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The Black Probation Officers Association (BPOA) of Los Angeles County Probation Department was organized in 1968 when 15-Deputy Probation Officers decided to stand together to improve the working conditions for African-Americans in the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Forty-five years later, BPOA has become one of the largest African-American law enforcement organizations in Los Angeles County as it partners with other law enforcement associations, corporations, community groups, and non-profit organizations to provide educational training, student scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities to its members. BPOA embraces a diverse membership that includes sworn active and retired law enforcement personnel of different ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender classifications as BPOA continue to seek equity for its members.

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Cheryl Jackson-Wilson

cheryl-jackson-wilsonCheryl Jackson-Wilson, Assistant Probation Director, BPOA’s Corresponding Secretary

Ms. Jackson-Wilson has worked in Probation for over 30 years, in both the Camps and Field Offices. Additionally, Ms. Jackson has been a BPOA member for at least 20 years. Cheryl has held leadership roles in Women Empowered, Association of Probation Women and California Probation Parole and Correctional Association on both the local and state levels. Ms. Jackson is currently the 2nd VP of CPPCA. In the past, Ms. Jackson served as the Chapter President and Southern Regional VP of SEIU Local 535 (Santa Barbara to San Diego). Cheryl has been a member of SEIU Locals 721, AFSCME Local 685; and, she is currently a member of Probation Management Association.

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Jerry Powers

Chief PowersChief Jerry Powers

Mr. Powers began his Probation career a year earlier as a student worker with the San Diego County
Probation Department. During his 15 years with San Diego, he worked his way up the ranks to the level of supervisor. He worked in various assignments, which included the adult and juvenile facilities, school-based, and community supervision. In September of 2000, Chief Powers returned to California’s Central Valley as a Manager for the Stanislaus County Probation Department. He was assigned to the juvenile hall as the Superintendent. And shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Deputy Chief. In November 2002, Mr. Powers was appointed by the Court as Stanislaus 
County’s 13th Chief Probation Officer. He led the Department for 10 years. During that time, he spent a significant amount of time working with State 
policy makers advocating for probation and corrections reform. In 2006 and again in 2008, Chief Powers served as President of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC), where his primary role was to interact with and advise the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office on laws and issues that impacted probation services, operations, and budgets. In 2007, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor at that time, appointed him to the California Sex Offender Management Board.

On December 6, 2011, Chief Powers became the 19th Chief Probation Officer for the Los Angeles County
Probation Department The largest probation services agency in the United States with over 6,200
employees and 4,400 of those employees are sworn peace officers that supervise over 80,000 adult and juvenile probationers throughout the Los Angeles County with an annual budget of over $700 million. The newest of the many projects that Chief Powers has been tasked with is to oversee and implement California’s new Prison Realignment Plan (Assembly Bill 109 or AB 109). Under this new plan, the Los Angeles County Probation Department is tasked with supervising nearly 10,000 non-serious, non-violent, and non- sex offender parolees, but the term “parolee” was replaced with a new term called “Post-released Community Supervision.” The Chief is a member of several Professional Associations: California Probation Parole and Correctional Association, since 1985 o American Probation and Parole Association, since 2002.

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Jackie Lacey

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JACKIE LACEY
Los Angeles County District Attorney

District Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager, and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as District Attorney. Ms. Lacey oversees roughly 1,000 lawyers, nearly 300 investigators, and about 800 support staff employees. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was created in 1850.

A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, Ms. Lacey joined the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation in 1986 as a deputy district attorney. She worked her way through the ranks as a front-line prosecutor.

While serving as a deputy district attorney, she prosecuted hundreds of serious criminal cases. Ms. Lacey won national attention for her successful prosecution of the county’s first race-based hate crime murder. Ms. Lacey was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2000 for prosecuting this case and for participating on the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Also, Ms. Lacey twice was selected as Deputy District Attorney of the Month by her peers.

Starting in late 2000, Ms. Lacey took on management and executive roles in the District Attorney’s Office. Her duties included reviewing nearly every major case the office prosecuted, serving on the office’s special circumstance committee that reviews death-penalty eligible cases, and making high-level policy decisions affecting the pursuit of justice and the management of the office.

In 2011, she was named chief deputy district attorney and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office. She also considered federal, state, and local legislation to determine the impact on the county’s criminal justice system.

Ms. Lacey has overseen the development of several groundbreaking crime-fighting initiatives within the office. They include the nation’s first Animal Cruelty Prosecution Program, the Graffiti Prosecution Program, and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun Prosecution Program.

She was key in the creation of alternative sentencing courts to deal with specific nonviolent offenders. These include the Los Angeles County Veterans Court, the Los Angeles County Women’s Reentry Court, and the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

For her leadership in the office, Ms. Lacey was named one of the Top 100 Women Litigators by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal in 2009.

Ms. Lacey is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. She and her husband, David, have two adult children.

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Douglas Bys

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Douglas Bys has been a United States Probation Officer for 22 years within the Central District of California and the District of Vermont. He has held the positions of supervision officer, presentence officer, pretrial officer, electronic monitoring officer, substance abuse specialist, supervisor and assistant deputy chief for supervision services; before assuming his current position as the Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer. He has worked in or managed units in Los Angeles; Santa Fe Springs; Inglewood; Studio City; San Bernardino; Riverside; Long Beach; Woodland Hills; Lancaster; Ventura; Santa Barbara; Brattleboro, Vermont; Rutland, Vermont; Montpellier Vermont; and Burlington, Vermont.

As an officer, Mr. Bys completed presentence reports, bail reports and supervised offenders of every background; from bank robbers to bank CEOs and has worked areas as diverse as central Los Angeles to the backwoods of Vermont.

He is currently the Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer overseeing operations for the Central District of California. The district encompasses 7 counties; Los Angeles (the most populous county in the U.S.) Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino (the largest county in the world), San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura; approximately 40,000 square miles, with a population of over 18,000,000. The district also has a diversity not found in most jurisdictions; with mountains, desert (Death Valley is within the boundary), islands, 11 military installations, 5 National Forests, 3 National Parks, 16 Native American Tribal Lands, the largest port on the pacific and of course the second largest city in the United States and one of the largest urban areas in the world, Los Angeles.

The office employs 240 officers and support staff. All of their officers hold a minimum of a bachelors degree, with 35 percent holding a masters and 19 percent doctorates. Their officers and support staff are fluent in languages including Spanish, Korean, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Taiwanese and American Sign Language.

Mr. Bys maintains membership in the American Probation and Parole Association and the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association. He has worked with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to evaluate Probation Officer workload formulas and has facilitated nationwide training programs including; financial investigation training with the District of New Hampshire, Bureau of Prisons Transitional Services Training, and Federal Probation Orientation Training for the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He also facilitated offender and officer education programs, a pre-release orientation program at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, Connecticut, and created the Scope of Authority training for U.S. Probation Officers, providing education on statutory and case law foundations and limitations on the duties of a probation officer.

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Ed Johnson

Ed JohnsonEd Johnson

I have over thirty years of managerial experience in both the Los Angeles County Superior Court System and Los Angeles County Probation Department. I have served in a variety of management assignments for both agencies, including Personnel Director for the Los Angeles Superior Court. For the past three months I have served as Bureau Chief over the DOJ/Quality Assurance Bureau. Prior, I served as both Acting Bureau Chief and Bureau Chief over Adult Field Services Bureau, which included the AB 109 and the SB 678 Programs. While in this assignment I supervised well over approximately 1500 employees and was responsible for a budget of well over $100 Million. Prior to the Acting Bureau Chief assignment, I served as Senior Probation Director, over Adult Supervision for several years. For over thirty years, I have worked as a part-time college Instructor, teaching business and management courses for the Los Angeles Community College District. Academic accomplishments include: doctorial work in business and management at the Ph.D. level, Claremont Graduate School, MBA, Claremont Graduate School; MPA, University of Southern California; B.S., Business Administration, Cal. State University, Los Angeles. Other training/awards include: 1989 Los Angeles County, “Productivity & Quality Service” Award”; 1990 Achievement Award, National Association of Counties (NACO), 1998 Graduate, Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, “Community Partnering in the Next Millennium, Creating and Maintaining Community Coalitions”; 2000 Graduate, Los Angeles County Training Academy-first class in Division Chief Training, June 21, 2011 LA County Stars Award for Service Excellence, 2012 Los Angeles County Productivity & Quality Service Award.

Note: Special awards were for programs/operations which I directly oversaw.

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Marc Beaart

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Marc Beaart has been with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for sixteen years and has served in the Compton Branch, Compton Sex Crimes, Central Trials, Sex Crimes Division and Eastlake Juvenile. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Head Deputy of the High Tech Crime Division. The Division is composed of nine prosecutors, four forensic examiners and four cyber-investigators. He has litigated over a hundred jury trials including two notable cases involving the Korea Town and the Union Station rapists. He attended Whittier Law School and California State University of Northridge.

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Rick Serrato

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Rick Serrato retired from Santa Ana Police Department as a corporal (2008). He currently works as an Investigator with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. He assigned to the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking unit. Rick previously was a Reserve Detective for Westminster P.D. and assigned to the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (3 years). He managed confidential informants and worked as an undercover operative. While he worked at Santa Ana P.D., Cpl. Serrato worked as a law enforcement officer for over 28 yrs. (24 yrs with Santa Ana Police Department). He was assigned to Patrol, Directed Patrol, Special Investigations (narcotics, gangs, vice), Weapons Interdiction Team (ATF task force consisting of undercover operations of gang members and organized crime organizations), Orange Co. Regional Narcotic Suppression Program, and District Investigations – Auto Theft. Cpl. Serrato has testified as an expert witness for over 20 yrs. He has testified as an expert witness in both State and Federal courts. He has investigated numerous Human Trafficking investigations and supervised Investigators assigned to Special Investigations. Rick has instructed Human Trafficking for over 3 years in California and Nationally.

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Steve Wells

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Steve Wells has been a United States Probation Officer for 18 years within the Central District of California. He has held positions of Supervision Officer, Presentence Officer, Substance Abuse Specialist, and Supervisor; before assuming his current position as Assistant Deputy Chief USPO. He has worked in or managed units in Los Angeles and Inglewood.

As an Assistant Deputy Chief USPO, his duties consist of overseeing supervision operations in the Central District of California. The district encompasses 7 counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura; approximately 40,000 square miles, with a population of over 18,000,000. It should be noted that the Central District of California has two Assistant Deputies over supervision. Mr. Wells’ branch office coverage consist of the following: Los Angeles, Inglewood, Woodland Hills, Ventura, Lancaster, and Location Monitoring.

Their office employs 240 officers and support staff. All of their officers hold a minimum of a bachelors degree, with 35 percent holding a masters and 19 percent doctorates. Their officers and support staff are fluent in languages including Spanish, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Serbian, Taiwanese, and Sign.

Prior to Mr. Wells commencing his career as a United States Probation Officer, from 1986 thru 1995, he worked as a Deputy Probation Officer with Los Angeles County Probation Department. His work locations included Camp Munz, Crenshaw Area Office, and the Metropolitan Specialized Gang Unit (Centinela Area Office). In 1985, he worked as a Correctional Officer at Terminal Island Federal Prison/medium security. He is also a member of the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association.

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Gerado Prado

Gerado Prado

Gerado Prado currently is a Gang Detective with the Huntington Park Police Department. He interviews gang members on a daily basis and gathers information of activities on the streets. Gerardo Prado previous worked for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to the Men’s Central Jail for 6 years. He was assigned to “Operations Safe Jails” which is a unit that gathers intelligence and intercepts communication and contraband from the inmates. Gerardo Prado has been involved in over 200 seizures involving contraband, weapons, narcotics, and cellular phones inside the County jail. He has testified in court as a Gang Expert in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Gerardo has instructed Gang Investigations for several years with Serrato & Associates.

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Jeff Reeves

Jeff Reeves

Jeff Reeves has over 10 years law enforcement experience and currently works as a Police Officer with the San Bernardino Police Department. He was assigned to the Police and Corrections Team (PACT) which was a group of law enforcement agencies including state parole. He has conducted over 500 parole searches and interviewed and debriefed hundreds of parolees. Jeff Reeves is an active law enforcement officer and currently contacts parolees on a day to day basis collecting current intelligence. He completed a POST Instructor course and the ICI POST Instructor’ course. Jeff Reeves currently instructs this course at the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy. He has testified as an expert on gang investigations in the San Bernardino County courts. Jeff has conducted extensive research on the AB 109 Realignment program and instructed this course at the 2012 California Narcotic Officers Association Conference.

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Quincy Thacker

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Chief Deputy Regional Administrator

Quincy Thacker is a Chief Deputy Regional Administrator for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), Southern Region.

The Southern Region supervises parolees within Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Imperial and San Diego Counties.

Quincy started his correctional career 16 years ago as a Correctional Officer at California State Prison Los Angeles County. While working as a Correctional Officer, he also worked with the Los Angeles County Office of Education as a substitute teacher at various Los Angeles County Probation Camps.

In 1999, he transferred to DAPO as a Parole Agent I where he promoted through the ranks. He worked in various field offices within the Los Angeles County as well as being assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Team.

He assisted in the development of the Parole Supervisor Academy and is a Range Master, Instructional and Tactical Trainer for the parole division. Quincy is well versed in CDCR policy, procedures and current correctional trends. He possesses his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the California State University, Chico.

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Peter Hahn

Sergeant Peter Hahn

Sergeant Peter Hahn is a detective sergeant with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department assigned to the Special Victims Bureau (SVB). He has been a deputy sheriff for twenty-seven years and has worked at a variety of different assignments including custody, patrol, detective bureau and administrative division. Sergeant Hahn has worked as a child abuse investigator and supervisor for the past six years and oversees a team of eight detectives. Among the cases Sergeant Hahn investigates are those involving 290 PC registrants and the on-line exploitation of children. Sergeant Hahn is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Economics

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Ronald L. Brown

Ron portraitThe Honorable Ronald L. Brown
Los Angeles County Public Defender
“Commitment to Justice Award”

Mr. Brown was sworn in as the Public Defender of Los Angeles County on January 5, 2011. Mr. Brown is only the 10th person to head the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, which opened its doors in 1914 as the nation’s first publicly funded indigent criminal defense agency. He leads a staff of more than seven hundred licensed attorneys plus a support staff of paralegals, investigators, social workers, and secretaries, all dedicated to the representation of indigent clients. The Public Defender represents adults who have been accused of felony or misdemeanor crimes, juveniles facing delinquency proceedings, involuntarily detained mental health patients, and persons with appellate and limited civil contempt matters.

Mr. Brown is the first African-American to head Los Angeles County’s Public Defender’s office. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called Ron “a well loved son of the Second District, [whose] journey from humble beginnings to today’s appointment as Public Defender is a source of pride and inspiration.”

Mr. Brown was born in Ogden, Utah, but was raised in Watts, Willowbrook, and Compton, where he graduated from Centennial High School. He was one of ten children supported by food stamps and other public assistance. Ron refused to be burdened by poverty but instead aimed high and obtained the first-class education he knew he would need to be a success in life. Ron received his undergraduate degree from USC in History in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from UCLA in 1979.

Mr. Brown recognized and appreciated that the County of Los Angeles had helped him and his family while he was growing up, and he determined that he would give back to the community by dedicating his life to public service. Ron was particularly interested in the criminal justice system, and he believed that he could best serve the public by becoming an attorney for the indigent accused. He became a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender in 1981, and since that time he has been entrusted with representing thousands of persons accused of every imaginable type of crime. Mr. Brown has personally tried more than 180 misdemeanor and felony matters.

Mr. Brown not only worked to defend his clients, he also sought to improve and diversify the Public Defender’s Office. He was one of the founders of the Black Public Defender’s Association and served on its board for a number of years. He has been an attorney recruiter, interviewer, and mentor, and he is responsible for recommending that the department hire more than 300 of the attorneys presently employed by the office. His interview skills were so highly prized that he was given the task of training other attorneys to sit on oral boards for prospective hires.

Mr. Brown is technologically adept and has worked hard over the years to bring current computer hardware and software to Public Defender staff. He was a long-time member of the Public Defender’s Resource Advisory Group and is a proponent of using computer technology to improve the ability of the Public Defender to provide superior legal representation to its clients.

Mr. Brown has long recognized that even though the criminal justice system is adversarial, there are many areas where the Office of the Public Defender and other criminal justice agencies can collaboratively interact and cooperate. That collaboration and cooperation was advanced by Mr. Brown’s participation in interagency groups such as the Juror Orientation Committee, the Interagency Systems Advisory Body, the Jail Overcrowding Committee, the Early Disposition Subcommittee, the Electronic Monitoring Subcommittee, and the Video Arraignment Subcommittee. Mr. Brown also served as the Public Defender’s liaison with the Los Angeles County Sheriff, which is a position requiring skill and tact as well as persistence.

Mr. Brown’s most recent assignment before his promotion to Public Defender was Assistant Public Defender for Branch and Area Operations. Mr. Brown was directly responsible for assuring that all the criminal courts in Los Angeles County were staffed with highly trained, capable Deputy Public Defenders who provided superior legal representation to their clients. Ron regularly attends management training programs, and his abilities have been recognized through his receipt of a variety of awards and commendations including a certificate of commendation from retired Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.

Ron is a 33-year resident of Long Beach and currently resides in Bixby Knolls with his wife Kathleen Bursley.

“The County of Los Angeles supported me when I was growing up. What it gave me more than anything else was hope and the desire to give back to the community for all it had given me. I am very proud of the Public Defender’s Office, and I cannot imagine a better way to help my community than by implementing, on a daily basis, the tenets of the United States Constitution applicable to the criminal justice system.”

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Joshua E. Kim

josh-kimJoshua E. Kim
Mr. Kim has been a staff attorney at A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project since he graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2008 with concentration in Critical Race Studies.  He attended Deep Springs College prior to obtaining a BA in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.  During his last year in law school, Joshua co-founded A New Way of Life & UCLAW Re-Entry Legal Clinic.  He has also been an active member of All of Us or None, a national group organized by people with conviction history, and helped lead its multi-year efforts to “ban the box” in Los Angeles since 2007. 

Joshua has been involved in various efforts to lower re-entry barriers for people with criminal histories through civil litigation, including a class action against the Los Angeles Superior Court to stop the court’s practice of releasing sealed criminal records to the public (Doe v. Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC474207 (Los Angeles Superior Court, filed Nov. 23, 2010)); an appeal to clarify the eligibility requirements of people to dismiss convictions pursuant to California Penal Code § 1203.4 (People v. Parker, 217 Cal.App.4th 498 (Cal.App.2d Dist. 2013)); a writ of mandate to change the policy and practice regarding inmate voting and registration in Riverside County jails (All of Us or None v. Sheriff Sniff, Case No. RIC1214296 (Riverside Superior Court, filed Sept. 2012)); a Title VII settlement against a national trucking company, J.B. Hunt (see http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-28-13c.cfm); and a number of nationwide class actions based on consumer protection statutes such as Regalado v. Ryder, CV12-5737 (C.D.CA, filed Jul. 2, 2012) and Roe v. Intellicorp, 12-CV-02288-JG (N.D.Ohio, transferred Sept. 11, 2012).

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Anthony Arredondo

Anthony ArredondoAnthony Arredondo
A native of San Gabriel Valley, Anthony began his interest of Law Enforcement at the age of 15 as an Explorer for the San Gabriel Police Department. His Father Anthony Arredondo Sr. was his source of inspiration and guidance through his own career and contributions to Law Enforcement serving the County of Los Angeles as a Transportation Deputy until 2006 when he left the Department to fight his battle with cancer. Anthony’s dad served to inspire his career. He recalls his dads many stories about people and what he did to help them through a difficult course or tough time. His dads stories were the cornerstone of Anthony’s interest in serving as a Probation Officer for the County of Los Angeles since 2006 and currently as an AB109 Deputy.

Anthony earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from DeVry University in 2000. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member for MACA (Mexican American Correctional Association) and has served as a Camp Director for the YMCA.

Today he serves as the facilitator for the Cyber Crimes class and looks forward to engaging participants in a dynamic discussion and dialog.

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Mary Howard

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Mary Howard is a native of Louisiana. She is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor in Arts & Science with a concentration in aerospace studies. She was commissioned as a Personnel Officer into the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command. Amongst her varied military accomplishments, she was appointed OIC (Officer in Charge) during the nation’s “Beirut Bombing” mobility. While transitioning from active to reserve military duty, she was hired as a 1st Line Production Supervisor with General Motors Corporation in Pontiac, Michigan. Several years later, a financial incentive influenced her new employment with Chrysler Motor Corporation as a Warehouse Supervisor in the MOPAR Part’s Depot in Ontario, California. Downsizing of American automakers prompted a career change. Mary Howard began her criminal justice career as a distinguished patrol graduate at the Shreveport Police Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aligned with her administrative grooming, she joined the Los Angeles County Probation Department in November 1990 as one of the initial staff to open Camp Smith of the Challenger Memorial Youth Center in Lancaster, California. She has worked in the following assignments: Camp Smith, Camp Gonzalez, Camp Holton, Camp Scott, Camp Community Transition Aftercare, 601 GAP (Gang Alternative Program), Juvenile Field Supervision, Cluster II School Based JST (Juvenile Support Team), Court Officer (Departments 204 Eastlake, Department 260 South Central and Department 245 Long Beach), Pretrial Services Bail Deviation Unit, AB109 supervision of High Risk Offenders, AB109 Registered Sex Offenders, Placement Administrative Services’ County Welfare System and AWOL Desk Unit.

In an attempt to deter incorrigible minors from delinquency while assigned to the 601 GAP, Mary Howard was instrumental in hosting a quarterly Juvenile Justice Awareness Forum in the cafeteria of the Compton court building. The audience averaged collectively 200 “at risk” youth from each school within the Compton Unified District. The youth were accompanied with their parents/care givers. The forum consisted of Juvenile Superior Court Judge Irma Brown, a juvenile deputy district attorney, a juvenile deputy public defender, representatives from the K9 unit of Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, Compton School Police, Compton Unified School District Child Welfare & Attendance Office, an active parolee who began as an “at risk” youth and a parent whose youth’s demise was due to street violence.

Mary Howard is a member of BPOA (Black Probation Officers Association), CPPCA (California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association), and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local 685 Union, Who’s Who Among Professional Executives, Reserve Officers Association, Nu Alpha Delta Multi-Cultural Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She has a wealth of professional experience, yet energetic, refreshing, motivating and knowledgeable. Being a trailblazer is natural for her. She contributes her strong work ethnics to her Louisiana upbringing and military training. “Failure is not an option.”

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Judge Laura Walton

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Judge Laura Walton attended the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with honors with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Upon graduation, she turned down several lucrative offers to go into private practice and instead chose public service. In 1996, she accepted an offer at the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney’s Office.

As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried approximately 110 cases, including 30 murder trials. She had a conviction rate of 97 percent. In 1997, after only one year as a deputy district attorney, Judge Walton received her first of many accommodations from the district attorney’s office for her valuable contributions to domestic violence investigations and prosecutions.

In 1999, Judge Walton was selected for the VIP unit, which is solely dedicated to prosecuting domestic violence, rape, child molestation, and child murder cases. While in the VIP unit, Judge Walton received accommodations from the Compton District Attorney’s Office in 2000, and twice in 2001 for her outstanding prosecutions of VIP cases. Upon leaving the VIP unit, she received an accommodation from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit for her dedication, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding prosecutions.

In 2001, Judge Walton was chosen for the elite Hardcore Gang Unit where she spent the next seven years prosecuting gang-members who committed murders in South Central. While in the gang unit, Judge Walton’s life was threatened several times by gang members, but she was not deterred. In 2004, Judge Walton again received an accommodation from the District Attorney’s office for her tenacity and outstanding trial work while in hardcore. In 2008, she received accommodations from LAPD and Sheriff’s homicide division for her dedication, commitment, professionalism and successful prosecutions of gang members in the South Central District.

In 2008, Judge Walton was promoted to a supervisor. As a supervisor, she approved plea agreements, and trained trial deputies. Although she enjoyed being a supervisor, she spent less time in court and wanted to return to the court room. In 2009, she applied for a judicial appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

On April 1, 2010, she was appointed by the governor at the age of 39 making her the youngest African-American woman appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Judge Walton currently sits in Compton and she handles felony criminal cases.

In March of 2013, Judge Walton was inducted into the Compton Women’s Hall of Fame for her commitment to justice and she received commendations from Congresswoman Janice Hahn, State Senator Roderick Wright, Assembly member, Isadore Hall, III, and former Mayor Eric Perrodin.

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Supervisor Don Knabe

Don KnabeSupervisor Don Knabe
Supervisor Don Knabe was first elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November of 1996 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Supervisor Knabe represents the Fourth District, which is a uniquely diverse area that is home to over two million residents and includes two of the nation’s largest economic hubs; the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and Los Angeles International Airport. The Fourth District is also geographically diverse, stretching from Marina del Rey to the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Long Beach all the way east to Diamond Bar and dozens of cities in between. The Fourth District also includes Catalina Island and San Clemente Island.

Supervisor Knabe served on the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and was Chair of the State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee. In 2006, Supervisor Knabe was appointed to the California Emergency Council.

Supervisor Knabe is President of the Coliseum Commission and the past Chairman of First 5 Los Angeles. He is a Member and past Chairman of the Urban County Caucus of the California State Association of Counties, an Executive Board Member of the California State Association of Counties, and is a former member of the Board of Governors for L.A. Care Health Plan. In addition, he is the Vice Chairman of the Health Sub-Committee for the National Association of Counties and a Trustee at the Aquarium of the Pacific located in Long Beach.

Supervisor Knabe is a leader in regional transportation currently serving as a Director and past Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Supervisor Knabe is a member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), where he serves on the Legislative & Communications Committee as well as the Safety & Operations Committee.

Supervisor Knabe has a true passion for the arts and attributes much of his own personal success to an early involvement with music. His enthusiasm for the arts has resulted in the creation of several innovative youth programs and his own arts program, which provides grants to schools and community based organizations throughout the Fourth District.

Supervisor Knabe is an advocate for environmental initiatives throughout Los Angeles County. In 2012, Supervisor Knabe called upon federal and state legislators to amend decades-old laws and regulations to encourage the development of innovative conversion technologies in Los Angeles County, as an alternative to landfills. Through conversion technologies, trash that would get dumped in a landfill would be converted into fuels and energy sources. In addition, Supervisor Knabe has led the County’s efforts to improve overall water quality, including 19 projects within the Fourth District that will lower pollution and divert storm water from the ocean, including the Dominguez Gap Wetlands Project, which was completed in 2008, improved water quality, created recreation opportunities for residents and visitors an enhanced the environment by creating an open space habitat for the community.

Supervisor Knabe is respected for the strength of his grassroots support and considerable experience in local government, which have made him a highly regarded voice, not only at home in the Fourth District, but in Sacramento and Washington D.C. He was elected to the Cerritos City Council in 1980 and served as a Councilman for eight years, including two terms as Mayor. Supervisor Knabe was Mayor during the Cerritos Air Crash in 1986.

As Chief of Staff to the late Fourth District Supervisor Deane Dana, Supervisor Knabe gained invaluable insight into crucial Federal, State and Local issues and the needs of the Fourth District’s two million constituents.

Supervisor Knabe is a veteran having served in the United States Navy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Supervisor Knabe and his wife, Julie, have been married for 45 years. Julie, a Long Beach native, is a past President of the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce and operates her own customer relations firm, J.D. Knabe & Associates. They have two married sons, and four incredible grandchildren!

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Joan Pera

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Joan Pera has been employed with the Los Angeles County Probation Department 14 years. She began her career at Camp Paige as a DPO I, promoted to the Narcotic Testing Unit (NTU) at the East Los Angeles Area office, transferred to the Sentenced Offender Drug Court Program (SODC), subsequently accepting a promotional offer to Supervising Deputy Probation Officer (SDPO) at Challenger Memorial Youth Center (CMYC). She later accepted a position in the field with the AB109 Program Region 4. She is currently assigned to AB109, Region 1 – Pomona Valley Area office.

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Deborah F. Weathersby

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Ms. Weathersby has forty-five years of experience with Los Angeles County in the field of law enforcement. Her career includes service with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department, holding positions such as, student worker, typist clerk, stenographer, child support investigator, investigator aide, supervising investigator aide, investigator, senior investigator and currently Director of the Crenshaw Area Office. She has had the privilege of being the Director of the first Day Reporting Center for adults in Los Angeles County. Ms. Weathersby’s career has included training the deputized staff in the department to access and interpret the criminal record. Ms. Weathersby is a graduate of California State University at Dominguez Hills; BA in Sociology; she attended Cal Poly at Pomona for managerial training; she is a graduate of the Los Angeles County Training Academy and recently had the honor of attending CPOC’s Command College.

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Aaron C. Dillard

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Supervising Deputy Probation Officer Aaron C. Dillard began working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department in January 1992 as a Group Supervisor Nights at Camp David Gonzalez. He worked for 5 years in that position until he promoted to a Deputy Probation Officer I in February 1997, where he transferred to the Challenger Memorial Youth Center. For the next 8 years he excelled as a leading DPO in Camp Elison Onizuka working through the transition of a boys camp, then a mixed camp of boys and girls camp, then changing to an all-girls in camp. In October 2008 he promoted to DPO II, field services in the Camp Community Transition Program in the Pomona Valley Area Office where he worked for the next 2 ½ years working with our youth and their families. He then returned to camp and laterally moved back to CMYC, this time at Camp McNair and eventually became the Lead DPO II in camp. Through all the changes at CMYC and implementation of the Behavior Modification Program he worked steadfast as the DPO II and at times was the Acting Supervisor of the unit. In late 2012 he applied for Supervising Deputy Probation Officer and was promoted to the position in July 2013 in the Special Housing Unit where he is currently is located. Over the years he has been involved in the Risk and Needs Assessment Camp system, Boot Camp/Regimentation Program and most recent the Behavior Modification Program. Throughout the years in the department, He has strived to improve his knowledge of supervision, court report writing and leadership. Beginning at an entry level position and moving up in the department has afforded him the understanding of different aspects of the job, including working within the Chain of Command, being a dedicated worker, how to listen to and work with young troubled youth, both boys and girls, learning to work with staff, management and peers and acquiring the skills to be a strong leader. Working with a diverse group of individuals and working with parents and numerous community based organizations, he has and continues to become a strong leader in the probation department. These experiences and more have also provided the skill and knowledge base necessary to lead a team of staff and demonstrate a positive example of good leadership.

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Luigi Vernola

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This is Mayor Luigi Vernola’s second stint as a member of the Norwalk City Council. He is a former Norwalk Councilman, Vice Mayor and Mayor. Mayor Vernola was born in Los Angeles and has lived in Norwalk since 1944. His parents were immigrants from Italy who settled in Norwalk and raised Luigi, his sister and brothers with the same values they were raised with: get as much education as possible, work hard, provide for your family and give back to your community and church.

Mayor Vernola attended local schools and graduated from Norwalk High School. At the age of 20 he started his own business as an automotive service station owner. He expanded his business to include a towing company and an automotive shop.

While at Norwalk High School, Luigi met his future wife, Joan, and stayed in Norwalk. Where they raised three children: Kristina, a teacher, Thomas a law enforcement officer, and Lisa a businesswoman. He and Joan are blessed with eight grandchildren.

Luigi is committed to making Norwalk a great place to raise a family and an ideal place to work. Luigi has been involved in Norwalk civic affairs for over 46 years.

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Yves Chery

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Yves Chery grew up in Rockland County, New York. He attended State University of New York, at New Paltz (SUNY-New Paltz) before he transferred to California State University of Northridge (CSUN) where he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree. After graduating from CSUN, his passion for public service and helping at-risk youth led him to the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Yves has been a Deputy Probation Officer for more than 23 years. Yves has worked various assignments, including Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick, Camp Fred Miller, and etc.

Mr. Chery acquired this passion for service from his mother who was a long time member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), Local 844. Yves became an AFSCME Local 685 Union Steward and continued representing members for more than 17 years. He served as Treasurer and First Vice President on AFSCME Local 685’s executive board. He was also Vice President of AFSCME Council 36. Moreover, Yves is a proud member of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and SEIU Local 721 (Non-Representative).

Mr. Chery’s desire for professional growth led him back to school where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree and later a Jurist Doctor Degree. Yves is very successful in advocating on behalf of disabled County employees on the Los Angeles County Employee Retirement Association Board of Retirement (LACERA). He states, “I will continue to be a disability retirement advocate for ALL deserving disabled members. I will fight to ensure that employees who suffer work-related injuries get a fair and prompt disability hearing from LACERA.”

In 2005, Yves Chery became the first African American male elected to the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association Board (LACERA) and the second Deputy Probation Officer. Mr. Chery has served LACERA members dutifully on the Board of Retirement for the past 8 years without ever missing a meeting. In 2013, Yves Chery became the first African American to chair the LACERA board of Retirement in LACERA’s 75-year history.

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Louise Dodson

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Louise Dodson is a 15-year veteran Deputy Probation Officer II with Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ms. Dodson has worked in Juvenile Hall, Camps and currently assigned to School Based. Ms. Dodson currently serves on BPOA’s Scholarship Committee. Louise is also a member of the Probation Women Empowered, CPPCA and AFSCME Local 685. Ms. Dodson has served as an elected official on the ABC School Board where she fought for the “Strategic Plan” which brought academic excellence to the school district.

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Felicia Cotton

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Felicia Cotton currently serves as Deputy Chief for four major Bureaus: Juvenile Institutions (Juvenile Camps and Hall), Placement Services and the Quality Assurance Bureaus. Felicia has enjoyed a very rewarding career with the County of Los Angeles Probation Department serving probationers, families and the community for the past 26 years. She has served as the Chair of the County of Los Angeles’ Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, the governing body for juvenile justice programs and grants. She spearheaded and/or facilitated several community collaborative initiatives such as: The Countywide Gang Violence Reduction Initiative, The Ten Point Program, the Compton Community Collaborative, the Housing-Based-Supervision Program, Safe Passages, After-School Enrichment Initiative, Los Angeles Unified School District School Safety Collaboratives, the Watts Initiative, and the L.A. 90044 Family Preservation Project. She previously maintained the Department’s Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) programming, which consists of 12 programs, three (3) initiatives and over 40 funded partners for over a decade. Further, she developed a training academy for JJCPA Probation staff and Community-Based providers that uniquely combined resources and unified strategies to enhance capacity to service youth and families in the community in a more comprehensive manner.

She has been responsible for designing and implementing various “cutting edge” programs throughout her career with the Department. Her current challenge includes oversight of the reformation of the juvenile camp system.

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Loretta "De’Anna" English

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Loretta “De’Anna” English began her career with Los Angeles County Probation Department in 1988 at a temporary data entry clerk. She has worked various functions within the adult field. Ms. English is currently a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer assigned to Post Release Community Supervision region 3 out of Long Beach Court.

Ms. English has vast knowledge of Adult field services, previously assigned to Central Records, Inglewood and Torrance Courts, Pretrial services where she every program it had to offer. Ms. English worked in the Narcotic Testing Unit, Adult Investigations and (ASCOT) Adult Services Court Officer Team out of Inglewood and Torrance Courts respectively. She was also assigned as a Staff Assistant for Adult Field Services with her last assignment as part of the AB-109 realignment implementation team prior to her promotion to Supervising Deputy Probation Officer.

Ms. English was instrumental in the team building relationship between the Probation Department and the Los Angeles Police Department where investigator aides reported to Parker Center to interview inmates in hopes of them receiving an own recognizance release after arraignment. Ms. English is also a multi-course instructor in a number of subjects relating to the supervision of adult offenders. Ms. English is a previous member of the (PEER) Probation Employee Enrichment Recognition. A new member of (CPPCA) California Probation Parolee Corrections Association, a member of AFSCME Local 721 and a long term member of (BPOA) Black Probation Officers Association.

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William Scott

Bill ScottCommander William Scott
Commander William Scott was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in October 1989, and has worked assignments in patrol, detectives, gangs, administrative assignments, Internal Affairs, Professional Standards Bureau, Office of Operations, as well as assignments as a Patrol Captain, Commanding Officer and Area Captain, Commanding Officer.

Commander Scott was promoted to the rank of Commander on January 1, 2012, and was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-West Bureau. He is currently the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-South Bureau and oversees approximately 1700 employees.

Commander Scott is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Testing (POST) Management School, The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP), Boston Massachusetts, The Texas A and M Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) Incident Management Program, and has completed the Harvard Law Program on Negotiation.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles Police Department Commander Scott attended the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

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Anthony L. Deavers

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Anthony L. Deavers is currently a Detention Service Officer (DSO) and Staff Training Officer at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. Mr. Deavers exhibits a powerful combination of proven behavioral intervention skills with the at-risk youth population as well as exceptional interpersonal and leadership qualities.

Mr. Deavers possess two Bachelors of Arts Degrees (Liberal Arts and Social Studies) from the University of Western Kentucky. Anthony has more than six years experience as a Detention Service Officer. Mr. Deavers’ duties include transporting minors throughout the facility, providing direct supervision as a Board Counselor, and conducting staff training classes. Additionally, Mr. Deavers is often asked to provide his team members with insight in regards to the department’s policies and procedures to insure timely compliance.

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Hilda L. Solis

Hilda Solis

The Honorable Hilda L. Solis
Former United States Secretary of Labor
“Human Rights Award”

Secretary Hilda L. Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009, becoming the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet. Prior to confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009.
In the Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

In 2007, Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), as well as the Mexico — United States Interparliamentary Group. In June 2007, Solis was elected Vice Chair of the Helsinki Commission’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. She was the only U.S. elected official to serve on this Committee.

A nationally recognized leader on the environment, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.

Solis was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees. She served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the California State Senate. As the chairwoman of the California Senate Industrial Relations Committee, she led the battle to increase the state’s minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour in 1996. She also authored a record seventeen state laws aimed at combating domestic violence.

Solis graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. A former federal employee, she worked in the Carter White House Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a management analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division.

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Yves Chery

Yves Chery

Yves Chery
President

Yves Chery is a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. He serves as a Deputy Probation Officer II in the Residential Treatment Bureau. He has extensive experience advocating for working families as a labor leader. In 2013, he co-Chaired BPOA’s 45th Anniversary Training Conference, which was held in Norwalk California. The well-attended conference proudly celebrated our 45 years of “Collaboration and Partnership” with our friends in the law enforcement community.

Recently, Yves was re-elected to his fourth term as a General Member representative on the LACERA’s Board of Retirement. In 2014, he was re-elected by acclamation for a second term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Employee Retirement Association, Board of Retirement (LACERA).

Yves holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Master of Fine Art from CalArts, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern California Institute of Law. Yves is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Mary Luckett

Mary Luckett
Treasurer

I have been employed by the Los Angeles County Probation Department for 29 years. I have been a member of the B.P.O.A. for 22 years. I have served as the treasurer for over 15 years. I support and participate in the various events, programs, and the other projects sponsored by the BPOA in providing services to the community and to the probation department.

I am a member of the Los Angeles Tuskegee Alumni Association and serve as the Vice President. I am also a member of the inter-alumni council of UNCF-LOS ANGELS. I am actively involved in college recruiting.

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Chereise A. Simmons

Chereise A. Simmons
Vice President

Chereise Simmons is innovative, results driven, public sector professional with excellent organizational development skills. She has a proven ability to interact effectively with all. She is a leader with a passion and strong desire to lead change. A 22- year veteran of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, she currently serves as the Special Assistant for the 5th Supervisorial District. She is a rising star as evidenced through her career with Los Angeles County. She began her career as a youth worker for Department of Children and Family Services in 1993 and in 2001 she transferred to the Probation Department as Detention Services Officer assigned to Central Juvenile Hall. Chereise later promoted to Deputy Probation Officer I assigned to Residential Treatment Services Bureau. She then promoted to Deputy Probation Officer II Field assigned to the Intensive Gang Supervision program at the Crenshaw area office. In her current position she assists the bureau chief with all things Probation including executive/administrative for the departments 5th district. Chereise currently serves on several committees such as Human resources, Staff Training, Employee Relations and Internal development. Chereise served as a co-chair for the honorable Judge Donna Groman’s Juvenile Re-entry Council from 2010-2012. This committee worked in collaboration with the County’s Chief Executive Office Service Integration Branch developing policy and procedures for juvenile detainees returning to the community.

Chereise has an extensive background and experience in organizational leadership and development. She serves as lead consultant on organizational leadership for Prestige Professional Services, providing expert advice and professional assistance for both public and non –profit organizations.

Chereise holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Public Administration –Public Sector Management from California State University, Northridge. Chereise is a proud and dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Michele R. Kennedy

Michele Kennedy

Michele Kennedy
Recording Secretary
SUPERVISING DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER

The last 17-years I have worked as an employee of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, where I have spent learning the business of Probation. I began my career as a Deputy Detention Services Officer at the Central Juvenile Hall Detention Facility, then promoting to a Deputy Probation Officer-I, at Camp Joseph Paige, and then promoting to the Field as Deputy Probation Officer-II. Finally, my current promotional assignment came in 2007, as a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer, I currently work in the Staff Training Office at Downey Headquarters. I am honored to be nominated for . I know corrections, and I possess a comprehensive knowledge of the Standards and Training for Corrections. I understand the role of moving our profession forward. That is why when asked to serve as a . I am stepping up to the plate. I am proud to be a member of the Black Probation Officers Association; as well as serve in any capacity called to serve. My educational background is in Accounting, Business, and Management. I hold an Associated Arts Degree, a Bachelors Degree, and a Masters Degrees.

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Cheryl Jackson-Wilson

cheryl-jackson-wilsonCheryl Jackson-Wilson, Assistant Probation Director, BPOA’s Corresponding Secretary

Ms. Jackson-Wilson has worked in Probation for over 30 years, in both the Camps and Field Offices. Additionally, Ms. Jackson has been a BPOA member for at least 20 years. Cheryl has held leadership roles in Women Empowered, Association of Probation Women and California Probation Parole and Correctional Association on both the local and state levels. Ms. Jackson is currently the 2nd VP of CPPCA. In the past, Ms. Jackson served as the Chapter President and Southern Regional VP of SEIU Local 535 (Santa Barbara to San Diego). Cheryl has been a member of SEIU Locals 721, AFSCME Local 685; and, she is currently a member of Probation Management Association.

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Kathryn Barger

Kathryn Barger
Chief Deputy Supervisor Antonovich
Public Servant Of The Year Award 

Kathryn Barger was born, raised, and is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles County’s Fifth Supervisorial District. She began her political career at an early age, working as a student intern for Supervisor Mike Antonovich while she was in college. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Communications in 1983, she worked for an insurance company serving military personnel in Washington D.C. before coming home. In 1989, she returned to Supervisor Antonovich’s office as his Children and Social Services Deputy, was promoted to be Assistant Chief Deputy, and eventually became Supervisor Antonovich’s Chief Policy Advisor on social policy (Health, Mental Health, Social Services and Children’s issues). In 2000, Supervisor Antonovich elevated Kathryn to be his Chief Deputy Supervisor and Chief of Staff, a job she has filled for the past fifteen years. Kathryn has served the greater Los Angeles community on numerous Boards and Committees, including the Union Station Homeless Services Board, Grand Avenue Park Advisory Board, Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission, Angeles Forest Monument Designation Collaborative Committee, Hillsides Youth and Family Services Organization, and Junior League. She has also spent countless hours volunteering for local community events and initiatives such as Five Acres Child and Family Agency.

She is married to Eric Leibrich, a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, and they reside in East San Gabriel/San Marino. During her nearly three decades of service to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Kathryn has promoted numerous initiatives to better serve the residents of Los Angeles County and the Fifth Supervisorial District, including:

A Record of Strong Fiscal Management
As Chief Deputy Supervisor during the Great Recession, Kathryn worked with labor, department heads, and other Supervisorial offices to successfully maintain a balanced budget, quality public services, and avoid lay-offs.

Strong Relationship with Police Officers and Public Safety
Kathryn has a record of supporting law enforcement, which is why she is endorsed by the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), which represents 7,800 Deputy Sheriffs in Los Angeles County. She has initiated review of the current Trauma Tax allocation in order to ensure that funding is being appropriately dispersed – focusing on Los Angeles County Fire Department’s need for increased cost associated with paramedic services. LA RICS: Working collaboratively with all of the stakeholders impacted by this project. This is vital to public safety and must be completed – but should be in collaboration with all agencies, and our labor partners.

She helped implement “Megan’s Law,” ensuring that all residents of Los Angeles County have access to information about registered sex offenders. As Chief Deputy Supervisor, she supported and oversaw implementation of policy diverting individuals with non-violent drug offenses and chronic substance abuse disorders to treatment, not jail.

Creating Jobs
Coordinated with local, state, and federal agencies, including the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, to secure entitlements and expedite development of a 70-acre, 1.3 million square foot IAC Commerce Center industrial park. Created one-stop regional permit offices in the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and San Gabriel Valleys so that residents and business owners can process entitlements without driving to downtown Los Angeles.

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Karen Bass

Karen Bass
United States Representative 37th Congressional District
Human Rights Award

Congressmember Karen Bass was re-elected to her third term representing the 37th Congressional District in November 2014. Congressmember Bass serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressmember Bass is also working to craft sound criminal justice reforms as well as protect intellectual property right infringements that threaten the economic health of the 37th District.

In her third term, Congressmember Bass is solidifying leadership positions on two issues very close to her heart: reforming America’s foster care system and strengthening the United States’ relationship with Africa. In her first term, Congressmember Bass created the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth along with co-chair U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-Pa.), and intends to examine national standards of care in the child welfare system.

In January 2013, President Obama signed into law the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA) which was the first major piece of legislation shepherded through the House under the Caucus’ leadership. USA makes it easier for caregivers to access educational records so they can assist foster youth with school enrollment and provide additional academic support in an effort to reduce school dropout rates. Since 2012, she has joined Members of the Caucus for a Nationwide Foster Youth Listening Tour travelling the nation to examine best practices and the challenging conditions that foster youth face in our country. She is also a co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Coalition on Adoption.

On Africa, Congressmember Bass acted swiftly during her first term to bring legislators, advocacy groups, and international leaders together to extend the third country fabric provision of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The provision supports stability, development, and economic growth of sub-Saharan African countries by protecting jobs in the apparel sector and providing some of the best markets for American businesses to sell their goods and services.

Prior to serving in Congress, Congressmember Bass made history when the California Assembly elected her to be its 67th Speaker, catapulting her to become the first African American woman in U.S. history to serve in this powerful state legislative role. Congressmember Bass served as speaker during California’s greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. In addition to helping to navigate the state through a very difficult time, she also championed efforts to improve foster care and quality healthcare for Californians. Also, under her leadership, the Assembly fast-tracked federal economic stimulus legislation that aided Californians who have been affected by the national economic crisis as well as jumpstarted billions of dollars of infrastructure projects.

In 1990, in response to the crisis that was gripping inner city America, which in Los Angeles was crack-cocaine and gang violence, Congressmember Bass started and ran the Community Coalition, a community-based social justice organization in South Los Angeles that empowers residents to become involved in making a difference. Through her leadership at the Community Coalition, Congressmember Bass worked to address the drug and violence epidemic and to engage community residents in addressing the root causes of injustice. Congressmember Bass grew up with three brothers in the Venice/Fairfax area of Los Angeles and is the only daughter of DeWitt and Wilhelmina Bass. She graduated from Hamilton High School, Cal State Dominguez Hills, the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, and the University of Southern California with a Masters of Social Work.

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John Chiang

John Chiang
California’s 33rd State Treasurer
Champion of Equity and Diversity in the Financial Market

John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the State’s banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in transactions every year. One of his top priorities is to conduct the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible.

Chiang sells California’s bonds, invests the State’s money, and manages its cash. In addition, he manages financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing, and a cleaner environment. He handles those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Chiang has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable. In November 2015, he unveiled DebtWatch, a website that offers the public easy access to three decades of data related to debt issued by state and local governments.

Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller, during which time he:

• Took steps during the Great Recession to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management decisions – which included delaying payments and issuing IOUs — were cited as instrumental in keeping the State’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, which saved taxpayers millions of dollars.

• Worked to ensure the fiscal solvency of the State’s pension plans, and was a leader in pension and corporate governance reform. He proposed a plan to address the unfunded liability of providing health and dental benefits for State retirees, and successfully sponsored legislation requiring all State pension systems to adopt disclosure policies regarding board members and placement agents. He also has sponsored bills to curb pension-spiking, require placement agents to register as lobbyists, and require CalPERS and CalSTRS board members to file more campaign contribution disclosure reports.

• Aggressively used his auditing authority to identify more than $9 billion in taxpayer dollars that were denied, overpaid, subject to collection, or resulted in revenues, savings and cost avoidance.

• Ensured that $3.1 billion in unclaimed property was returned to the rightful owners. He also led the effort to reform the State’s Unclaimed Property Program, which currently holds about $7.1 billion in bank accounts, utility deposits, and other property that businesses have deemed abandoned by their owners.

Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.

The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Janice Kay Hahn

Janice Kay Hahn
United States Representative 44th Congressional District
Commitment to Justice Award

Janice Hahn is the U.S. Representative of the 44th district of California. She was elected to Congress in a special election held in July of 2011, and re-elected in November 2012. Congresswoman Hahn sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Small Business Committee. She serves as Ranking Member on the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology and was on the 2013 Select Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation. She is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Development, and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Her desire to serve was instilled by her father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenny Hahn. In 1962, during the Civil Rights Movement, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, not a single local, state, or federal public official was willing to go to the airport to meet Dr. King—except one: Kenny Hahn.

Ignoring all the warnings of ‘political cost,’ Kenny Hahn went to the airport to welcome Dr. King to the City of Angels. That day, Janice learned a lesson she would never forget: that she must never let anything stop her from standing up for justice.

Janice always knew she wanted to serve her community, but public office wasn’t always her path. She was a teacher, a businesswoman, and a single mother of three children.

In time, however, Janice started to believe that the best way she could effect change and fight for the hard-working people of her community was in elected office. In 2001, she was elected Councilwoman of the 15th District of the City of Los Angeles, where she served the communities of San Pedro, Watts, Wilmington, Harbor City, and Harbor Gateway for almost a decade.

She championed the creation of a green technology incubator at the Port of L.A.—tackling the challenge of greening America’s Port while creating jobs and a proving ground for the revolutionary new technologies of the 21st century.

Janice has fought and won the difficult battles to give working men and women the wages, benefits, and dignity they have earned. She secured affordable healthcare for LAX workers, and helped hotel workers earn a living wage and respectable working conditions. Combating the ongoing tragedy of gang violence, Janice has worked to build a comprehensive anti-gang strategy that incorporates prevention, intervention, after-school programs, and job training—not just enforcement.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Janice also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University. In recognition of her distinguished leadership, Janice has received several awards, including the Rosa Parks Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Lillian Mobley Grassroots Catalyst Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus—South Bay, the Public Service Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Bold Vision Award from the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the Recognition Award from the Harbor Area Gang Alternative Program, and enshrinement on the Promenade of Prominence in Watts.

Janice is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles and lives in San Pedro. She is the daughter of the late Ramona Hahn and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and the sister of James Hahn, the former Mayor of Los Angeles.

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Shirley Alexander

Shirley Alexander
Program Co-Chairperson & Retired Acting Chief Deputy
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Shirley Alexander is a retired acting Deputy Chief for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ms. Alexander started as an Eligibility Worker in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services in 1973. Ms. Alexander promoted to a Probation Trainee in 1974 as Central Juvenile Hall and has worked various assignments and practically every capacity in her 36 years of public service. In addition, Ms. Alexander worked as an instructor for the Criminal Justice Department at West Los Angeles College in Culver City for many years. Ms. Alexander is currently a Consultant for Giving Back Corporation (GBC).

Embracing the core values of probation, she built a reputation for developing programs to improve the quality and work performance of probation staff. Ms. Alexander started the current Probation Academy and the Care Program at Central Juvenile Hall. She is also responsible for developing the Community Transition Program (Camp Aftercare).

Ms. Alexander has motivated people to achieve outstanding performances and positive team results in her endeavors, motivates people to deliver, and has overcome many obstacles and continues to persevere in the commitment to lead and mentor others.

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Robert Biglow

Robert Biglow, SDPO
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Robert Biglow is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Mr. Biglow began his career as a Detention Service Officer at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, before promoting to Deputy Probation Officer I at Camp Fred Miller. After several years working at Camp Fred Miller, Mr. Biglow accepted a promotion to Adult Centralized Restitution at Downey. Subsequently, Mr. Biglow has worked in numerous field assignments including Narcotic Testing Unit, Central Adult Investigations, and ASCOT West Unit. Currently, Mr. Biglow works as a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer at Central Adult Investigations.

Mr. Biglow holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from California State University Los Angeles, and a Master in Public Administration from California State University Northridge. Mr. Biglow served as the President of the Black Probation Officers’ Association from 2011 – 2012. Under his tremendous leadership, BPOA initiated successful Youth Scholarship Breakfast, grew BPOA’s membership, authored a number of critical policy modifications to BPOA’s Constitution and Bylaws; and in 2006, Mr. Biglow was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the preservation and restoration of BPOA. According to President Chery, “Robert’s leadership and dedication to BPOA have played a huge roll in the refocus and rejuvenation of BPOA’s”.

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Reaver Bingham

Reaver Bingham
Deputy Chief
Los Angeles County Probation Department

As the Deputy Chief, Mr. Bingham, a 32-year Probation employee, is responsible for the Field Services Operation. The Field Services Operation consist of the Special Enforcement Unit, Special Services, and Board of Supervisor District I & II. Additionally, he is the highest-ranking African American male in the Probation Department.

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Ronald L. Brown

Ronald L. Brown
Los Angeles County Public Defender

Mr. Brown was sworn in as the Public Defender of Los Angeles County on January 5, 2011 becoming only the tenth person to head the Office, which opened its doors in 1914 as the nation’s first publicly funded indigent criminal defense agency. He leads a staff of more than seven hundred licensed attorneys plus a support staff of paralegals, investigators, social workers, and secretaries, all dedicated to the representation of indigent clients. The Public Defender represents adults who have been accused of felony or misdemeanor crimes, juveniles facing delinquency proceedings, involuntarily detained mental health patients, and persons with appellate and limited civil contempt matters.

Mr. Brown is the first African-American to head Los Angeles County’s Public Defender’s office. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called Ron “a well loved son of the Second District, [whose] journey from humble beginnings to today’s appointment as Public Defender is a source of pride and inspiration.”

Mr. Brown was born in Ogden, Utah, but was raised in Watts, Willowbrook, and Compton, where he graduated from Centennial High School. He was one of ten children supported by food stamps and other public assistance. Ron refused to be burdened by poverty but instead aimed high and obtained the first-class education he knew he would need to be a success in life. Ron received his undergraduate degree from USC in History in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from UCLA in 1979.

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Thomas J. Broxtermann

Thomas J. Broxtermann
Ph.D. Badge Behavior

Thomas J. Broxtermann, Ph.D. from his company Badge Behavior teaches over 100 STC certified classes all around the United States. He is a well-seasoned and highly regarded teaching professional with a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and is still actively a current law enforcement officer with extensive experience in both fields. His classes are not only informative and extremely interesting, but always fun and entertaining to be a part of.

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Cierra Bryant

Cierra Bryant, DPO I
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Cierra Bryant is a Deputy Probation Officer in the Residential Treatment Services Bureau of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She is in her 7th year of service with the County and her 2nd year in her current position.

Ms. Bryant began working at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall as a tutor for the Los Angeles County Office of Education in 2006. In 2008, she applied for the Detention Services Officer position and was hired weeks before she completed her B.A in Mass Communications at California State University, Dominguez Hills. While a DSO at Los Padrinos she also served as facilitator for Project L.E.A.D, an interactive tour for elementary school students in conjunction with the L.A. County’s District Attorney’s Office. In May 2011, she earned her Master of Science in Public Administration, and in December 2013 was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer I, RTSB.

She is currently a member of the American Society for Public Administration, California Probation Parole and Correctional Officer Association and the Black Probation Officer Association.

Outside of her career she is extremely involved in the music ministry at her church, where she serves as a vocal section leader for her choir and the praise team.

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Yves Chery

Yves Chery, JD, BPOA’s President & DPO II
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Yves Chery grew up in Rockland County, New York. He attended State University of New York, at New Paltz (SUNY-New Paltz) before he transferred to California State University of Northridge (CSUN) where he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree. After graduating from CSUN, his passion for public service and helping at-risk youth led him to the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Yves has been a Deputy Probation Officer for more than 23 years. Yves has worked various assignments, including Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick, Camp Fred Miller, and etc.

Mr. Chery acquired this passion for service from his mother who was a long time member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), Local 844. Yves became an AFSCME Local 685 Union Steward and continued representing members for more than 17 years. He served as Treasurer and First Vice President on AFSCME Local 685’s executive board. He was also Vice President of AFSCME Council 36. Moreover, Yves is a proud member of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and SEIU Local 721 (Non-Representative). Mr. Chery’s desire for professional growth led him back to school where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree and later a Jurist Doctor Degree. Yves is very successful in advocating on behalf of disabled County employees on the Los Angeles County Employee Retirement Association Board of Retirement (LACERA). He states, “I will continue to be a disability retirement advocate for ALL deserving disabled members. I will fight to ensure that employees who suffer work-related injuries get a fair and prompt disability hearing from LACERA.”

In 2005, Yves Chery became the first African American male elected to the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association Board (LACERA) and the second Deputy Probation Officer. Mr. Chery has served LACERA members dutifully on the Board of Retirement for the past 8 years without ever missing a meeting. In 2013, Yves Chery became the first African American to chair the LACERA board of Retirement in LACERA’s 75-year history. Mr. Chery went on to serve two terms as chair of LACERA’s Retirement Board. On May 16, 2014, Mr. Chery became the First African American elected President of State Association County Retirement Systems (SACRS). SACRS is an association of 20 California county retirement systems, enacted under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937.

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Felicia Cotton

Felicia Cotton
Deputy Chief
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Felicia Cotton currently serves as Deputy Chief for four major Bureaus: Juvenile Institutions (Juvenile Camps and Hall), Placement Services and the Quality Assurance Bureaus. Felicia has enjoyed a very rewarding career with the County of Los Angeles Probation Department serving probationers, families and the community for the past 26 years. She has served as the Chair of the County of Los Angeles’ Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, the governing body for juvenile justice programs and grants. She spearheaded and/or facilitated several community collaborative initiatives such as: The Countywide Gang Violence Reduction Initiative, The Ten Point Program, the Compton Community Collaborative, the Housing-Based-Supervision Program, Safe Passages, After-School Enrichment Initiative, Los Angeles Unified School District School Safety Collaborative, the Watts Initiative, and the L.A. 90044 Family Preservation Project. She previously maintained the Department’s Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) programming, which consists of 12 programs, three initiatives, and over 40 funded partners for over a decade. Further, she developed a training academy for JJCPA Probation staff and Community-Based providers that uniquely combined resources and unified strategies to enhance capacity to service youth and families in the community in a more comprehensive manner.

She has been responsible for designing and implementing various “cutting edge” programs throughout her career with the Department. Her current challenge includes oversight of the reformation of the juvenile camp system.

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Tanya C. Davis

Tanya C. Davis, SDPO
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Tanya C. Davis is a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ms. Davis has worked in the department for 27 years. She began her career as an Intermediate Typist Clerk at the South Central Area Office, before landing at Central Juvenile Hall where she was quickly promoted to Group Supervisor Nights, Detention Services Office, then Sr. Detention Services Officer.

In 2002, Ms. Davis was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer I and accepted an assignment at the Dorothy Kirby Center. Upon her promotion to Deputy Probation Officer II (DPO II) in 2005, she was assigned to the Crenshaw Area Office. From there Ms. Davis made the jump to Downey Headquarters where she served as the Staff Assist for the Residential Treatment Services Bureau (RTSB) before transferring to the Staff Training Office. Ms. Davis promoted to Supervising Detention Services Officer then Supervising Deputy Probation Officer during her stint with the Staff Training Office. Currently, Ms. Davis supervises Juvenile deputies (Investigators and Supervision) and Adult deputies over specialized caseloads (Gangs and SRG) at the Long Beach Area Office.

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Anthony Deavers

Anthony Deavers, DPO I
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Anthony Deavers, who started as a Detention Service Officer at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, has been in the Los Angeles County Probation Department for more than eight years. He is currently a Deputy Probation Officer I at Camp Scudder. Mr. Deavers has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in both Liberal Arts and Social Studies from the Western Kentucky University. When he’s not at work or enjoying family time, Mr. Deavers spends his time in the ring teaching kids how to box.

As the Membership and Recruitment chair, Mr. Deavers will help to coordinate membership engagement events and activities. For membership information, please go to www.lacbpoa.com or email us at lacbpoa@gmail.com, we look forward to hearing from you.

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Sherine Denby

Sherine Denby
The USA Star Spangled Banner

Deputy Probation Officer Sherine Denby graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Interdisciplinary Studies and Sociology. Ms. Denby has worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department for 23 years, fourteen in the Detention Service Bureau and nine years in AFSB. Ms. Denby enjoys using her gift of singing to bring inspiration and happiness to others.

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Aaron C. Dillard

Aaron C. Dillard, SDPO
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Supervising Deputy Probation Officer Aaron C. Dillard began working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department in January 1992 as a Group Supervisor Nights at Camp David Gonzalez. He worked for 5 years in that position until he promoted to a Deputy Probation Officer I in February 1997, where he transferred to the Challenger Memorial Youth Center. For the next 8 years, he excelled as a leading DPO in Camp Elison Onizuka working through the transition of a boys camp, then a mixed camp of boys and girls camp, then changing to an all-girls in camp. In October 2008, he promoted to DPO II, field services in the Camp Community Transition Program in the Pomona Valley Area Office where he worked for the next two and a half years working with our youth and their families. He then returned to camp and laterally moved back to CMYC, this time at Camp McNair and eventually became the Lead DPO II in camp. Through all the changes at CMYC and implementation of the Behavior Modification Program he worked steadfast as the DPO II and at times was the Acting Supervisor of the unit. In late 2012, he applied for Supervising Deputy Probation Officer and was promoted to the position in July 2013 in the Special Housing Unit where he is currently is located. Over the years, he has been involved in the Risk and Needs Assessment Camp system, Boot Camp/Regimentation Program, and most recent the Behavior Modification Program.

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Darrell Goode

Darrell Goode, President NAACP
Santa Monica/Venice Branch

I bring you greetings from the oldest most prestigious civil rights organization in the world. The National Association of Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909 in an environment in America that sanctioned the murder, atrocities, and economic disenfranchisement of African Americans in this country. The core principles of the NAACP have been the basis of the suffrage movement, the farm workers movement, and host of other efforts in this country to voice the concerns of whoever’s civil rights are disenfranchised based on race, religion, color, ethnic origin, gender and on behalf of others whose freedom for are not deemed to be guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The NAACP Santa Monica/Venice branch welcomes you to our first annual music awards to support our youth ACTSO program, and other efforts to mitigate the concerns that still persist in America that inspired the NAACP to make a change for all Americans in 1909. Please know that it takes all of us individually and collectively to make America a better place for African Americans, and for others to enjoy all the benefits of civil liberties in the United States of America.

It has been my duty and privilege to serve as branch president in our community over the past 12 years by a vote of confidence and support in carrying out the NAACP mission. I have been involved in Postsecondary Education for 36 years, retiring as an Academic Administrator from Santa Monica Community College. I was an advisor and consultant to The College Board for Community Colleges nationally. I administered grant programs for which I raised millions of dollars to support first generation and low-income students in our community. In addition, I belong to several committees and organizations that support civil and human rights for justice. I serve on the Steward Board for 1st AME Church Santa Monica. I have traveled the world as Sensei Goode, and advisor to Deputy Soke Kiyoshi Yamazaki, International Director of Japan Karate do Ryo Bu Kai based in Tokyo, Japan. I mention just a few of my modest work accomplishments because, like many of others, this would not have been possible if not for the courageous sacrifices of those in the early NAACP. This work must continue for those who will follow us. If you are not a member of the NAACP, please join in the fight for civil rights for all join now.

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Joseph M. Gooden

Joseph M. Gooden, Commander
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Joseph M. Gooden, a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, is assigned to the Department’s Central Patrol Division where he has oversight of Avalon, East Los Angeles, Century, Compton, Marina Del Rey, and South Los Angeles Sheriff Stations.

Commander Gooden’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 1988 when he transferred from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. As a Deputy, he was assigned to the Hall of Justice Jail, East Los Angeles Station and Lakewood Station, and the North Long Beach Project. Commander Gooden promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and was assigned to Altadena Station, Office of the Undersheriff, Internal Affairs Bureau and Leadership and Training Division Headquarters. In 2004, Commander Gooden was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Men’s Central Jail, Compton Station and was an Aide to the Assistant Sheriff’s Office. In 2010, Commander Gooden was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau. In 2011, he assumed command of Century Station.

Commander Gooden completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. While at USC, he was a four-year member of the USC Trojan Marching Band. He received his teaching credentials from National University and has been an Adjunct Professor at Pasadena Community College since 1998.

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Kimberly Guillemet

Kimberly Guillemet, Esq
Head of Office of Reentry
City of Los Angeles

Kimberley Guillemet, Esq, Head of Office of Reentry, City of Los Angeles
As a champion of justice for members of underserved groups, Attorney Kimberley Guillemet has developed a reputation as a critical thinker and policy maker with highly effective communication and advocacy skills, both oral and written. Drawn to the fields of education, social justice and advocacy since childhood, Kimberley obtained her Juris Doctor from USC Gould School of Law and completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where she double majored in English and History, and graduated with High Honors.

Kimberley has extensive background and expertise in the fields of education and mental health law and their intersection with the penal system and the “school to prison pipeline.” Prior to law school, she served as a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District where she taught 5th grade. Immediately after completing her legal studies, Kimberley applied for and was awarded the competitive Equal Justice Works fellowship to facilitate and direct an original public service project, which focused on providing legal representation to underserved youth with mental health and/or behavioral challenges.

Shortly after completing her fellowship term, Kimberley joined the California Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy Attorney General, where she became a member of the Licensing Litigation Section and later, the Criminal Appellate Division. During her tenure with the Criminal Division, she was selected to serve as a member of the Division of Recidivism Reduction and Reentry team.

In 2015, Kimberley joined Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office as the Manager of the Office of Reentry. In that capacity, Kimberley facilitates implementation of city-wide policies and programs to remove barriers to reentry and support formerly incarcerated individuals in finding stability, resources, and employment with the goals of improving the city’s public safety and enhancing economic development.

Kimberley has an ongoing commitment to restorative justice and education, and has continued to avail herself of opportunities to instruct and work with students of all levels. As such, she also has experience as a law school and undergraduate adjunct professor.

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Michelle Guymon

Michelle Guymon, Director
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Michelle Guymon is currently the Director of the Child Trafficking Unit with Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ms. Guymon graduated from California State University, San Bernardino where she received her Masters Degree in Social Work. She is the project manager for Los Angeles County’s Law Enforcement First Responder Protocol for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children which was launched in August 2014, and which places a priority on treating children that are trafficked as victims rather than criminals. Ms. Guymon is a frequent presenter and trainer regarding child abuse issues, strategies for working with youth in the Probation system, and over the past 3-years has been presenting on the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She has also received numerous awards for her work in the area of child sex trafficking and has been featured in numerous articles and in the media as a subject matter expert in the area of child sex trafficking in Los Angeles, and more specific, within the juvenile justice system. Ms. Guymon is currently the lead on the Los Angeles County CSEC Action Team working with various county/community agencies to create a multi-system response model for CSEC in Los Angeles County. She is an advocate for youth and is, and always has been very passionate about her work within the Probation Department.

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Luis Guzman

Luis Guzman, DPO II
Los Angeles County Probation Department

I have been employed with the Los Angeles County Probation Department for 14 years. Throughout the course of my career, I have worked with high risk gang members or affiliates. This has giving me the passion to study Street Gangs and the relationship they have with organized crime. It has been this passion that has led me in this 14 year course to a numerous awards such as “Rooky of the Year” and “Officer of the Year”. I have testified as a Gang expert in numerous Gang cases. I am currently assign to Staff Training sharing my knowledge so fellow Officers. My goal is to enchase officer’s knowledge so they could remain safe as they are out on the field (Officer Safety).

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Mary Howard

Mary Howard, DPO II
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Mary Howard is a native of Louisiana. She is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor in Arts & Science with a concentration in aerospace studies. She was commissioned as a Personnel Officer into the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command. Amongst her varied military accomplishments, she was appointed OIC (Officer in Charge) during the nation’s “Beirut Bombing” mobility. While transitioning from active to reserve military duty, she was hired as a 1st Line Production Supervisor with General Motors Corporation in Pontiac, Michigan. Several years later, a financial incentive influenced her new employment with Chrysler Motor Corporation as a Warehouse Supervisor in the MOPAR Part’s Depot in Ontario, California. Downsizing of American automakers prompted a career change. Mary Howard began her criminal justice career as a distinguished patrol graduate at the Shreveport Police Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aligned with her administrative grooming, she joined the Los Angeles County Probation Department in November 1990 as one of the initial staff to open Camp Smith of the Challenger Memorial Youth Center in Lancaster, California. She has worked in the following assignments: Camp Smith, Camp Gonzalez, Camp Holton, Camp Scott, Camp Community Transition Aftercare, 601 GAP (Gang Alternative Program), Juvenile Field Supervision, Cluster II School Based JST (Juvenile Support Team), Court Officer (Departments 204 Eastlake, Department 260 South Central and Department 245 Long Beach), Pretrial Services Bail Deviation Unit, AB109 supervision of High Risk Offenders, AB109 Registered Sex Offenders, Placement Administrative Services’ County Welfare System and AWOL Desk Unit.

Mary Howard is a member of BPOA (Black Probation Officers Association), CPPCA (California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association), and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local 685 Union, Who’s Who Among Professional Executives, Reserve Officers Association, Nu Alpha Delta Multi-Cultural Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She has a wealth of professional experience, yet energetic, refreshing, motivating, and knowledgeable. Being a trailblazer is natural for her. She contributes her strong work ethnics to her Louisiana upbringing and military training. “Failure is not an option.”

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Jitahadi Imara

Jitahadi Imara, Retired Deputy Chief
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Jitahadi Imara, retired Deputy Chief, Los Angeles County Probation Department, is an accomplished juvenile justice practitioner. As an executive, Mr. Imara oversaw and directed the strategic plan and direction for the Probation Department, which included a restructuring and refocusing of the gang unit and developed, implemented, and managed along with Department of Children and Family Services, the County’s $100 Million Title IV-E Waiver Initiative. More recently, as a consultant/trainer, Mr. Imara is working with the Madera County Juvenile Probation Department field DPOs in an adaptation of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) case management, and is working with law enforcement and school officials in preventing workplace violence and terror through a risk management threat assessment approach.

Currently, Mr. Imara is consultant for Coalition for Responsible Community Development, a community-based organization, which provides services to high-risk probationers and gang-involved youth. As a consultant for this organization, Mr. Imara has redeveloped their gang intervention services and is training their staff in effective gang intervention practices and parent training for the parents of these youth. In addition, he is a trainer/consultant for Madera County Probation Department, having recently trained their entire juvenile field services bureau in a motivational case management model. Included in this training were Madera County’s gang and foster case probation officers.

Mr. Imara is well educated, attaining a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and completing the fellowship program- Multi-System Integration- at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University. Further, he has received specialized training in the gold standard juvenile justice programs: Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Aggression Replacement Training (ART). All of the aforementioned have shown to be the most effective in reducing juvenile crime among gang-involved and high-risk youth.

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Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson, Chief
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department

Stephen B. Johnson’s law enforcement career began in 1975 working as a Reserve Police Officer for the Police Department in Glendale, California. In 1977 he was hired as a full-time deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). He currently holds the rank of Division Chief within the LASD, overseeing the East Patrol Division. East Patrol Division encompasses six Sheriff’s Stations with approximately 1,000 employees, 12 contract cities and their associated unincorporated communities, including La Canada-Flintridge, City of Industry, La Puente, La Habra Heights, San Dimas, Bradbury, Duarte, Rosemead, South El Monte, Temple City, Walnut, and Diamond Bar.

Chief Johnson has been the Executive Sponsor of improving the Sheriff’s Department response to incidents involving persons who are suffering from mental illness. He has served as the law enforcement representative to California Governor Jerry Brown’s Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) advisory working group, developing solutions to the IST backlog in the criminal justice system. He was also appointed by Sheriff Jim McDonnell to lead the Sheriff’s Department initiative regarding pre-arrest diversion of mentally offenders titled “Investment in Mental Health.” This far-reaching initiative includes reforms in policies and procedures, training for first responders, and expansion of mental health response teams. It is also aimed at developing comprehensive public and private partnerships to improve outcomes involving persons who are mentally ill.

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Don Knabe

Don Knabe, Supervisor
Los Angeles County

Supervisor Don Knabe was first elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November of 1996 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
Supervisor Knabe represents the Fourth District, which is a uniquely diverse area that is home to over two million residents and includes two of the nation’s largest economic hubs; the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and Los Angeles International Airport. The Fourth District is also geographically diverse, stretching from Marina del Rey to the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Long Beach all the way east to Diamond Bar and dozens of cities in between. The Fourth District also includes Catalina Island and San Clemente Island.

Supervisor Knabe served on the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and was Chair of the State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee. In 2006, Supervisor Knabe was appointed to the California Emergency Council. Supervisor Knabe is President of the Coliseum Commission and the past Chairman of First 5 Los Angeles. He is a Member and past Chairman of the Urban County Caucus of the California State Association of Counties, an Executive Board Member of the California State Association of Counties, and is a former member of the Board of Governors for L.A. Care Health Plan. In addition, he is the Vice Chairman of the Health Sub-Committee for the National Association of Counties and a Trustee at the Aquarium of the Pacific located in Long Beach.

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June Small Lashley

June Small Lashley
Retired SDPO
Los Angeles County Probation Department

June Small Lashley is one of those people you really don’t have to ask about at Crenshaw United Methodist Church or within the Barbadian community. It was the same at Los Angeles County Probation Department where she retired after 27 years of exemplary career as a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer. She has touched the lives of countless people in her journey to success in her many hours of voluntary and compassionate community service and charitable giving. Below are just a few highlights in her life’s journey.

June excelled in her profession and has held leadership positions on Boards of local and statewide criminal justice associations. She was inducted into the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association’s Hall of Fame; has received the prestigious Scotia Knouf award from the American Parole and Probation Association for significant contribution to the profession at the local, state and national level; worked on a several successful grant writing teams; collected data and monitored the Board of Corrections Disproportionate Minority Confinement Grant; received two gold PEER Awards for Project Teen Reach; and, was one of the founding members of Save Our Sons, a re-entry and support group for parolees, probationers and their families at Crenshaw UMC. Although retired, she has continued chairing the Black Probation Officers Association Scholarship Committee.

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Craig Levy

Craig Levy, Retired Director
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Craig Levy spent 28 years with the Los Angeles County Probation Department in multiple assignments including working in Probation Camps, Juvenile Hall, Adult and Juvenile Field Operations, Media Relations, Staff Assistant, armed officer and Probation Director. Craig has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge where he also attended graduate school for a Master’s in Public Administration.

Craig started his career as a Group Supervisor Nights (GSN), the lowest ranking Peace Officer position. Craig’s self-motivation and drive moved his career forward through the ranks retiring as a Probation Director.

When he is not glued to a computer screen he enjoys traveling with his wife, playing with his dogs, and riding his horses. He is learning to enjoy retirement, starting a vegetable garden and learning to cook different styles of cuisine. Craig has started his own company, CDL Consulting, Inc., which provides STC classes to Probation Departments and also conducts Legal Analysis work to support attorneys defending various Counties against lawsuits.

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Mary Marx

Mary Marx, District Chief
Department of Mental Health Services

Mary Marx, L.C.S.W. has over 25 years of experience in both public and private sector physical and mental health systems of care. She currently serves as the Mental Health Clinical District Chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Countywide Resource Management Bureau. Ms. Marx provides overall administrative, clinical, and fiscal management of DMH’s acute inpatient resources for uninsured clients of all ages, and adult/older adult long-term institutional, crisis residential, intensive residential, and supportive residential resources with a total daily capacity for over 1,600 persons and an annual budget of $180 million dollars. These resources are vital to the success of the County’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Community Services and Supports (CSS) Plan through enhancing individuals’ ability to avoid or reduce lengths of stay in involuntary treatment and institutional settings and to live and receive care in community settings. In her current capacity Ms. Marx:

• Serves as lead DMH manager for the development and implementation of the California Health Facilities Financing Authority Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant to expand Crisis Stabilization, Crisis Residential and Mobile Support Programs in Los Angeles County. The grant provides capital development funds for expansion of 4 Urgent Care Centers (UCCs) and up to 35 crisis residential programs as well as providing funding for expansion of law enforcement mental health teams;
• Oversees the DMH Alternative Crisis Services (ACS) component of the MHSA CSS plan, designed to decompress County hospitals’ psychiatric emergency services and inpatient units. This includes developing and implementing UCCs, Countywide Resource Management, Residential and Bridging Services, and Enriched Residential Services programs;
• Manages the DMH Community Reintegration Program and contracted services that provide mental health services and co-occurring substance abuse treatment for individuals being discharged from prisons and jails under Assembly Bill 109.

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Maryam Munir

Maryam Munir, DSO
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Maryam Munir has been a Detention Service Officer for eight years. Ms. Munir is an AFSCME Local 685 representative at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Also, Ms. Munir who worked for nine years with the United States Postal Service also served as a Union Representative. Ms. Munir is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Masters in Criminal Justice.

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Nila Jean Neat

Nila Jean Neat, DPO II
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Nila Jean Neat is a 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She serves as a Deputy Probation Officer II, in the Detention Service Bureau/IDC. She is very strong in her faith knowing that all things are possible with him who gives her strength.

She has dedicated the last 25 years volunteering: 20 years as a parent volunteer for various school districts, PTA/Parent (Vice President 2011-2013 school year) Burning Bush Baptist Church, Girl Scouts, Los Angeles County Chicano Employee Association, Black Probation Officer Association, Local 685, Baker to Vegas, Homeless Count, NJB, Weingrat YMCA, Challengers and Henderson Boys & Girls Club, MomMob, Etc. June 2015, made her 5th year volunteering for Life Stream (Blood Bank). In 2013, she received two of the highest honors “Volunteer Dedication Award” and “The President’s Award”. This was acknowledged by a pin and letter from President Barack Obama. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., where she participated with College Fair, Voter Registration, scholarship fundraisers, blood drives, Immunization, and Breast Cancer awareness drives. Her desire is to claim the Chapter Chaplain.

Her educational achievements include 2 Bachelor of Science Degrees: California State University, Los Angeles (Criminal Justice) and Exodus School of the Bible (Biblical Studies). A Masters of Arts, University of Phoenix in Education/Educational Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Sonship School of the Firstborn with expected graduation in October 2016.

In short, her ability to deal with people, her record achievements, and her energetic approach has guided her in dealing with life’s vagaries. This all has been fashioned after her heartfelt motto “Never complain about not seeing change, be the change that can make the difference.”

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Rev. DR. Damali ‘Najuma’ Smith-Pollard

Rev. DR. Damali ‘Najuma’ Smith-Pollard
MBA, D.MIN

Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard is a Pastor, Inspirational Speaker, Author, Activist, Success Coach, and Radio Personality.

In 1996, she accepted her call to ministry, while serving under the phenomenal tutelage of Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, her father in ministry. Dr. Najuma says, “going into ministry was just the next level of service for me.” Dr. Najuma was ordained as a Deacon in 1996 and as an Itinerant Elder in 2000. Since that time, she has served as Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Family Ministries at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, California; Pastor of A.K. Quinn AME Church in Moreno Valley, California; Pastor of St. James AME Church, in Los Angeles, California and in 2014 launched Word of Encouragement Community Church, in Los Angeles, Ca. (WOECC.ORG) Dr. Najuma is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences, and welcomes the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel, her gifts, time and talent with ministries abroad and secular events.

Dr. Najuma is Program Manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at USC, and the Executive Director for the Southern California School of Ministry. She founded the Sexual Violence Awareness & Training initiative named “ItsNotOkay” [www.itsnotokay.org]. Combining her passion for justice and entrepreneurship, Dr. Najuma established Chocolate Tee’s, an urban apparel company, that uses a portion of profits to support selected non-profit efforts the ItsNotOkay campaign. Dr. Najuma also leads the ‘…And She Can Preach!’ mastermind group, committed to supporting emerging preaching women.

Dr. Najuma has authored four books The Prayer Makeover: Developing a Prayer Life That Avails Much, More Than a Sermon and Sunday Hymn (Practical Tools for Singles Saved), Apple Pie n’ Ice Cream (poetry) and Empowering the Village: A Biblical & Historical Review of Women’s role in Civic Engagement.

In terms of education, Dr. Najuma holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Theology from the Southern California School of Ministry, a Masters of Business Administration from Woodbury University, and a Doctorate in Ministry from United Theological Seminary. In addition, she has received Certification from the “Passing The Mantle” Civic Engagement and Community Development Institute from USC.

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Calvin “Cal” Remington

Calvin “Cal” Remington
Interim Chief Probation Officer
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Calvin “Cal” Remington was unanimously appointed Interim Chief Probation Officer by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January 2016. Mr. Remington has more than 40 years of experience in probation, much of it in Ventura County, where he led the Probation Agency from 1997 to 2007. He was recognized as Chief Probation Office of the Year in 2004 by a statewide association of probation leaders.

The Los Angeles County
Probation Department is the largest probation services agency in the United States with over 6,600
employees and 4,400 of those employees are sworn peace officers that supervise over 80,000 adult and juvenile probationers throughout the Los Angeles County with an annual budget of over $852 million.

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Guillermo Viera Rosa

Guillermo Viera Rosa
Regional Parole Administrator
Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Mr. Guillermo Viera Rosa is currently the Regional Parole Administrator for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), Southern Region. The Southern Region supervises parolees within Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Imperial and San Diego Counties.

Mr. Viera Rosa served as the Associate Director for the Litigation and Court Compliance Section, Division of Adult Parole Operations. He was the California Deputy Compact Administrator for Adult Probation and Parole Interstate Supervision and Deputy Commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings.

Mr. Viera Rosa was previously a probation officer with the San Bernardino County Probation Department and a Pretrial Officer in the United States District Court. He has his AA in Human Services, a BA in Social Relations, an MA in Social Science, and Doctoral Studies in Law and Policy.

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Clinton Rossi

Clinton Rossi, MPA, SDPO
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Clinton has been a part of the Los Angeles County Probation Department for 28 years. He began his career as Group Supervisor Nights, working at Camp Gonzales. He then attended the California Youth Authority academy. However, he returned to the Probation Department and promoted to the position of Detention Service Officer at Central Juvenile Hall. While at Central Juvenile Hall, he was assigned to several living unit and was a part of the Excel program. Clinton won a Peer Award for his participation in the Excel program. Clinton remained at Central for approximately five years before promoting and returning to Camp Gonzales as a Deputy Probation Officer I. At Camp Gonzales, he was responsible of the Regimentation Leadership Program and was again nominated for a Peer Award.

Clinton remained at Camp Gonzales for two years before promoting to Deputy Probation Officer II and assigned to the Suitable Placement unit. Clinton remained in the Suitable Placement unit for five years and then transferred to the School-Based program, working at Franklin High School, Garey High School, and Pomona High School. During his tenure at Pomona high, Clinton became a certified member of the Student Attendance and Behavior Review Board (SARB). Additionally, several of the probationers assigned to his caseload earned honor roll status for their academic achievement.

While assigned as a School-Based Deputy, Clinton, who has a Master’s in Public Administration degree from California State University, at San Bernardino taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. Clinton taught at the University for five years and, at least, three students he taught have gone on to become Deputy Probation Officers with LA County. Clinton taught in the discipline of Criminal Justice, which included such courses as Juvenile Justice, Court Systems, Institutional Justice, Cultural Diversity in the Criminal-Justice System, and Criminal-Justice Communications.

Clinton promoted to Supervising Deputy Probation Officer in February 2012 and is currently assigned to Camp Joseph Paige. Since being assigned to Camp Paige, Clinton was an administrative supervisor and a line staff supervisor. Camp Paige has been recognized on several occasions as an outstanding camp, by such dignitaries as the Probation Commission Board, State Senators, and the Department of Justice.

Clinton is currently completing his second Master’s degree in English Literature for his personal fulfillment. He believes that this educational journey will also enhance his professional performance as a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer because it improves critical-thinking skills and communication skills, and both are critical in the performance of the duties of a Deputy Probation Officer. Clinton believes in the tenets of the Black Probation Officers Association to provide services to our deputies and our community.

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William Scott

William Scott, Deputy Chief South Bureau
Los Angeles Police Department

Commander William Scott was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in October 1989, and has worked assignments in patrol, detectives, gangs, administrative assignments, Internal Affairs, Professional Standards Bureau, Office of Operations, as well as assignments as a Patrol Captain, Commanding Officer and Area Captain, Commanding Officer.

Commander Scott was promoted to the rank of Commander on January 1, 2012, and was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-West Bureau. He is currently the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-South Bureau and oversees approximately 1700 employees.

Commander Scott is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Testing (POST) Management School, The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP), Boston Massachusetts, The Texas A and M Engineering Extension Services (TEEX), Incident Management Program, and has completed the Harvard Law Program on Negotiation.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles Police Department Commander Scott attended the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

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Leonard Shryock

Leonard Shryock, Norwalk Mayor

Mayor Leonard Shryock is very proud of his long history in Norwalk. His mother was a member of the first graduating class of Norwalk High School in 1960. In 1966, he began attending Norwalk schools. His teachers instilled in him an appreciation for the importance of doing one’s best and the need to help others. He graduated in the top ten of his class from Excelsior High school in 1978. As the years unfolded, his brother Ralph graduated from John Glenn in 1983, and his brother Dominick graduated from Norwalk High in 1995.

Mayor Shryock is proud to say he was an original member of the Norwalk All City Band that began in 1975. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Economics, he came to realize that the most important thing that he could do in his life was help others. Always having loved school, it was natural to become a teacher. He went back to school and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Cal State Fullerton.

In 1995, Mayor Shryock married his childhood sweetheart, Corrine. They met growing up in Norwalk. His father-in-law, Lou Alejandro, was his little league coach and became a mentor to him as an adult. “Big Lou” reinforced Mayor Shryock’s desire to serve the community through his volunteer work with the All City Band and the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife have two daughters, Catarina and Christina, born in 1998 and 2000.

In 1995, Mayor Shryock was elected to the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education. He served nine years on the board.

Mayor Shryock believes his life’s experiences make him uniquely qualified to be an asset to the Norwalk City Council. He understands that residents’ lives are filled with pressures and challenges especially here in southern California. Mayor Shryock pledges to serve Norwalk with integrity, honesty, and stewardship.

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Chereise Simmons

Chereise Simmons
BPOA Vice President & Special Assistant
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Chereise A. Simmons began her twenty-one year career with Los Angeles County in 1993. Ms. Simmons spent seven years with the Department of Children and Family services where she worked as a youth worker, Intermediate clerk, and community worker for the Independent Living Program. In 2001, Ms. Simmons transferred to the Probation Department, Central Juvenile Hall where she worked as a Detention Services Officer for three years. Ms. Simmons promoted to Deputy Probation Officer I and was assigned to Challenger Memorial Youth Center- Camp Michael Smith where she worked for four years. Ms. Simmons later transferred to Camp Glenn Rockey and shortly after she was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer II Field. Ms. Simmons was assigned to the Intensive Gang Supervision Unit at the Crenshaw Area office where she had the pleasure of working with both adult and juvenile populations. In 2008, she applied for and accepted a staff assistant position with Residential Treatment Services Bureau Administration.

In July 2013, she was promoted to Special Assistant and assigned to the 5th Supervisorial District, which represents the Honorable Supervisor Michael Antonovich area. Ms. Simmons is the assistant to the Bureau Chief assigned to that district and handles all administrative and personnel related issues in the district. Ms. Simmons is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Long Beach Alumnae Chapter and the current vice president of the Pink Elephant Circle, Inc. a non-profit mentoring organization for young girls in Long Beach, California. Ms. Simmons currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Public Administration from California State University Northridge.

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Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor, DPO II
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Fred Taylor is a 29-year veteran Deputy Probation Officer II who started as a Detention Service Officer (DSO) at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, before promoting to Deputy Probation Officer I at Camp Rockey. Then, Mr. Taylor was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer II at Centinela Area Office Gang Unit. Mr. Taylor spent over 22 years in the field in numerous offices and assignments, including ESFV “Bank” Caseload, Central Juvenile Hall and Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall intake Detention Control Officer, LAPD-Southwest, Newton, and Rampart Divisions Intercept Officer, Central Adult Investigation, School Base – Panorama High School, and ESFV ASCOT North Region. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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Laura Walton

Laura Walton, Judge
Los Angeles County Superior Court

Ms. Walton attended the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with honors with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Upon graduation, she turned down several lucrative offers to go into private practice and instead chose public service. In 1996, she accepted an offer at the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney’s Office.

As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried approximately 110 cases, including 30 murder trials. She had a conviction rate of 97 percent. In 1997, after only one year as a deputy district attorney, Judge Walton received her first of many accommodations from the district attorney’s office for her valuable contributions to domestic violence investigations and prosecutions.

In 2008, Judge Walton was promoted to a supervisor. As a supervisor, she approved plea agreements, and trained trial deputies. Although she enjoyed being a supervisor, she spent less time in court and wanted to return to the courtroom. In 2009, she applied for a judicial appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. On April 1, 2010, she was appointed by the governor at the age of 39 making her the youngest African-American woman appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Judge Walton currently sits in Compton and she handles felony criminal cases.

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