Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council Biographies
Elliot Sanders, CAC Chair (appointed to the CAC in February 2010 by Councilmember Greig Smith)
Elliot has been President of Planned Approach Benefits, Inc. since 1997, and has been providing financial services and comprehensive Employee Health Insurance Planning Services for over 35 years. He is married with two daughters and has been a resident of Northridge for over 25 years. He is a licensed private pilot flying out of Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, California, and obtained the LUTCF designation as a facilitator to the Insurance Industry during the 1980’s.
Planned Approach Benefits Inc., and its strategic partners, provides employers in aviation and general industry with complete insurance and financial services and has been licensed to provide Life and Disability products since 1974, with a specialty in health benefits for the small group employer. Planned Approach Benefits, Inc. partners with the largest national wholesalers of quality health plans, Warner Pacific Insurance Services and Word & Brown.
Elliot Sanders is active in VNY local politics as the Past President of the VNY Prop Association and First Vice President of the Tenant Association (VNAA).
Elliot also sits on the Board of Advisors for the AOPA ASN program and is a Director at large for the Fourth District in California of the California Pilots Association.
Don Schultz, CAC Vice Chair (appointed to the CAC in September 1985 by Councilmember Richard Alarcón)
Don Schultz serves as Vice Chair of the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council. Schultz has been a community activist in the San Fernando Valley for over 25 years.
He is also an executive board member of the Mid-Valley Community Police Council, board member of Valley Vote and a member of the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs.
Some of Schultz’ past positions include: President of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association, Co-Chair of the San Fernando Valley Alcohol Policy Coalition, member of the Van Nuys Community Police Advisory Board and member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Valley YMCA in Van Nuys.
David A. Bernardoni (appointed to the CAC in December 2010 by Councilmember Tony Cárdenas)
David Bernardoni is an attorney with the law firm Kulik, Gottesman, Mouton & Siegel LLP, located in Sherman Oaks. is a past President of the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council (2008-2010) and presently serves as its First Vice President.
In 2000, Bernardoni earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. In 2003, he graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as a Lead Articles Editor for the San Diego Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Bernardoni was a training manager for Sprint PCS, where he trained over 1,000 employees in conjunction with the launch of the Sprint PCS network in cities throughout the county.
David Bernardoni is a resident of Lake Balboa, where is lives with his wife and two children.
Rick M. Flam (appointed to the CAC in September 2007 by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office)
Rick Flam has been in private law practice since 2001 and is currently a partner in Flam & Flam. From 1999 to 2001, Flam served as a partner at a national executive search firm. He worked in private law from 1983 to 1998 in Los Angeles after leaving the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where he served as Assistant United States Attorney from 1979 to 1983.
Flam practiced private law from 1973 to 1979 in Los Angeles. He served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corp and VISTA in 1972 in Washington, D.C., and legal intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1971 to 1972.
In 1968, Flam earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California (USC). He earned a Juris Doctor Degree and became a member of the Law Review at USC in 1971.
Flam, a resident of Encino, joined the California Bar Association in January 1972 and is a member of the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Bar Associations. Flam also served as former chair to the CAC.
Bob Frazier (appointed to the CAC in June 2008 by Councilmember Dennis Zine)
Bob Frazier is Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Frazier Aviation, Inc., a manufacturer of structural and hydraulic components for the military and commercial aerospace industry. Frazier Aviation has been in business since 1953 and is intricately intertwined with military logistic support. Frazier Aviation was awarded 1 of only 10 original manufacturing licenses for spares of the Lockheed C130 airframe component parts required worldwide.
In 1975, Frazier graduated from Loyola University with dual degrees in Business Finance and in Economics. He received an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in 1978.
Frazier also currently serves as Managing Director of Systems Development Inc, a project development company. He has served on the Providence Holy Cross Foundation Advisory Board and is Chairman of the University of the Pacific Parent’s Board.
Faisal Gill (appointed to the CAC in February 2012 by Councilmember Dennis Zine)
Faisal Gill currently serves as General Counsel for Apex Investment Group, a private equity firm that invests in government contractors. As both minority shareholder of and Chief Legal Officer for the company, he advises on legal issues with member companies.
Before joining Apex, he was a member in the three-lawyer Gill Law Firm, which specialized in commercial litigation and corporate law. Among his previous positions, he worked as Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security, where he advised the Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection on all policy matters affecting the directorate.
Gill also served with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, working as counsel for senior Navy officers and civilians on labor and employment law issues.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science from American University, Gill earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Washington College of Law.
Cindy Goodfellow (appointed to the CAC in November 2011 by the Board of Airport Commissioners)
Cindy Goodfellow is an Administrative Manager for The Aerolease Group which constructed and manages various aviation related properties at both the Van Nuys and Long Beach Airports.
Goodfellow has over 31 years of experience in commercial office, warehouse and aviation property management, marketing, administration and executive suites management. Goodfellow began her career as the Leasing Manager for Attorneys Office Management, Inc., from 1972 – 1985, which specializes in leasing office space. Since joining the Aerolease Group in 1989, she has overseen the leasing of executive suites and airport properties for the various companies in her role as Administrative Manager.
Her personal community activities have included various board and committee positions with the Mid-Valley Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Boards of the Work Training Programs for the developmentally disabled, 23rd Street Station for Domestic Violence, a past Board Member of the Van Nuys Airport Association and currently serves as the Vice President of the Eddie Nash Foundation, which is known for its work with foster children.
Cindy Goodfellow is a mother of two and a resident of Huntington Beach, California.
Harold Lee (appointed to the CAC in February 2001 by Councilmember Greig Smith)
Harold is president of Air Sources, Inc., a small propeller leasehold on VNY. Prior to that, Air Sources, Inc. had a 20 acre leasehold on the northwest side of the VNY under the name of Million Air Van Nuys and was in operation from 1979 to 2007. He still retains an FBO leasehold at Burbank under the name of Million Air Burbank and has an FBO located in Oxnard California under the name of Golden West Jet Center.
Now retired, Lee was also a practicing California attorney and CPA (licenses in California, Texas, and Hawaii) specializing in corporate and tax matters between 1975 and 1993. Harold is also a currently licensed California Real Estate Broker. He holds a current FAA Airline Transport pilot’s license with a Citation Jet rating and was a member of the LAWA and FAA Part 150 study,
Harold Lee has five children, four grandchildren, and resides in Granada Hills, California.
Ron Merkin (appointed to the CAC in November 2007 by then-Councilmember Wendy Greuel)
Ron Merkin is self-employed as a marketing and event consultant to the shopping center and retail industries. He was elected to the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and became Vice Chair during his tenure.
Ron Merkin is a charter member of the Sherman Oaks Sunset Rotary Club and has been a resident of Sherman Oaks for 19 years.
Ken Miller (appointed to the CAC in June 2006 by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners)
Ken Miller is the former president of the Van Nuys Flight Center. Prior to the purchase of the center in 2003, Miller was president of Complete Post, Inc., a division of Technicolor, Inc. Complete Post is a supplier of post-production editorial services to major studios and networks.
For 15 years before joining Complete Post, Miller was Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales for SJC Video Corporation, providing television production services in the form of tractor-trailer mobile production studios. In 1988, Miller won an Emmy® Award as Technical Manager for NBC at the Seoul, South Korea Summer Olympics.
Miller was an aircraft owner prior to buying the Van Nuys Flight Center. He currently holds a commercial pilot’s license with multiengine and instrument ratings. Miller, who earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Michigan State University, also has had numerous articles published in aviation magazines.
Currently Miller is a member of Angel Flight and flies missions whenever possible; he also has flown Young Eagles Flights for the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association).
Ken Miller and his wife, Sari, have been married for over 40 years, have two daughters and live in the San Fernando Valley approximately 10 miles from Van Nuys Airport.
Roger Oeland (appointed to the CAC in July 2010 by the Board of Airport Commissioners)
Roger Oeland was raised in Sherman Oaks, CA, and attended Van Nuys High School. In August of 1967, Oeland accepted a research and development technician job with the Ted Smith Aircraft Company of Northridge, which eventually became Ted Smith and Associates in 1971. In late 1976, he and several of the former employees started Aero Specialties in old Mr. R.P.M., Incorporated hangar facilities on Van Nuys Airport. Since then, Aero Specialties has been heavily involved in the aircraft maintenance and modification business.
Oeland is committed to keeping a logical balance between businesses and homeowners in the Valley. He is also a member of the Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association and the Friends of Van Nuys Airport.
Roger Oeland currently lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
Roger Ortiz (appointed to the CAC in February 2011 by Councilmember Richard Alarcón)
Roger Ortiz is a product of California’s Higher Education system. He completed an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University (SDSU).
He works as a Regional Compliance Auditor for Los Angeles County Probation Department in a unit responsible for overseeing Department of Justice mandate compliance within the three East Region Probation Camps. Last year, Ortiz was Regional Manager for Mayor Villaraigosa’s Gang Reduction Youth Development Office where he was responsible for overseeing contracts,
development, and implementation of Gang Reduction programs in the San Fernando Valley and East LA regions.
Roger Ortiz’ personal community involvement includes being Political Director for HONOR PAC, Executive Board member of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, and Block Captain of the Valjean St. Neighborhood Watch. In the past he also served as 1st Vice President of Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council.
Ortiz comes to the Van Nuys CAC with a wealth of community involvement. As a homeowner in the community of Lake Balboa he hopes to be an effective voice on the council to address quality of life issues such as noise, pollution, beautification and community outreach.
Laurence Rabe (appointed to the CAC in September 2007 by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office)
Born in France, where her father was in the French Air Force, Laurence Rabe was exposed at an early age to flying. She was also introduced to rockets launching out of French Guyana, where she lived when her father was a Flight Director for the European launcher, Ariane. Rabe has also lived in Africa and Hong Kong.
Rabe received her Scientific Baccalaureate in France with a focus on mathematics, physics and biology. After preliminary studies in engineering, Rabe launched her career in aviation as a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1993 to 2008. She started in the Paris base for four years and relocated to Hong Kong in 1997, flying U.S. and intra-Asia routes. Rabe is currently self-employed and working on start-up enterprises involved in the environment and aviation. She also is an accomplished athlete with notable achievements that include a 5.0 rating in the United States Tennis Association and a Green Belt Level 4 in Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense Combat System).
After becoming a private pilot in 2003, Rabe followed with her instrument rating in 2006. She flies out of Van Nuys Airport, where her restored 1957 Cessna 172 is based. In July 2003, she fulfilled a dream and flew one of the last flights of the Concorde Supersonic Transport aircraft before its retirement.
David Rankell (appointed to the CAC in August of 2010 by Councilmember Paul Krekorian)
David Rankell has been an active community volunteer for twenty years. He began his community involvement with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. As he engaged with community leaders at a young age he became involved with various community groups and issues. He has been active with matters pertaining to aviation and Van Nuys Airport since 1995. Rankell has been to the State Capital in Sacramento to lobby for aviation reform and to Washington D.C. to testify before the Federal Aviation Administration.
He is an active member of the Van Nuys Division Community Police Advisory Board and the City of Los Angeles Community Emergency Response Team. He has previously served as a Board Member of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, a position held for ten years. He also served the American Red Cross in various positions responding to and planning for disasters. Rankell was assigned to the North Hollywood Bank of America shootout, crash of Southwest Airlines flight 1455 (runway overrun), as well as numerous other local air crashes, residential fires, brush fires, flooding events and large scale evacuations.
David Rankell is a lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley and resides in the Second Council District.
Wendy Saunders (appointed to the CAC in July 2009 by Councilmember Tony Cárdenas)
Wendy Saunders is Executive Director of Operations of the Mid, East, and West Valley Family YMCAs. Through her work at the Y and her volunteer leadership as Executive Vice President on the board the SFV Jaycees, she is provides leadership development and job training, healthy lifestyle and anti-obesity programs for children and adults, youth and teen enrichment and character development programs, and high-quality preschool and after-school programs to a diverse constituency comprised of over 15,000 individuals across the Valley.
Saunders has successfully completed a workforce merger between the three YMCA centers, reinvigorated and grown the Mid Valley Family YMCA’s Board of Managers and committees, initiated redevelopment planning to identify and analyze options for the revitalization of the Mid Valley Y to ensure its longevity in the mid-Valley for another 60 years, and grown Mid Valley Y membership revenue by 22% since 2003. Saunders has worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles since 1996 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland.
Wendy Saunders currently lives in Canoga Park, California.
Gerald A. Silver (appointed to the CAC in August 1997 by Councilmember Jack Weiss)
Gerald A. Silver is President of the Homeowners of Encino and serves on the Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevard Specific Plan Review Board (PRB). He is also on the board of the Encino Neighborhood Council, and is a member of the Encino Planning and Land Use Committee. Silver served on the Citizens Advisory Committee that prepared the Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevard Specific Plan.
He holds a Doctorate from UCLA in School Administration, a Master of Arts in Industrial Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Silver is Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at Los Angeles City College. He has authored dozens of college textbooks on business, management, systems analysis, computers, programming and graphic arts.
Gerald Silver resides in Encino with his wife, Myrna.
Harold Sullivan (appointed to the CAC in September 2007 by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office)
Harold Sullivan has been an active member of his community since his career began as a policeman with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1937. Following thirty years with the LAPD, Sullivan became a commissioner with the California Highway Patrol from 1967 to 1972. During the latter years of his time with CHP, and until 1974, he served as a member on the State of California Air Resources Board. From 1973 to 1991, he was employed under LECAR, Inc. (Law Enforcement Consulting and Research) as a consultant specializing in management studies of governmental criminal justice functions and private security systems, and also served as an expert witness in traffic incident cases.
He has been a member of several associations and committees, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the California Peace Officers Association, the Air Pollution Control Association, the Governor’s Coordination Council on Alcohol, and the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee to which he was presidentially appointed.
Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Public Administration from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1949. Harold continued his education at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute and graduated with highest honors in 1950.
Harold Sullivan is currently living in Encino, California.
Wayne Williams (appointed to the CAC in March 2007 by Councilmember Jack Weiss)
As a board member of the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council, Wayne Williams advocates to set a deadline to terminate the nosiest jet aircraft from Van Nuys Airport. He also serves the community as a board member of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association.
Williams, an outspoken critic of special interest funding of elections, is a strong supporter of the California Clean Money Campaign in its effort to bring full public funding to the local, state and federal election process.