The City of Los Angeles Fire Department is overseen by a five person civilian Board appointed by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Council. Pursuant of the City Charter, this esteemed group establishes goals and provides direction to the Department through Fire Chief Millage Peaks:
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Dr. Bontá, Vice President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Public Affairs, oversees Community Benefit programs, public policy, communication and issues management for a region with more than 3 million members.
Bontá, an experienced community health leader previously served as director of the California Department of Health Services and as director of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach. She earned doctorate and master's degrees in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of New York, Buffalo. Dr. Bontá is a member of two dozen governance or advisory boards, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Minority Health. Dr. Bontá resides in Council District 5.
In addition to his service on the Board of Fire Commissioners, he currently serves as a Commissioner with the Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Commission, as a Hearing Officer with the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, Special Advisor to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and is a Blue Ribbon Panel Member for Bring L.A. Home. Mr. Friedman is quite familiar with the civic process having previously served on both the Los Angeles Police Permit Review Panel and the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.
Mr. Friedman is a successful attorney and a respected member of the community. He is the recipient of Man of Year Awards from Young Israel of Los Angeles and Yeshiva Torath Emeth. Mr. Friedman resides in Council District 4.
Ms. Furillo has been a registered nurse for over 20 years with a background in emergency nursing and has worked at some of the largest trauma centers in the country. She has held the position of Southern California Director of the California Nurses Association for the last three years where she has served as Chief Negotiator for Catholic Healthcare West negotiations representing staff RNs. Ms. Furillo served as the CNA's Director of Government Relations until 2002, where she was the principal advocate for the CNA for AB394 (Kuehl); California Governor Gray Davis signed the CNA Safe Staffing bill into law. Prior to joining the California Nurses Association in 1994, Ms. Furillo was the Executive Vice President of the Registered Nurses Division of 1199, New York Health and Human Services Employees from 1987 to 1993. Ms. Furillo resides in Council District 2.
Ms. Hudley-Hayes is an education specialist and has extensive academic administration experience. Her expertise extends to issues that deal with social justice and civil rights that impact underprivileged communities, in particular the areas of housing, healthcare, economic development, and transportation. Ms Hudley-Hayes is CEO of her own business, Hudley-Hayes & Associates an agency specializing in consulting services.
Ms. Hudley-Hayes has a Bachelor's degree in English; she received a Masters degree in Education and an MBA with special emphasis on non-profit management. In 2000, she was awarded a doctorate in Political Science/Public Policy. Ms. Hudley-Hayes was elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education in 1999 and served for four years, including two years as board president. Her civic involvement is extensive; she has served on numerous education, corporate and civic boards. In addition to her participation on the Board of Fire Commissioners, she currently serves on the Boards of The Achievement council, The Dunbar Economic Development Corporation, Interethnic, and The HeArt Project. Ms. Hudley-Hayes resides in Council District 8.
Casimiro U. Tolentino has been an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California since 1992. His prior positions with the State have been as Assistant Chief Counsel, Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing, Regional Attorney for the Public Employment Relations Board and Regional Director/Regional Attorney for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He has been an attorney for Writers Guild of America, west, and Embassy Television. Judge Tolentino served for nine years as a Commissioner/President of the LA City Civil Service Commission (1984-1993). He is currently a board member of various community groups, which he co-founded, including Visual Communications, FilAmArts, Philippine American Bar Association, and Asian Pacific American Legal Center. He has been a past Board member of United Way, Rebuild LA, State Bar Committee on Ethnic Relations, and the State Bar Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section. He is married to Jennifer Masculino Tolentino, an RN-Certified Nurse-midwife, and has two children Casimiro (CJ) and Cristina.