Board of Directors
Capt. John Spicer President
Captain John Spicer holds degrees in organizational leadership and criminal justice management. He is also a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program, and of Stanford University Graduate School of Business’ Leadership Program.
At PAL, Captain Spicer administers and co-instructs the Redwood City Police Leadership Program. Capt. Spicer is passionate about helping his community and serves several local civic organizations, including the Redwood City Downtown Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Redwood City as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Sgt. Paul McCarthy Vice President
Sergeant Paul G. McCarthy has been a member of the Redwood City PAL Board for six years and Vice President for two. He has been a resident of Redwood City for over twenty years and a member of the California Highway Patrol for twenty three years. He is currently assigned as a supervisor in the Redwood City Office of the CHP.
Debbi Jones-Thomas Secretary
Debbi is passionate about youth development, literacy and services for people with disabilities. She retired from the City of Redwood City as Housing Coordinator after 32 plus years where she was responsible for affordable housing development, homeless and special needs services, public facilities, and economic development in low income neighborhoods. Debbi is a community volunteer supporting the sustainability of non-profit services through board governance, grant compliance and fundraising. Her administrative and strategic planning skills and her passion to serve are her lifeline.
Arron Pellarin Treasurer
Chris Beth Member at Large
Chris Beth is the Director of the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, has been in the profession for 28 years and has worked for Redwood City the past 19. His Department has 74 full time employees, over 200 casual employees year round, and has an operating budget of over $17M.
Chris is a graduate of San Jose State University and obtained his Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Hayward. Chris has served as President of the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) – a professional organization which serves over 4,200 members in the State of California; serves on the Redwood City Police Activities League Board of Directors; and is one of the founders of the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation as currently serves as it’s official representative
Ivan Martinez Executive Director
A Redwood City born and raised media maker and music producer, Ivan has shown a commitment to helping underserved youth through his work at local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA). Ivan’s passion for supporting children stems from his own enriching experiences as a child participating in after school programs that helped him find his purpose at a young age.
At PAL, Ivan is implementing innovative, dynamic, and nurturing programs that guide children and young adults on their way to successful lives and careers.
Steve Penna (1958-2018) Honorary Member
Steve Penna was an original member of the Redwood City PAL board of directors and served as President of the Board several times. He was the publisher of Redwood City’s The Spectrum Magazine and an active community member and avid supporter of the city’s businesses and nonprofits.
Steve’s passion and enthusiasm was an inspiration for everybody who knew him. He touched many lives and empower many people with his optimistic and encouraging attitude. Foremost, he was a champion of the children of our community and of PAL’s mission.
Francisca Gonzalez Flores
Members at Large
Francisca Gonzalez Flores
Peter (PJ) Pignatti
Redwood City PAL
3399 Bay Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94063