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Jesse Cota, JPIA Senior Risk Control Advisor

Jesse Cota, Risk Control Advisor

Jesse Cota is a Senior Risk Control Advisor with ACWA JPIA, where he is responsible for assisting, supporting, and developing risk management programs. He also responds to requests for safety and/or risk management consultations and training by JPIA member districts.

Before coming to the JPIA, Jesse worked as a Safety professional for two water districts in Southern California (South Coast WD and Orange County WD). Jesse’s responsibilities included developing and updating safety programs, such as Fall Protection and Confined Space; delivering safety training to district personnel; and conducting inspections on facilities and life safety equipment. His philosophy has always been to listen to those who do the work and find best practices that enhance safety, without hindering performance. Before entering the water industry, Jesse worked as an executive for over ten years in contractor safety management across several industries. Jesse has also served for over 20 years as a Naval Officer and is still currently in the Navy Reserves.

Jesse has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Safety & Health from the University of Southern California, is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I, and holds the CSP designation.

Jesse Cota, JPIA Senior Risk Control Advisor

Jesse Cota, Risk Control Advisor

Jesse Cota is a Senior Risk Control Advisor with ACWA JPIA, where he is responsible for assisting, supporting, and developing risk management programs. He also responds to requests for safety and/or risk management consultations and training by JPIA member districts.

Before coming to the JPIA, Jesse worked as a Safety professional for two water districts in Southern California (South Coast WD and Orange County WD). Jesse’s responsibilities included developing and updating safety programs, such as Fall Protection and Confined Space; delivering safety training to district personnel; and conducting inspections on facilities and life safety equipment. His philosophy has always been to listen to those who do the work and find best practices that enhance safety, without hindering performance. Before entering the water industry, Jesse worked as an executive for over ten years in contractor safety management across several industries. Jesse has also served for over 20 years as a Naval Officer and is still currently in the Navy Reserves.

Jesse has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Safety & Health from the University of Southern California, is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I, and holds the CSP designation.

Lee Patton, Senior Risk Control Advisor

Lee Patton has over 48 years of experience as a loss control/safety/risk management professional. Lee joined the JPIA in 2005 after spending the majority of his career working for insurance companies in their loss control departments starting as a field rep and then moving up to consultant, regional account manager, supervisor, and manager.

Lee attended Cogswell College Polytechnical College (San Francisco) and California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) where he received an Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, respectively.

Lee is a Certified Safety Professional. In addition, he has a CEAS II designation from The Back School. He specializes in workers’ compensation with a focus on ergonomics.

Lee Patton, Senior Risk Control Advisor

Lee Patton has over 48 years of experience as a loss control/safety/risk management professional. Lee joined the JPIA in 2005 after spending the majority of his career working for insurance companies in their loss control departments starting as a field rep and then moving up to consultant, regional account manager, supervisor, and manager.

Lee attended Cogswell College Polytechnical College (San Francisco) and California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) where he received an Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, respectively.

Lee is a Certified Safety Professional. In addition, he has a CEAS II designation from The Back School. He specializes in workers’ compensation with a focus on ergonomics.

Mathew Bunde, Senior Risk Control Advisor

Mathew Bunde is a Senior Risk Control Advisor with ACWA JPIA, where he provides safety and risk management services to water and irrigation districts in the California Central Valley. Mathew has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Safety Management Specialist (SMS), and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designations.

Mathew has over 30 years of field experience in civil construction, engineering, and safety. His expertise includes risk assessment, construction safety training, safety program development, safety management systems, prevention through design, and participatory ergonomics. Mathew recently served on the advisory panel for Water Research Foundations development of a guide on participatory ergonomics for water and wastewater utilities.

Mathew’s passion is to teach others how to effect positive change through the use of proactive safety and risk management solutions.

Mathew Bunde, Senior Risk Control Advisor

Mathew Bunde is a Senior Risk Control Advisor with ACWA JPIA, where he provides safety and risk management services to water and irrigation districts in the California Central Valley. Mathew has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Safety Management Specialist (SMS), and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designations.

Mathew has over 30 years of field experience in civil construction, engineering, and safety. His expertise includes risk assessment, construction safety training, safety program development, safety management systems, prevention through design, and participatory ergonomics. Mathew recently served on the advisory panel for Water Research Foundations development of a guide on participatory ergonomics for water and wastewater utilities.

Mathew’s passion is to teach others how to effect positive change through the use of proactive safety and risk management solutions.

Patricia Slaven, JPIA Director of Human Resources and Administration

Patricia Slaven, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Patricia has over twenty years in the Human Resource/Employee Development field and is currently the Director of Human Resources and Administration for ACWA JPIA. She is tasked with managing all of the human resource needs of the organization, along with offering advice and best practices to districts who call into the Employment Hotline.

Patricia also oversees all aspects of the organization’s training and professional development efforts including statewide classroom training, webinars, and program development. She recently developed the very successful Leadership Essentials for the Water Industry program for senior members of JPIA agencies. Patricia has devoted more than a decade to developing leaders and human resource professionals in the JPIA pool.

She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands; her MBA from California State University, Sacramento; holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute; and of Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) from the International Public Management Association and from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).

Patricia enjoys her role of helping districts be successful by providing staff with information and education.

Patricia Slaven, JPIA Director of Human Resources and Administration

Patricia Slaven, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Patricia has over twenty years in the Human Resource/Employee Development field and is currently the Director of Human Resources and Administration for ACWA JPIA. She is tasked with managing all of the human resource needs of the organization, along with offering advice and best practices to districts who call into the Employment Hotline.

Patricia also oversees all aspects of the organization’s training and professional development efforts including statewide classroom training, webinars, and program development. She recently developed the very successful Leadership Essentials for the Water Industry program for senior members of JPIA agencies. Patricia has devoted more than a decade to developing leaders and human resource professionals in the JPIA pool.

She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands; her MBA from California State University, Sacramento; holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute; and of Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) from the International Public Management Association and from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).

Patricia enjoys her role of helping districts be successful by providing staff with information and education.

Peter Kuchinsky

Peter Kuchinsky II, Lead Risk Control Advisor

Peter Kuchinsky II is the Lead Risk Control Advisor for the ACWA JPIA. Before joining the JPIA in 2004, he worked for 20 years in construction project management and safety for developers and general contractors in Southern California. Peter earned his degree from San Diego State University. Among his professional certifications are Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Master Safety Professional (MSP) and Safety Trained Supervisor (STS). He holds water distribution, treatment, and wastewater certifications. Peter is a DOSH approved Asbestos Cement Pipe trainer, and maintains Train-the-Trainer and Competent Person designations in 10 and 30 Hour Construction, Confined Space, Trench, Fall Protection and Traffic Control.


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Peter Kuchinsky II, Senior Risk Control Advisor

Peter Kuchinsky II, Lead Risk Control Advisor

Peter Kuchinsky II is the Lead Risk Control Advisor for the ACWA JPIA. Before joining the JPIA in 2004, he worked for 20 years in construction project management and safety for developers and general contractors in Southern California. Peter earned his degree from San Diego State University. Among his professional certifications are Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Master Safety Professional (MSP) and Safety Trained Supervisor (STS). He holds water distribution, treatment, and wastewater certifications. Peter is a DOSH approved Asbestos Cement Pipe trainer, and maintains Train-the-Trainer and Competent Person designations in 10 and 30 Hour Construction, Confined Space, Trench, Fall Protection and Traffic Control.

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Robert H. Greenfield, Esq.,  General Counsel

Robert H. Greenfield joined the ACWA JPIA in December 2013. As JPIA’s General Counsel, Robert directs counsel in JPIA litigated claims. He also provides assistance to members through the Employment Hotline. For the last 29 years, Robert has been a practicing trial attorney representing public entities in defense of their litigation. He has represented numerous JPIA members in employment based litigation. Robert is still an active member of the California State Bar and licensed to practice in all the courts of the State.

Robert H. Greenfield, Esq.,  General Counsel

Robert H. Greenfield joined the ACWA JPIA in December 2013. As JPIA’s General Counsel, Robert directs counsel in JPIA litigated claims. He also provides assistance to members through the Employment Hotline. For the last 29 years, Robert has been a practicing trial attorney representing public entities in defense of their litigation. He has represented numerous JPIA members in employment based litigation. Robert is still an active member of the California State Bar and licensed to practice in all the courts of the State.

Robin Flint

Robin Flint,  Risk Control Manager

Robin Flint is the Risk Control Manager with ACWA JPIA where she is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, and coordinating operations of the Risk Management Department. She also guides the development and administration of the risk management programs to reduce the frequency and severity of claims; while providing an integrated approach to managing the JPIA’s risk exposures.

Prior to coming to work for the JPIA, Robin worked as a Senior Risk Management Specialist for a large school pool in California where she was responsible for loss control, claims adjusting, and developing tools and training to help K12 and community college districts control and reduce losses. She is an authorized trainer for NIMS and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I. She has experience in sexual harassment prevention, forklift/powered industrial truck instructor, and was a trainer for the American Red Cross. In 2014, Robin became a PRIMA ISO 31000, Enterprise Risk Management, Introduction Course faculty trainer.

Robin currently serves on CAJPA’s loss control subcommittee, where she is the chairperson and is a frequent speaker on risk management, occupational safety, and health and emergency management.

Robin has a Bachelor’s of Science degree and an MBA degree from California Polytechnic University and holds the ARM and CSP designations.

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JPIA Staff Member: Robin Flint, Senior Risk Control Advisor

Robin Flint,  Risk Control Manager

Robin Flint is the Risk Control Manager with ACWA JPIA where she is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, and coordinating operations of the Risk Management Department. She also guides the development and administration of the risk management programs to reduce the frequency and severity of claims; while providing an integrated approach to managing the JPIA’s risk exposures.

Prior to coming to work for the JPIA, Robin worked as a Senior Risk Management Specialist for a large school pool in California where she was responsible for loss control, claims adjusting, and developing tools and training to help K12 and community college districts control and reduce losses. She is an authorized trainer for NIMS and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I. She has experience in sexual harassment prevention, forklift/powered industrial truck instructor, and was a trainer for the American Red Cross. In 2014, Robin became a PRIMA ISO 31000, Enterprise Risk Management, Introduction Course faculty trainer.

Robin currently serves on CAJPA’s loss control subcommittee, where she is the chairperson and is a frequent speaker on risk management, occupational safety, and health and emergency management.

Robin has a Bachelor’s of Science degree and an MBA degree from California Polytechnic University and holds the ARM and CSP designations.

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Sarah Crawford, Training Manager

Sarah Crawford has been a training and talent development professional in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the Sacramento area over the last two decades. As Training Manager at ACWA JPIA, Sarah focuses on development, customization, delivery, and evaluation of training and leadership professional development initiatives, serving front line staff to executives.

She is a CSU Sacramento alumnus with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with an Organization Communication emphasis and attained a Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She began her career as a learning specialist in the financial services industry and since then has also been a small business owner, recruiter, and training officer serving the State of California at CalPERS and Caltrans. She has been a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) since 2013 and has served on the  ATD Sacramento Board of Directors as Co-Director of Programs and Board President.

Sarah Crawford, Training Manager

Sarah Crawford has been a training and talent development professional in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the Sacramento area over the last two decades. As Training Manager at ACWA JPIA, Sarah focuses on development, customization, delivery, and evaluation of training and leadership professional development initiatives, serving front line staff to executives.

She is a CSU Sacramento alumnus with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with an Organization Communication emphasis and attained a Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She began her career as a learning specialist in the financial services industry and since then has also been a small business owner, recruiter, and training officer serving the State of California at CalPERS and Caltrans. She has been a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) since 2013 and has served on the  ATD Sacramento Board of Directors as Co-Director of Programs and Board President.