Ryan Tillman is a mentor to so many children, teens, and young adults he has connected with throughout his professional life.
He is a devoted husband to his wife, and serves his community as a police officer for a law enforcement agency in Southern California.
Ryan never imagined becoming a police officer. In fact, he grew up in a neighborhood where he was consistently stopped by police officers for simply walking down the street. This grew into a distrust of law enforcement, which later manifested into his calling.
Eric Thomas, Ph.D., is a critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, and audible.com Audie Awards Finalist. ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative, common-sense approach to living a successful, satisfying professional and personal life. Through a significant social media presence and regular domestic and international tours, "ET, The Hip Hop Preacher" has become a global phenomenon!
Gordon Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.
Mr. Graham is a product of “The Greatest Generation.” Raised in San Francisco in the 1950s, he not only learned that love of God, love of Country, and love of family was critical, but he was also taught the immense value of continuous learning, hard work and the importance of always doing the right thing. These beliefs and values have become a constant and a catalyst in his busy life.
Thomas Owens is the Executive Director of MENTOR Newark (formerly Newark Mentoring Movement) the New Jersey affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. An experienced leader, innovative program /partnerships director with demonstrated success leading the creation of powerful collaborative solutions in the areas of urban education and not-for-profit organizations. Thomas spearheads the strategic planning and growth efforts of MENTOR Newark in partnership with local stakeholders including Newark Board of Education, philanthropic partners, non-profit organizations, corporate partners and government agencies. Prior to MENTOR Newark Thomas was one of the founders of the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark in Newark, NJ and launched the Global Peace Ambassadors, a global initiative partnering Newark youth with youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mission is to grow exciting, relevant and sustainable mentoring experiences for youth in Newark (and the state of New Jersey.)
Charles A. Brown Jr. Ed.D
Dr. Charles A. Brown Jr. earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential from California State University San Bernardino, Masters in Educational Administration from National University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. He has been an educator for more than twenty-two years as a teacher, academic vice principal, principal, and director of equity at the district and county level.
Dr. Brown specializes in building equitable systems & practices that results in true equity for all students. He has built a lasting rapport with teachers, principals, district leaders, and parent & caregivers. Dr. Brown has a passion for helping educators to tap into their will & skills to make learning happen for our scholars.
Dr. Keyisha Holmes Ed.D
Dr. Keyisha Holmes is a wife, mother, mentor, educational leader, and a member of the adjunct teaching faculty in the School of Education at California Baptist University. As a mother, Dr. Holmes strives to model resiliency and hard work, while helping her children to understand the value of humanity above personal aggrandizement. She emphasizes the need for integrity and universal love as ingredients to cultivating personal growth and success. As a mentor, Dr. Holmes has developed programs within schools for empowering students to the development of interpersonal community, healthy self-concept, and ethical decision-making. As a educational leader, she directors both adult and student engagement efforts in a way that garners respect for the lived experiences of students while working with staff to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical development of students. Dr. Holmes has established specialty knowledge in developing organizational capacity for cultural competence, equity, and increased student and adult engagement. As a university professor, she strives to prepare people to become educators equipped to effectively negotiate success with regard to the diverse conditions facing education. In all of these roles, Dr. Holmes has demonstrated her ability to masterfully mobilize the gift in each person by leading with a heart and mind that advocates for justice through service.
After graduating from California State University San Bernardino, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Sociology and Human Services (2003), Dr. Holmes worked in the juvenile justice system. During this time she realized that becoming an educator provided her a platform to be more effective and proactive in the lives of youth. She began this next career as a special education teacher working with students whose exceptionality was emotional difficulties. Since becoming an educator she has earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University (2006), and completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Educational Justice from the University of Redlands (2011), utilizing her learning to effectively lead change as a former high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and central office Administrator. She currently serves as a Director of Leadership, Innovation, and Outreach at the Riverside County Office of Education, where she continues to demonstrate success in increasing adult educator capacity for increasing positive student outcomes. Dr. Holmes’ passion for education, knowledge and learning is life giving. While she realizes the current education system encompasses difficulties to be navigated, she believes a central purpose for her life is working on behalf of students, parents, and stakeholders most in need of her support. She also is committed to the transformation of not only the education system but the lives of people from various ethnic, professional, and social backgrounds seeking to lead more purposeful and meaningful lives. Within this pursuit lies her legacy as a wife, mother, mentor, educational leader, professor, and social justice advocate
Police Chief Larry Gonzalez is a 27 year veteran of the Riverside Police department. He was hired as a Police Officer in September 1993 where he worked as a Field Training Officer, Gang unit investigator, and a member of the Department’s Defensive Tactics training unit. In November 2001, Larry was promoted to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he worked as a patrol Sergeant and was later transferred to the Chief’s office where he worked as the Personnel and Training Sergeant. Larry was the department Training Coordinator during the time the department was under the Attorney General’s stipulated agreement. He played a pivotal role in meeting the training demands during that time period.
In March 2005, Larry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Larry worked as a Watch Commander, the East NPC Area Commander, SWAT & Aviation Commander, and the Support Services Lieutenant. He also held collateral assignments as the K9 Commander and Force Training Unit manager. In May 2015 Larry was promoted to Captain where he maintained management over site of the Support Services Division, (Personnel, Training, Internal Affairs, Records and Dispatch). In May 2017 Larry was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police and in January 2020 he was named the 22nd Chief of Police of the Riverside Police Department over 400 sworn Police Officers.
Larry has been an instructor at the Riverside Sheriff’s academy for over 20 years where he teaches Use of Force, Laws of Arrest, Defensive Tactics, civil liability and various Supervision courses. He is recognized throughout the state in both State and Federal court as Subject Matter Expert in Police Use of Force. He has been a panelist and guest speaker at several venues related to Use of Force in Law Enforcement.
Larry graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy class #233 in 2008, and Senior Management Institute for Police by PERF in August 2016.
Student at John W. North High School