Executive Management

Scott McClellandScott McClelland

General Manager
Scott McClelland joined the Encina Wastewater Authority Team in 2016 as the Assistant General Manager, and was selected as the General Manager in 2021. Scott provides executive oversight to the 72 staff at the Encina Wastewater Authority with a $46 Million annual budget. Scott has served in public utilities since 2003. Previously Scott has managed the operations and maintenance of three water treatment plants, laboratories, environmental compliance, and distribution systems. Prior to his public utility experience Scott worked for nine years as a design engineer for a multinational Civil Engineering design firm designing water, wastewater and water reuse treatment facilities. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Grade 5 Operator’s License, is a Registered Professional Engineer (Civil) and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in Water and Wastewater Treatment.

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Assistant General Manager
Jennifer Sabine joined the Encina Team in 2022 as the Assistant General Manager. Jennifer has over 25 years of public management experience. Prior to joining Encina, Jennifer worked for 10 years at Sweetwater Authority, a public water agency serving over 200,000 customers, as the Assistant General Manager and Interim General Manager. Before that, she worked for 15 years at the City of Encinitas as a Management Analyst, Assistant to the City Manager and Director of Finance. Jennifer earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in municipal finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a SWRCB Grade 2 Operator’s license.

Alicia Appel

Alicia Appel

Director of Environmental Compliance
Alicia Appel joined the Encina Team in 2022, bringing over 15 years’ experience collaborating with regulators, businesses, and municipalities on water quality protection policies. She was most recently the Environmental Programs Manager at City of Escondido Utilities, developing and implementing programs to meet municipal stormwater, wastewater, and water permit regulations including Pretreatment and Industrial Waste enforcement.  Alicia earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Marine Science from University of San Diego.

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Director of Operations
Octavio Navarrete joined the Encina Team in 2004 and has served in Operations Management since 2012. Mr. Navarrete holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a SWRCB Grade 5 Operator’s License. Prior to Encina, Mr. Navarrete worked for Teradyne Circuits as project manager providing advanced engineering support for the manufacturing of printed circuit boards.

Dimitris Papachristoforou

Director of Technical Services
Dimitris Papachristoforou joined the Encina Team in 2022 as Director of Technical Services. Dimitris is overseeing the engineering, projects, maintenance, and system programs for the Encina Wastewater Authority. He is implementing tactics such as preventive, predictive, technical improvements, and asset evaluation to ensure environmental compliance and steady operations. Prior, Dimitris was involved with several water treatment projects in Europe, Latin America, and the United States including the Carlsbad Desalination plant and Santa Barbara Water-Treatment Facility. For the last 10 years, Dimitris worked on large-scale water treatment plants including design, construction, commissioning, and O&M. He has additional experience in heavy industries such as cement manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Dimitris is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the state of California and the European Union.

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Director of Administrative Services / Treasurer / Auditor
LeeAnn Warchol joined the Encina Team in 2004 and has served on Encina’s Executive Leadership Team since 2009. Mrs. Warchol was appointed Administrative Services Manager in March of 2012 providing leadership and oversight to the Financial and Administrative functions.  In 2016, Mrs. Warchol was appointed an Officer of the Encina Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer and Auditor.  Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Warchol served as Management Analyst and Purchasing Specialist.  Prior to Encina, Mrs. Warchol worked in the purchasing field at a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) firm located in Kearny Mesa, California.  Mrs. Warchol holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences in Business Administration.

Joseph SpenceJoseph Spence

Assistant to the General Manager
Joe Spence joined the Encina Team in 2015 as a Management Analyst and is now the Assistant to the General Manager. Joe oversees the development and maintenance of the Authority’s annual budget, its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, and strategic business plan. Previously, he managed teams auditing and consulting for public, private and non-profit organizations throughout California since 2006. Joe maintains a current CPA license, holds a Masters of Public Administration from Cal State Northridge, and holds a B.A. in Business Economics with an Emphasis in Accounting from UC Santa Barbara.

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  • CWEA San Diego Plant of the Year
  • EPA Green Power Partner
  • NACWA Peak Performance Award
  • Government Financial Officers
       Association CAFR Award

Contact Us

Encina Wastewater Authority
6200 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92011

  (760) 438-3941