Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation | Board of Directors
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Board of Directors

Josef Levy | Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation

Josef Levy  / President

 

Josef Levy was employed by the City of Long Beach and was a Commander with the Long Beach Police Department. During his 28-year career, he worked assignments in patrol, gangs, internal affairs, hostage negotiations, media relations and commanded a patrol division before his retirement in 2012.

 

Josef spent the majority of his career building partnerships and improving police-community relations by dismantling stereotypes and barriers in some of the toughest neighborhoods. He has been credited with helping to change the culture of the Long Beach Police Department by making it a more inclusive police force.

 

In June 2007, Commander Levy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Following his diagnosis, Levy co-founded the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation. As a survivor, he has made it a priority to supporting others with cancer and speaks about “living each day to the fullest and not sweating the small stuff.”

 

Commander Levy is now President of his firm, Embassy Consulting Services, LLC and continues to utilize his skills, experience and passion to educate others on the importance of building and maintaining safe, respectful and inclusive communities. Josef has been recognized with various prestigious awards and has been recognized at the Congressional level.

Robert Griffth | Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation

Robert Griffith / Vice President

 

Bob Griffith has been a Reserve Officer with the La Palma Police Department in Southern California since 1992. He works out of Patrol and Detective Divisions and is a member of the North Orange County SWAT team. Prior to La Palma he served as a Reserve Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Orange County, California for 7 years.

 

Bob is a native of Southern California and has been married to his wife, Linda since 1971. Linda is a Free Lance Illustrator and Artist with dozens of children’s books to her credit. He has one adult daughter and 2 grandchildren. Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree and MBA in Business Management.

 

Bob retired after a 30 year career with an International Aerospace Staffing and Project Engineering Company in Irvine, California. He currently serves as a volunteer with the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He is the head of the “Cancer Buddy” mentor program as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cancer Connection and works one-on-one coaching cancer patients.

 

Bob was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2000, and by 2002 it had progressed to Stage 4. After several extensive surgeries and intense chemo therapy he was told he had 3 to 9 months to live. This was after a radical neck dissection, and having 24 inches of his small intestines removed at UCI Medical Center. Bob was then put on 2 years of maintenance bio-chemo therapy at the Angeles Clinic in Los Angeles. Bob has been cancer free for 12 years.

 

Bob considers it a privilege to assist others in their fight against cancer.

Steve Bowles | Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation

Steve Bowles / Treasurer

 

Steve Bowles is a Sergeant with the Seal Beach Police Department in Southern California. Steve has been with the Seal Beach Police Department since 1994 where he worked as a patrol officer, field-training officer, and drug recognition expert before being promoted to Corporal. He was assigned to the Detective Division assigned to Narcotics, Fraud, Forgery and Elder Abuse. In 2006, Steve was promoted to Sergeant where he was assigned as a field Watch Commander. In 2009, Steve graduated from the 237th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is now assigned as the adjutant to the Chief of Police.

 

Steve was raised in Southern California graduating from California State University, Long Beach with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and his Masters Degree in Public Administration. He also holds a Master Degree in Counseling from the University of La Verne.

 

Steve is an Adjunct Faculty member at Long Beach City College and has been a National Faculty member for the Josephson Institute of Ethics. Steve also serves as a board member on California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) Region 1 committee.

 

In 2004, Steve was diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma. With the support of his family and friends, the diagnosis and treatment served as a learning experience as to the power of family and peer support. Steve is dedicated to bringing the Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation to the law enforcement family. Steve was cancer free for 4 years until two additional locations of atypical cells were found in July 2008. Steve underwent surgery and has returned to work full duty.

 

Steve is married to his wife Christina who is a family nurse practitioner who he credits with the early detection of his melanoma and saving his life. They have three daughters, Katey, Cassie and Carley. Steve and his family live in Ladera Ranch, California.

 

Steve believes it paying it forward!

Heather Williams, PsyD / Director of Peer Support and Mental Health

 

Heather Williams was a Program Director with CSP Victim Assistance Programs for 14 years and oversaw all special victim programs which include: Homicide, Sexual Assault, Gangs, and Domestic Violence. In 2003, after responding to an active shooter event in Irvine, CA she created the CSP Crisis Response Team.

 

As the coordinator of the Crisis Response Team, Heather spent years responding to a number of critical incidents including homicide, murder-suicide, and workplace violence incidents to mitigate the trauma experienced by victims, witnesses and the community. In 2011, she responded to the Salon Meritage mass casualty in Seal Beach, CA.

 

In 2014, Heather was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as the Regional Peer Support Coordinator. Heather coordinates a team of over 100 OCSD personnel, provides crisis, individual and couples counseling and coordinates an Emotional Wellness Campaign. She is the Co-founder of the Orange County Association of Peer Supporters (OCAPS) and works in partnership with a number of police departments to provide mutual aid when a department is compromised and helps develop and sustain peer support programs. In response to the culture of law enforcement, Heather developed a 2 step model for critical incident debriefing and facilitates debriefings following a traumatic event.

 

In addition, Heather provides training to all populations in public safety on “Building Resiliency for First Responders,” instructs a 2-day POST Certified Basic Peer Support Course and a 1 day POST certified Critical Incident Response for Peer Support Course.

 

Heather is a Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) certified instructor, has her BA Degree in Psychology, MA Degree in Criminal Justice, and a PsyD in Psychology. Heather is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Director of Peer Support and Mental Health for the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation.

 

Heather is passionate about empowering and preparing employees to take charge of their physical and emotional survival, ultimately reducing stress, living happier more fulfilling lives and building inner resiliency.

 

On a personal note, Heather’s mom and hero died from breast cancer in February 2007. There is nothing in life that prepares us for the death of a parent. Being there for others during their most difficult time is about wanting to help build resiliency and pay it forward. After all, that is what her mom showed her throughout her lifetime.