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Board Members

The Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices is comprised of twenty-three (23) members who represent a diverse cross section of San Diego's citizens. Board members were appointed by the Mayor to serve terms of one year. The Mayor also appointed a high ranking civilian employee as Executive Director to the Board.

Additionally, up to twenty-three (23) members may be appointed each year as prospective members. These prospective members attend Board meetings and receive training but cannot vote on cases. They are appointed to the voting Board as vacancies occur.

If you are interested in applying for Board appointment, call the Citizens' Review Board Coordinator at (619) 236-6296 or email a letter stating your interest in serving and attach a current resume or biography that includes your name, address, and phone number to Your name will be put on a list to receive information during the next recruitment period.

Brief Member Profiles

FY2016 Team
Lisa Sorce


Lisa Sorce is the Director of Human Resources for a local public water agency. Ms. Sorce has extensive knowledge of human resources, employment law, corporate health and welfare programs, and compensation policy development and implementation. Previously, Ms. Sorce was the Director of Human Resources for 14 years at a national restaurant chain headquartered here in San Diego. Ms. Sorce earned a BS in Business Management from Bellevue University and is PHR certified through the Society for Human Resource Management. Appointed 7/1/2012. Appointed Chair 6/30/2015.

William H. Beck

1st Vice Chair

William Beck is currently the President of the Renaissance La Jolla Community Association Board of Directors. Mr. Beck also served as the President of the La Florentine of Renaissance Board of Directors and was an executive member of the University Community Planning Group. Before retiring, Mr. Beck was an educator in New York City. Mr. Beck also volunteered in the Ardsley, New York Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief for 6 years. Appointed 7/1/2011.

Douglas Case

2nd Vice Chair

Douglas Case is a Testing Coordinator in the Office of Student Testing, Assessment and Research at San Diego State University. Mr. Case has worked for San Diego State University since 1979 in various roles, with a focus on advising student leaders. He is a dedicated volunteer and has served both the College Area Community Council and the College Area Community Planning Board. Mr. Case has also held numerous Board positions with the San Diego Democratic Club/San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Mr. Case is truly committed to students and the surrounding community. Appointed 7/23/13.

Benetta Buell-Wilson

Benetta Buell-Wilson is a native San Diegan, who holds undergraduate degrees in German and Microbiology, a Masters of Education degree in cross cultural language and academic development, and a teaching credential. She has worked in biomedical, clinical and forensic laboratories, and as an educator. She is currently a small business owner and an advocate for consumers and people with disabilities. Appointed 08/21/2009.

Godwin H. Higa

Godwin Higa currently serves as Principal at Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights. As an educator, Mr. Higa served ten years as a teacher for San Diego Unified School District and also taught at Donovan Correctional Facility. He was named San Diego City Schools Teacher of the Year in 1997. He served as a language arts consultant for the state Program Quality Review committee and participated in developing state standards for Humanities and Social Science. Mr. Higa serves the community as an active team member of the Mid-City Curfew Sweep held monthly at his school site. He is a member of the Anti-Violence task force - Mid-City, and a member of the Hispanic Alliance Community Association. Appointment 7/1/2011.

James H. Hurl, Jr.

James H. Hurl, Jr., currently serves as a loss prevention officer at the Downtown San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. His prior service was with the City of San Diego Fire Department where he served as a Facilities Maintenance Officer, Fire Captain, Fire Investigator, and Fire Engineer. He furthered his education with fire protection, disaster services, and peace officer certificates. He reached out to the community in his role with the Community Education Speakers Bureau and served as the Adopt-A-School Coordinator for the department. He also served the City as a Motor Sweeper Supervisor and Sanitation Supervisor. He was in the U.S. Navy as an E-4 Hospital Corpsman. Appointed 7/1/2011.

Lucille Pearson

Lucille Pearson is currently a retired University of California San Diego official, serving 14 of her 33 years at UCSD as Director and Associate Director of the Human Research Protections Program. The Human Research Protections Program is a regulatory office that promoted high quality, ethical research while serving as advocates for the rights and welfare of persons who participated in UCSD research. She is a member of the Latino-American Political Association (LAPA), and currently holds the office of Vice President. Appointed 07/01/2008.

Ernestine Smith

Ernestine Smith is a retired nurse for San Diego Unified School District where she assisted in coordinating health services. Ms. Smith worked as a school nurse, teacher of human sexuality and substance abuse, and student counselor. She brings a wealth of knowledge about students and our communities. Appointed 7/23/13.

Pauline Theodore

Pauline Theodore was a psychologist with San Diego Unified School District for over 30 years. At schools throughout the District, she worked to determine the needs of developmentally delayed individuals and provided training to community centers. Since 2004, Ms. Theodore has been volunteering as a Reserve Probation Officer. In this role, she continues to work with, and help, students throughout San Diego. Appointed 7/23/13.

Kathy Vandenheuvel

Kathy Vandenheuvel is a professional civil engineer at Tetra Tech, Inc. She has more than 16 years of experience as an engineer and project manager in the environmental field. She has managed and conducted projects focusing on various environmental media: soil, soil gas, sediments, groundwater, and surface water. Typical facilities have included commercial gas stations, military installations, munitions/ordinance sites, landfills, and various other facilities. Ms. Vandenheuvel has participated in and managed site investigations, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial designs, and remedial actions in accordance with RCRA and CERCLA. She is experienced in contract management, project implementation, construction oversight and staff management. She is passionate about community and civic involvement and has served on local community boards as well as serving on the Citizens' Review Board for over seven years.

Nancy A. Vaughn

Nancy Vaughn is a career computer programmer. She is the founder and President of Pretenders, Inc., a very small company specializing in software to simulate Navy shipboard systems. Ms. Vaughn is a 1964 graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A resident of Ocean Beach since 1987, she is an active community volunteer having served on the Boards of both Peninsula YMCA (1998-2007) and Ocean Beach Town Council (2005-present). Appointed 2/10/2010.

Dennis Vincent

Dennis Vincent is an experienced retired Human Resources professional who provided strategic direction, mediation, arbitration, contract negotiations, and performance appraisals in a variety of organizations. Mr. Vincent also taught and lectured management development classes at National University, University of California San Diego Extension, and University of Redlands. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Big Brothers of America, and Rolling Readers programs. Appointed 7/23/2013.

Martin Workman

Martin Workman is a retired Electrical Engineering Manager. Originally from New York, Mr. Workman served as an Electrical Engineer specializing in factory automation throughout many parts of the country before coming to San Diego as the Manager of Electrical Engineering for Sony. Mr. Workman is a college graduate, and has served his country in the United States Army. After retirement, Mr. Workman worked as an estimator for a local construction company. He is currently helping teach math where his daughter teaches 3rd grade. Appointed 7/1/2012.

Prospective Members
Brandon Hilpert

Brandon Hilpert is currently director of marketing for a Carmel Valley-based real estate developer. A resident of North Park since 2005, he is active within the community development, sustainability and Labrador Retrievers. He earned a BA in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Sociology from San Diego State University.

Taura Gentry

Taura Gentry is a native San Diegan and has spent her whole life in San Diego. She is a single parent of a 9-year old daughter. Ms. Gentry is a full time Information Technology Software Programmer and Instructor at UC San Diego. She has been dedicated and involved in the San Diego community since she was a young child. She continues to volunteer her time and service in our community; at all levels. Ms. Gentry is specifically dedicated to the journeys of children in single parent families here in San Diego. Ms. Gentry believes that San Diego has come a long way in terms of the San Diego Police Department and overall community relations. Being exposed to diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, legal, religious, and lifestyle statuses in San Diego adds to her perspective. Ms. Gentry believes that the positive collaborative relationship between the CRB and the SDPD can serve as a model nationally and globally.

Charlene McAdory

Charlene McAdory is president of Strategic Business Solutions Consulting Group which specializing in helping small businesses align their goods and services with large primes by fostering technical support to help primes meet small business participation goals for women- Minority- and Disabled groups. She works with small businesses to push for inclusion in the construction, architect and engineering trades as well as the goods and services industry by encouraging them to seek certification.

Ms. McAdory is the former president (2010-2012) of San Diego Public Agency Consortium (PAC), a thirteen-member public agency consortium created to foster economic development for the small business community. She has also served in state government posts, as well many years in the public non-profit sector, including positions on numerous Boards of Directors. Ms. McAdory currently is a PhD candidate studying Conflict Analysis and Resolution; her subsequent academic achievements include a MA, Mini MBA, BS and a host of distinguished certificates.

Larry McMinn

Larry McMinn was born and raised in Lubbock Texas. He joined the Navy in 1989 and was a Hospital Corpsman. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1999, he decided to make San Diego his home after the Navy, Larry went on to work at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego in the Surgical Training Laboratory, setting up and administrating courses of various surgical techniques for doctors. Larry has two teenage children Hannah and Austyn.

Joyce Mohrlock

Joyce Mohrlock is a born and raised in San Diegan. After graduating from San Diego State University, she received a commission into the U.S. Army, serving two years of active duty and eight years in the Reserves. Ms. Mohrlock has built her career working as a civilian with the U.S. Marine Community Services. She is married and has two adult sons.

Mary O'Tousa

Mary O'Tousa is a retired corporate executive who led a large benefits consulting practice. In addition to her current volunteer work with the Citizens' Review Board, Ms. O'Tousa manages a reading and writing program for a Juvenile Court and Community School, assists with humane education in the San Diego public school system and provides pet-assisted therapy primarily to at-risk juvenile populations. She is a graduate of the Citizen's Academy offered by the San Diego County District Attorney's office in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Ms. O'Tousa earned her M.B.A. at the University of Chicago and her B.A. at the University of California, Irvine.