John Beard Jr. joined the SOLID Board in 2013. Born and raised in Los Angeles, John has lived in the San Fernando Valley his entire life. John attended Los Angeles Baptist High School and upon graduating, went on to work in the family printing business. Today John operates a printing plant with 49 employees. His company was founded by his dad in 1969. John has six children and has donated time and resources to LAFD Fire Station 60 and the North Hollywood Division of the LAPD. In 2010, John was named Man of the Year by the PALs volunteers at the North Hollywood Division.
Mark Cohen was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in the San Fernando Valley. Mark graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He then went on to receive his CPA certification and license in 1983.
Mr. Cohen is currently the CFO of Denmarst Ltd./Anjac Fashion Buildings where he has worked for 29 years. Anjac is a Real Estate Investment Company which owns numerous commercial properties and includes locations in the Downtown Los Angeles Fashion District and across the San Fernando Valley.
Mark joined the S.O.L.I.D. Board in 2008 and is a past Vice President. He also serves as an Executive Committee member and the current Chairman of the Figueroa Corridor Business Improvement District.
Mark and his wife both graduated from CSUN and have been married for 30 years. The couple's son is also a CSUN graduate and their daughter continues the tradition by currently completing her Senior year.
Gary Farajian was asked to join the S.O.L.I.D. board in 2010. He is a past Vice President and currently serves as the chairperson of the Pancake Breakfast. Gary is a local resident, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He has served on the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce board twice, is a past president and has been involved in local events for over 25 years.
Gary is the President of Arpi Mechanical, a local family owned heating and air conditioning company. He is the father of two students currently enrolled at Granada Hills Charter High School. He feels working with S.O.L.I.D. is a great way to support our local police department and give back to the community.
Debbie Forstall has been a part of S.O.L.I.D. Board since the summer of 2013. The district took note of her community efforts in 2001, and honored her with the woman of the year award for the 38th Assembly District for her community service efforts and work with Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA).
Debbie is on staff at Shepherd of the Hills Church as the Community Relations Coordinator, and also serves on the board for the San Fernando Police Department’s Police Advisory Council. In 2009, after becoming a parent vendor through the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, she subsequently opened Flinn’s Supported Living where she currently oversees and operates this business.
Her love for community work began in 2000, when she became a member of the Northridge Kiwanis Club and the North Valley Chamber of Commerce until 2007. Then in 2001, while serving as the secretary and fundraising chairperson for NBIA, she co-created and hosted an extremely successful fundraiser for the organization.
While still devoting herself to volunteering in the community, she first joined the Shepherd staff in 2008, developing and promoting the partnership program of Shepherd’s Broadcast Department.
Her commitment to community service is only matched by her devotion to her family. She has also served on the Parent Teacher Association and volunteered at her daughter’s schools.
Debbie resides in Northridge with her husband, Mark, and three daughters, April, Tracie and Taylor.
Glenn M. Gomez
Glenn M. Gomez is currently a Senior Vice President for Angeleno Mortuaries Inc. as well as a Licensed Funeral Director for the State of California. He has earned a Master Degree in Business and Administration from University of Phoenix. He has been in the funeral industry since 1997, when the company started, as an advisor while working as Vice President and Branch Manager at several regional banks in the Los Angeles area in the last 29 years. He briefly worked for the Jewish Vocation Service as an Instructor, who taught adults to be bankers and assist them in attaining a position at several regional banks.
In mid-2015, Glenn M. Gomez officially joined Angeleno Mortuaries as the manager of Crawford Mortuary in Northridge. He quickly was given other tasks such as Director of Human Resources, Marketing, PreNed Sales, and now Finance. He oversees Administration as well as Finance for the company, which has 8 locations expanding from Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County.
Glenn M. Gomez is currently the Treasurer as well as the Blood Drive Co-Chair for the Rotary Club of Granada Hills, Member of the Tournament of Roses Association, and Mentor at Woodbury University and University of Phoenix. He is also active with the Cemetery Funeral Bureau as well as different funeral association locally and statewide.
Dianne Kartiala has served on the S.O.L.I.D. Board since 1998. She was first on the Board as liaison for City Councilmembers Hal Bernson and Greig Smith. Upon retirement in 2008 she chose to and was elected to remain on the board.
Dianne has been involved in many projects over the years Including the Devonshire Dash, 1998 Pancakes Breakfast, Pasta Dinners, merchandise coordinator for the Car Show Raffle, Chairperson of Devonshire Open Houses, Police Appreciation breakfasts and S.O.L.I.D. Treasurer 2010- 2011. Dianne is also affiliated with the Chatsworth Historical Society| Chi Kappa Rho (Women in Leisure, Dept. of Recreation and Parks) Rotary Club of Granada Hills, President 2011-2012. She is a recipient of the 2008 Pioneer Award. She currently is the chairperson of the Pasta Dinner.
Her goal is to serve the community and her church through “Service Above Self”. Dianne lives with her husband, Tapio, in Granada Hills and has two adult children. Son, Tim (wife, Mindy, granddaughter Ella and grandson Oliver) daughter Anna (husband, Justin and granddaughter Scarlett).
Your Tapio (also known as “Tap”) was born in Helsinki Finland, and has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1957. He retired after 45 years as an Aerospace Structures Engineer, and has been an adjunct teacher at Los Angeles Valley College in the Engineering Department since 1981. He earned his Master’s degree from USC, and a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA. He has a Professional Engineer’s License from the State of California, an Engineering Instructor’s Credential from the Los Angeles Community College District, and two U.S. patents. In 2005 he founded SETLA (Scientists, Engineers and Technicians Leadership Association), and he has many years of community involvement as a member of the North Hills Jaycees, and by supporting the Granada Hills Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.
Lori, along with her family, have been residents and business owners in Granada Hills for the past 22 years. She has been married to her husband, Dr Bob Luszczak, for 26 years. They have two children, Michael (22) and Nicole (20). Lori and her husband own a dental practice and the building (6 tenants) in Old Granada Village. Lori’s husband does the dental work and Lori handles the front office as well as the property manager. This has afforded her the opportunity to get to know many the community members on a personal level. Lori feels fortunate to live and work here.
While her children were growing up, she was a regular volunteer at their elementary school, St. Euphrasia. She started by volunteering in the classroom and on the Parent Advisory Council, eventually becoming president of the PTC board for two years. During her time on the PTC board, she was primarily responsible for raising money for the school for the things that tuition didn’t cover. While her children were in high school she was a member of the Holy Cross Mother’s Guild. The Guild’s primary purpose was to raise money to assist in paying tuition costs for those students whom had lost a parent during their time at Notre Dame High School. Prior to living in the valley when was a volunteer through several organizations with the Board of Realtors in the La Canada/La Crescenta area.
Lori has been a long-time supporter of S.O.L.I.D. and believes in assisting our local law enforcement community whenever possible. She looks forward to working with the other SO.L.I.D. volunteers in helping them to reach their fundraising goals.
When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, walks in our community, and watching her daughter play volleyball for the University of California at Irvine Women’s Volleyball Team.
Debi Mayer is new to S.O.L.I.D. in 2018. She has lived all of her life in Granada Hills and is looking forward to supporting law enforcement in Devonshire and her community. She has worked at the North Valley Family YMCA as coordinator of the Kids to Camp Golf Tournament and their Booster Club Dinner. She is a campaigner for the annual Y Community Gifts Campaign and also works with the Y Board of Managers.
Debi and her late husband Bill owned a construction company. While raising their two sons, she served as a volunteer for the Assistance League Los Angeles, PTF President at Granada Hills Baptist School, Church Board Member at Granada Hills Baptist Church and served on the L.A. Baptist High School golf tournament committee. Her parents and brother owned an auto repair in Northridge for 42 years, and her nephew and his family presently own and operate Impact Shirts, a custom shirt business in Granada Hills where they also live.
In March 2016 Nancy semi-retired for the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Health Plan. She continued to work for the Health Plan as a part timer till February 2017. She continued to work to train her replacement.
She retired as the Director of Claims. Her responsibilities included overseeing $150 million in health benefits, system enhancements and productivity, staff development, appeals process, vendor relations, and understanding federal regulations. If you ever want to discuss the Affordable Care Act, let Nancy know.
On January 1, 2017, the Health Plan merged with AFTRA Health Plan. The company became SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. Nancy spent 22 years with SAG so it’s been a bad habit for her not to refer to the new name.
Prior to becoming the Director, she was Manager of the Quality Assurance Department. Her team was responsible for ensuring Health Plan rules and procedures were followed. Nancy enjoyed every minute with this Health Plan.
Before working at SAG-AFTRA she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland and Principal Mutual Life. She worked for Carl’s Jr. when she was a teenager. She had four jobs her entire life. Nancy says “as you can see steadiness and security are important to me”.
Dale Penn was invited to join the SOLID Board of Directors in 2011 and within one year, he was elected to serve as SOLID's Executive Secretary.
Mr. Penn is a commercial insurance, risk management and privacy expert. He delivers keynote speeches and educational workshops to consumer, civic, financial and law enforcement groups at meetings and conferences around the country.
Dale is the author of an award-winning business book, Identity Theft Secrets : Exposing The Tricks Of The Trade. A long-time resident of the Devonshire area, Dale served for several terms as President of the Parent-Teacher Fellowship at Los Angeles Baptist High School. He was also honored by Hillcrest Christian School (now Heritage Christian School) and received their "Eagle Award" for his years of active involvement with the school.
Dale currently serves on the Board of Elders at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, California, where he participates in both local and global outreach.
Dale and his wife have five talented children. The family resides in the San Fernando Valley.
Yolanda Petroski has served on the SOLID Board since its inception in 1993 serving 16 years as Treasurer. She has co-chaired the annual Pancake Breakfast with Virginia Snow and has served as Parliamentarian. Her volunteerism in the community was recognized by being named Citizen of the Year by the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, Pioneer Woman of the Year by the 12th City Council District and Woman of the Year by the 38th Assembly District. A past president of the Granada Hills Woman’s Club Yolanda heads a Red Hat Chapter and was involved with the Granada Theater for many years. In the past she has co-chaired the annual Pancake Breakfast with Virginia Snow and she has served as Parliamentarian.
Pravin Singh wanted to become a member of S.O.L.I.D after seeing how much support they provided to the brave men and women of Devonshire law enforcement and who help keep us safe and free.
Pravin is an attorney at the Law Firm of Rowen, Gurvey and Win and representing injured workers in all aspects of litigation and negotiations. When not watching documentaries or playing with his Doberman, Mr. Singh volunteers at t a legal aid clinic.
Christine graduated from Whittier College in 1971. In 1973 she married and moved to the San Fernando Valley, settling in Granada Hills.
The Smith's started a formal wear business in Northridge in 1973. From 1984 till 1997 Christine worked for Bank of Granada Hills, becoming an Assistant Vice President. She left the bank in 1997 to take a position in Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s office. She worked on the Business Team for both Mayor Richard Riordan and Mayor James Hahn.
Christine is now retired. She currently volunteers for the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2012 Christine was recognized as Reserve Officer/Volunteer of the year Robbery Homicide Division. she currently manages the S.O.L.I.D. web page.
Virginia Snow has been on the Board of Directors since 1995 and served as Secretary until 2009. Volunteering at Devonshire and helping to raise funds for many needed items, is her way of serving both the dedicated officers at Devonshire and her community. She has many community involvements including the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, Granada Hills Woman’s Club and Postscripts. Virginia received the very distinguished award of Granada Hills Citizen of the Year for 2011.
Bill Tiefuhr was first introduced to the S.O.L.I.D. organization through his late wife’s relationship with the Granada Hills Women’s Club. Throughout his life he has enjoyed volunteering and helping his community in various ways. Some of the activities that he has been involved with include: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, United States Navy, Little League, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, VST (Volunteer Surveillance Team), Friends of Castaic Lake and acting as Elder/Deacon at a Presbyterian Church.
When He is not volunteering or helping others he enjoys welding, gardening, reading, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.