Our Leadership

Board of Directors



Julie Larkins, LLBI ’12

CDR Financial Services, LLC


Ryan Rayburn, LLBI ’13

Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investments

Past President

Veronica Dávalos, LLBI ’09

American Red Cross


Kit Katz, LLBI ’12

Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center

VP, Alumni Council

Laura Doyle, LLBI ’13

City of Long Beach, Department of Public Works

VP, Administration

Daryl James, LLBI ’15

Rebuilding Together Long Beach

VP, Programs

Brina Romero, LLBI ’14

Red Eye Media


Mitra Novin, LLBI ’07

The Boeing Company


Teresa Gomez, LLBI ’14

City of Long Beach, Human Dignity Program

Board Member

Daysha Austin, LLBI ’16

Office of California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, District 59

Board Member

Rick Cameron, LLBI ’13

Port of Long Beach

Board Member

Hallie Jane Culpepper, LLBI ’14


Board Member

Stacey Lewis, LLBI ’12

Port of Long Beach

Board Member

Janet McCarthy, EQS ’99

Goodwill Industries – Long Beach/South Bay

Board Member

Kathleen McGree

Youth LLB Parent

Board Member

Robin Perry, ELS ’16

Law Firm of Robin Perry & Associates

Board Member

Isaac Romero, LLBI ’12

Molina Healthcare

Board Member

Elwood Sides, LLBI ’02


Board Member

Kandice Taylor-Sherwood, EQS ’15

City of Long Beach, Civil Service Department

Board Member

Debbie Thorpe, LLBI ’99

Coldwell Banker

Board Member

Emily Woodman-Nance, LLBI ’10

Paradigm Systems, LLC

Board Member

Ryan ZumMallen, LLBI ’09

CSU Office of the Chancellor

LB Leadership – 25th Anniversary

Gov. George Deukmejian
And Mayor Beverly O’Neill

Governor Deukmejian and Mayor O’Neill serve on the Honorary Board of Governors for Leadership Long Beach. As distinguished leaders, role models and long time residents of the city, we asked them to share their thoughts on leadership.

Honorary Board of Governors

Rich Archbold (LLBI ’96)

Community Editor


Colleen Bentley (LLBI ’93)

Retired, Director of Special Projects

CSU Office of the Chancellor

Jean Bixby Smith

Former Chair

Bixby Land Company

Lou Anne Bynum (LLBI ’93)

Vice President / Assistant Superintendent

Long Beach City College

Wendy Chang (LLBI ’98)

Program Director

Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation

Gayle Clock (LLBI ’90)


Community Hospital of Long Beach

Rolando Cruz (LLBI ’10)

Chief Operations Officer

City of Santa Monica – Big Blue Bus

Veronica Dávalos (LLBI ’09)

Executive Director

American Red Cross – Pomona/San Gabriel Valley

The Honorable George and Gloria Deukmejian

35th Governor of California

Community Volunteer

The Honorable Laura Doud

City Auditor

City of Long Beach

Dr. Minnie Douglas (LLBI ’94)


Long Beach City College

Anne Emigh (LLBI ’01)

Community Volunteeer

Marcelle Epley (LLBI ’05)

President & CEO

Long Beach Community Foundation

Randy Gordon (LLBI ’95)

President & CEO

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

Jim Gray

Financial Consultant

First Choice Bank

John Hancock


Bancap Investment Group

CJ Harmatz (LLBI ’01)

Director, Senior Health Services

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Reggie Harrison (LLBI ’97)

Director, Department of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Communications

City of Long Beach

The Honorable Doug Haubert

City Prosecutor

City of Long Beach

Skip Keesal


Keesal, Young & Logan

James Kruger (LLBI ’08)


smithREgroup – Long Beach

Ann & Gene Lentzner

Community Volunteers

Gina Rushing Maguire


St. Anthony Catholic Schools

Dennis Moore (LLBI ’06)

Commercial Real Estate Investment Advisor

Sperry Van Ness

George Murchison


Bess J. Hodges Foundation

The Honorable Beverly O’Neill

Former Mayor

City of Long Beach

Wilma Powell

Retired, Director of Trade & Maritime Services

Port of Long Beach

Peter Ridder

Retired, Chairman/Publisher

Charlotte Observer

Jill Rosenberg (LLBI ’92)


Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance

Judy Ross (LLBI ’90)

Retired, Executive Director

Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership

Darick Simpson (LLBI ’92)

Executive Director

Long Beach Community Action Partnership

Dennis Smith (LLBI ’99)


Stratis Financial

Pam Spoo (LLBI ’96)


Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance

Henry Taboada

Former City Manager

City of Long Beach

Donita Van Horik (LLBI ’06)

Community Volunteer

Dr. Mike Walter

Assistant to the President

California State University, Long Beach

Carolyn Smith Watts (LLBI ’01)

Consultant, Founder & CEO

Boloph’s Specialty

The Honorable Dr. Felton Williams (LLBI ’98)

Board Member

LBUSD Board of Education

Christina Winting (LLBI ’94)

Human Resources Department

City of Santa Monica


James H. Ackerman

(Deceased, 1917-2004)

Maritime Lawyer, Philanthropist

Dr. June Cooper

(Deceased, 1933-2012)


Tom Farrand (LLBI ’08)

(Deceased, 1949-2013)


Farrand Research Corporation

Rear Admiral John Higginson

(Deceased, 1932-2010)

Retired President/CEO

American Gold Star Manor

Don Westerland

(Deceased, 1935-2010)

Former President and CEO

Community Hospital of LB Foundation