Keith Garrett founded STANDARD Ship Repair in 2017. He has a Degree in Marine Technology from National University. He began working Navy Ship repair in 2009 as a Nondestructive Testing Level II for 5 years. While on the job, he obtained his Nondestructive testing Level III Certification. For the following 5 years he worked as a Welding Engineer / NDT III at a Master Ship repair company in San Diego. He is CEO/Founder of STANDARD for 6 years. He is married with two children, a boy 4 and a daughter 2 years old. They live in Scripps Ranch. He is an avid golfer and in the process of teaching his young son.
I grew up in a somewhat diverse community with a solidly middle class school system. And, I had a good relationship with law enforcement, eventually going on ride-alongs and bringing friends, not with my city’s police department, but with the department that covers Baldwin Park. Eventually, I embarked on a journey to become an attorney, attending UC Riverside for my undergraduate work and Columbia Law School for my J.D. I have been in private practice for nearly 30 years, most in San Diego. I currently represent victims of Ponzi schemes and other similar large financial frauds.
Born and raised in San Diego for most of his life, Max is a longtime advocate of civic duty and philanthropy. After living in Los Angeles with his wife for a number of years, Max moved his family back home to San Diego in 2015 to raise their son and become more involved in giving back.
Max has worked in real estate development and investing for over 10 years, as well as helping grow multiple businesses through his involvement and partnerships in numerous start ups. Max’s family has been a key factor in helping grow the city of San Diego for well over 100 years, a tradition which he has strived to continue.
In addition to real estate and volunteering, Max has been involved with organizations such as Words Alive, Americans For Safe Access, Jewish Family Services San Diego, UC San Diego, Francis Parker School and more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the La Mesa Parks & Rec Foundation, STAR/PAL Development Committee and is the President of the Foster Family Foundation.
Chief Jose Tellez has 34 years of law enforcement service with the National City Police Department and was promoted to Chief of Police in March 2019. He graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University.
Chief Tellez supports Community Engagement Programs that promote trust and respect between law enforcement and they communities they serve. STAR/PAL is one of those programs as it provides academic support and valuable activities for San Diego Youth.
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Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate in Leadership Studies and a Masters in Cross-Cultural counseling. His numerous leadership experiences, and professions includes;
Vice President (CHRO)-human resources, CRO-Chief Risk Office, extensive mediation and arbitration, Equity-Diversity & Inclusion, Financial Services in Insurance, Director of Program Management, Senior Project Management, Law Enforcement Oversight- Collaboration-Wellness, Auditing, Governmental Reporting and Compliance, University Research, Collective Bargaining, Contracts, Executive Coaching, Community Mental Health Engagement, and Cross-Cultural Workplace Energy Designs.
In addition, he has served on numerous industry and civic boards; McGill School of Success, California State University (CSU)-Risk Management Authority (CSURMA), CSU-Auxiliary Organizations joint powers authority, Urban League of San Diego County, San Diego NAACP, and San Diego ASPCA-Humane Society.
Dr. Brown designed Workers’ Compensation-Captive insurance, and Cyber Liability financing programs that saves California State Universities and other entities hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Dr. Brown is also the longest serving President of the University of Southern California’s Trojan Football Alumni.
Chief Kaye grew up right here in San Diego County and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and later attended National University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. With over 30 year in law enforcement experience, Chief Kaye has an extensive background in neighborhood policing including leading homeless outreach and public information services.
Chief Kaye joined the STAR/PAL Board of Directors in 2019.
Mr. Brewer, a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California from 2019 to 2021, has served on the board of directors at STAR/PAL since 2015. His dedication to the youth and law enforcement of San Diego is exemplified through his commitment to supporting STAR/PAL and it’s mission.
Strong community bonds between youth and law enforcement are pivotal to keeping our communities safe. STAR/PAL empowers youth and helps to ensure their future success by building trust and mutual respect with law enforcement.
I am so proud of the kids in our STAR/PAL programs and I am inspired by the volunteers, officers, and staff who devote their time, energy and hearts to connect in meaningful ways. Our kids deserve the chance to fulfill their dreams, and STAR/PAL is creating positive pathways to get there – it’s a team effort and I’m honored to participate
STAR/PAL is a great organization in which our officers can interact and build relationships with the kids in the communities we serve. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to guide and mentor kids, along with help them make the right choices to ensure they have a bright and successful future. I want to encourage every child to be great citizens, be proud of what they have accomplished and recognize the potential of what they have yet to become.
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Supporting STAR/PAL in connecting youth and law enforcement in healthy recreational activities early and often is a goal Monica sees as vital in building stronger community trust and cultural understanding between officers and kids.
Maximizing all available resources and facilitating collaboration between groups is a priority to her. She believes working as a team is essential to address our challenges of social justice, racial equity, literacy, multi-generational poverty, mental health, homelessness, housing and employment.
My connection to STAR/PAL stems from my experience growing up in a very diverse neighborhood. I was able to see the difference in outcomes that came with having a safe place to learn and play. I feel that by having the youth of the community and our law enforcement working together, STAR/PAL provides an opportunity to so many young men and women to succeed.
In today’s complex society, trust and the foundational understanding of the roles of police and sheriff has taken on new meanings and challenging perceptions. I have no doubt our STAR/PAL interactive programs, activities and ongoing mutual dialogue consistently provide measurable positive effects on building a bond of trust and mutual understanding between students and law enforcement. We must generate a sustained new vision and messaging for our youth and law enforcement, especially those who expectantly will become our future community leaders.