By Miguel Gonzalez
(Apple Valley)–Long time community leader and public relations expert Yvonne Hester was selected this week as Mojave Water Agency’s new liaison officer. Hester, a longtime Victor Valley resident, is widely respected among Victor Valley leaders because of her skills of bringing together groups with different notions.
Kirby Brill, MWA General Manager, made the announcement during the November 1 Board of Directors Meeting. “I am pleased to welcome Yvonne to the MWA leadership team,” said Brill. “She brings a wealth of marketing and public outreach experience with government agencies that when combined with her experiences as a long-time local resident, will allow her to effectively serve the needs of MWA and our community.”
Under her new title, Hester will be in charge of public outreach and media/marketing efforts for the MWA, the area’s water purveyor.
Hester replaces Michael Stevens, who retired this past summer after three decades in the Victor Valley. Stevens said he was pleased with MWA’s selection. “I am delighted that someone of Yvonne’s character and caliber was chosen as my successor. I have known her for 20-years and consider her a friend and colleague. She is immensely talented and will definitely be an asset to Mojave Water Agency.”
With more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, Hester has spent much of her career working for High Desert municipalities and county agencies. She also served in a variety of volunteer positions with a number of community organizations and local chambers of commerce.
Currently, she holds the position of Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator with Victor Valley College.
Previously, Hester served as the Director of Communications with California Baptist University where she was responsible for the university’s publications, media relations, public relations, and internal communications. She has held positions as Public Information Officer for both the City of Victorville and the Town of Apple Valley. Hester also has directed public and community relations efforts for San Bernardino Associated Governments and for the County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor’s office.
In 2012, she earned the top magazine award for California Baptist University from the Baptist Communicators Association. Additionally, Hester led award-winning public outreach teams in the Inland Empire, earning five awards from the Orange County-Inland Empire Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Hester will assume her new duties November 19.
About Mojave Water Agency:
The Mojave Water Agency is responsible for managing the High Desert’s water supply to ensure both quantity and quality of water. The agency serves 4,900 square miles in San Bernardino County, and is one of 29 State Water Contractors with access to California’s State Water Project. MWA is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Directors.