About Us

SAL was founded in 1997 by former Sheriff Don Horsley with the purpose of strengthening relationships between youth, deputies, and communities to aid in the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency in San Mateo County through positive, dynamic programs. The program was in North Fair Oaks and had a small presence on the coast, serving approximately 1,000 youth per year. In 2009, former Sheriff Greg Munks expanded the SAL program to 12 locations throughout the county, increased deputy support and established a community policing substation that was a permanent home for SAL programs. The program grew to serve approximately 3,500 youth per year.

Today, under the leadership of Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, the SAL program continues to thrive and is serving over 11,000 youth per year in programs, presentations and special events throughout San Mateo County. In light of events in 2015, President Obama called for law enforcements agencies to engage in community policing to build relationships with their communities. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, thanks to our leadership, has been engaged in community policing practices for over 20 years and continues to be a progression organization that adapts to the needs of our communities.

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About Us

Board of Directors

Undersheriff Trisha Sanchez

Vice President, Board of Directors

Kat Petrick

Secretary, Board of Directors

Kiwoba Allaire

CEO and Founder Girl STEM Stars

Chris Bianchini

Bianchini's Market

David Collins

Associate Area Finance Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Mark Constant

SVP Corporate Finance & Treasury, Franklin Templeton Investments

Tammy Del Bene

Adminstrative Manager, Recology

Gino Gasparini

Public Affairs Manager, Recology

Henry Gaw


Jeff Ira

CG Uhlenberg LLP

Magda Koszalka

Agent, New York Life

Katie Meredith

Real Estate and Workplace Manager

Marcia Raines

City Manager, City of Millbrae

Jill Rodby

Public Affairs, Sims Metal Management

Captain Gregory Rothaus

SMC Sheriff's Office

Laura Teutschel

Managing Principle, LT & Associate Strategic Communications

Our Staff


Jessica Garibaldi

Case Management Director

Brianna Bernard

Associate Fund Development Director

Matthew Pfeifer

Program Director

Gigi Carter

Director of Development

Barbara Bonilla

Executive Director

Larry Moody

Associate Program Director

Brian Mansell

SMC Futbol Club Director

Manuel Velarde

Juvenile Diversion Specialist

SAL Staff

Tenaya Galvez-Bennett

SAL Healthy Kids Coordinator

Jennifer Gutierrez

After School Sports Coordinator

Armando Garcia

Soccer for Success Site Coordinator

Alexis Tershay

Program Coordinator

Mason Lok

Program Coordinator

Mayte Quiroz


Stephanie Lopez- Zaragoza


Gigi Mangini


Community Policing

Deputy Rosemerry Blankswade

Sergeant Todd Finato

Deputy Shawn Chase

Deputy Jennifer Clamon

Deputy Palatavake Helu

Deputy Edgar Manilla

Deputy Wally Rosales

Deputy Ricardo Maldonado

CSO Armando Landaverde


Deputy Victor Lopez

Executive Director

Jose Luis Aguirre

CARON Outreach Program Manager

Community Policing

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes police and community partnerships with a problem-solving approach that is responsive to the needs of the community.

A bond of respect and trust between the people and their law enforcement allows for an environment where a cooperative effort to solves problems results.

By working together, law enforcement and the community can reduce the fear and incidence of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods countywide. Some of the programs offered through the Community Policing Unit are listed to the right.

For more information or questions, please contact Sergeant Todd Finato at 650-257-3405 or tfinato@smcgov.org.

  • Advisory Meetings
  • Career Days
  • Car Seat Installations
  • Child Fingerprinting Details
  • Citizen Police Academies
  • Community Festivals, Parades, and Fairs
  • Field Trips
  • Gang Workshops
  • Movie Nights
  • Neighborhood Watch Groups
  • Play Streets
  • Summer Assemblies
  • School Events
  • STAR Camp

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