Our Leadership

Board of Directors



Cathy Gies, LLBI ’08

MemorialCare Medical Foundation


Drew Schneider, LLBI ’17

Port of Long Beach

Immediate Past President

Ryan Rayburn, LLBI ’13

Centennial Advisers


Derek Wratchford, LLBI ’19

Mutual of America


Hallie Jane Culpepper, LLBI ’14

Aerial Butterflies

VP, Administration

Alison Bruesehoff, ELS ’17

Rancho Los Cerritos

VP, Alumni Relations

Nima Novin, LLBI ’17

Ernst & Young

VP, Fund Development

Lindsay Mais, LLBI ’18

UBS Financial Services

Executive Member-At-Large

Jennifer Allen, LLBI ’19

Long Beach Day Nursery

Executive Member-At-Large

Shawna Wright, LLBI ’17

KRA Workforce Development

Executive Member-At-Large

Cait Yoshioka, LLBI ’15

The Willowfield

Board Member

Kenny Allen, LLBI ’17

KDA Consulting

Board Member

Sheryl Bender, ELS ’19

City of Long Beach,

Parks, Recreation and Marine Department

Board Member

Danita Humphrey, LLBI ’16

Junior League of Long Beach

Board Member

Connor Lock, LLBI ’18

City of Costa Mesa

Board Member

Brian McPhail, LLBI ’19

Long Beach Police Department

Board Member

Andrea Sulsona, LLBI ’15

YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Board Member

Debbie Thorpe, LLBI ’99

Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance

Board Member

Oscar Vasquez, LLBI ’18

The Studio O

Board Member

April Walker, ELS ’18/LLBI ’19

City of Long Beach
Public Works Department


Kerri Cissna

Executive Director
Leadership Long Beach

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)

Board of Harbor Commissioners

Port of Long Beach

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 Culver City – Transit Systems

Veronica Dávalos (LLBI ’09)

Executive Director

American Red Cross – Long Beach

Gloria Deukmejian

Community Volunteer

The Honorable Laura Doud

City Auditor

City of Long Beach

Dr. Minnie Douglas (LLBI ’94)


Long Beach City College

Anne (LLBI ’01) and
Bob (LLBI ’03) Emigh

Community Volunteer and Dentist

Marcelle Epley (LLBI ’05)

President & CEO

Long Beach Community Foundation

Nancy Gaines


Evalyn Bauer Foundation

The Honorable Robert Garcia (LLBI ’03)


City of Long Beach

John Glaza


Glaza Consulting

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 (ELS ’19)

City Prosecutor

City of Long Beach

Randy Hausauer (LLBI ’02)


Long Beach Police Department

Skip Keesal


Keesal, Young & Logan

Wayne Kistner (LLBI ’93)

Attorney / Mediator

James Kruger (LLBI ’08)

General Manager

WT Durant, Inc.

Julie Larkins (LLBI ’12)


CDR Financial Services, LLC

Gina Rushing Maguire


St. Anthony Catholic Schools

Olivia Maiser (LLBI ’09/ELS ’18)


City of Long Beach

Dennis Moore (LLBI ’06)

Retired, Commercial Real Estate Investment Advisor

George Murchison


Bess J. Hodges Foundation

Dave Neary (LLBI ’95)

Executive Director

DuPage (Illinois) Habitat for Humanity

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


Jill Rosenberg (LLBI ’92)


Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance

Judy Ross (LLBI ’90)

Retired, Executive Director

Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership

Woody Sides (LLBI ’02)

Vice President


Darick Simpson (LLBI ’92)


The Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation

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

The Honorable Dr. Felton Williams (LLBI ’98)

Board Member

LBUSD Board of Education

Christina Winting (LLBI ’94)

Executive Director, Civil Service

City of Long Beach


James H. Ackerman, Esq.

(Deceased, 1917-2004)

Maritime Lawyer, Philanthropist

Dr. June Cooper

(Deceased, 1933-2012)


Governor George Deukmejian

(Deceased, 1928-2018)

35th Governor of California

Tom Farrand (LLBI ’08)

(Deceased, 1949-2013)


Farrand Research Corporation

Rear Admiral John Higginson

(Deceased, 1932-2010)

Retired President/CEO

American Gold Star Manor

Gene Lentzner

(Deceased, 1922 – 2020)

Community Philanthropist

Carolyn Smith Watts (LLBI ’01)

(Deceased, 1963-2019)

Consultant, Founder & CEO

Bolph’s Specialty

Don Westerland

(Deceased, 1935-2010)

Former President and CEO

Community Hospital of LB Foundation

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many businesses need to pivot. We are currently reviewing our programs and are offering services virtually to support our community during this uncertain time. We will have updates on our youth program and 2021 Institute Program by the end of July, 2020.