The Montecito GSA was founded as a single-agency GSA formed through a multi-year process by Montecito Water District. Sharing of staff and resources will continue, with staff and resources added as needed. While there is a great degree of shared staff, resources, and facilities, the Montecito GSA is an independent entity.
Nicholas Turner, General Manager
Nicholas (Nick) Turner began serving as Montecito Water District’s General Manager in February 2016. Mr. Turner brings nearly 20 years of executive experience in the water industry in both public and private sectors. As General Manager, Mr. Turner is responsible for the day to day operations and management of the District including implementation of policy as established by the District’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Montecito Water District, Mr. Turner spent 3 years (2013-16) employed as the General Manager of the Lamont Public Utility District, a public agency providing water, sewer and streetlighting services to a community of approx. 15,000 residents. His previous experience also includes 12 years (2001-12) as District Engineer/Project Manager at AECOM/Boyle Engineering, a global leader in engineering design services specializing in water and wastewater infrastructure projects for public agencies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2000 from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been a registered professional civil engineer in the state of California since 2005.
Adam Kanold, Assistant General Manager / Engineering Manager
Adam Kanold joined the Montecito Water District in November, 2016. Mr. Kanold is a licensed civil engineer specializing in water, wastewater, and storm water utility design and construction. Immediately prior, he served for more than ten years as a Civil Engineer for Tetra Tech, the top-ranked water consulting firm according to ENR (Engineering News-Record).
Mr. Kanold's project management, engineering and design experience spans water projects around the world, including locations throughout the United States and overseas in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Korea, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Kenya. He is also the founder of the Santa Barbara / Ventura Engineers Without Borders chapter, which provides engineering solutions in water crisis situations to developing countries around the world.
Laura Camp, Public Information Officer
Laura Camp joined Montecito Water District in December, 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Camp worked in private and public sectors supporting transitions and leading communications efforts for corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Her experience includes positions in the United States, Europe and Africa. Ms. Camp holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Brown University and a Master's Degree in International Business from Pepperdine University.
Daryl Smith, Business Manager
Daryl Smith began as Business Manager for the Montecito Water District in January, 2018. His prior experience includes the roles of Controller for Dutton Plumbing, Inc. in Simi Valley and Senior Accountant for SL Power Inc. in Ventura. His strengths include financial reporting, regulatory compliance, and business process improvements. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Smith is responsible primarily for the finance, accounting, data processing, and human resources operations of the District.
Nick Kunstek, Groundwater Specialist
Nick Kunstek joined the team in June, 2020. Mr. Kunstek earned a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Montana Technological University. Working as a Geoscientist for more than a decade, he has gained considerable experience in exploration geology, reservoir characterization, operational procedures, data management, and technical workflows.