Meet Our Staff
Burbank Water and Power (BWP) is a community-owned utility that serves the businesses and residents of Burbank with water and power. Burbank has some of the highest reliability and lowest utility rates in Southern California.
Dawn Roth Lindell, General Manager
Ms. Dawn Roth Lindell has had the privilege of leading outstanding people to success for over 30 years. She has 20 years of utility experience in water, wastewater, gas and electric distribution as well as high voltage transmission. She led two federal multi-state regional transmission utilities, served as a transformational Chief Information Officer in both municipal and federal utilities, and led customer service in a large municipal utility to top-quartile JD Powers customer service performance. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Business Administration (technology-focused) from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
James Compton, Assistant General Manager/Chief Technology Officer
Mr. James Compton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has been in the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Communications and Computer field for over 35 years having held significant positions within the Media and Entertainment industries. Mr. Compton’s previous experience included VP of Engineering and CTO of a major media and distribution company in Burbank for over 18 years. Mr. Compton joined Burbank Water and Power on June 1, 2010.
Bob Liu, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bob Liu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University. He worked for the California Power Exchange prior to joining BWP. Bob came to the Utility as a Financial Analyst, promoting to Financial Planning and Risk Manager in 2003. His primary focus at BWP has been in the areas of financial reporting, budgeting, financial planning, and energy risk management.
Richard H. Wilson, Assistant General Manager/Water
Mr. Richard H. Wilson, P.E., holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has over 30 years of design and construction experience in several industries including shipbuilding, oil, mining and public utilities, including the East Bay Municipal Utility District and the City of Vallejo. He holds licenses in both Civil and Mechanical engineering in the State of California. Mr. Wilson joined Burbank Water and Power on November 26, 2018.
Mandip Samra, Acting Assistant General Manager/Power Supply
Ms. Mandip Samra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA, a Master's in Public Administration from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Master's in Urban Planning from USC. Mandip joined Burbank Water in Power in March of 2021. She started her career as a Graduate Management Intern, in the Customer Relations Division of Pasadena Water and Power in 2004. She has worked in various Management positions at Anaheim Public Utilities, Southern California Edison, and Pasadena Water and Power. Her experience is in Power Supply, with a focus on regulatory compliance, managing the Integrated Resources Plan, negotiating power resource contracts, representing the utility on various resource and transmission committees, and leading stakeholder engagement efforts as it related to Power Supply.
Riad Sleiman, Assistant General Manager/Electric Services
Mr. Riad Sleiman, P.E., PMP holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters of Business Administration from Woodbury University. Riad joined Burbank Water and Power in 2005 as an Electrical Engineering Assistant working on street lighting, major development reviews, project management, system planning, development agreements and contract negotiations, AMI deployment, and advanced grid analytics. Riad has worked on utility-scale battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure planning, and deployment, implementing small cell policy and agreements, and introducing analytics and applications through the GIS and records group while at Silicon Valley Power. Riad rejoined BWP in 2021 as the Assistant General Manager of Electric Services, he is a licensed Electrical Engineer in the State of California and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Sean Aquino, Administrative Officer
Mr. Sean Aquino holds a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He has been in the municipal government field and the utility industry since 2000. Sean began his career in the Water Division of BWP in 2000, before moving to the Customer Service and Marketing Division in 2003. At BWP, Sean developed training, administered programs, and managed teams to reach key organizational goals.