President, Mayor Bruce Broadwater – Bruce Broadwater was first elected to the Garden Grove City Council in 1992. In November 1994, he was elected Mayor of Garden Grove and then re-elected Mayor in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2012. In 2004, he termed out of the Mayoral office, but ran and was re-elected to the Garden Grove City Council in 2006.
Mayor Broadwater obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. He is also an Army veteran who served in Germany from 1956 to 1959.
Prior to his Garden Grove City Council service, he served as the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce President. During those 20 years he owned an insurance agency in Garden Grove and gained a keen understanding of the business community. At present, Bruce is employed by the California Division of Labor Standards as a Deputy Labor Commissioner.
Vice President, Dr. Bailey McCune, Ph.D. – Dr. Bailey McCune has a long and decorated service fighting for this country. Dr. McCune was a member of the National Guard and was stationed in Japan where he was part of an infantry that fought on the front line during the Korean War. He later transferred to the US Army Reserves, and received his doctorate in Psychology. He maintained a private practice for over forty years. He was on staff of several hospitals and was a professor at several universities. Dr. McCune was approved by the Surgeon General of the Army to be appointed in the California National Guard as a doctor in the medical service branch. He chose instead an appointment that was offered by the governor in the State Military Forces as a Lt. Colonel. He was promoted meritoriously to Colonel and given command of the First Medical Brigade and the California Medical Reserve. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon General for Mental Health for the State Military Forces. Upon his retirement the Adjutant General of California, as a reward for his lifelong service, appointed him as General-in-Chief of the California State Military Forces. Dr. McCune commanded a mental health team for the US Public Health Service during Desert Storm. He was a pioneer in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has taught the psychology of terrorism to both civilian and military personnel.
He served with the Free Polish government in exile in London as their unofficial representative to NATO. Dr. McCune was appointed as a Lt. General in the Polish Independent Reserve. For his services he was decorated with several state orders.
In addition to his decorated military career, Dr. McCune was appointed as Commander of the Vietnamese Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam, and has served as a personal representative to state and world leaders in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma.
Secretary, Mayor Pro Tem Dina Nguyen – Dina Nguyen was elected to the Garden Grove City Council in November 2006. Prior to her election, she served as a commissioner on the Garden Grove Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission. She has also attained a 20-year legal career with the Orange County Superior Court.
Both her professional law practice and her activities in the community focus on the areas of education, family, and business. She has lent her support to organizations such as the Garden Grove Rotary Club, The Sustainable Community Foundation of Orange County, Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, and the NBH Youth and Cultural Development Center. Mayor Pro Tem Nguyen has spent her entire life in Orange County since arriving to California in 1977.
Treasurer, Reverend Lou Carlson – Lou is an ordained minister and assists with various para church organizations. He has been a board member of two museums, the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Museum and the O. C. Heritage Museum. At present, he is intimately involved with the coordination of the Center for Advancing American Heritage Museum, which is set to open in July 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to his involvement in various historical associations, Lou is very active with the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution; he is finalizing his term as State President (2009 2010) and will transition to a position of the National Trustees for the SAR. Along with General McCune, Lou is also an officer of the Vietnamese Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam.
In his professional career, Lou is co-owner of the Fairhaven Mortuary and Memorial Park in Santa Ana.
Boardmember, Peter Katz – Peter has been a Garden Grove Resident since 1971 (39 years). Peter served in the US Army from 1966-1969. While at Fort Stuart, he was responsible for processing helicopter pilots who were deployed to Vietnam and was part of the burial escort for soldiers killed during the war. He spent time in both Vietnam and the DMZ in South Korea, predominantly as a finance corporal; he is a graduate of the Finance Academy from Fort Benjamin-Harrison in Indiana, and the NCO Academy from Fort McClellan. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in US History. He is retired from the US Post Office and at present, owns a mobile mailing service.
Boardmember, Roger Torriero – Roger Torriero is the CEO of Griffin Realty Corporation, which was established in 1981. The Corporation capitalizes on real estate development, operations, finance and construction. Roger is a registered architect and licensed contractor; he is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Associated General Contractor’s of America. In addition to numerous professional organizations, Roger’s public service has included serving on the Board of Governors of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Orange County, as the Chair of its Facilities Committee during its expansion and renovation.
Boardmember, Jamie Howren - Jamie is a freelance photographer Jamie has a B.A. in Art with a concentration in photography from Meredith College. She dedicated herself to developing a written and photographic exhibit with childhood friend, Taylor Kiland. Since March of 2001, Jamie and Taylor have traveled and personally funded the development of their exhibit Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later. The exhibit celebrates the lives of 30 Vietnam-era prisoners of war and debuted at the Coronado, California’s Museum of History and Art in August of 2002. Senator John McCain, Federal Trade Commissioner Orson Swindle and Admiral Jim Stockdale are 3 of the 30 featured in the exhibit. Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later will travel throughout the United States, including Hawaii, into 2004. On November 12, 2002, NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw featured Open Doors on his "Home of the Brave" segment. For more information regarding the exhibit, please visit the Open Doors website.
Boardmember, Hong Le - Professor Hong Le graduated from the law school of the National University of Saigon in South Vietnam with the doctoral degree of Public Law. He taught Administrative Law and Constitutional Law at the National Institute of Public Administration in Saigon. Through the assistance from the US Agency of International Development, he completed his doctoral studies of Comparative Politics and Comparative Governments in 1975. Since then, Professor Le served as a research analysts as well as a part-time professor at local community colleges and has now retired. He is currently writing a book on the history of Vietnamese politics.