Our Staff

The Sheriff's Activities League (S.A.L.) relies heavily on its 150+ volunteers to help with and run its various programs. Most of our hired staff are paid from grants which allows the majority of our donations to go directly to S.A.L.'s work with youth in our community. Below you will find brief introductions to various Sheriff's Office staff involved with S.A.L.'s work:

  • Administrative Staff

Barbara Bonilla
Director of Community Services, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

Barbara's background is in development, operations and non-profit management. She worked for the Redwood City Police Activities League (P.A.L.) as the Director of Operations and Development and for several other cities and YMCAs prior to joining the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in 2009. Barbara has been the Vice President of the California State P.A.L. Board of Directors since March 2004 and is currently the First Vice President of the National P.A.L. Board Of Directors.

Gigi Carter
Development Director, San Mateo County Sheriff's Activities League

Gigi has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University. She has worked for non-profits for most of her life, managing operations, volunteer and board development, fund development and special events. Before coming to S.A.L., she was the Fund Development Director for the Peninsula Family YMCA. She is currently a board member and the Club Administrator for the Rotary Club of Foster City.

  • Program Coordinators

Stephanie Lopez- Zaragoza
SAL Intern

 Stephanie has been with the San Mateo County Sheriffs Office since 2013. She began as a explorer for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, then soon after became an Intern for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Activities League. She is now the mentor for the Clean Team and a leader for the SAL Teen Leadership Program. 

Jacob (Jake) H.
Program Director

Jake was born and raised in Redwood City, graduating from Woodside High School in 2001. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State with a BA in Philosophy. Prior to joining SAL, Jake worked for Redwood City Parks and Rec for 13 years. Much of his tenure with the city was spent as a lead staff at the after school learning centers, where he primarily worked with under-served and at-risk youths. More recently, Jake worked in the After School Sports division developing and overseeing health and wellness programs, including SPOKES- a free bike safety and maintenance course. He looks forward to continuing to serve the community in which he grew up.

  • Community Policing Unit Staff

Dan Young
Deputy Sheriff

Dan has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2005 where he has worked primarily in patrol and now CPU/SRU. Prior to being a deputy, Dan worked as an officer with Millbrae PD for 16 years where he was assigned to patrol, motorcycle traffic enforcement, as a Special Agent with the Vehicle Theft Task Force and as an FTO. Dan is assigned to the city of Millbrae as a School Resource Officer, and serves the entire county for Community Policing events.

Todd Finato
Sergeant

Todd was a volunteer firefighter with the Foster City Fire Department as well as Woodside Fire Protection District. He soon became acquainted with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office some 25 years ago starting his career as a volunteer member of the Emergency Services Detail. Todd later became a Level one Reserve Deputy with the sheriff’s office and was hired as a Correctional Officer in 1995. In 1997 Todd was promoted to a deputy and spent the last 15 years working a variety of assignments including Patrol, CPU/SRO, Explorer Advisor, K-9 deputy with his partner Vito, Motors, Law Liaison Officer, Honor Guard detail and is still actively involved with Special Olympics as the Liaison for the office. Todd was also twice named Deputy of the Year by the Redwood City Elks Lodge for his work within the community and delivering a baby while working patrol. Earlier this year Todd was presented with a Commendation Award for Service from the Lion’s Club for his work with Special Olympics. Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management. “I look forward to building a working relationship with our youth in the community, where police are viewed as friends and not someone you only call during an emergency.”

Wally Rosales
Deputy Sheriff

Wally has been employed in the field of Law Enforcement since 1991, where he started his career as a Community Service Officer and a Reserve Police Officer with the San Bruno Police Department. Wally graduated from the Evergreen Valley College Police Academy and then worked as a full-time sworn Peace Officer with the San Mateo Police Department, the Half Moon Bay Police Department and the Millbrae Police Department. Wally has held the positions of Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Patrol Supervisor & Coordinator, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor, Acting Juvenile Officer (SRO), Cyber Crimes Detective with the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) Task Force and Range Master. Since becoming a member of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, Wally has worked in the Corrections Division and is now assigned to the School Resource & Community Policing Unit.

Ron DeRespini
Deputy Sheriff

Ron was born, raised, and still resides in San Leandro, CA. He began his law enforcement career as a Correctional Officer with the Hayward Police Department, in 2006. He was then hired as a Police Officer with the San Carlos Police Department in 2009, and then transitioned to the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy in October of 2010. He has worked at the Maguire Correctional Facility, as a Bailiff in Court Security, and in the Patrol Bureau. He is currently assigned to the School Resource and Community Policing Unit, and serves the communities of Woodside and Portola Valley. He wants to help the youth in our county become examples of success in their communities.

  • Académicos Directors

Brian Mansell
Director of Futbol

Brian is credentialed with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He has coached S.A.L.'s soccer teams for the past ten years.

Dusko Rosic
Director of Coaching

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