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:

  • Community Policing Unit Staff

Shawn Chase
Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Shawn Chase began his career with the California Highway Patrol in 1986 and worked with them for 26 years. He is now a deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. He currently is in the Community Policing Unit. He is assigned to work with the coast side community and their schools. Deputy Chase is very involved with many SAL youth programs on the coast: a Literacy program, Mentoring, Safety Patrol and Movie Nights for families. “I like to give back to youth. They are our future and need to be shown a bigger picture of the world”. Deputy Shawn Chase was recently awarded the 2014 San Mateo County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Armando Landaverde
Community Service Officer

Community Services Officer (CSO) Armando Landaverde started work with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in 1994. He works out of the Community Policing and School Resource Unit. He enjoys teaching and talking about safety to parents and kids. He is a Certified Car Seat Technician for over 10 years. He also conducts Bike Safety Rodeos at schools in San Mateo County. He has coached several different SAL teams at Fair Oaks, Garfield and Clifford Schools, as well as Half Moon Bay High School for hockey, basketball, flag football and soccer. He enjoys participating in S.T.A.R. Camp and field trips with the kids and their families. His favorite food is Indian and his favorite team is the San Jose Sharks. "Wear your helmet when you ride!"

Jose Curincita
Community Service Officer

Community Service Officer (CSO) Luis Curincita was raised in Redwood City, California, and attended Woodside High School. CSO Curincita started his law enforcement career with the East Palo Alto Police Department as a Law Enforcement Explorer. He has also worked for the Redwood City Police Department working different positions and duties and is currently assigned to the School Resource Unit/Community Policing Unit for the Sheriff's Office. CSO Curincita has been a part of the SRU/CPU since April of 2001 and has been assigned to handle abandoned vehicles and parking enforcement through out the County. CSO Curincita is a certified car seat technician and does car seat inspections. "Please do your part, buckle up, and show the example to your children," he says.

Javier Acosta
Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Acosta has been with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Offce for 6 years, where he has been assigned to the Maguire Correctional Facility, Patrol and Transportation. Javier is assigned to South County schools and assists with CARON and SAL programs throughout the county. In his spare time, Javier coaches his sons' baseball teams.

Victor Lopez
Deputy Sheriff/ CARON Director

Currently, Deputy Lopez  serves as the Director for the CARON program.

Edgar “Eggy” Manilla
Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Edgar “Eggy” Manilla has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He has been assigned to the Maguire Correctional Facility where he was part of the Emergency Response Team; a Training Officer; and Patrol and Court Security/Transportation. He is currently a CPR/First Aid trainer for the Sheriff’s Office and assigned to the School Resource Unit. He has extensive experience working with youth during his 43 years in Martial Arts. He is also a certified coach with 15 years experience in youth softball, baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Edgar has experience as a volunteer firefighter and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for the American Medical Response before beginning his career in law enforcement. Edgar has a love for music and plays the piano and drums.

Rosemerry Blankswade
Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Rosemerry Blankswade began her Law Enforcement career in 2000 as an Explorer with Half Moon Bay Police Department. She dedicated four years of service to that agency before putting herself through the Police Academy in Gilroy in 2006. She was hired shortly after graduating the Academy by Foster City Police Department, where she had the opportunity to work with the Explorer program as an Advisor, Secretary of the Board, Assistant Coordinator, and Lead Academy Coordinator. She also gained experience working with the County wide Gang Task Force, the Narcotics Task Force, the Detective Bureau, the Patrol Division, and she was the first female Motorcycle Officer in Foster City. In 2012, Rosemerry joined the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy. She spent time in the Transportation Division and Patrol Bureaus, before she was promoted to School Resource Deputy in the Community Policing Unit.

  • Program Coordinators

Jessica Karaeff
Outreach Director

Jessica has a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology with dual emphases in Marriage and Family Therapy and Gerontology. Jessica has worked extensively with underserved, at risk youth and families.  Jessica has worked with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Activities League (SAL) since September 2012 as the Healthy Kids Coordinator. Throughout her time at SAL, Jessica has not only formed strong bonds within the community, but she has also provided those in need with services such as case management, nutrition education, and physical activity to youth. She is currently the Outreach Director for SAL.

Stephanie Fisher
SAL Healthy Kids Coordinator

Stephanie has a Bachelor's degree in Public Health Science and minor in Biology from Santa Clara University. During her time at Santa Clara, she was a Division 1 college athlete for the Santa Clara University Softball team. She has worked with youth in the Healthy Kids Program to provide nutrition education, physical activity, and tutoring services. Stephanie enjoys working with the kids and families in the community, while being able to share her passion of health and nutrition.

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