As your elected Board of Commissioners, we take great pride in representing you, as owners of the utility. We are focused on being an effective governing body that establishes policies to ensure high quality drinking water and sewer services are provided in an affordable and sustainable manner.

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Board President

Matt Breysse

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Former Commissioner

Don Ellis

Bruce Gardiner
Board Secretary

D. Bruce Gardiner

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Commissioner

Tom Mortimer

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Commissioner

Trudy C. Rolla

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Board President

Matt Breysse

Email: mbreysse@nud.net

Born and raised in Seattle, Matt and his wife Sheila have called Bothell home for over 27 years, raising both of their daughters here.  A veteran teacher, Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s in Administration from Western Washington University, and a teaching certification from Seattle Pacific University. Currently, he teaches history at Juanita High School.

Matt’s commitment to public service led him to apply for the role of commissioner.  As commissioner, he is working to ensure the District continues to emphasize sustainability, environmental stewardship and accountability in its operating practices.  On behalf of our customers, he intends to help protect the District’s safe, reliable, and low-cost water and sewer services.

After originally being appointed to the position in November 2016, Commissioner Breysse was officially elected into office in November 2017, to serve the term through 2021.

Position:No. 3

Term:2017 to 2021

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Former Commissioner

Don Ellis

Email: dellis@nud.net

Long time Commissioner, Don Ellis, passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2021. Don served the District from 1967 and will be greatly missed. To learn more about Don, visit here.

Besides a lifetime of public service and experience in the financial services industry, Don has always been interested in public sector risk management. He worked to form the Washington Water and Sewer Risk Management Pool and chaired its first Executive Board. He was re-elected to Board years later when that organization faced a financial crisis. Don has the longest tenure on the Northshore Utility District Board of Commissioners. He has represented the District in various inter-agency source development projects.

EXPERIENCE:
– Chair (mayor-appointed) Seattle Water Department Purveyor Rate Committee.
– Chair of the Water and Sewer Risk Management Pool formation group.
– Chair of the Executive Board — Water and Sewer Risk Management Pool.
– Chair (current) of the Executive Committee of the Snohomish River — Regional Water Authority.
– Has served Northshore Utility District on the Board of Commissioners for over 50 years.
– Served (often as Chair) on numerous Seattle Purveyor Committees.
– Served as voting member on Seattle Water Rate Committees.
– Voting member North Fork Snoqualmie Dam project.
– Voting member Seattle Purveyors Contract Committee.
– Search Committee member (mayor-appointed) for Seattle Water Department Superintendent.
– Board of Directors of the Washington Government Entity Pool since 1998.
– Commissioners of King County Fire District No. 16 since 1987.
– Thirty-five years of experience in the financial services industry.
– A Certified Fraud Examiner.

EDUCATION:
– B. S. University of Washington.
– Post-graduate work at University of Washington and McGill University.
– Certificates from various risk-management courses by the American Institute of Insurance including courses on risk management and property and liability insurance.
– Certificate program in “Harassment Investigation”.

Position:No. 5

Term:2020 to 2025

Bruce Gardiner

Board Secretary

D. Bruce Gardiner

Email: bgardiner@nud.net

Utility Local Improvement District No. 81 brought sanitary sewer service to the Upper Denny Park area in 1992. Bruce Gardiner was among the homeowners involved in the ULID process. The public meetings he attended stirred his interest in the operations of the District. In his view, the office of Commissioner is the perfect opportunity for service to the local community.

Bruce was born in the Puget Sound area. His grandparents originally moved to live on Lake Washington 100 years ago. The son of a naval officer, he lived all over the country for much of his younger days. As an adult, Bruce found himself attracted to his birthplace. In 1968, the Gardiners moved back to the area. Bruce has a law office in Juanita. He practices mainly in the area of real estate, business, and copyright and trademark law. His wife K.K. is retired. They have two grown sons with families of their own.

Position:No. 4

Term:2018 to 2023

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Commissioner

Tom Mortimer

Email: tmortimer@nud.net 

Tom Mortimer was born in Spokane. After moving with his family to Bellevue in 1961, Tom went on to attend Lakeside School, Connecticut College, and UPS School of Law. Post-graduation, Tom worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative counsel to Senator “Scoop” Jackson and Congressman Don Bonker. He returned to the Seattle area in 1987 where he worked as Legislative Director to the Washington PUD Association.

In 1991, Tom started his own law practice with a focus on water law, water quality, water supply planning and development, water utility contracting, complex environmental permitting, and federal Indian law issues. He currently works for several local governments and special districts on municipal water supply issues and projects, and in July 2018 was appointed by the Washington State Legislature to the Joint Select Committee on Water Supply. Commissioner Mortimer currently serves on the District’s Information Technology Committee and the Water Supply Emergency Management Committee.

Tom is married to Beth, a pediatric physical therapist and has one son, Dylan, who is an aspiring baseball sabermetrics consultant.

After being appointed to the position in July 2018, Commissioner Mortimer was officially elected into office in November 2019, to serve the term through 2023.

Position:No. 2

Term:2020 to 2023

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Commissioner

Trudy C. Rolla

Email: trolla@nud.net

Serving as a Board member since 1994, Trudy also attends the Seattle Public Utilities Water System Operating Board. She is on the NUD Emergency Preparedness, Community Outreach and Comprehensive Plan committees.

A native of Seattle, Commissioner Rolla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.  She retired September 2013 from her position as a Senior Environmental Health Specialist in the Environmental Health Division of Public Health – Seattle and King County.  There, she spent twelve years in the small drinking water system and ground water management planning programs.  She also worked ten years in the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program of King County conducting program evaluation.

Ms. Rolla has been a member of the Washington State Environmental Health Association since 1982 where she served as Treasurer and a Regional Vice President. She was also a member of the National Environmental Health Association and served three years as the Region 1 Vice President.

Position:No. 1

Term:2018 to 2023