for the City of Irwindale from 1992 to 1996, including serving as Executive Director of Redevelopment Agency and Housing Authority. Prior stints also include Assistant City Manager/City Clerk for the City of Pico Rivera (1984-92), City Manager and Assistant City Manager for the City of Signal Hill (1973-84), and Planning Technician for the City of Lynwood (1973).

David is or has been a volunteer for the following organizations or special events: Bear Valley Community Hospital Foundation, Cowboy Gathering, Wine, Whiskey and Chocolate Fundraiser for Cowboy Gathering, American Association of University of Woman, Soroptimist, Lighthouse Project, Discovery Center and the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake (Youth Services for 2009-10). He is the current President of the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake Foundation.

He is married to his wife Cindy, a retired public school teacher, for the last 35 years. They have two grown children, Nick 28, a 2005 graduate of Northwood High School Irvine, now attending community college and Peter, 32, a graduate of the United State Military Academy. Both sons are Army Iraq war veterans and Peter is currently a Captain serving in the Special Forces and now deployed to Afghanistan. He will be promoted to a Major in the Spring of 2015.

GreenJohn Green has been a resident of the Big Bear Valley since 1978 and has raised 5 children here. John was a coach for youth basketball and youth soccer when his kids were younger. John Green was elected to the Big Bear Community Service District Board in 2010 for a full term (4 year). He has served as Vice President in 2010-2011, 2015-2016 and President in 2011-2012. He has also served on the Administrative Committee, Fire Committee and the Park Committee in 2011. John also served as Vice Chair for the Big Bear Fire Authority since June 2012. More recently in 2012 he held a seat on the Water Committee and the Park Committee. Mr. Green has served on the BBARWA Board since 2012.
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