On February 17, 2011, Daryl L. Osby was sworn in by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the ninth Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He has served as a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) for 32 years.
Chief Osby heads one of the largest emergency services agencies in the world, providing traditional fire and life safety services to more than 4.1 million residents and commercial business customers in 58 cities served by the Department, and all the unincorporated areas of the County within its 2,300-square-mile service delivery area. The Department operates out of 173 fire stations, including 4,800 emergency responders and business professionals operating on an annual budget of just over one billion dollars. In addition, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department provides lifeguard, health hazardous materials, and forestry services throughout the County.
He is affiliated with many fire service organizations, previously served on the California State Board of Fire Services, and is a former member and chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission. Additionally, Chief Osby is affiliated with several community organizations and has received numerous awards for his service.
Chief Osby is an advocate for continuing education, and currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government and National Preparedness Leadership Programs and completed Clark Atlanta University’s Executive Development Program and the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations at Loyola Marymount University. He is a California State Certified Incident Commander and Chief Officer.
James (Jim) A. Kross retired in 2011 from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, after serving the citizens of Los Angeles County for more than 30 years. He brings a wealth of fire service experience to the Foundation gathered while rising through the ranks from Firefighter to Assistant Chief.
Assignments included the Fire Prevention Bureau, Operations Bureau, Air and Wildland Sections, and the Training Services Section. He served as the Planning Section Chief for Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 for 5 years, responding to and managing major wildland fires and natural disasters across the country, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In his last assignment, Chief Kross was responsible for hundreds of firefighting personnel, staffing 20 fire stations that covered a response area in excess of 1,000 square miles while also meeting the needs of 2 city councils and numerous unincorporated town councils.
Chief Kross was instrumental in the development and subsequent approval of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation. His vision is to see world-class fire and life safety education presented to the children, families, and citizens of Los Angeles County through the collaborative efforts of the Foundation, the County Fire Protection District, and community partners.
George Nagy graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1970 with a B.A. degree and a major in Finance. Upon graduation and for the next nine years, Mr. Nagy worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a bank examiner. Left to assume a senior level position at a community bank in Wisconsin, but soon after in 1980, he accepted a position at Antelope Valley Bank in Lancaster, California while it was still in organization. During his 25 year employment at AV Bank and successor banks, El Dorado Bancshares and California Bank & Trust, he assumed increasing responsibilities and a title of Executive Vice President. In 2006, Mr. Nagy became President, CEO of Mojave Desert Bank in Mojave, California, where he also served on the Board of Directors. Mr. Nagy retired from his banking career in 2013 upon merger of Mojave Desert Bank with Mission Bank in Bakersfield, California, but continues to serve as a member of the Board.
- Founding Board member and eight-year Treasurer of the Lancaster Education Foundation, to support elementary schools of the Lancaster School District
- Past Board member of Antelope Valley Board of Trade
- Past Board member of the Antelope Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross
- Founding Board member of Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation, currently also serving as its Treasurer
- Board member of the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian-Military Support Group, also serving as Chair of the Membership Committee
- Board member of Mission Bank, Bakersfield, California, also serving as Chair of the Funds Committee
Jeffrey A. Hacker was admitted to practice law in California and the United States District Court in 1981. He has been practicing law in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1983. Over the years, Mr. Hacker has represented financial institutions, insurance companies, real estate developers, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals with their legal challenges.
Mr. Hacker has drafted countless Buy-Sell Agreements, Stock Purchase Agreements, and other business agreements.
In addition to special expertise in business, tort, and real estate law, Mr. Hacker boasts a breadth of legal experience ranging from major contractual negotiations to highly specialized litigation.
Mr. Hacker has been involved in over five hundred court trials, jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations during his career. He has been involved in solving a myriad of issues affecting businesses, including continuation issues.
Education & Community Involvement
Mr. Hacker is a graduate of Jacksonville University with various honors, earned a Master’s Degree with Honors from C.W. Post College in New York, and received his Law Degree, also with various honors, from the University of LaVerne. He also had the distinction of testifying before a sub-committee of H.E.W. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem in three Southland courts, and has also acted as an arbitrator and mediator for the resolution of disputes during his legal career. He has been involved in various organizations from DeMolay to the Optimist Club. He served as the chairperson of the Santa Clarita Valley Attorney Association and held memberships in several local, state, and national bar associations. He has provided extensive pro bono work over his career, including assisting those affected by the Northridge earthquake.
Mr. Hacker is deeply involved in his community. He currently holds active memberships in the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley (formerly Valencia) Industrial Association. He is past president of the Valencia Optimist Club, past secretary/treasurer of the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre, and past treasurer of the Child & Family Center. Mr. Hacker and his wife have made a long term commitment and have been involved with the Michael Hoefflin Foundation (which helps children diagnosed with cancer) from its inception. Mr. Hacker currently serves as a director and is a founding Board member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation.
Dr. Barry Gribbons has provided leadership at College of the Canyons for 17 years. He currently serves as Deputy Chancellor. Among other things, Dr. Gribbons provides leadership in planning, Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness Initiative Partnership, and the University Center.
Prior to serving as Deputy Chancellor, Dr. Gribbons served as the Assistant Superintendent, Vice President of Institutional Development, Technology and Online Services. In addition to his experience as a senior community college administrator, he has years of experience evaluating national, state, and local educational reform efforts.
Dr. Gribbons’ educational accomplishments include:
- Associate of Science from the College of the Canyons
- Bachelor of Science from the California State University, Northridge
- Master of Science from the University of Southern California
- Ph.D. from the University of Southern California
He is a member, past president, and past assistant governor of the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Dr. Gribbons is also a past president of the SCV Food Pantry Board of Directors and currently serves on the COC Foundation Board of Directors.
In September of 1982, when he was 17 years old, David Guenther started working for a finer men’s clothing store as part-time Christmas help. Promoted several times within his first 5 years, David was soon assisting to run the 6-store chain. However, having wanted to be a LA County Sheriff since he was a little boy, and finally of age to join the Sheriff’s Academy, in 1987 David set an appointment with the owner of the company to offer a six-month notice that he would reluctantly be leaving to pursue a law enforcement career. At that meeting, and before he was able to offer his notice of resignation, the owner surprised David with an offer to buy the company. David accepted the offer and, 35 years later, has established himself as one of the nation’s top custom clothiers with an impeccable reputation in and out of the industry.
Over the past 35 years, David has been involved in many worthy organizations, including Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Lancaster West Rotary. He has been the Official Scorer for the Lancaster JetHawks Professional Baseball Team (an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) for the past 21 years and was approved at the Major-League level as an Official Scorer by Major League Baseball. David was a professional baseball scout for 8 years, including 1 year with the St Louis Cardinals and 7 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also has several other club and non-profit affiliations.
David has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations to help those in need. This includes the Boys and Girls Club, HMNMH Hospital, College of the Canyons, all local high schools, AV Sheriff’s Boosters, Antelope Valley College Foundation, Grace Resources, Single Mother’s Outreach of Santa Clarita, and at least 100 other charities.
Additionally, David has served as a mentor on several occasions for outreach ventures focusing on the next generation of business leaders. He has given numerous school speeches, including The Young Entrepreneurs Academy sponsored by the National Chamber of Commerce, and was guest speaker to 100 top realtors on how to provide – and the importance of – incredible customer service and client retention. He has also had the pleasure of taking part in several other speaking engagements and presentations.
Jessica Schmidt is a Senior Vice President at Porter Novelli, a public relations firm connected to the Omnicom Group. She is an integrated marketing, social media and PR specialist responsible for client and team management for a variety of consumer food accounts such as the Almond Board of California and California Olive Ranch. The company has approximately 100 offices in 60 countries.
Prior to employment at Porter Novelli, Jess served as Vice President at Finn Partners and as a Senior Account Executive, Account Supervisor, and Management Supervisor at The Rogers Group. She has thirteen years of experience in public relations, marketing and media.
Jess has a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Nonprofit, fundraising and event experience was gained early in her career as a Special Events Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin coordinating the famous Al’s Run & Walk.
Jess has extensive experience working with the Los Angeles City Fire Department Foundation from 2010 through 2015. Currently, it has generated $3 million and has four employees. Her mentor formed the City Foundation and recently passed away. She feels serving with the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation is a great opportunity to re-engage and be involved in something that has a lasting legacy. Also, this service is a great way to carry on her mentor’s legacy by being involved in something that had great value to him.
Jonathan is the Founder and CEO of the only energy television network, Energy Flow Network, LLC.
He also founded MCB Network Corp. and served as CEO of Mi Casa Broadcasting. Johnathan was primarily responsible for creating a network of programming for Latin America and US markets. Viva! Vision provides fresh, original, and compelling content relevant for Latino audiences with a 250 million consumer reach. He is an award-winning producer with over 100 broadcast television credits.
Prior to these ventures, he was involved in a start-up business that generated $20mm annually in chemical plant service and emergency response. He served for seventeen years as Incident Commander at Waste Control Services.
He attended Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) WMD/Terrorism for First Responder, Hazardous Incident Command, OSHA Safety Procedures, Hazardous Waste Management, HAZWOPER Clean Up Operations, Infectious Disease Response.
Activities and Societies: Tejano Center For Community Concerns, tejanocenter.org, Raul Yzaguirre School For Success, SAG Screen Actors Guild, SMPTE Society Of Motion Picture Television Engineers, NALIP National Association Of Latino Independent Producers, NHPO National Hispanic Professional Organization.
Rick Velasquez serves as the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Chief of Staff.
In addition to supporting the Fire Chief’s responsibilities and the Fire Department’s Mission, reporting to Rick as the Chief of Staff are the Planning Division, Executive Support Division, Employee Services Section and the Grants Management Section.
Prior to joining the Fire Department, Rick served as Los Angeles County Supervisor Knabe’s Chief of Staff and was responsible for advising the Supervisor on homeland security, budget, and legislative issues. He served as the liaison to the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Department of Beaches and Harbors, California State Association of Counties, Economy and Efficiency Commission, Los Angeles County Fire Department, National Association of Counties, Quality and Productivity Commission and Department of Human Resources. Rick previously served as Supervisor Knabe’s Health Deputy and as the Director of Government Relations for a non-profit health maintenance organization.
Rick previously served on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving research, education, equipment and patient needs at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the County’s crown jewel in the healthcare system.
Rick is a proud graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles where he received his B.A. in political science.
Ron currently serves as the CEO of Kharisma Media Group, LLC. Kharisma provides a wide range of media services specializing in Motion Picture and Television Executive Production, Media/Public Relations, Press Releases, Artist Management, Branding and associated consulting services.
Ron has extensive experience in Environmental Health and Safety. He served as Safety Professional/Public Relations Spokesperson and Crisis Manager for Shell Oil Company in the State of Washington.
Ron also holds numerous certifications earned at the world renowned Texas A&M Engineering Extension program located in College Station Texas.
Heavily involved in his community, Ron served as an Advisory Council Member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Advisory Council for the West Hollywood Community and currently works directly with the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as a Liaison for Faith Based Community Emergency Response and as a Director for Global Insular Conservation Society. He looks forward, with great anticipation, to serve the citizens of Los Angeles County through the opportunities presented as a Director for the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation.
Iris Ingram is currently the Chief Financial/Business Officer of West Los Angeles College (part of the Los Angeles Community College District) in Culver City. She has been in higher education for 25 years serving as a faculty member at the former UCLA School of Social Welfare (now Luskin School of Public Policy) where she taught strategic planning, budgeting, and program evaluation before joining the campus administration. She has subsequently served as an associate dean, director, vice president and chief financial officer, and interim president at various college campuses. Prior to the move to higher education, Ms. Ingram worked in public accounting and management consulting at Deloitte Touche.
She has been a life-long volunteer, having been a board member of the Junior League of Los Angeles, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the largest public service organization of graduate and collegiate African-American women in the world, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, the Ebony Guild, Incorporated (a support group for the Florence Crittenden Center for Girls) and The Links, Incorporated.
A 4th generation Southern California native, Iris grew up in the Los Angeles South Bay and received her education at Wellesley College, MIT, and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Scott joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation Board in 2018. He looks forward to using his extensive business experience to serve the citizens of Los Angeles County by assisting in the development of unique and innovative fire and life safety training materials and platforms. He believes the Foundation is in the "business of saving lives" and is excited about being a part of the Foundation's work. Scott currently works for UBS providing financial advice and solutions as a Managing Director.
Prior to joining UBS, Scott worked at Merrill Lynch in the Private Bank and Investment Group since 2000 and prior to that he spent over a decade at Goldman Sachs & Co. Scott is one of the top private wealth advisors in the country focused on the UHNW clients and has a consistent track record of being one of the top advisors at his prior firms. His prior experience includes acting as vice president of marketing and a member of the management committee of a significant public manufacturing company.
Scott earned a Master's Degree in International Business Management with Honors from the American Graduate School of International Management which is now part of Arizona State University and known as The Thunderbird School of Global Management. He earned Cum Laude honors as a graduate of Utah State University. Scott was team captain of Utah State's men's Basketball Team where he played a significant role in the success of the program.
Scott is a private pilot with over 15+ years of experience and over twelve hundred hours of flight time. He enjoys the freedom that comes with owning a plane and the flexibility to respond quickly to client needs. Scott has been married for 36 years and is the proud parent of four beautiful daughters. He also has three grandchildren with number four on the way. Scott currently lives with his wife in Valencia, California.
Additional Board Positions:
Utah State University Foundation – Board Member (2008 – Current)
Utah State Athletic Department Advisory Board – Board Member (2010 – Current)