Founder / CEO
Survivor/ Owner, Creative Coordinating
Her organization is dedicated to the proposition that with community support, respectful advocacy and hopeful healing, one can survive a violent crime, and thrive in their personal lives.
She is living proof of this.
On April 4, 2002, Patricia became a survivor when she fought off an assailant who was on top of her, in her own home who threatened to kill her if she screamed. She then jumped from a 12’ indoor balcony to the kitchen floor below, and ran to find help. This was after being drugged, beaten black and blue, bound and suffocated with Saran Wrap. She almost drew her last breath.
And this was just the beginning. She had to suffer yet more humiliation and injustice at the hands of the criminal justice system itself. Again she fought back and prevailed.
It was through this tremendous negative experience that she found her courage and her voice and has used them both to help others ever since.
Patricia was one of the early proponents who worked on a California Victim’s Bill of Rights known as Marsy’s Law to help re-balance the scales of justice so that survivors and the families of murder victims would have rights too. Marsy’s Law is now part of the California State Constitution.
She remains passionately involved and committed to bringing awareness on a host of issues and is invited to speak at church groups, high schools, forums, women’s groups, victim organizations & law enforcement agencies.
She’s the Founder and former CEO of Orange County Crime Stoppers, an Advisory Board member at CalVCP, an Advisory Board member at Crime Victims United, and a Past Board Member of California Crime Stoppers, and The Children’s Advocacy Center.
Patricia is also the owner of Creative Coordinating, a catering and event planning company. Though her time is dominated by her 501c3 work, she still sneaks in a catering job here and there.
Her son Nathaniel and her 3 precious grandchildren are the center of her personal life. Patricia is single, loves coffee, chocolate and good conversation. She’s also a wonderful example to everyone on what it means to survive and thrive.
With Faith, there is Hope…
Chief, Chapman University Public Safety
Randy recently served as the President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and is a past president for the California College and University police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA). Serving in these roles afforded the opportunity to successfully create and facilitate legislation on the local and national level that helped define best practices and ensured colleges and universities would be safer places for everyone. Randy also serves as the Chair for The Board of Directors for Crime Survivors Inc. which provides a direct impact to those who have been victimized by violent crime.
Randy has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Command Program, A graduate of the University of Sothern California’s P.O.S.T. sponsored Delinquency Control Institute. He is a P.O.S.T. certified firearms instructor and has taught firearms and arrest and control at the local police academy. He is a graduate of the Gavin De Becker’s Threat Assessment Academy, and has implemented many threat assessment principles and best practices. Randy’s additional professional memberships include; The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), The National Association of Campus Safety Administrators (NACSA), the Association of Industrial Security (ASIS), and The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).
Mr. Burba has previously provided consulting services for public and private universities in the area of police/public safety reviews, mass notification systems, emergency procedures, active shooter, and federal /state compliance with regulatory requirements. He has presented at national conferences for groups such as University Risk Managers, National School Safety Council, and Campus Safety Magazine. He has been quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, Inside Higher Education, The Army Times, and writes articles for the Careers in Government blog.
Wilbur Curtis Co. Payroll/Benefits/Risk Mgt.
As a former member of Justice for Homicide Victims, she volunteered her time and efforts for at least a dozen years and always arrived with a smile.
Frances has 2 grown children, is a grandmother and is happily married for the past 25 years. She has a heart of gold and a passion for helping people. Her hobbies: traveling and painting landscapes.
Freelance Broadcast Journalist
Retired Chief, LA County Sheriff’s Dept.
Tom’s assignments as a lieutenant included watch commander at the Inmate Reception Center, Norwalk station and Walnut station, where he facilitated his Region’s initial Community Oriented Policing Services program. In 1996 Tom was assigned to manage the Department’s then newly created Civil Litigation Unit. He held this position until his promotion to captain in 1999.
Tom’s assignments as a captain included the then newly created Career Resources Bureau, where he managed the Department’s compliance with a Federal Consent Decree, followed by unit commander assignments at Inmate Reception Center and East Los Angeles Station. In 2005 Tom was promoted to the position of commander and assigned to the office of the Undersheriff. In 2007 Tom was selected by Sheriff Baca to serve as his Executive Assistant until his promotion to chief in 2010.
Tom’s responsibilities, as the Chief of Field Operations Region lll, included the oversight of seven Sheriff’s stations serving 15 contract cities and several unincorporated communities with a personnel compliment of 1100 sworn and professional staff. During his tenure Chief Laing established a liaison with several victim advocate groups including Crime Survivors which resulted in the creation of an internal program, with the assistance of trained volunteers, for enhancing a victim’s awareness of resources available to them to survive their ordeal.
Tom retired in July 2013, and has joined his wife of 35 years, Janice, in volunteering with their church Food and Clothing Distribution Program, Crime Survivors, and serving as a route coordinator for the Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games – Law Enforcement Torch Run as well as traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Partner, Johnson & Bertram LLP
Prior to joining Johnson & Bertram LLP, Ms. Johnson was Of Counsel in Dorsey & Whitney’s trial practice group, and was also a member of two other practice groups devoted to electronic discovery and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Prior to that time, Ms. Johnson was associated with two multi-national law firms, and also worked as an Enforcement Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ms. Johnson received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she was an editor of the Southern California Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration, summa cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the USC Student Senate and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Ms. Johnson is admitted to practice in all state courts in California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Fourth Circuits. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and has served as a director of a Santa Ana-based national charitable organization since 2008. She has also served as volunteer pro bono counsel for clients of the Public Law Center since 2006.
Lt. LA County Sheriff’s Department
In 2017, he was promoted to Commander by Sheriff Jim McDonnell and assigned to Detective Division Headquarters, where he oversees Homicide Bureau, Major Crimes Bureau, Narcotics Bureau, Special Victims Bureau, Human Trafficking Bureau, Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau, Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention, and Operation Safe Streets Bureau.
Commander Katz holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge. He serves on the Board of Directors for Crime Survivors.
Commander Katz resides in Orange County. His daughter, Stephanie, attends the University of San Diego. His twin boys, Ryan and Kevin, are high school seniors. In his spare time, Commander Katz enjoys running, scuba diving, and sailing.
VP Business Relationship Mgr, Wells Fargo Bank
Matt is a graduate from the University of Southern California and holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses. Matt lives with his wife and two children in Ladera Ranch.
Semi-Retired Loan Officer
In 1996, John and his family suffered a tragedy when his brother Robert was murdered in his own home, in the middle of the day, while on his lunch break. As a result, John and his mother joined Justice for Homicide Victims (JHV) in 1998, a California-based victim’s rights group. Later, he would serve as Co-Chair for JHV Advisory Board from ’06-’10. John says that JHV was the right Rx for his mother and himself. As a sibling and a son, he said, “I suffered twice; once, for my personal loss, and then again when I saw what my mom went through.”
48 Hours featured a piece about the Robert Adair murder case that aired in Feb. of 2000: Murder in L.A. – hosted by Dan Rather. When network producers approached his family in 2017 about doing a new updated segment, the family decided against it.
John was elected to the Board of Directors, Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council in 2002 and served a 3-year term as Treasurer from ‘03 – ’05. He would later serve on a half-dozen committees including the Executive & Budget Committees. He cycled off the Board in 12/05 but remained an active member of Public Safety Committee, chairing the CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) Sub-Committee from ’07-’10.
John is a widower who moved to Las Vegas in 2012 following the death of his wife Marisol. He received his NMLS license in 2013 and originated loans for a couple years. Now in semi-retirement, he works part time as an event and brand ambassador for the special meetings & conventions that are hosted in Las Vegas.
In his spare time, John enjoys writing, music, going to movies, and having a glass of wine while cooking pasta.
Crime Survivors Council
The Crime Survivors Council includes individuals that believe and supports our mission, vision and values and supports us with programs, services and events. Attending when needed and possible and can make introductions to community leaders, elected officials and business owners for possible partnerships and collaborations to expand our mission in the community.
Each Council Member is asked to make an annual contribution, but no amount is set. The Crime Survivors Council has no organizational voting powers or fiduciary director duties in their role as a council member.
Past CSI President / Law Enforcement Officer
Vincent De Vargas
Past CSI President / Independent Insurance Agent
Attorney at Law / Former Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook
Board of Supervisor / Former State Assemblyman
Michael Paul Thomas
Attorney at Law
Steve Chavez Lodge
Director of Public Affairs
Founder Get Safe
Trade American Card President
Past CSI Treasurer / Targus Inc.
Dr. Michael Spitzer
Janet Wilson Irving
Past CSI President / Apex Parks
Kevin B McDonald
Author, Advocate & EVP Alvaka Networks
Branch Mgr./Realtor, Coldwell Banker
Past CSI Board Member / Survivor
Founder Honoring Our Fallen
Past CSI Board Member
Honorary Advisory Board
The Advisory Members for Crime Survivors are individuals that believe and supports our mission, vision and values and is on hand for any advice for the overall organization structure in supporting programs, services and events and on hand if needed to provide advice for best practices. This is only an advice and supportive seat and not active in day to day operations and does not have any organizational voting powers or fiduciary director duties in their role as an advisory member.
Former, California State Senator
Former, California Assembly Member
Council Member, City of Santa Ana
Patricia C. Bates
California State Senator
Irvine City Council Member
Steven S. Choi, PH.D.
California State Assembly Member
Council Member, City of Mission Viejo
Crime Victims United
Interim Chief, Santa Ana Police Department
Policy Advisor, Office of Supervisor Shawn Nelson