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Patrick Kaspari, PE - General Manager

Mr. Kaspari began work with MCSD on June 1, 2020. He is a registered civil engineer that has worked for the engineering consulting firm Winzler & Kelly/GHD in Eureka for the past 21 years.  He has 30-years of water and wastewater design and operations experience.  He has a long relationship with MCSD, having worked on several projects including the Ramey Pump Station Upgrades and the current Water/Sewer Master Planning efforts for replacement of MCSD’s water and sewer infrastructure, the 4.5 MG water tank project, the new Treatment Plant Microgrid project and the new Highway 101 Sewer Crossing project.

Mr. Kaspari can be reached for all matters of the District at (707) 839-3251 or

April Sousa, CMC - Board Secretary

Ms. Sousa came to MCSD on July 22, 2019 after a 5-year tenure as the City Clerk of the City of Blue Lake. Along with a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Humboldt State University in Music Performance (Flute/Oboe) she has obtained her Certified Municipal Clerks Designation (CMC) through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, is currently working towards the Master Municipal Clerks Designation (MMC) and is currently attending Claremont School of Theology for a Masters of Divinity Degree. Ms. Sousa is a member of the Humboldt County Clerks Association, and is a member of the Board of the City Clerks Association of California (CCAC), an association not just for City Clerks, but all municipal clerks (Special District Clerks/Secretaries and County Clerks alike), in the state of California. As the Board Secretary, Ms. Sousa is responsible for ensuring the democratic process through transparency, records management and acting as the compliance officer for the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.

James Henry - Operations Director

Mr. Henry has worked for MCSD for the past 25 years. He holds a Wastewater treatment 4, Water Treatment 2, Collections 3 and Water Distribution 4 state certifications as well as Pesticide Applicator certification and other minor certifications affiliated with water and sewer, such as trenching, shoring, and confined space.

Mr. Henry is the Safety Officer for MCSD and has worked his way up through the various positions of the Operations Department to Operations Director, a title he now holds. He is the Vice President of the North Coast Section of California Water Environment Association (CWEA).

Colleen M.R. Trask - Finance Director

Ms. Trask has been the Finance Director and Department Head of the Support Services Department of MCSD since 2012. Before this, she was the Finance Manager for the North Coast Small Business Development Center, a non-profit funded by the US Small Business Administration, from 2001 - 2012, which provided free consulting and training to local small businesses and start-ups. She also has past experience with teaching at College of the Redwoods (Bookkeeping Certificate Program capstone classes, Accounting, and Kickboxing), and Humboldt State University (Government and Non-Profit Accounting).

Ms. Trask has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State University and an MBA from Humboldt State University. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the California Society for Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO). 

Lesley Frisbee - Parks and Recreation Director

Ms. Frisbee came to MCSD 16 years ago, starting as a part-time Recreation Worker at the Kids' Club After School program and quickly moving through the ranks. In 2015, she was promoted to the Recreation Director, leading and overseeing the overall operations of the Department. 

Ms. Frisbee holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Humboldt State University in Cultural Anthropology and has extensive training in leadership. She uses this training as a leadership coach and staff/organizational development process consultant and facilitator. She also serves on the boards of both the McKinleyville Family Resource Center and The Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods.