Board Members

Charles Parker - Chair

Chuck has resided in the Spokane Valley for the past twenty-four years.  He holds an Associate in Arts degree from Green River Community in Auburn WA, Bachelor of Arts degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Eastern Washington State College and a Masters in Teaching degree from Whitworth College.

Chuck’s work experience includes twenty three years in Senior Account Management with Philip Morris USA, a Fortune 500 Company (Retired). He is currently a fifth grade teacher for Spokane Public Schools. He has also been a softball, wrestling and track coach for Northshore and Liberty School Districts.  Chuck said, “Children are our future and my life goal is to teach and develop life skills in all children, academically, athletically and spiritually.”

In addition, Chuck is a proud U.S. Army Vietnam Era Veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant serving 1968 -1971.

Robert West - Vice-Chair

Bob has lived in Spokane for over 35 years and is a graduate of Lewis and Clark H.S. and Ashford University with a degree in Criminal Justice. After Graduation from high school, Bob went into the United States Army and spent the next 20 years on Active Duty and Retired as a Sergeant First Class. Bob returned home in 1991 after a decorated Military career and has expanded his diverse resume within the Criminal Justice Field. He has been through the Washington State Arson Investigation School; Been a Senior Reserve Police Officer; a Paralegal; Deputy Coroner and Death Scene Investigator; Crime Scene Draftsman for the Spokane County Prosecutors Office; CASA Guardian Ad Litem; Spokane Police Records Specialist; Animal Control Officer; and presently works with the City of Spokane in Probation Services. He has served on the Spokane Smart Justice Executive Board; (2) Sub-committees of the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and is the Vice-Chair of the CAB.  Bob also maintains membership in the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).

Leigh O’Neill - Secretary  

Leigh has lived in Spokane for over 20 years. She is a wife and mother.
She works full time, volunteers in the schools and with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Davisson

Michael is a retired engineering program manager with a high technology company and entrepreneur.  He is married with 2 adult sons.  He was also an advanced life-support fireman and search and rescue member in the Lake Tahoe area.   Mike has been involved with Boy Scouts over the years and has been active in his community as a volunteer.  

"Skip" Marlyn Johnson

Skip served in the United States Air Force before his 41 year career as a line haul truck driver and is currently retired. During his career as a truck driver, he worked for United Buckingham Freight, Garrett Freight, Freight Line and Boeing.  

Mary Lewis

Mary began volunteering for the Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) in 2000 and joined the CAB in 2001.

S. Tom Mackenzie

Tom proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years.  During that time, he flew in B-52s, worked on systems development of the B-2, F-15 flight testing and conducted foreign military sales of F-16s before retiring from active duty.  Tom also has a Criminal Justice background, is a graduate of the New Hampshire State Police Academy and served his community in Concord and Bedford NH.  He holds a B.S. Degree from New England College and a MBA from Golden Gate University.

Having settled in Spokane County, he continues to give back to his community through service as a board member of the Spokane County Parks and Recreation Board and the Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory/Review Board.   

Larry Marlett

Larry is a retired teacher and has lived in Spokane for 45 years.

Suzun Kaiser

Suzun was born in the North Spokane Area, raised in Chattaroy by parents who were both educators and graduated from Riverside High school. She moved to the Spokane area in 2000 and graduated from Whitworth with a BA in Program Management and Development in 2007.  She has 2 children and 5 grandchildren and one blind rescue kitty named Campbell. 


Suzun's hobbies include landscaping, boating, hiking, reading, scrapbooking and reading everything she can get into her Kindle. She has been an active volunteer for the Spokane Humane Society since 2008 and is excited about her new position on the CAB Board. 

Tiffanie Papich

Tiffanie has worked in the IT Consulting, Management, and HR space for over 12 years. She has lived in the Spokane Valley for 5 years and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in Government. Tiffanie joined the Spokane CAB in September 2015 and is passionate about law and justice.

Vijaya Pavani

Vijaya Pavani holds a Master’s Degree in Communications & Journalism.  She was the first female news correspondent to Public Radio in her home state in India and she edited South East Asia news bulletins for four years.  She has accompanied Presidents, Prime Ministers and foreign dignitaries on their tours, was featured in the “Successful Young Journalist” series produced by Public Television in India and has produced documentaries on women’s and human rights issues.

Vijaya immigrated to the United States 19 years ago and has been a resident of Spokane Valley for the past 17 years.  During that time, she has served as a community guest editor on the Spokesman Review Editorial Board, a guest speaker on social, political and cultural issues at local schools and colleges and taught English for seven years as an ESL instructor at the Community Colleges of Spokane.  She owns and manages a local real estate company and works closely with Veterans Affairs, Goodwill and Volunteers of America on housing homeless veterans.

Brandi Peetz

I’m a recent graduate from Gonzaga University and am looking forward to taking concepts and learning materials I’ve acquired on to this board. I have a diverse skill set and hope to bring something new to the CAB. I’ve always been about helping others and will continue to do so as I’m able. I’m very grateful to have a spot in this process.

Mehrdad Samadi

Kenneth Winn

Kenneth has worked in heavy-duty sale for 40 years. He holds a B.A. Degree in Industrial Arts with a Minor in Sociology.

Gurjeet Singh Aujla

Verne King

Vern retired at the rank of Lieutenant from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2002 after 30 years of service.  He and his wife Carole, a retired Detective Supervisor with 22 years of service, moved to Lyle, Washington before moving to North Spokane County where they currently reside.  Verne is an active member in his community, has been a court monitor at Hoopfest every year since 2012, and volunteers his time/experience to assist Major Crimes Detectives by reviewing current and cold case homicide investigations while Carole continues to serve her community as a rural mail carrier for the USPS.  They have three grown children and nine grandchildren. 

Vern holds a B.A. in Public Affairs from Pepperdine University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal-State Long Beach and is a FBI National Academy graduate. 

Steve James

Christina Nelson

Other Members

  • 1 Open Position