Susan joined our Board in 2008 and represents the East Division - Beat 3. A 25-year resident of our City, Susan is now retired from a career in banking, finance, property management and construction. She is a GGPD Citizen Academy graduate, a 20-year volunteer with the L.A. Maritime Institute’s mentoring program for at-risk youth, volunteers with animal rescue groups and is a dedicated Neighborhood Watch advocate. As a CPAB member, Susan states “I love the City I live in and respect the way it’s managed and I am proud to be able to support the community.”
Zack joined our Board in 2008 and represents the East Division - Beat 2 . A 52-year resident of our City, he has worked for the City of Garden Grove for 38 years, currently serving as a Water Quality supervisor. Zack is also heavily involved in his faith community and has used his job experience and expertise to travel to Haiti with his church to help assess their water conditions after their 7.6 earthquake in 2010, including creating water wells, reservoirs and a fish hatchery for them. As a member of the CPAB, Zachary shares that “as a longtime resident and employee of the City, I want to give back to my community.”
A member of the Board since its inception in 1994, Bill represents the East Division - Beat 1. In addition to being a former Marine and National Guard member, he was a firefighter and EMT for 32 years, as well as an instructor for the Red Cross. Bill also served as a Code Enforcement volunteer for 3 years and is a longtime Neighborhood Watch advocate. As a member of the CPAB, Bill states “I want to participate on the Board to serve as a liaison between the Police Department and the community to provide information about opinions, needs of residents, businesses and schools…we need to work together as a team to increase citizen understanding and satisfaction with police services“.
Mary became one of our police volunteers in 1995 and joined our Board in 2008 as a representative of the East Division - Beat 1. A 47-year resident of our City, she is a retired nurse who also worked part-time for our City’s school district for 13 years and is a graduate of the GGPD Citizen Academy. As a member of the CPAB, Mary shares that “this was an opportunity for me to give back to and become more involved with our community.”
Nellie is the newest member of our Board, having joined us in August of 2014 as a representative for the Latino community in our City. A 20-year resident of Garden Grove, she recently retired from the County of Orange after having worked for them for 23 years in their Housing and Community Service Agency. She is a 2012 GGPD Citizen Academy Graduate and has been active for over 20 years with LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), both at the national and state level and is founding member of the OCLULAC Council and the GGLULAC Foundation. She states that "she would like to be the link between the Police Department and the City's Latino community and assist with building, maintaining and strengthening relationships between the police and all groups within Garden Grove."
Beverly joined the Board in 2008 and represents the East Division - Beat 3. A 37-year resident of our City, she is also a GGPD Citizen Academy graduate, a member of our City’s C.E.R.T. program and a dedicated Neighborhood Watch advocate. As a member of the CPAB, Beverly states “I really do care about my neighborhood…and what is happening in our beautiful City of Garden Grove.”
Ric joined our Board when it was established in 1994 and represents the Business community, as he is a 48-year resident and longtime business owner in Garden Grove. He has also been extremely involved in a wide variety of community organizations, including serving on the Boards of the GG Chamber of Commerce, GG Community Foundation, GG Downtown Business Association, GG Lions Club, GG Neighborhood Association, GG Strawberry Festival and St. Columban’s School.
A Board member since 2008, Roger represents the West Division - Beat 2 and is also a GGPD Citizen Academy graduate. With a career in accounting management spanning more than 25 years, he and his wife made Garden Grove their home where they raised their two sons. As a member of the CPAB, Roger shares that “I joined the Board to help the Police Department improve and maintain the quality of life for all citizens of Garden Grove.”
As a New York transplant, coming to Southern California was a dream come true for Kathleen, as she met her future husband here and together they raised three daughters who all attended local schools in our City, a place that she describes as “a wonderful place to raise children.” An original member of our Board since its creation in 1994, she has also been a longtime Neighborhood Watch advocate and represents the West Division - Beat 2. As a member of the CPAB, Kathleen states “My involvement with the CPAB since its inception has been an honor and a privilege. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be of service to Garden Grove.”
Steve became one of our police volunteers in 2002 and joined our Board in 2004 as a representative for the Vietnamese community in our City. Currently, he works for the Horizon Cross-Cultural Center and previously worked in public affairs for the Red Cross, serving as their liaison with the Asian community in Orange County. He states " I would like to help connect our Police Department with the Vietnamese community, so that we can both understand and celebrate one another's similarities and diversity…and also help educate our residents on how to keep their families and property safe and secure."
Joanne joined our Board in 2008 and represents both the West Division - Beat 2 and the Vietnamese Community in our City. She is a 29-year resident of our City and has been a real estate broker/notary public since 2000. In addition to serving on our Board, Joanne is a member of the GG Neighborhood Association, a GGPD Citizen Academy graduate and volunteers with homeless assistance programs when time permits. As a member of the CPAB, Joanne states "the reason why I want to participate on the Board is only one…to give back to the community!"
Connie Van Luit
Connie joined our Board in 2008 and represents the Garden Grove Unified School District. She has served as a teacher (7th-12th grade special education) and as an administrator for both intermediate/high schools and held several administrative positions within the District office, including her current position as their Director of Alternative Programs. In addition to serving on our Board, Connie is also a member of the GG Community Drug-Free Coalition and the O.C. Probation Alternatives to Detention Committee and a graduate of our Citizen Academy. As a member of the CPAB, Connie "believes in having a strong partnership with the Garden Grove Police Department to provide support systems to meet the needs of our students and families with academic, social, emotional and safety concerns."
Bethann joined the Board in 1994 as one of our original Board members and represents the West Division - Beat 3. In addition to serving on our Board, Bethann has been heavily involved with Boy Scouts, her faith community and the PTA. As a member of the CPAB, Bethann shares that "The reason I wanted to get involved with the CPAB is because I know that community involvement is essential for a safer community. I have contact with other Garden Grove citizens through the volunteer organizations I am currently involved in, and participating on the CPAB allows me to express some of the concerns, opinions and ideas of these ordinary citizens. I now have grandchildren that will be raised in this community and want it to be the best and safest place for them to live and grow."
Sherry joined the Board in 1994 and represents the East Division - Beat 2. She is a 35-year resident of Garden Grove and has worked for the Garden Grove Unified School District for many years. In addition to serving on our Board, Sherry has been a long-time Neighborhood Watch/Block Captain participant, a member of our City's C.E.R.T. program and was very active in the PTA/other parent organizations when her children were still school age. As a member of the CPAB, Sherry states "I strive to be a listening ear for the GPPD and a voice for the people of Garden Grove. It is my desire to assist my co-workers and neighbors to better understand and appreciate the Garden Grove Police Department."