Board of Directors


Dave Edmonds

Dave Edmonds

Board President ~ Dave has served on the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service in Sonoma County Board of Directors since 2000.  Dave recently completed a 30 year career in law enforcement, retiring as a Captain with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.  He now teaches law enforcement leadership, supervision and management at Union Institute and University.  Dave truly admires our Chaplains quiet, self-sacrificing service to our community.

Chris Spallino

Chris Spallino

Board Vice President ~ Chris retired from law enforcement in 2016.  He served the town of Windsor as their Police Chief since 2010.  Chris began his career in law enforcement with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Deputy.  He has worked a variety of assignments with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department including patrol, served as a Child Abuse Sexual Assault Detective, Property Crimes Investigations Sergeant, and was the Investigations Lieutenant.  Chris also served in many collateral assignments including Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Special Operations Unit Member and Commander.  Chris coaches youth sports and fund raises for various causes affecting our youth in the community.

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

Board Treasurer ~ Tom is an attorney in a private practice in Santa Rosa since 1967.  Prior to his private practice, Tom served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force and an Attorney by the Southern Pacific Railroad.  He is a member of the State Bars of California and Texas and the Supreme Court of the United States as well as other Federal Courts.  Tom was a founding member of the faculty of Empire College of Law from 1973 to 1986.  He is a retired Air Force Colonel and a civil trial lawyer handling corporate, construction, real estate, and estate litigation.

Gail Andrade Ahlas

Gail Andrade Ahlas

Gail served in the Roseland School District for 20 years, first as principal and then superintendent. She is the founder of Roseland Accelerated Middle School, and co-founder of Roseland University Prep and Roseland Collegiate Prep.  Gail did post graduate studies at Stanford University where she was inspired and mentored to work in underserved communities.  Currently Gail is an organizational leadership consultant and coaches school administrators and non-profit leaders.  She is a strong supporter of LECS as she has seen through her work in Roseland the need for chaplaincy support for community members in times of extreme need.

Rev. Brannon

Rev. Brannon

Rev. Canon Stephen Brannon is the Rector Emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Church in Sonoma and has been a Chaplain with the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service in Sonoma County since 2001.  Steve retired in 2013 from call out duty but has remained active as a Deputy Senior Chaplain Emeritus supporting Law Enforcement and their families.  He is also a member of the California and Federal Bars including the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and has worked for a number of years with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Unit and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office providing pro bono legal representation for abused women and children in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Lt. Ron Nelson

Lt. Ron Nelson

Lieutenant Nelson began his law enforcement career in 1992 and has been with the Santa Rosa Police Department for over ten years.  With a Bachelors degree from Cal State Long Beach, Ron has worked assignments including Patrol Officer, a member of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, Community Oriented Policing Officer for the Apple Valley/Papago Court neighborhood, Patrol Sergeant, and departmental Training Manager.  He is currently a department liaison for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Mobile Support Team, a liaison for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program, and has been a youth mentor for the Career Readiness Program.

Sgt. Steve Potter

Sgt. Steve Potter

Steve was born and raised in Sonoma County and began his career in law enforcement in early 2000.  He has had the opportunity to work in multiple areas throughout the North Bay Area and currently serves as a Police Sergeant for the Santa Rosa Junior College District.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management and recently completed his course work for his Master of Arts Degree in Crisis and Trauma Response Counseling from Liberty University.  Steve and his wife Tanya have long had a desire for public service and both serve in various community and church volunteer roles, and are active as Sonoma County Emergency Foster Care Parents. 

Shaun Ralston

Shaun Ralston

Shaun is a marketing, communications, and digital media professional and is a Regional Manager at Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based hospitals and health care providers.  As an avid road cyclist and social networking expert, Shaun has contributed his talents to organize the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy’s Tour de Fuzz event, the primary funding source for this organization.  By appointment from former Mayor and Police Lieutenant, Ernesto Olivares, Shaun also serves his cycling passion on the Santa Rosa City Council Bicycle & Pedestrian Board.  Shaun loves teaching Sunday School youth classes at his church, for the past 15 years, and admires all of those performing compassionate work, particularly Chaplains.

Dr. Edward Viljoen

Dr. Edward Viljoen

Born and raised in South Africa, Dr. Edward has been the Senior Pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa for over ten years.  He graduated from the first Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service in Sonoma County Chaplain Academy and has been an advocate for the Chaplaincy ever since.  Dr. Edward is a supporter of Face to Face and co-author of the book “Seeing Good at Work”.