The Chief's Advisory Board (CAB) proactively seeks the advice and counsel of a diverse group of community members regarding issues that impact the safety and quality of life of Anaheim residents, business owners, and visitors. The Board provides information and feedback to the Chief of Police and works together to further the goals and initiatives of the Anaheim Police Department.
Becky Ahlberg is presently serving as Executive Director of My Safe Harbor, Inc. and the Worship Minister at Anaheim First Christian Church of Anaheim, CA where she has been since 1993. Over her 40 years of ministry she has held positions in Music Ministry, Youth Ministry, Christian Education, and Family Ministry. Becky was at Hope International University, Fullerton, CA from 1983-1994 on the Music Faculty and as Assistant to the President, and has been the Executive Director of the National Church Music Conference since 1997. She is also a Contributing Editor for the weekly magazine, Christian Standard, Chair of the Faith Based Sub Committee for the Anaheim Police Chief’s Advisory Board; Member of Anaheim GRIP (Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership)Advisory Board and Member of the Anaheim Religious Community Council Leadership Team.
She has been married to Daniel Ahlberg for 37 years and has three sons, three amazing daughters-in-law….and 4 grandchildren.
Born on a Cattle Ranch in North Texas on September 15, 1933, grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from Poly High School in 1951, where he was a two sport letterman in football and basketball. After graduating high school, Brian went to Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he was a two-year-walk on basketball player and played on the 1953 championship team and in one NCAA playoff game. He then graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 1955 with a BA Degree in psychology. He then continued is education graduating from Southwestern Theological Seminary Forth Worth, Texas in 1959 with a Bachelors Degree with a major in preaching, and later on received a Masters in theology from that seminary in 1973.
Was pastor of three churches over 49 years: The Glen Garden Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, The First Baptist Church of Seagoville, Texas, The Garden Church of Anaheim (Euclid Street Baptist Church). Brian retired from the pastorate in 2003.
Married Wanda Ward in 1954. She is a talented musician and has been a ministry partner for 55 years. They have two daughters, Leslie Allen of Anaheim and Suzy Cawthon of Santa Barbara, They have six grandchildren. Both Wanda and Bryan have been involved in community in Anaheim for 51 years.
Ellen Curtin has been the Superintendent of Magnolia School District in West Anaheim for the past five years.
In her tenure in Anaheim, she has established a Third Grade Swim Program where all children receive eight days of swim and safety instruction. She also implemented the District’s first Dual Immersion Program. This program provides children with the opportunity to develop language and literacy in both English and Spanish.
Five schools in Magnolia School District participate in the GRIP Program which has successfully reduced absenteeism and tardiness.
She has served on the Chief’s Advisory for the past five years.
President Emeritus of Los Amigos of O.C., a 35 year advocacy group whose mission is to “we love to help those in need”. Amin is owner of Imperial Products, Inc., a plumbing parts distributor and has been a resident of Anaheim for over 40 years.
Alison Edwards, Deputy Director, OC Human Relations. Alison has worked at OC Human Relations since 1998, the agency's mission is to, "foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in order to make Orange county a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business" Alison has experience in violence prevention and also serves on the Violence Prevention Coalition Orange County. She has a passion for leadership and has served as a leadership trainer and speaker. Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies and American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned her Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Sue Johnson is Superintendent of Savanna School District, an elementary school district with approximately 2400 students in west Anaheim. Dr. Johnson has served as a member of the administrative team in Savanna School District for the past twenty three years in a variety of positions including Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Personnel, and Curriculum Coordinator. Prior to her service in Savanna, Dr. Johnson served as an elementary principal, vice-principal, and classroom teacher. She holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, an M.A. In school administration from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a B.A. In liberal studies from Cal Poly University, Pomona.
It's important to note that schools house some of our community’s most precious resources throughout the school day. It is our goal to continue to work closely with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of students, staff, and other adults both on our campuses and in our community.
One might say Paul Kott has worked his magic through the years, both professionally and in his community.
An Anaheim High School and University of Southern California graduate, he not only has become a notable real estate broker in the area, but he has tirelessly been a part of many community organizations. Among the community organization boards on which he has served are: Halcyon, the Anaheim Interfaith Shelter; Anaheim Museum, Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim; Anaheim Memorial Medical Center Foundation; Anaheim Historical Society; Anaheim Arts Council; Anaheim Beautiful; Anaheim Historic Preservation Foundation; Paint Your Heart Out Anaheim; Assistance League of Anaheim; Anaheim Sister Association and Zion Lutheran Church.
As a youth he became active with the Anaheim Family YMCA and has been a member of the Board of Directors for years and also served as board chairman for one year. He also has been active with his children in the YMCA Indian Guides, Boy Scouts of America, La Palma Little League of Anaheim and a number of school sports, including football, volleyball, soccer, basketball and softball.
Professionally, he has been involved with the Anaheim Board of Realtors, West Orange County Board of Realtors, Greater North Orange County Association of Realtors, Pacific West Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. This year Paul Kott Realtors, Inc. is celebrating its 30th year in business.
In addition, he has served on the Anaheim Redevelopment Commission, Anaheim Board of Realtors as president and vice president, and as a hearing officer on the Orange County Tax Assessment Appeals Board for 10 years.
He has been honored by three organizations: Anaheim Beautiful presented him with an award for a rehabilitated commercial building – the home of Build Your Heart Out Anaheim and “We Give Thanks”, an Anaheim Philanthropic Organization; by the Women’s Division of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce as “Man of the Year” in 1998, Cypress College as Anaheim “Citizen of the Year” in 1999, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year” in 2002 and Anaheim Chamber of Commerce “Business Man of the Year” in 2011. Paul is also an active member of his church, Zion Lutheran, in Anaheim.
As a true magician, he has performed his brand of close-up magic in five countries. He is a lifetime member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle and enjoys sharing his talent professionally and for several charitable organizations.
Paul has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 32 years and is the proud father of daughter, Krystin sons Joel and Kevin and new grandfather to grandson, Noah Benjamin.
I moved from El Segundo to Anaheim when I was 9, beginning a lifetime of work, play, and commitment to the city of Anaheim. I attended Katella Elementary School, Ball Junior High, and graduated from Loara High School. Cypress College was next, followed by Cal State Fullerton where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Speech/Public Address and my California Teaching Credential. I received my Master's Degree in Education Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Education is my passion and I taught at Price Elementary School for 28 years. During that time I created and implemented a youth development program within my classroom, "Choices, Connections, Solutions" which every year provided adult mentors to each of my 6th grade students and a formal process for my students to be actively involved in their Anaheim community, painting out graffiti, planting gardens for the elderly homeowners, singing at city events, and exploring college and career pathways at a very early age. I was asked to leave the classroom to start and be the Director of Anaheim Achieves, originally under the Anaheim City School District. After the first year, due to budget challenges, the program became a part of the Anaheim YMCA and I returned to the classroom, this time at Betsy Ross. Following that year, I was appointed Assistant Principal at Dale Junior High and the 2nd part of my education career began in the Anaheim Union High School District. I was moved to the high school level when I was asked to be Assistant Principal at Magnolia High School. In 2005 I was appointed Principal of Loara High School where I remained until my retirement in June, 2012. It was very rewarding to end my 41 year formal career at the high school where I had graduated and dreamed of being an educator!
During my career I was blessed to have the support and encouragement of so many people, organizations, and agencies in Anaheim. Through our combined efforts we were able to provide meaningful involvement opportunities for the students I worked with daily, which not only gave the students greater self worth, but raised their test scores and lowered significantly their negative and at risk behaviors. I strongly believe that teaching the necessary academics for our youth to be educated must be partnered with providing life skills and productive activities that support lifelong positive behaviors. I was honored to be named Teacher of the Year, recipient of the NBC Crystal Apple Award, and to have had, in spring 2012, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez speak of me in the U.S. House of Representatives during a formal Congressional meeting.
Volunteering is extremely important to me and beginning at a very young age, a value that has guided my life. Currently, I serve on the Police Chief's Advisory Board, Cops4Kids Board, Youth Leadership America Board (YLA), and am an active member of Anaheim Altrusa International organization.
I have been married to my husband Rick for 43 years. He also went through Anaheim schools and was an educator in the Anaheim Union High School District for 40 years. We have two sons, both having gone through Anaheim schools. Our free time is spent fishing in the Sierras, enjoying the beach, planning new trips, and spending time with friends and family.
Pastor David Lazo has been involved in full time ministry for Twenty years and is the Founder and President of Church of Power Christian Fellowship, serving the spiritual needs of the Hispanic community. He and his wife Raquel of thirty years, and their two grown children Jestine and Israel, have experienced a supernatural visitation by the Holy Spirit, and have received clear direction from God in leading the Hispanic community to a greater encounter with Him in the City of Anaheim, California.
Pastor David was called by God to lead a bilingual church in 1992, and within a short time Church of Power Christian Fellowship became a powerful “Faith Bible Teaching” church. Pastor David and his wife Raquel are currently ordained Pastors through World Harvest Church, Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Rod Parsley commissioned them at that time with a fresh Holy Ghost anointing that literally changed the course of the Pastors lives and their church. Pastor David saw Jesus preparing him to lead the church in the greatest outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit he has ever known. Since that time, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit have been in manifestation in a powerful way. The blind receive their sight, the deaf hear, cripples get up and walk and cancers and tumors melt away as Jesus Christ demonstrates His power to this generation through the ministry of Pastor David and Church of Power Christian Fellowship.
Pastor David and his wife also have an anointed ministry of reaching out to marriages through the Marriage Conferences they provide. The Ministry “United in Love” is an integral part of their ministry. The emphasis is to raise the standards in the Christ-centered families of today by healing damaged emotions within marriages, and restoring them through the wonder-working power of God. Exceptional teachings take place in these conferences that provide encouragement and an enriched-fulfilled marital life for the marriages of today. They also have their professional Certification in Marriage and Counseling through the American Association of Christian Counselors, Inc.
Pastor David is part of the Evangelical Team of the Evangelistic Association of Alberto Mottesi. He is also very involved in the City of Anaheim with active community leaders. He is a Chaplain for the City of Anaheim’s Police Department consisting of over 500 police officers. He is also Director of the World Harvest Ministerial Fellowship in the south region area of California, under the direction of Senior Pastor Rod Parsley. His son Israel, has graduated from Bible College in Columbus, Ohio and his married daughter Jestine Rodriguez is the Worship Team’s Pastor. Pastor David was born in the city of Alajuela Costa Rica in 1963. He and his family reside in the City of Anaheim, California.
Mr. David Lopez was born in Watts, California on April 5, 1948. Mr. Lopez enlisted into the Marine Corps in April 1966, and upon graduating from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles at the age of 17, he promptly attended Boot Camp, followed by Advanced Infantry Training. Upon graduation from Advanced Infantry Training he was immediately deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam where he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. While in Vietnam, he served as an infantryman “Grunt” tunnel rat, explosive expert, sniper, fire team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant. Mr. Lopez was critically injured twice during his tour, once by a grenade and then by booby trap in which his lower extremities were severely injured. His tour of duty was cut short and doctors told him he would probably not walk again. After several months of hard work and hospital rehabilitation he was able to complete his enlistment, serving as a rifle and pistol instructor at Camp Pendleton and then as the Sergeant of the Guard at Seal Beach.
Mr. Lopez separated from the Marine Corps in April 1969 to pursue his education. He earned an Associated of Arts Degree from Cypress College in 1972 and proceeded to attend California State University of Long Beach where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice in 1974.Mr. Lopez then completed his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Pepperdine University in 1975. He put this degree to work while serving in the field of Law Enforcement for over twenty years as a Parole Agent and Gang Officer.
Mr. Lopez taught at the Fullerton College Police Academy from 1988-2001 and is currently a Criminal Justice teacher at Magnolia and Western High Schools.
Mr. Lopez’s war experiences are the subject of a film documentary titled, “Our Father’s War” and will air on HBO or PBS in the near future.
Mr. Lopez’s awards and decorations include two Purple Hearts, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Even after being told he would never walk again, Mr. Lopez carried the Olympic Torch in 1984.
Mr. Lopez is married to the former Adela Gutierrez and they have three children, Ruben, Miguel, and Carlos.
After 39 years as an educator, Phyllis O'Neal retired in 2010. Phyllis taught second through eighth grades in the Buena Park School District, then became Healthy Start coordinator for a program that provided an array of services to low-income families. After earning her Master's degree in Education Administration, she became the director of pupil services in Anaheim City School District. Some of her duties included parent education programs, student attendance and discipline, student health, grant writing, counseling assistance, after-school programs, and much more. During this time, Phyllis worked closely with Anaheim Police Department in the development of the Jr. Cadet program and Cops 4 Kids; she continues to serve on the Cops 4 Kids board of directors. Newly married, Phyllis and her husband enjoy traveling, and she is working on lowering her golf handicap.
Stan was discharged from the U. S. Navy in l95l where he went to work for U.S. National Bank in San Diego, Calif. After three years living in San Diego, the Management of the Bank were interested in expanding their operations to Orange County and in l954 and they asked him if he would like to be transferred to Anaheim where the expansion was happening to assume an Assistant Managers position with them. This was the year that Disneyland first opened their doors. Stan and his wife accepted the challenge and moved to Anaheim where we purchased our first home and started to raise a family of two. They have a daughter Anita Sue, who lives in Anaheim, and a son Anthony who resides in Old Greenwich Ct.
Stan and Theresa are both active in Civic, Charitable, Church and Community affairs because they believe that there is no higher religion than human services, no greater religion than doing something for others and not being compensated in pay for it.
In 2006 when the Anaheim Police Board was first organized I was selected by Chief John Welter to serve as a Board Member. It was his pleasure and opportunity to be selected and to be able to put my Gifts, and Talents to the service and the good of others.
Maria Rodgers was born on October 27th, 1959 in Mexico City to Raymundo & Maria Marquez. She migrated to California in December 1977 where she attended Glendale High School and Glendale Community College. She is a mother to Christian & Scarlett Rodgers, and volunteers her time at My Safe Harbor and The Orange County Family Justice Center in Anaheim,CA. She is an advocate for Domestic Violence victims & survivors, and is currently a member of Chief John Welter's advisory board and is an active member of the Hispanic community.
Chris Sayers is the Operations Manager for Security Operations at the Disneyland Resort. His team provides uniformed security for Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Disney Resort Hotels and the Resort perimeter. Prior to Disney, Chris served for 29 years with the Anaheim Police Department. He was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and managed operations in the Patrol Division, Community Policing and the Anaheim Family Justice Center.
He serves as a board member for the Research Security Administrators and the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Advisory Board.
He resides with his family in Garden Grove, California.
Is currently the vice chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of southern California. Islamic Shura Council is an umbrella organization representing more than 60 Islamic organization in Southern California. Also, is the President of the Islamic Institute of Orange County. Islamic Institute of Orange County is located on State College and the 91 FWY in Anaheim.
Bill Taormina has been an Anaheim Stakeholder and Community Activist for over 60 Years and is a Major Property Owner in Anaheim. He went to high school in Anaheim at Katella High School where he was the Student Body President in 1969. He is also the founder of the Anaheim Union High School Foundation. After high school he received a BA in Business Management and MBA in Business Finance from University of Portland, Oregon. Bill has done many noteworthy things such as being a co-founder Anaheim Disposal & CVT Recycling Center, the founder of Anaheim Community Foundation, and founder of Clean City, Inc. He is also a charter participant in the Anaheim PACE Academy and a charter member of the Anaheim Police Chief’s Advisory Board.
"Corvette" Mike Vietro, fell in love with Corvettes as a teenager pumping gas in the Boston suburb of Everett, Massachusetts. He settled in Southern California after serving a term in the U.S. Marine Corp. in the mid-1970's.
Mike is one of the nation's most quoted Corvette authorities and is a much sought-after speaker. He has been featured in more than 20 magazines and newspaper articles, including Road & Track, Autoweek, Motor Trend, Primedia's Vette and Corvette Fever, as well as several Corvette videos, such as Speed vision’s Classics network and Meguire's broadcast network. He has been on television, radio and in print interviews for the last 20 years. Every June in Bloomington, Illinois, Mike Vietro instructs the advanced "How to buy a Corvette" and he sits on the "Future of Hobby" panel.
Bob Witter is a Media and Marketing Consultant. His primary client is Mazda North American Operations. He directs all aspects of Television/Feature Film Studio partnerships and marketing campaigns for Mazda. Prior to Mazda, Witter held a similar position with Jaguar and Land Rover of North America.
Prior to these assignments, Bob was the Director of Marketing and Promotions for The Disneyland Resort. In addition to Disneyland, he served in various other positions at The Walt Disney Company, including management of a Disney Regional office, representing all corporate interests for Disney. During his time with The Walt Disney Company, he also contributed to 2 books on Disney history and assisted with the production of the network television film documentary, Walt Disney, The Man Behind the Myth.
Witter also has an extensive background in the Television and Radio broadcast industry, working for CBS and ABC network stations, including several years as a Station General Manager. During this time, he was nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for his work on Television Specials that he co-produced.
In addition to the Chief’s Advisory Board, Bob also serves the Anaheim Police Department on the VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) Team with patrol and related Department functions.
Being born in Tehran, Iran in 1952 was where I started; in 1975 I moved to Sweden however I always knew that America was where I was going to live. I have the privilege of being a United States citizen. In 1983 I became part of the community by purchasing a restaurant on Brookhurst Street and Lincoln Blvd. known as Ali Baba. In 1992 I was privileged to be part of the first P.A.C.E. (Citizens Police Academy) class offered by the City of Anaheim. After owning multiple businesses on Brookhurst Street, and as varied as a Car Stereo Store, a Donut Shop and others, I decided to go into developing property. My third purchase was a lot of land in downtown Anaheim, and there began an even greater commitment to our community. I joined the Downtown Anaheim Association, Chamber of Commerce and was invited to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim as well as the YMCA as an executive board member for both organizations. In 2003 I was also appointed to the Sesquicentennial Commission for the City of Anaheim. Among the boards of directors I have been honored to serve on are the Anaheim Fire Department CUPA Business Advisory Board, the City of Anaheim 13Th Marine Expeditionary Unit Adoption Committee, and holding the position of Chairman for the Anaheim Honorary Police Association. I have been in business for thirty years and hold it as a privilege to serve this community.