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Board Members

The Community Review Board on Police Practices is comprised of 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 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 Community 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 commissiononpolicepractices@sandiego.gov. Your name will be put on a list to receive information during the next recruitment period.

Brief Member Profiles

photo of Brandon HilpertBrandon Hilpert


Brandon Hilpert is a director of marketing for the real estate instrustry. A resident of North Park since 2005, he is active within the community having served on the North Park Planning Committee for seven years as well as the North Park Maintenance Assessment District. He is passionate about community development, sustainability and social justice. He earned a BA in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Sociology from San Diego State University. Appointed Aug. 24, 2015.

Doug CaseDouglas Case

1st Vice Chair

Doug Case is the Political Affairs Director for California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. He retired in 2015 from San Diego State University, where he worked in the Division of Student Affairs for 37 years. He is a dedicated volunteer and has served on 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 Democrats for Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Diego, Campus Pride, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Appointed July 23, 2013.

Poppy FitchPoppy Fitch

2nd Vice Chair

Dr. Poppy Fitch is a higher education administrator and counselor whose career spans more than 25 years working in San Diego area community college and university settings. Poppy serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, 504/ADA and Title IX Coordinator at Ashford University. She previously served at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges supporting students with disabilities. She is a published co-author of A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education: Managing Across the Generations, and presents regularly at regional and national conferences.

Poppy earned her doctorate in Post-Secondary/Community College Educational Leadership and her master’s in Education with a specialization in Multicultural Counseling, both from San Diego State University. Her research focuses on the success factors for foster youth who have persisted to college degree completion. In her community, Poppy demonstrates her commitment to social justice through various service organizations, including Women’s March San Diego, San Diego State University, and is appointed to the San Diego Community Review Board on Police Practices.

Patrick AndersonPatrick Anderson

Dr. Anderson is Professor in the Departments of Communication and Ethnic Studies, and in the Program in Critical Gender Studies, at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of three books: Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict; So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance; and Autobiography of a Disease. He serves on the faculty board of the University of California Press, and has previously worked with a variety of community groups: as an organizer with anti-war groups in Sri Lanka, as a medic with the Berkeley Free Clinic, and as an educator with HIV/AIDS groups in various locations in the United States. Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Appointed August 7, 2018.

photo of Michael ChanMichael Chan

Michael Chan is a trilingual management, operations, government relations and human resources professional. He has held leadership positions in government, non-profit and the private sector. Mr. Chan currently serves as the Director of Employee Relations Services at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and is also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in San Diego County and Clark County, Nevada. Mr. Chan earned a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), graduate degrees in Human Resources Management (MA) and Health/Medical Psychology (MS) from universities in the UK.  Appointed December 8, 2020

Maxine ClarkMaxine Clark

Maxine hails from the great state of Arkansas and has resided in the San Diego community since 1964.
In San Diego she worked for several companies and made her career choice with the Xerox Corporation.  After 37 ½ years at Xerox, Maxine retired as a Production Training Specialist (International Trainer).  As an active San Diego community involved citizen, she chaired the Xerox Community Involvement Committee (putting $5-$10k back into the community each year) for over 20 years and received numerous awards from her company for the community efforts in which Xerox became greatly acknowledged.  She received the coveted Xerox President’s Club Award and the United States Presidential Award for Volunteer Service (President Obama).  She has been honored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Purpose Womb and has garnered recognition from two Governors, two Senators and one Mayor.   

Maxine Clark is a 48-year member of St. Stephen’s Cathedral COGIC, pastored by Bishop George D. McKinney. There, she has ministered in the Sanctuary and Youth Choirs and worked with the Debutant Academy.  For more than 25 years she co-chaired the Annual Founder’s Month-long Celebration honoring Bishop George D. McKinney, Founder of St. Stephen’s Cathedral COGIC.   

She also ministered in the following areas: Donovan’s State Prison, San Diego County Jail, Chula Vista City Jail, Vista Jail and the Rescue Mission.  She assisted in the Juvenile Hall, House of Metamorphosis, Green Oak Ranch, Battered Women and Campo Ministries and feeding the homeless. She served as First Lady of Fairmount Community Church where her husband pastored for ten years (1996-2006).   

Currently, she is active with the Military Ministry, Scholarship Committee, Sunshine Band, YPWW, Mother’s Board and “Women of Wisdom”, a division of the St. Stephen’s Mother’s Board.   She happily and willingly lends her God-given talents to other churches and organizations upon their request.   
Also, she founded, wrote and directed the renowned and dramatic plays: “Our Living Heritage” in 31st year running, “The Gospera”, a combination of the Gospel and Opera, performed in concert and, “An Evening With The King”, Dr. Martin Luther King.   

Effective 2018, Maxine was appointed by the Mayor Faulconer as a member of the Community Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) and facilitates a clothing and sock drive for the Monarch School and ministers and visits at Brighton Place Skilled Nursing Facility.  

Joe CraverJoe Craver

Joe W. Craver is the founder of Galaxie Defense Marketing, a National Marketing company with representation in nine locations nationwide.

Mr. Craver retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force as a highly decorated combat pilot. His awards includes the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air medals, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He flew 265 combat mission in Vietnam. He served in the Pentagon where he managed 37 billion dollars of procurement of aircraft, missiles, and spare parts for the Air Force.

Mr. Craver earned his MA from Stanford University and his BS from Arizona State University.

Mr. Craver’s 32 years of community involvement includes: Chairman of the San Diego Military Base Realignment and Closure of 1995; Chairman of the Work Force Partnership; Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; President of the Holiday Bowl; Chairman of San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Chairman of the San Diego Airport Authority; CEO of the San Diego American Red Cross, President of the Point Loma Rotary Club; Chairman of the Major Blue Ribbon Review 2002; Chairman of the Public Facilities Authority for San Diego and other Boards and Commissions.

Mr. Craver’s Community Awards include: Rotary Club 33; “Mr. San Diego 2010”; San Diego Fleet Week Achievement; Rotary Boy Scouting Achievement, San Diego Boys and Girls Club Achievement Award; San Diego Business CEO of the Year Award and the Life Time Achievement Award, Junior Achievement Man of the Year.

Mr. Craver is married to Rayma-Lew and has one son who is the former President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Appointed July 1, 2012.

photo of Andrea Dauber-GriffinDr. Andrea Dauber-Griffin

Dr. Andrea Dauber-Griffin accepted lecturer appointments at the University of San Diego, University of California San Diego and DeVry University while pursuing her research agenda. Part of her research included a qualitative study involving female offenders at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. In 2016, Dr. Dauber-Griffin transitioned to The Neighborhood House Association (NHA) where she took on the position of Program Director for Project In-Reach, a program serving incarcerated women and men living with mild to serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders in San Diego County detention facilities. Dr. Dauber-Griffin significantly expanded program services, built strong relationships with key partners at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and Probation Department, and added 17 more staff in the following 4 years while also leading the San Diego Reentry Roundtable's Policy and Legal initiatives. She has also served on the Board of the United Nations Association San Diego Chapter since 2016. She continues to pursue education and training in the areas of mental health and law enforcement and has recently enrolled in a Master of Science program for Forensic Psychology. Dr. Dauber-Griffin obtained her doctorate in sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany in 2010.  Appointed December 8, 2020

Diana Dent

Diana Dent is a retired educator from San Diego City School where she taught grades first through sixth for 25 years. Her career was spent in schools in Southeast San Diego and City Heights. Her passion for teaching and learning introduced students to the informal side of learning. She found many opportunities for students to visit museums, attend plays and interact with university professors. She believed that students learned in and out of the classroom, and she worked tireless to provide the many interactive learning events for her students.

Out of the classroom, Diana served as a Peer Coach and Science Staff Developer. Through these positions, Diana was able to introduce teachers to problem-based learning that helped students develop intellectually and emotionally. By using real-world scenarios, challenges, and problems, students gain knowledge and skills that could be applied in a variety of curriculum.

Diana is a member of CalRTA, Women, Inc, and National Sorority of Phi Delta – Delta Upsilon Chapter. Appointed August 24, 2015.

Kevin Herington

Kevin Herington is a small business owner in San Diego. He was previously an officer with the Palm Springs Police Department and in the banking industry for more than ten years, where he rose from personal financial representative to a regional operations trainer. Mr. Herington received a degree in criminal justice from Ashworth University. Appointed August 20, 2018.

Sheila HoltropSheila Holtrop

Sheila Holtrop currently operates her own freelance paralegal business, with attorneys and paralegals in the various practice areas, of debt negotiation, bankruptcy, civil, criminal, family Law, estate planning, and other legal services. She handles debt negotiation, criminal law, and family law. She also assists every day citizens with filling out, and filing the necessary family/civil law court paperwork and refers services to attorneys. Appointed Oct. 27, 2016.

Steve Hsiehphoto of Steve Hsieh

Steve Hsieh is a consultant for the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China. He was previously a senior engineer for Qualcomm. Mr. Hsieh was a President of the San Diego Chinese Americans Science and Engineering Association and former Chairman of the San Diego ROC Taiwan National Day Celebration Committee. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California at Riverside and a Master of Science degree from University of Texas at Dallas. Appointed August 20, 2018.

Ernestine Neely

Ernestine Neely is an Operations Manager at Agile Transformation at Teradata Corporation. She assesses teams in their efficiency in delivering strategic projects and guide them through improving their processes. Additionally, Ms. Neely served as President of Akhawaty Incorporated - a nonprofit organization providing support, security, and stability to families who are homeless or facing homelessness in San Diego, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. Ms. Neely received a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems and is an advanced certified Scrum Master.  Appointed December 8, 2020

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 Community 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 MBA. at the University of Chicago and her BA. at the University of California, Irvine. Appointed Aug. 24, 2015.

Christopher Pink

Christopher Pink, originally born in Opelika, Alabama, currently works as a Cybersecurity Engineer with Science Applications International Corporation. Prior to this, he owned and operated a multimedia development company, Exousia Design, from 2001 until 2014. Eventually Mr. Pink career would evolve across several engineering roles applied across various projects with the DoD/Navy during the course of his career for the past 11 years.   Appointed December 8, 2020

photo of Ernestine SmithErnestine 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. Ernestine has a masters degree in counseling from San Diego State University.  She brings a wealth of knowledge about students and our communities. Appointed July 23, 2013.

Dr. Robin Spruce

Dr. Robin Spruce is a San Diego native and has worked in education for over 20 years. As a credentialed Spanish and Special Education teacher she has worked with students in middle and high school and also undergraduate and graduate students pursuing their teaching credentials and Masters' Degrees. Currently, Dr. Spruce is a university supervisor for teacher candidates and interns in local school districts. She believes in the importance of civic engagement to build safe communities for all, social justice, and animal rescue. She earned her BA from Connecticut College (History/Hispanic Studies), MEd from University of San Diego, MA from The Catholic University of America (Special Education), and PhD from Old Dominion University (Education, Curriculum and Instruction).  Appointed December 8, 2020.

Duke Taylor

Duke Taylor currently resides in District 1 in the La Jolla/University City area. He is a member of the La Jolla community with an extensive background in TV — news journalism, marketing, and proposal management. He previously served as Commissioner with the Arlington County Commission on Aging in the state of Virginia. Mr. Taylor's dad served in criminal justice for nearly 20 years as a federal agent, so he continues with that same pursuit of justice with local-outreach abilities, and proven leadership on the East & West coast, and brings with him unique expertise which would suit him well as a board member and community leader.  Appointed December 8, 2020

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 July 23, 2013.

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, Va. 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 Feb. 10, 2010.

Martin Workman

Martin WorkmanMartin Workman, originally from the northeast, was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1969, making use of the GI Bill to get an electrical engineering degree.

During his career he worked for several large corporations in various parts of the country, specializing in factory automation. He eventually ended up at Sony Electronics as an electrical engineering manager, where he retired in 2004.

Since retiring, in addition to serving on the CRB, he has taken up watercolor painting as a hobby.