My name is Don Elias, and I’ve been working for the District as the District Secretary or General Manager since 2000. I have happily lived in Christian Valley with my wife and two children for over twenty years. My father-in-law, Dennis Keller, informed me of the open position as soon as I moved into the district. Along with working for the District part-time, I have been working as a 3rd grade teacher for Colfax Elementary for about 25 years.
I grew up in Los Altos, California and attended Los Altos High School and then attended CSU Chico double-majoring in Business and Economics and graduated in 1988. I had various positions in the business world, but I found that I was happiest when I was helping and mentoring children. After much thought, I then attended National University and obtained my teaching credential. My two jobs are perfect for me – I get to help children learn, while also using my business training for my job with the district. I always enjoy welcoming newcomers to Christian Valley and explaining why it is perfect for people from all walks of life, from young couples starting a family, to older adults looking for a peaceful place to retire.
In my spare time, I enjoy mountain bike riding, going for walks with my dogs, and spending time with my family.
If you are outside when I come around reading the meters each quarter, please say “Hi.” We probably have talked on the phone before and I’d like to meet you in person someday.
GM Job DescriptionCVPCSD General Manager's Job Description - approved October 11, 2022.pdf