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In Memorium - Charlie Johnson - June 22, 1945 - June 25, 2022

Position: DIRECTOR
Term: 2018-2022
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In Memorium of Charlie Johnson

June 22, 1945 - June 25, 2022

Charlie Johnson and his wife, Terry, moved to Phelan in 1992.  Charlie's passion in life was advocating for our community and in working to make it an even better place to live.  In addition to his role on the District's Board of Directors, he was a business owner, a role model, and a leader in several other community service organizations where he built lasting relationships and will always be remembered.

Charlie was a founding member, and three-time president, of the Kiwanis Club of the Tri-Community.  Charlie was an active member of the St. Junipero Serra, Phelan, as a Eucharistic Minister and was on the Parish Finance Council.

Charlie held several positions for the Diocese of San Bernardino: Diocesan Finance Council, Vice-Chair; Catholic Foundation, Trustee; and Caritas Telecommunications Corporation, Secretary.

Charlie completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Management at San Diego State University.  He continued his education at California Lutheran University earning a Master of Business Administration degree.  With this background, Charlie became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands (CA).  He taught for nine years, one year serving as a full-time Visiting Professor, and lead faculty in Finance.  Later, Charlie was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas, Dallas where he taught a finance course in Mexico City.

Charlie was a general, financial, and project professional with over twenty years of experience in systems design, implementation, and management.  He was a team leader who had proven to be a creative problem solver and team builder with excellent oral and written communication skills and worked with internal/external audit teams to ensure operational and reporting compliance.  He established and managed a full accounting system (general ledger, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and cash receipts), directed and managed a large finance staff with a $5 million budget, and responsibility for general accounting and accounts receivable factoring general ledgers.  He managed a major (over $1 million) implementation project team and an infrastructure outsource team for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Charlie was a member of the IT Financial Management Association.  He conducted financial seminars on Information Technology and financial principles and practices and was a seminar presenter for over twenty years for the Association.

Charlie was passionate about soccer and was a forty-year volunteer for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).  He was a National Coach and a National Referee, one of the twenty-five active "Double Nationals" in the national organization.  He held the position of Area Director overseeing ten Regions (leagues) for sixteen years.  He was the AYSO United High Desert Communities Club Administrator for three years.  He most recently served as the Section 10 Management Administrator and Advanced Coach, Referee, and Management Instructor.

Charlie was a member of the Phelan Chamber of Commerce for over twenty years, serving as President for several terms, Treasurer for multiple terms, and as a Director.  Charlie was the President of the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Improvement Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The PPHCIA is dedicated to serving in a variety of ways to improve the communities of Phelan, Piñon Hills, and surrounding areas (needy family food distribution program, Community Demonstration Garden, Healthy Snowline, and the Snowline Community Cabinet).

Charlie was the chair of the original Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District Feasibility Study Committee (established April 15, 2006).  With excellent support from the Committee, Charlie was the chief author of the Study, and the principal advocate testifying before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, and the San Bernardino Local Area Formation Commission.  The CSD Formation and initial Director election was held in February 2008.  Charlie was honored to serve as a Director for five years, and president for two years, and worked closely with a consultant on the PPHCSD Water Rate Study and Proposition 218 process as Finance Committee Chair and Board President.  With the District finance staff, Charlie helped to establish the District's fiscal, budget, and reserves policies maintaining a sound financial position.  He also helped to develop the District Investment Policy with our finance team.  He was re-elected to the Board of Directors in 2018, and once again served as Board President.  Charlie and his passion for our community and his constituents will be missed.

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