Board of Directors
Tim McOsker | Chairman of the Board
Tim McOsker, is a partner in a downtown Los Angeles law firm and co-chairs the firms governmental, regulatory and administrative law division. Tim previously served as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles and as the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn. For the past three decades, Tim’s career has focused on legislative and regulatory matters for both public and private clients, including in the areas of land use, environmental, permits, contracts and related issues before local, regional and state governmental agencies.
In addition to serving in a variety of professional, civic, philanthropic and community leadership roles, Tim was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the governing board that is responsible for dissolving the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, and concluded that service in 2016.
Before serving the City of Los Angeles, Tim was in private practice as a partner and manager at a municipal law firm, during which he served as City Attorney for California municipalities, including Lomita, Manhattan Beach and Downey. Tim currently serves on the Board for Harbor Interfaith Services. He and his wife Connie, live in San Pedro, where they raised their five (5) adult children.
Janet Grothe | Vice-Chairman
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, Grothe handled international Exploration and Production communications for ConocoPhillips. Grothe supported internal clients in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East with a strong emphasis on stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining Phillips 66, Grothe worked at the Benicia Refinery and held various roles in Community Relations and Public Affairs. Grothe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources from Golden Gate University, San Francisco and a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.
Rachel Sindelar | 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 Corporation, a non-profit city-appointed board charged with overseeing the day-to-day management of the Pier, capital project planning and supervision, and preserving and enhancing the Pier experience. In 2008 she joined the City of Santa Monica as its Public Information Coordinator, responsible for creating effective communications campaigns for hundreds of city programs and services.
Rachel has a BA in Communications from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters of Science in Management and Leadership from Pepperdine University, George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.
John Bagakis | Board Member
John Bagakis is the managing partner of Big Nicks Pizza in San Pedro. He began as the company GM at age 22, in 2005, after a stint at Cal State Long Beach. Under John's leadership, Big Nicks Pizza has become one of the busiest restaurants and a generous community partner in San Pedro. It was awarded the 2017 small business of the year award by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.
Bagakis was born and raised in San Pedro and part of San Pedro High School's class of 2000. He is a former Future Leader of San Pedro award winner and served as San Pedro's Honorary Mayor from 2015-2017.
Bagakis also serves as a board member for Encore South Bay Theater group and is a festival chairman for the South Bay Greek Festival in Redondo Beach. He is a member of the Italian American Club, Trappeto Club of San Pedro, and AHEPA.
John is a minority owner in Port Town Brewing Company, the newest microbrewery in downtown San Pedro and also co-hosts a weekly internet radio show.
Augie Bezmalinovich | Board Member
Augie Bezmalinovich works for the Community Relations Division at the Port of Los Angeles as the Community Affairs Advocate. He serves as a liaison between the various communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles and throughout the Southern California region to educate and promote the Port as both a regional community partner and major economic asset. He works with community leaders and Port-related business stakeholders to identify programs and venues for facilitation of Port and community interactions citywide and provide strategies for overcoming or resolving community issues that impact the Port.
Augie is a lifelong resident of San Pedro where his family has lived for close to 100 years and he graduated from Mary Star of the Sea High School and from the University of Southern California. He and his wife Lynn have 3 children.
Ryan Blaney | Board Member
Ryan Segarra Blaney, Esq. has been practicing law since 2005 where he gained an LLM in International Intellectual Property Law at prestigious ESADE School of Law in Barcelona, Spain. After practicing for two years at a large IP firm in Barcelona, Blaney returned to the United States. Most recently he worked for four years in the Advanced Technology Division of Southern California Edison where he assisted engineers with contract formation, risk mitigation, data privacy and intellectual property assessment of new technologies.
In 2018, Blaney decided to use his wide breadth of experience to assist start-ups and entrepreneurs realize their dreams. He founded the legal consulting firm Bolimini International to help start-ups grow their businesses via business entity formation, transactional work, intellectual property protection and information governance.
Blaney has owned a home in San Pedro since 2016 and been a part of the community for many years. He is currently Boad President of the Golden State Pops Orchestra, a local non-profit that performs at the Warner Grand Theater. A swimmer all his life, Blaney trains with the San Pedro YMCA Masters Team as well as the Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears. He attained a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law.
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. She has three children, Andy, 14, Carlee, 12 and Lulu, 10.
Ann Carpenter | Board Member
Ann Carpenter first came to San Pedro to live on a sailboat at Cabrillo Marina. Thanks to the San Pedro "vortex," she never left. For the past 25 years, she also grew her businesses in San Pedro.
Ann is "bilingual" in engineering and marketing. As CEO of Braid Theory, she and her team work with technology entrepreneurs to build strategic relationships with industry partners. The company is dedicated to growing the tech startup community in Southern California. Prior to founding Braid Theory, Ann was Director of Marketing for the non-profit business incubator, PortTech Los Angeles.
But many in the community know Ann best through her graphic design and marketing firm, S'Pacific Image.
Raised in Detroit, Ann moved to California after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She started her career in the aerospace industry as a software programmer.
Ann is a long-time Chamber member. Her dedication to education is evidenced in volunteer activities which include: ITEP Advisory Board of Directors, Banning High School PATHS program; past Board Treasurer of Port of Los Angeles High School; and Entrepreneur Advisor for CSU Long Beach.
Olga Chavez | Board Member
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, Cuba
Certified Business Diploma Computer Programmer
Olga participates in the Wilmington
Coordinating Council, Wilmington Rotary Club
Board Member of the Los Angeles Harbor College Foundation
Board Member of the American Red Cross Greater Long Beach, Rio Hondo & South Bay
LaDonna DiCamillo| Board Member
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 (a predecessor to BNSF) where she conducted laboratory testing related to environmental and failure analysis projects. In 1991, she was promoted and moved to California where she worked for BNSF's Environmental Department for ten years. In 1999, Ms. DiCamillo completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of La Verne, College of Law. Ms. DiCamillo is the Immediate Past Chair of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and BizFed, and she is a member of the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber, the LAEDC and FuturePorts. She is an active member of the State Bar of California.
Mike Galvin | Board Member
Michael Galvin is the Director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate at the Port of Los Angeles. In this role, Mr. Galvin is responsible for development and management of the Port's LA Waterfront including retail, dining and entertainment development opportunities, cruise operations, restaurants, recreational marinas, sport fishing landings and hotels that collectively create public access to the Port's waterfront amenities. Mr. Galvin also oversees the Port's $200 million redevelopment program for marine oil terminals under the State of California Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS). The MOTEMS redevelopment program will provide support to regional refinery operations, LAX aviation fuel logistics and the San Pedro Bay bunker fuel market. Mr. Galvin joined the Port in 2004 and began his City of Los Angeles career in 2000.
Mr. Galvin holds a bachelor of arts in U.S. History from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State College of Law.
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 has taken place every month since 1999 and currently serves as treasurer for the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID). Alan also led the successful effort to save the historic Warner Grand Theatre, a priceless art deco movie palace and co-founded Grand Vision Foundation in 1996, whose mission is to preserve and promote the historic Warner Grand Theatre and foster artistic and educational events in the area.
Alan is also the president of the Crail-Johnson Foundation which is devoted to children's charities serving the economically, socially and physically disadvantaged in the Harbor Area for over 20 years. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Marymount California University, the Marymount-San Pedro Advisory committee, and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute where he chairs their Community Advisory Committee.
Alan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in business finance.
Liz Schindler Johnson | Board Member
Liz Johnson has served as Grand Vision's volunteer Executive Director since 2000, working long hours to preserve and promote the historic Warner Grand Theatre and build Grand Vision Foundation into both a well-respected small concert venue operator (The Grand Annex) and an LAUSD-approved music education provider. Grand Vision introduces over 1500 low income elementary school students music fundamentals through an 18 month music-making program. Johnson holds a BA in Art from Yale University and an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA. Previously, she worked in the field of economic development in Long Beach and Los Angeles, promoting entrepreneurship as a means to community development. Liz also serves on the board of Crail-Johnson Foundation and The Beacon House Association of San Pedro. She was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Anne Lemaire | Board Member
Anne Lemaire is the Director of Business Development for Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro.
Ross O'Brien | Board Member
Ross O'Brien, C.P.A. is a resident of San Pedro and a partner in the accounting firm of Servatius, O'Brien & Fong. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Pacific Battleship Center ("Battleship Iowa"). Ross has over 35 years of public accounting experience in taxation matters, including federal, state and international income tax issues, as well as financial reporting related to income tax issues. Ross works with businesses, their management teams and their owners to maximize tax benefits and minimize tax exposures relating to annual income tax return and financial statement filings. In addition, Ross has successfully managed clients' tax controversy issues with federal and state taxing authorities. As CFO of the Pacific Battleship Center, Ross oversees the day-to-day operations of the Accounting & Finance department, which includes cash management, banking, insurance, internal and external financial reporting, and tax matters.
John Resich | Board Member
John Resich 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.
Dan Salas | Board Member
Dan Salas began his maritime career as a child, assisting fishing boats at the Ports’ O call village, then working as a tug boat operator and now owns and operates a fleet of commercial vessels. Capt. Dan is the President and CEO of Harbor Breeze Corp., which provides transportation and tour services in Long Beach and San Pedro waterfront. He is the driving force behind Harbor Breeze Cruises and LA Waterfront, proving employment to over 40 Long Beach and San Pedro residents. He lives in San Pedro with his wife Kim, and 3 children Caroline, Christina and Christopher.
Aaron Saliba | Board Member
Aaron Saliba is the General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, a full-service Hotel located in the heart of downtown San Pedro. Aaron has over twenty-seven years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, a global leader in hospitality management, for over ten years. Aaron has served as General Manager or Regional Manager for IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and Independent Hotel properties.
Aaron is involved in several community-focused organizations. He has been a member of Rotary for the last ten years and he is currently a Board Member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro. He has worked with the Boy Scouts of America for the last decade and is active in his Church.
Aaron is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. He and his wife have four children.
Lee Williams | Board Member
Lee leads one of the top real estate teams on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with a focus of helping his clients meet and exceed their financial goals creating a better life for them and their family.
He honed his business leadership and client service skills as a financial services consultant at several technology leaders, including IBM, Wells Fargo and Seibel Systems. Lee has a background in small business and mortgage lending as well as formerly being a licensed investment representative for Chase Bank early in his career.
Lee earned his degree in business from the University of Washington.
Lee’s passion for helping others in need, particularly at-risk teens and individuals diagnosed with cancer, has taken him on a journey from the streets of San Francisco to the ruins of Machu Picchu culminating in raising $300,000 in research funds for cancer treatment, his mission to “make a difference” is far from over.
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 in Business Economics from the California State University of Long Beach.