Board of Directors

SSJID’s elected Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy and organizational direction on behalf of its constituents.

Registered voters within each division elect a director for a four-year term of office. To contact a director, call the Board Secretary, Betty Garcia, at (209) 249-4623 or send an e-mail to

Meeting schedule

The Board meets at least twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Other meetings may be scheduled during the month. Board meetings are typically held at 9 a.m. at the District’s main office located at 11011 East Highway 120, Manteca.  Contact the Board secretary’s office, (209) 249-4623, for meeting dates, times, and agendas. Or you may view the current agenda here.

Get an agenda

An agenda is prepared the Friday before each meeting. It is posted online and on the public information board in front of the main office.

What happens at a Board meeting

Board meetings are called to order by the Board president, roll call is taken and the Pledge of Allegiance is recited.  The president then asks for public comment on items that are not on the agenda.  To participate, simply indicate your intent to the Board president at the time that public comments are requested.  You will be asked to approach the podium and state your name and address.  You may then speak to the Board about any item not on the regular agenda.  In most cases, public comment is limited to five minutes per person.  The Board is not permitted to act on any issue brought before them during public comment.  If needed, the issue will be placed on a future agenda for discussion and possible action.

After public comments are closed, the Board will move on to the consent calendar, the action calendar, the general manager’s and various department head reports, and directors’ reports.  The Board then considers any closed session items before adjournment.  The public and most staff are not permitted to attend the closed session.  Any action taken during closed session that is required to be reported by State law is reported to the Board secretary and is included in the meeting minutes.

If you wish to speak on an agenda item, wait until that item is presented.  Once staff and the Board have discussed the item, you may then indicate your wish to speak on the item and will be asked to state your name and address for the record.

  • Dave Kamper, President, (Division 3)
  • Bob Holmes, Vice President, (Division 1)
  • Ralph Roos, (Division 2)
  • Dale Kuil, (Division 4)
  • John Holbrook, (Division 5)

Bob Holmes, Vice President

Occupation:Co-owner of Holmstead Dairy
Residence:Escalon, CA
Background:Dairy, custom feed/farming
Education:Fresno State, B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics
Hobbies:Motorcycling/NASCAR, traveling
Family:Wife Teresa, three children, two grandchildren
Service on SSJID Board:Since 2010
Committees:Budget & Financial, Agricultural Water Issues, Equipment, South San Joaquin Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Ralph Roos

Residence:Ripon, CA
Background:Raised on family farm in Ripon, attended Ripon Christian High School, attended college, served in the US Marines, has been involved in farming and farming related businesses for over 50 years
Community Service:Serves on Immanuel Christian Reformed Church council and various committees
Family:Wife Ginny, four children
Service on SSJID Board:Since 1994
Committees:Budget & Financial, Domestic Water Issues, San Joaquin River Tributaries Authority, Tri-Dam Project, Tri-Dam Power Authority

Dave Kamper, President

Residence:Manteca, CA
Background:Raised on family farm, now co-owns farm and has expanded operations into harvesting
Hobbies:Fishing, traveling and reading
Community Service:Boys Club leader, church Board member
Family:Wife Judy, 3 children
Service on SSJID Board:Since 1997
Committees:Equipment, Agricultural Water Issues, South San Joaquin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, Public Relations

Dale Kuil

Occupation:Farmer, Pest Control Advisor
Residence:Ripon, CA
Background:Raised in Ripon, attended Modesto Junior College
Community Service:Ripon Lions Club, Future Farmers of America advisor, Ripon Unified School District Board for 20 years
Family:Wife Eileen, two children, 3 grandchildren
Service on SSJID Board:Since 2003
Committees:Personnel, Tri-Dam Project, Tri-Dam Power Authority, Insurance/Safety, Domestic Water Issues, Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Basin Authority, South San Joaquin Groundwater Sustainability Agency

John Holbrook

Residence:Manteca, CA
Background:City of Stockton Municipal Utilities Department, Construction Inspector. San Joaquin County Highway and Flood Control Departments. Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy
Education:Humboldt State College, A.A. in Industrial Safety
Hobbies:Hunting, fishing, golf and hiking
Family:Wife Denise, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandson
Service on SSJID Board:Since 2007
Committees:Personnel, Insurance & Safety, Public Relations