Non-Emergency Contact: 619-670-0500
2850 Via Orange Way
Spring Valley, CA 91978
San Miguel Fire District
Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8 am - 12 pm | 1 pm - 5 pm
Bio coming soon!
Director Nelson is proud to continue serving this community on the Fire Board. He served for 35 years as a firefighter for San Miguel and its predecessor, Spring Valley Fire District. He also served as a Board Member for 4 years.
He has an Associates Degree in Fire Science, as well as Fire Officer and Instructor certification. He has received training in Labor Negotiations from the International Association of Firefighters and The League of Cities.
He enjoys travel, surfing, cycling and motorcycling on and off road.
Director Rickards has been a Board member from 1998-2006 and from 2008-2016. He was a U.S. Navy Corpsman from 1979-1983, and received a Life Saving Commendation from the El Cajon City Council in 1993. Director Rickards received an A.S. degree in Business Administration in 1994, and completed a Special District Leadership and Management Certificate Program in 2000.
During his tenure on the Board of Directors, he led the Board as President and Vice President. He has an extensive knowledge of District operations including budgets, personnel negotiations, service delivery and outside contractors for ambulance transport. His experience helps reduce tax dollar waste and dramatically improves service levels to District residents.
He retired from the El Cajon Fire Department (now Heartland Fire & Rescue) where he worked since 1987.
Director Rickards has been a District resident since 1990. He is married with 3 children.
Director Kiel is a retired Registered Civil Engineer with 31 years of professional experience. He earned his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from San Francisco State University and he has a M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University. During his professional career, he has worked in both the public and private sector. This background has given him hands on experience on how to maximize value for every dollar spent as well as working within a budget. Director Kiel has experience in all aspects of project management and has managed numerous construction projects ranging in cost from $4 million - $60 million.
Director Kiel has sat on three non-profit Boards of Directors from 1992 to the present. Director Kiel has served as Board President for all three of those non-profits and is currently serving on two Boards of Directors, and is currently the San Miguel Fire District's Board President.
Director Kiel’s hobbies include skiing (he is a member of the National Ski Patrol), aviation (he holds a Private Pilot’s Certificate), and Scuba Diving (he is a registered NAUI scuba diver). Director Kiel has also served as Scoutmaster for Troop 37 in San Francisco in the 1980’s and Troop 333 in Jamul. He is a successful real estate investor and has been investing in local real estate for about 20 years.
Director Ek is a native of San Diego and was raised in La Mesa. He and his wife have called East County their home for the past 30 years. After raising three daughters, they are now the proud grandparents of their first grandson. Director Ek studied Fire Science at Miramar College and has enjoyed a 31-year career in the fire service. He currently holds the rank of Captain with Heartland Fire and Rescue/Lemon Grove. The leadership skills he has developed throughout his career will be utilized in his position as a member of the San Miguel Fire Board. Director Ek feels that it is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of the San Miguel Fire District.
Director McKenna is a retired Fire Captain from the San Miguel Fire District, having served for more than 22 years as a First Responder. She received her A.S. Degree is Fire Protection Technology with honors and currently runs a small business with focus on asset investigations and financial analysis for legal purposes.
During her tenure with the District, Theresa responded to thousands of 911 emergencies and is well-aware of the needs of the community. She has also written numerous grants for the District and was successful at securing nearly $5 million in revenue that, over the years, provided for new fire apparatus, firefighter safety and training equipment, community safety programs, and brought the District's Wildland Prevention and Risk Assessment Project to fruition.
Theresa has been a District resident since 2000, and have lived in the East County since moving to San Diego in 1973.
Director Vacio is very excited to be a part of the San Miguel Fire District Board of Directors. He has been married to his wife, Clare, for 20 years, and they have two sons, Anthony (18) and Nicolas (8). They have lived in the District for 14 years. Director Vacio has been a Firefighter for 27 years, and is currently a Captain with the Alpine Fire Protection District. He looks forward to serving the citizens of the San Miguel Fire District to the best of his ability through transparency, integrity and honesty. He encourages you to contact him via email with questions or concerns.