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Board of Directors

George Nielsen

George Nielsen is the retired Chief of Police for the City of Placerville, California Police Department where he and his wife Sue have been residents of the Placerville area since 1989. George is a 30 year veteran of public safety and is a graduate of the University of Virginia, FBI National Academy where he was amongst a select group to complete the Leadership Challenge program. George is a member of the California Police Chief's Association, past Chair of the El Dorado County Local Area Disaster Council and past Chair of the El Dorado County Homeland Security Funding Authority Board. George holds a California Peace Officer Standards and Training Executive Certificate and is currently a Principal/VP Operations/Logistics/Government Affairs for 3D System Integrators, a recently founded technology company.

George is a Board Member of the business Board for Marshall Medical Center - a full service regional hospital and is past President for the Board of Trustees, Marshall Foundation for Community Health. George is a Senior Fellow American Leadership Forum - Mountain/Valley Chapter, past President and Board Member New Morning Youth and Family Services, Board Member El Dorado Western Slope Boys and Girls Club, Board Member Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, School Board Member Northern California Conference El Dorado Adventist School, past President The Center for Violence Free Relationships and past President for the Placerville Masonic Center Association Board. George is an Eagle Scout, BSA and an adult leader for Scouting. George and Sue have two sons. George is a lifelong horse owner and trainer as well as western history, outdoors and collector car enthusiast.

Sherri Rinkel

For the past nine years, Sherri has served as the Technical Services Manager with the Folsom Police Department, overseeing Communications, Records, Crime Prevention, the Citizens Assisting Public Safety (CAPS) Volunteers, and other administrative units such as the Alarm Unit and Peer Support program.  During her twenty-six year tenure in the Communications profession, she has worked a myriad of assignments including line level dispatcher, trainer, supervisor, CTO Coordinator, and Academy Team Leader. Sherri has instructed and assisted in the development of many training programs and courses. Sherri started her career in dispatching at the Sacramento Police Department. She worked as entry-level public safety dispatcher, promoted to a supervisor and eventually a mid-level manager prior to becoming the Communication Manager at the Napa Communications Center.  Sherri has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor Degree in Vocational Education.  She serves her local community as a weekly volunteer coach and mentor for job seekers through an organization called Job One sponsored by Bayside Church. Sherri is married to Mark, and has two dogs, Riley and Duke.

Dave Lawrence

Dave Lawrence is retired from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office after a total of 33 years of service.  I spent 18 years in patrol services, 2 years in jail custody, 1 year in court services and finally 13 years in Investigations specializing in Computer Forensics.  I am happily married to my lovely wife of 46 years, Luanne.  We have 3 great kids along with 3 grand kids. We currently attend Cold Springs Community Church where I assist with sound, lighting and computers.  I have been a member of the Board of Directors for approximately 4 years.

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy, a forensic consultant and retired peace officer, is a congregant of Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, CA.  Brian is a retired Sergeant from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.  As a Sheriff’s Deputy from 1971 to 2002, Brian served with the Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner before transferring to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in 1977.  In addition to serving in the jails, courts and patrol, Brian was a Crime Scene Investigator for almost five years before his assignment to the Detective Division where he investigated theft and fraud for 6 years and child abuse for 4 years.  Brian participated in the Peer Support Program of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  Since retiring, Brian continues to lecture and consult as a bloodstain pattern analyst.

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