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Founding Board of Directors

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COPSS was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in December of 2006. The founding board of directors from the left: Tom Villiger, Lonna Calhoun, Carter Calhoun, Peter Gravett, and Mike Feyder.

Board Biographies

Lonna Calhoun
President, COPE Preparedness

 Lonna is the founder and president of Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness (COPE Preparedness) a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit whose mission is “Promoting Emergency Preparedness through Proactive Community Outreach”.  Her career in emergency management began soon after 9/11, an event that motivated her to utilize her leadership and entrepreneurial skills to improve the status of emergency management in the communities that surround the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.  COPE Preparedness is recognized as a community model for its collaborative efforts and capabilities in networking and aligning with the public and private sector and citizens alike to develop an integrated emergency management system to improve capabilities in emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for the harbor area.   Lonna has and continues to acquire extensive emergency management experience as a consultant for Traiden Global Solutions (TGS), a recognized national and international leader in safety, security and emergency management. Lonna is an Ambassador for The Great California Shakeout that organized 5.5 million participants in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history.  She is a voting member on both Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA) and the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC).  Lonna is a certified FEMA Emergency Management Professional and certified Business Continuity Expert.  Her application to the International Association of Emergency Managers for IAEM/CEM® certification is pending approval by 12/09.

Prior to committing herself to her passion for community safety Lonna enjoyed an entrepreneurial career as the owner/operator of fitness facilities and taught fitness education seminars.  She developed fitness education curricula achieving accreditation from the State of California and national certification organizations; she authored numerous publications related to fitness and staff development; authored and co-authored 16 books on fitness education and was often a featured Keynote presenter at fitness industry conventions.   She directed her company to become one of the largest and most successful educational seminar programs for fitness professionals. Concurrently she traveled extensively to almost every state and to 25 countries as a co-creator of the World Sportaerobics competition that was featured on ESPN for 15 years and gained pre-Olympic approval by the International Olympic Committee, IOC. 

The key concept that has transitioned into both phases of her career is “prevention”.  Lonna emphasizes that the actions that we take today will affect our well-being tomorrow.  Her international travel intensified her appreciation of the value of “community” and continues to influence her commitment to community emergency readiness.

Michael Feyder

  Mr. Feyder is a 20 year resident of Harbor City. He resides with his wife, daughter, and son in the Pines neighborhood of Harbor City and has been active in his community for many years. He is the Executive Vice President of Quest International LLC, a management consultancy serving Japanese corporations doing business in the United States, located in the Harbor Gateway. He serves on the executive committee of the Japan America Society, and is on the advisory board of three Southern California corporations. Mr. Feyder has served for four years on the board of the Harbor City Neighborhood Council. In his last two terms, Mr. Feyder represented the Council as President. Mr. Feyder is currently the chair of the safety committee for the Harbor Regional Park advisory board.

Peter J. Gravett

  Major General Peter J. Gravett retired from the military in 2002 following 35 years of commissioned service in the US Army and the Army National Guard. He has held command and key staff positions at every level from platoon to division. He culminated his career with a dual assignment as Commanding General, 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Senior NATO Military Representative (Partnership for Peace), Kiev, Ukraine. Major General Gravett served in over fifteen countries in Western Europe, Central Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and throughout the United States, to include tours of duty at the Pentagon. He has been presented over 25 awards and decorations to include the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s fourth highest award. Additionally, he has been recognized by several foreign governments. With over 20 years of service in the Police Department, which included various line and staff assignments, he retired and returned to active military duty. He holds the Department’s highest award, The Medal of Valor. Following military retired he served three years as President/CEO of Sentinel Systems, Inc. prior to founding Gravett & Associates, Inc. where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Major General Gravett holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in addition to Executive Certificates and Diploma’s from California State University Long Beach, University of Southern California, University of Virginia and Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Army War College. He serves on numerous Corporate Boards, Commissions and Foundations and holds memberships in a plethora of organizations.

Tom Villiger
Secretary of the Board

 Tom Villiger resides in San Pedro, California where he has lived since 1996 following his retirement from positions of Associate Director of the Illinois Coalition for Community Services and Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Tom has been an activist in the social work and child welfare fields. He has served as President of the Illinois Welfare Association, President of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, President of the Lincoln Land Epilepsy Association, Board Member of the American Humane Association, the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrations, and the National Association of State Administrators of Child Development. In California, Tom was a founding member of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council of Los Angeles, active in Habitat for Humanity...especially the Hollywood Blitz Build, Chairs two ministries and serves on the Parish Council of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Pedro, has volunteered for Meals on Wheels, serves on the Social Concerns Committee of the South Bay Interfaith Council, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Bandini Canyon Park Project. Tom has served as one of the original members of the Committee on Port Security and Safety whose initial goal is emergency planning for the Harbor Area residents.

Carter Calhoun
Treasurer of the Board

  Carter Calhoun has lived in San Pedro, California for 15 years. He maintains an active commitment and interest in his community through a diverse number of interests. Carter is the owner and manager of PC Nerds Onsite, a professional computer support company well-known in San Pedro and surrounding cities by their reputation of fast, friendly, and professional service. In addition to his entrepreneurial interests, Carter has spent the last several years getting involved with a number of different community service organizations and non-profit organizations. He served two years as chair of the Annual Teams Fundraising campaign for the San Pedro and Peninsula YMCA, where he led over 200 volunteers in a coordinated fundraising effort. He then went on to organize the Teen Phone-A-Thon for the San Pedro and Wilmington Boys and Grils Clubs. From there he established contacts with the American Red Cross and volunteered for disaster relief during Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006 most of his efforts have been dedicated to COPSS. He graduated in 2007 from California State University Long Beach with his baccalaureate degree in Sociology.

Robert A. Maynez

  Robert A. Maynez, resident of South resident of South Redondo Beach, was born in Long Beach, California and comes from a long line of longshore workers in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  After High School, Robert served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician from 1984-1988; he attended Orange Coast College and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with double majors in Political Science and Economics in 1993.  He then attended Boston University School of Law from 1993-1996, earning his Juris Doctor (J.D.).   At Boston University, he founded “Students Taking An Active Role (STAAR),” a community service group that focused on community beautification and after-school tutoring for underprivileged children.  He was also an active recruiter for the Big Brother Association of Boston, taking 3rd place honors one year in a city-wide recruitment drive.  He served a summer clerkship with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor and Business Practices Division and later went on to serve as a Hearings Officer for the Massachusetts Office of Employee Relations where he conducted grievance hearings for the Commonwealth’s 50,000+ public employees.  After taking a hiatus to Japan to learn about Japanese culture and teach English to the Japanese, Robert accepted a position working as the Assistant to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Coast Labor Relations Committee in San Francisco.  He served in this position from 2001 through June 2007, which included the ILWU’s 2002 Contract struggle coastwise lockout by the Pacific Maritime Association leading to President Bush’s invoking of the Taft Hartley Act.  In July 2007, Robert became the Director of Administration for the Marine Clerks Association, ILWU Local 63 in San Pedro where he oversees the office operation and the Research and Arbitration department.

Christopher Riccardi

 Christopher Riccardi is the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for Providence-Little Company of Mary Medical Center, Torrance and San Pedro since July 2007. His responsibilities include management of the federally funded Hospital Preparedness Program, Decontamination Team and development of various hospital training programs related to disaster preparedness and emergency management. He has been a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) since 04/2008. He has been involved in the development of a comprehensive disaster response initiative as part of the Emergency Department Disaster Task Force since 2005 and has spent the prior eight years working as an Emergency Medical Technician in the Emergency Department at PLCMMC Torrance. Chris has been an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor since 1991 and most recently, Training Center Faculty, educating the community, new instructors and hospital staff. Chris also instructs Nonviolent Crisis Intervention classes for hospital staff since 2004. He has also volunteered as an instructor for the American Red Cross in CPR and First Aid.

James R. Davis II

 A “life long community planner” is a good term to describe James. Born, raised and educated in several cities within Los Angeles County, he has studied the interrelationship between neighborhood development and community safety. During his freshman year at University of Washington he decided that Participatory Planning and Urban Development would be his lifetime path, and he has consistently continued, stopping to help others during his travel. After graduate school, James worked both in the public and private sectors and served as a Planning Commissioner for 11 years. Starting his own business, he focused on designing models to training small business how to successfully contract with local government. These experiences, lead to his founding the National Institute of Community Enlightenment organization. His civic activities have included Community Based Learning Collaborative, University of Southern California Steering Committee Member, LA Public Works Integrated Waste Water Management Plan, Steering Committee Member, Alameda Corridor, Transportation Steering Committee Member and Unity and Diversity General Assembly, Education Committee Member.