Dean's Community Advisory Council
With nearly 20 years of experience in the management of public child welfare and community-based prevention services, Phil Breitenbucher is an expert, author and speaker on family drugs courts. Currently, he is a director at Children and Family Futures, in addition to being the vice president and cofounder of the California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation. Phil received his Master of Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino, his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California Baptist University and his certificate in addiction and recovery from Light University.
Since Gayle Cloud moved to Riverside over 40 years ago, she has been active in her community. Gayle was involved in the schools of her six children through PTA, and eventually served on Riverside's school board for 16 years. She also volunteered in several city activities, including the homeless committee. Gayle currently serves as a board member for Riverside Life Services, a nonprofit dedicated to serving moms and families with unplanned pregnancies. She is also actively, and joyfully, involved with her 10 grandkids!
Dan Crowley is the pastor of spiritual formation at Sandals Church. His primary role includes offering spiritual direction to the campus pastors, and developing and leading the spiritual formation focus of their leadership training program. In 1992, Dan married his high school sweetheart, Christina. They have three children, two are attending CBU and one is attending Woodcrest Christian. His personal life is filled with family schedules and spending time in the community and with friends. He is from San Diego and is an avid Padres and Chargers fan.
Prior to joining 211 Community Connect in March 2016, Marie Davis worked for 28 years with, and continues to volunteer at, the American Red Cross. Her positions have included executive management, regional emergency services director and instructor. Marie’s purpose in life is to serve others, push boundaries, remove barriers and advocate for the most vulnerable populations, while constantly exploring possibilities that make the community and world a better place.
Mark Earley, an experienced military veteran of 30 years, is most recently employed as the veterans outreach coordinator for the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication and commercial design, as well as a Master of Arts in Management and Human Resource Development. In addition, he is the legislative field representative to the current mayor of Riverside, California. Mark and his wife, Peggy, remain active in church, and civic and community organizations in Riverside, where they reside.
Recently named Educator of the Year by California League of Schools, Jessie Fuller combines humor and heart as she shares stories from the classroom to encourage listeners who seek to love radically and walk authentically alongside others. After teaching in a traditional setting, Jessie accepted an employment opportunity at a continuation school for “at-promise” youth. During her time there, Jessie deepened her belief in the role relationships, expectations and hope play in reaching goals and supporting adolescents who have been impacted by challenges or trauma.
Ana Lee has been with the Office of the Public Defender in San Bernardino County for 10 years. Her current assignment is in the juvenile division representing minors charged with criminal offenses. She appears in the juvenile specialty courts, such as mental health court, girls court, delinquency court and dependency court. In 2015, she received the "Shine a Light on Child Abuse" prevention award from the Children's Network. Ana, born and raised in Riverside, lives here with her husband and three children.
Antonio Mejico Jr.
For the past 15 years, Antonio Mejico Jr. has dedicated his career to transforming the lives of the most severely abused and neglected children in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. He received his master’s degree in counseling and his doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in social justice from the University of Redlands. Antonio is currently the regional programs director of Olive Crest's Inland Empire Region and is also a member of CBU's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Advisory Committee.
Michael Moore has been in the fire service for 35 years. In August 2014, he became the 21st fire chief for the City of Riverside Fire Department. Michael has a master’s degree in public administration from California State University Long Beach, a bachelor’s degree in management from Redlands University, an associate's degree in fire science from Long Beach City College, and an associate's degree in paramedical sciences from Santa Ana College. Michael resides in Corona, California with his wife, Robyne, of 34 years.
Jennifer O’Farrell has spearheaded programs for various nonprofits, developed Riverside County’s first Anti-Human Trafficking Program and County Task Force, and the region’s first Big Brothers Big Sisters location. As executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, she aims to break cycles of poverty and trafficking, and give youth a second chance through one-to-one mentoring. Jennifer holds a bachelor of arts degree from California Baptist University, is a TedX Riverside speaker, a 2014 NAACP Community Service Freedom Award recipient, and a proud mom and wife.
Erin Phillips joined Riverside University Health System as executive director of advancement in October 2015. Her past experience includes: president and CEO of Children’s Fund, assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement at California Baptist University, and founding president of The Pick Group, Riverside’s young professionals networking organization. She is a graduate of the Leadership Riverside program and believes in service to her community. Erin is married to Mark and has two beautiful children, Jade and Isaac, who, together, are the light of her life.
Jill Pollock is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Redlands. She uses her extensive experience in healthcare leadership, as well as her education in counseling psychology, to work as an executive leadership coach. She began her career as a registered nurse working in the surgical trauma intensive care unit. This led to a career in hospital administration and a 40-year career in healthcare. She is also a proud alumnus of California Baptist University’s counseling psychology program.
Kathryn Posegate holds a sociology and art degree from Seattle Pacific University and an MSW from Portland State University. She has been a child welfare worker, supervisor and manager in Kotzebue and Alaska. She has also served as an adoption consultant, a houseparent and a public housing manager in Oregon, as well as a parent educator and a program coordinator for grants in Illinois. Kathy’s current position with Riverside County DPSS includes facilitating child and family multidisciplinary team meetings and advising new social workers.
Richard Prince is the community relations manager at Riverside Unified School District. He works with schools, administration and the Board of Education to enhance district public relations, establish and maintain community partnerships, and support initiatives that enrich educational development for students. Previously, he worked as the community development coordinator for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce. Richard is also the deacon of communications for Redeemer Baptist Church. He earned a BA in communications studies from California Baptist University. He and his wife, Elena, live in Riverside.
Janice R. Rooths, MBA, PMP Is the CEO of RootWize, a company focused on diabetes elimination among disadvantaged populations. She is also a business consultant with 35+ years in technology, finance, and marketing. Her experience is diverse with roles from VP of finance and administration to software engineer. She has worked for global firms such as IBM and Accenture as well as human service organizations including Crystal Stairs and Path of Life Ministries. Janice believes behavioral health is the root of all health.
Crystal Shackleford is passionate about child welfare and family engagement. She has worked for Riverside County DPSS Children’s Services Division since 1997 in areas including investigations, case management, forensic interviewing, group facilitation, program development, curriculum development and training. Crystal currently manages specialized programs and projects including professional interns/educational support, forensic interviewing, youth and parent partners, and family engagement. She is also a trainer for the Southern Public Child Welfare Training Academy, specializing in family engagement, assessment, interviewing and supervisor training.
Opal Singleton is the president and CEO of Million Kids and the training and outreach coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Opal has trained over 100,000 leaders about human trafficking, sextortion, child pornography and social media exploitation. She is on the board of Rapha House International which operates safehouses for sex trafficking victims in Cambodia, Haiti and Thailand. Opal hosts two radio shows broadcasting in Southern California and globally. In addition, she is the author of Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers.
Matthew Stowe is chief operating officer and managing partner at OctoClean Franchising Systems Inc., a hospital housekeeping and commercial cleaning franchise established in 2000. He was the recipient of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award in 2008. Matthew has been active with the Riverside Chamber since 2008 and has been a member for over 10 years. He currently sits on the Hunter Park Business Council Board as vice president. He is also a committee member for the chamber’s annual golf tournament.
Chris Wagner currently works for the Riverside Police Department as a Police Lieutenant assigned to the Community Services Bureau. He oversees the Department’s youth programs, community events, citizen’s academy, social media, public information officer, volunteers, information and technology services, special projects, and the Police Foundation. Lt. Wagner serves as a steering committee member for Leadership Riverside’s Human Relations and Social Services Day, DECIDE Riverside – Leadership Program for Riverside Unified School District, Just for Kicks – providing shoes to students in need, American Heart Association’s Kick Heart Disease Executive Leadership Team, Motorola Solutions Public Safety Applications Executive Committee, and coaches three competitive youth soccer teams for the Riverside Milan Academy.