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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

FY2014 Team
Yuki Marsden


Yuki Marsden is currently a Business Officer at UCSD's California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology (Calit2). She currently oversees the administrative and operational activities of programs involving multi-million budgets and has over 18 years of experience in financial and budgetary management for public and private business entities. She is a graduate of LEAD San Diego. Appointed 02/01/2008.

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.

Nancy A. Vaughn

Nancy Vaughn is a career computer programmer. She is 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.

James Herrera

James Herrera has been a resident of City Heights for 18 years. He has been employed by Solar Turbines for 26 years. He is active in neighborhood affairs as a member of the Mid-City Community Court and the Prostitution Impact Panel. He has two grown children and two grandchildren. He has for many years been a High School Football Referee and Baseball Umpire. Appointed 08/03/2007.

William H. Beck

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

Benetta Buell-Wilson

Ms. Buell-Wilson is a native San Diegan, and has undergraduate degrees in German and Microbiology and a Masters of Education degree in cross cultural language and academic development and holds a teaching credential. She 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 a E-4 Hospital Corpsman. Appointed 7/1/2011

Ken Martone

Ken Martone is a retired executive from civil service. Mr. Martone served as Deputy Executive Officer/Clerk for Los Angeles County Superior court, Executive Officer/Clerk for San Diego Superior Court, and Chief of Administrative Services for San Diego County's Department of the Marshal. Mr. Martone earned a BA in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Mr. Martone has worked extensively with criminal justice agencies, local law enforcement, community representative,s and other stake holders in the justice system. Appointed 7/1/2012

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.

Lisa Sorce

Ms. 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 HR for 14 years for 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.

Pauline Theodore

Pauline Theodore was a psychologist with San Diego Unified School District for over thirty 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.

Alexis Torrey

Alexis Torrey is currently the Sole proprietor of Alexis Torrey Inspection and Consulting since 2006. Ms. Torrey was also an Area Compliance Officer for hospital construction in Southern California under the State Office of Health Planning and Development. For 27 years Ms. Torrey was a civil servant with the County of San Diego and the State. Alternate Appointed 8/14/2011

Nancy Vaughn

Dennis Vincent

Dennis Vincent is an experienced 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.

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 in 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.