(L to R): Sandra Kataoka, John Kay, Charles Husted, Rick Harris, Kirk Dowdell, Sheri Hofer
Kirk Dowdell, Board President
President/CEO, Dowdell Consulting Group
Kirk Dowdell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Dowdell Consulting Group, which specializes in providing comprehensive financial solutions to federal, state, municipal, for-profit and not-for-profit clients. Prior to founding his consulting firm, Kirk spent 26 years as an executive in the financial services industry.
Kirk is a past member of the Board of Directors of the California Bankers Association and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is a longtime resident of Sacramento and has been on the Board of the Sacramento Police Foundation since 2008.
Kirk holds an MBA from Louisiana State University with a concentration in Banking, and a BA from the University of Southern California.
Rabbi David Azen, Board Vice President
Writer, Actor, Rabbi and Producer
Rabbi David Azen directs Fresher Sacramento, a project of Fresh Producers, a California-based non-profit he founded, to further his work over the last decade in social justice, seeking to ensure everyone is well fed and gains wealth from health every day. He works with a wide variety of partners to connect the dots of food justice, economic empowerment and lifelong learning.
Rabbi Dave (a.k.a. Reb D) played on a NJ state-champion undefeated high school golf team, graduated Princeton University (go ’80!), and received ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (1986, with awards in Creative Biblical Interpretation, Philosophy and Chaplaincy).
Rabbi Azen has served in congregations from 2,500 households to 250 from Canada to the NY area to California and has had a long and varied career, being the only man of the cloth to play Adam in Eden (“Guarding the Garden,” 1991-1995); going to film school after already being a rabbi (Temple University Fellowship in Film 1993-1995) and becoming an award winning producer. “There is no box outside of which to think.”
Vacant, Board Secretary
Patrick Rooney, CPA, Board Treasurer
Accounting Firm of Patrick J. Rooney
Mr. Rooney owns and operates the accounting firm of Patrick J. Rooney in Fair Oaks.
A graduate of San Jose State University and Golden Gate University, he holds a BS in business/accounting and an MBA in taxation. Mr. Rooney not only brings his accounting skills to this organization, but also volunteers his talents with other local groups such as the Fair Oaks Theater Festival. He is also a member of the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Sandra Kataoka, Board Immediate Past President
Partner, IBM Global Business Services
Sandra has been a member of the Board of Directors since March 2007 and has served as Board President, Board Secretary and Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
As an Executive for IBM, she is responsible for the Oracle Cloud business for IBM’s Global Business Services in North America and also serves on the IBM Diversity Council. As a life-long resident of Sacramento, Sandra is committed to working with the Sacramento Police Department to support the Department’s involvement in the community and youth programs.
Sandra also serves as a board member for the Sacramento Buddhist Church, Tournament Chairperson for the SBC Basketball Tournament, Girl Scout Orientation Specialist, Girl Scout leader, and Secretary of the Brookfield Parents Association.
John C. Kay, Board Member
Consultant, John Kay Consulting
John Kay is currently a consultant with John Kay Consulting specializing in executive commercial business banking lending and deposit product analysis. John also has a corporate non-profit governance consulting practice and financial/treasury statement analysis practice.
John is an active member of the California State Bar and engages in a part-time real estate law practice, and holds a Juris Doctorate from UOP’s McGeorge School of Law, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the California State University at Fullerton California. John is a former Adjunct Professor of Golden Gate University’s MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as Part-Time Professor of Business Law at California State University at Sacramento.
John is currently Treasurer of The Cares Foundation and its BODs founding CFO , and a member of the Cares Community Health’s Finance Committee. John also is a member of Sierra Families Forever Finance Committee. John also proudly holds the distinct honor of being named an Honorary Medical Doctor by Sutter Health’s Sutter Medical Center’s Medical Staff’s Executive Committee.
Sheri Hofer, Board Member
Sheri Hofer is the owner of Mysherings, a custom jewelry designer, who designs and sells jewelry to raise funds for not-for-profit clients.
Prior to retiring and opening her own company Ms. Hofer was an executive responsible for the development of secure applications in support of law enforcement and the Department of Justice.
Ms. Hofer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Corrections from California State University, Sacramento.
Kathy Lester, Board Member
Deputy Chief, Sacramento Police Department
Kathy Lester is a 24-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department and was appointed to Deputy Chief of Police in September 2018, assigned to the Office of Specialized Services.
Kathy joined the Sacramento Police Department in 1994 as a Dispatcher, became a Community Service Officer and was later sworn in as a Police Officer in 1996. She has worked Patrol, Traffic, Recruiting, Internal Affairs, Criminal Intelligence, as an Executive Lieutenant, and oversaw police services at the Sacramento City Unified School District. She has also led the Contracts Services Division, Personnel and Fiscal Divisions, the Downtown Command, and the Outreach and Engagement Unit.
Mike Bray, Board Member
Retired Deputy Chief, Sacramento Police Department
Mike Bray is a retired Deputy Chief of Police, a 28-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department.
Mike began his career with the Sacramento Police Department in 1989 and graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1990. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College in 2004. Mike graduated from many of the nation’s premier law enforcement executive training programs: FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police (PERF), California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training – Command College, and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Westpoint Leadership Program.
Deputy Chief Bray was assigned to all four divisions of the Sacramento Police Department during his career. As a line officer he was assigned to Patrol, as a Neighborhood Police Officer in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood, and as a SWAT officer. As a sergeant he held positions in the Regional Community Policing Institute, Patrol, and Internal Affairs. After being promoted to lieutenant he served as the Special Operations Commander, Patrol Watch Commander, Commander of the Major Crimes Division in the Office of Investigations, Personnel, and the Executive Lieutenant of the Central Station. At the time of Mike’s retirement, he was the Office of Specialized Services Deputy Chief, which included the following units: Metro, Homeland Security, Personnel Services and Regional Transit.
Richard Harris, Board Member
Retired Educator and Law Enforcement Officer
Richard Harris joined the Board in 2017 and is retired from careers in both law enforcement and education.
He worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s, West Sacramento Police, and the Cal Expo Police departments during his law enforcement career. He held positions as a deputy, officer, sergeant and watch commander. He was medically retired in 1993. He also worked in IT and personnel management for seven years, then began his second career as a high school teacher.
Richard taught Criminal Justice courses at Grant High School’s Criminal Justice Magnet Academy. During his tenure, the academy grew from approximately 70 to 300 students per year, and greatly increased graduation and college entrance rates.
Richard holds a BA from Sacramento State University in Vocational Education.
Lee Lo, Board Member
Policy Associate, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Lee’s experience as an alumni of the Criminal Justice Magnet Academy and Grant Union High School influences her commitment to develop an equitable and just Sacramento for marginalized communities and youth.
During her undergraduate years, Lee pursued her passion for community organizing and access to higher education by leading outreach and retention efforts connecting UC Davis college students and Sacramento youth.
Lee currently leads SEARAC’s health and education advocacy to address health and education disparities within the Southeast Asian American community. Lee also expands the policy advocacy campaigns, building coalitions, and providing resources around health and education policy.
Lee graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: Public Service and a Bachelor of Science in Community & Regional Development with a minor in Education.
Jonathan Shiroma, Board Member
Certified Personal Trainer and Retired Media Relations Officer
Jonathan Shiroma comes with a wealth of experience in media operations. For close to 20 years, Jonathan was a television news reporter and worked for local stations here in Sacramento before he was deployed as a media relations officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After his two deployments (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom), he came back to Sacramento and retired from television news and was hired as the Chief of Media Relations, California National Guard.
Jonathan says he is honored to be a part of the Sacramento Police Foundation and looks forward to serving in his role as a board member with an emphasis on social media and other platforms to promote the foundation.
A native of Maui, Hawaii, Jonathan is the proud parent of two keeshonds, Ikaika and Nalu, and works part-time as a certified personal trainer due to his passion for fitness.