BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Thornburg | Chairman
David Thornburg works in the Public Affairs arena for several companies within the San Pedro Bay Complex. David's responsibilities are focused on goods movement and streamlining the operational process. David is no stranger to the port, after graduating from California State University Long Beach in Political Science and International Relations; he went directly to work in the San Pedro Bay Port complex. He has worked since 1988 for various positions all with port tenants of the POLA and Read more...
Rachel Sindelar Waugh | Secretary
Rachel Sindelar is the Executive Director of CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a major piece of the stakeholder-led effort to establish the LA Waterfront as a new visitor destination. Her career passion is small business development and creating great public spaces. She appreciates how enthusiastic San Pedrans are about their neighbors and local merchants and our dedication to making it a better place.
From 2002 to 2008 she was the Marketing Director for the Santa Monica Pier Read more...
Caroline Brady | Board Member
Caroline Brady is the executive director of the FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the nonprofit fundraising arm of San Pedro's beloved aquarium. Previously, she worked as development director for Harbor Interfaith Services, helping the homeless agency significantly expand its facilities and programs. She served as a deputy to then- Councilwoman Janice Hahn and before that was a newspaper reporter with the News-Pilot and Daily Breeze. Caroline is a past president of the San Pedro Rotary Club. Read more...
James Brown | Board Member
James Brown began his career in the brewing industry in 1991 at the Manhattan Beach Brewing Co., one of the first brewpubs in Southern California. In 1993 he, along with a group of partners opened Redondo Beach Brewing Co. In 1996 he began selling brewing equipment that was manufactured in the Czech Republic. Over the course of the next 3 years, James traveled extensively throughout the world helping to promote the burgeoning craft beer movement. In 1999 Brown bought a defunct Irish pub in Read more...
Olga Chavez works for Tesoro Energy Corporation where she prepares organizational publications for internal and
external audiences. She is on point for LAR Community Investment and volunteer efforts. She develops programs and ensures communications with representatives of key external community stakeholders.
For three years, she has represented the company at
local trade associations and civic groups.
A.A. Juan Borrel College, Havana, Read more...
Serving on the president's cabinet as the chief officer of Public Relations and Marketing at Marymount California University, I am responsible for the management and implementation of external and internal communication programs. I lead the strategic development and implementation of public relations and marketing strategies to enhance the university's brand and reputation, maintain relationships with key stakeholders, communicate with enrollment prospects, and foster donor relations.
LaDonna DiCamillo is the Government Affairs Director for BNSF Railway Company in Los Angeles. Ms. DiCamillo works with California communities to address rail-related issues at both local and legislative levels in an effort to facilitate trade growth and improve freight mobility while sustaining livability in the communities through which BNSF operates.
Ms. DiCamillo began her railroad career in 1989 in the Research and Development Department of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Read more...
Linda Grimes | Board Member
Linda Grimes, owns the San Pedro-based consulting firm Eighteenth Street Marketing and Management Services.
She enjoys inspiring entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and community groups; providing the tools to enrich their
public image in innovative and locally focused marketing campaigns.
Highlights of her client roster include: Former president and executive director of Golden State Pops Orchestra, The Grand Vision Foundation, Pacific Energy Partners, the Port of Read more...
Janet Grothe is the Public Affairs Manager at the Phillips 66 Los Angeles Refinery and oversees public, media and community relations for the Wilmington and Carson facilities along with internal communications.
Grothe has more than 25 years of industry experience. Before moving to Los Angeles in March of 2014, Grothe was the Senior Advisor, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability and worked at the Phillips 66 headquarters in Houston, Texas. Prior to the spinoff of Phillips 66, Read more...
Alan Johnson | Board Member
Alan C. Johnson, is President of Jerico Development, a San Pedro based real estate development and property management company that specializes in the restoration and management of historic properties and is one half of the Los Angeles Waterfront Alliance which was recently tasked with the re-development of Ports O'Call and San Pedro's waterfront.
He served as president of the original Business Improvement District and led the group that founded First Thursday, a popular art walk that Read more...
LaRae Mardesic Bechmann
LaRae Mardesic Bechmann started her non-profit career at Little Company of Mary Hospital in the 1990s and returned to Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation (PLCMF) in May 2014 as the Sr. Director of Development. She was assigned to the San Pedro medical center after an expansion plan was approved by the PLCMF board of directors in August 2015.
Previously, she was Vice President of Development at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. Bechmann also served as President and Read more...
Timothy B. McOsker, who has vast experience in governmental, regulatory and administrative law, has served as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles and as the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn. Mr. McOsker co-chairs Glaser Weil's 10-member Government and Regulatory Practice from the Firm's Downtown Los Angeles branch office.
Mr. McOsker was a partner at Glaser Weil from 2005 until 2008, when he left to practice at a prominent global firm. For more than 25 years, Mr. Read more...
John Resich is the past Chair of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. He was born and raised in San Pedro. He is a local attorney in a private practice on 9th St. and a partner and Chairman of the Board of the Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Andrew Silber | Board Member
Andrew Silber is the owner of the Whale & Ale Restaurant in Downtown San Pedro,moved to Southern California in April of 1985, after leaving a position as Banquet Manager at the Cafe Royal on Regent Street, London.
An honors graduate from the Westminster Hotel School in Vincent Square, Westminster, London where he studied hotel management full-time, majoring in French, Economics and Tourism, when he arrived in Los Angeles, he worked in front of house at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Read more...
Phil Tondreault | Treasurer
Philip Tondreault oversees the daily operations of all Westrec's interests in the Western Region. He is responsible for the management of Cabrillo Way Marina in San Pedro, and maintaining liaison with Port of Los Angeles Staff, as well as the community groups that support the Marina. Mr. Tondreault is also the Managing Agent for the Spinnaker Bay Slip Owners Association, a private marina in Long Beach, CA. He has a master in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, Read more...
Jonathan Williams | Board Member
Jonathan Williams is the President & CEO of Pacific Battleship Center, where he oversees the day to day operations of the Battleship IOWA museum at the L.A. Waterfront. Mr. Williams is a career entrepreneur serving in executive roles that include start-up, finance, marketing, and operations most recently as President & CEO of Diacon, Inc.
Jonathan has been involved in the saving and restoration of the Battleship IOWA since 2000 in numerous capacities.
Evan Yankovich | Board Member
In 2007, at age 23, Evan took over Harbor Brake's operations after his father passed away. Despite it being a great deal of responsibility for a young lad like Evan, he rose to meet the challenges he faced, and made is family proud.
Today Evan is very happy to run a business that is a familiar part of the community, and he hopes to continue Harbor Brake's Legacy of quality service done by hard, honest workers. He is also an active member in the San Pedro Lions Club, and holds a degree Read more...