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                                                            Council Officers

Paul Foster
 

President

Paul was born, raised and attended school in San Diego, California.  It was there that he participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Paul received his undergraduate degree in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of San Diego.

Following his graduation, Paul worked in the City Managers office of several Southern California cities.  In 1982 Paul joined the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Program as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Inland Counties.  Paul attended the University of Redlands receiving his Masters Degree in Human Resources in 1987.

Shortly thereafter he joined the Operations Staff of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, a position he has held since 1987.  In this position, Paul is responsible for a staff in excess of 500 in twenty departments and a multi-million dollar operations and capital budget.

Paul has served as Cub Pack Committee Chairman, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, District Vice Chairman, Council Advancement Chairman, Executive Board Member and currently serves as Council Vice President for Programs.

Paul has received multiple Scouting awards including the Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit,  and Bronze Pelican.

Paul has been active in the Redlands Community serving as Chairman of the City’s Planning Commission, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for the YMCA of the East Valley, Family Services Association of Redlands and the Kiwanis Club of Redlands.

Currently Paul serves as the Mayor Pro-Tempore having been elected to the City Council in 2010.

Paul is married to Juliana Foster.  Paul and Juli have two sons, Taylor James Foster and Nicholas Chase Bornholdt (deceased), both Eagle Scouts.

 

Bryan Kocen 

Executive Vice President

and V.P. Finance

Bryan was raised in Rochester, New York where he was involved in two Explorer Posts, one based in a computer company and the other for engineering based at Xerox Corporation.  Bryan returned to scouting when he founded Troop 707 in Rancho Mirage, CA.  Bryan served as Assistant Scoutmaster for 8 years and has been the troop Scoutmaster for the last 3 years.  He is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow.  Bryan has served as the Sunrise District Finance Committee Chair and Friends of Scouting Chairman.  Bryan has served on the Council Board for 2 years and is currently Vice President of Finance. He also serves on The National Jewish Committee on Scouting where he is Chairman of the Development Committee.

Bryan is Woodbadge Trained and has staffed the course.  He has also been Assistant Course Director at our Council’s National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).  Nationally, Bryan has staffed and course directed NAYLE (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience) at Philmont Scout Ranch.  NAYLE is BSA’s highest level of leadership training for youth.  Bryan has also participated in and staffed Philmont Leadership Challenge.  This course is the highest level of national training for adults who have completed Woodbadge.  He is the recipient of the Scouter’s Award of Merit, District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Award.

Bryan staffed two National Jamborees, as a volunteer in 2013 and Scoutmaster for the CIEC Jamboree Troop in 2017.  He was the Assistant Scoutmaster for the Western Region Scout Troop at the 2011 World Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden and will be Scoutmaster for the CIEC troop to the World Jamboree in West Virginia in 2019.

Bryan has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics from Union College and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  Bryan is President of The Kocen Financial Group, Inc., a registered investment advisor, that he founded with his wife, Gail Kocen.  Bryan and Gail have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Sam and David, who are both Eagle Scouts.  Sam is working for the BSA as a Philmont Ranger.

 

John Vineyard      

Council Commissioner

John Vineyard currently serves as Council Commissioner and Council Venturing Chair.  He is also Crew Advisor for Venturing Crew 5330 and the Charter Organization Representative for Troop 234 at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside.  He has previously served as a Scoutmaster, troop committee member, Assistant Scoutmaster and District Chair for Mt. Rubidoux District.  He is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and a recipient of the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout awards.

John’s Scouting journey began with Pack 31 in San Bernardino, California.  As a youth he was a member of Troop 47 in Bloomington, California and Troops 2 and 76 in Monroe, Louisiana (Ouachita Valley Council).   John became an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow in 1974 in Cahuilla Lodge and attended Buckskin training and served on summer camp staff at Camp Helendade.  He received his Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 2, Monroe, Louisiana in 1977.   He also served on Summer Camp staff at Camp Yatasi (Norwela Council, Louisiana) and Camp Terrel (Ouachita Valley Council, Louisiana).

John attended the 1973 and 1977 National Scout Jamborees as a youth, and served on staff for the 2013 and 2017 National and 2019 World Jamborees.  He also served on staff at the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference.  He has completed Wood Badge (Antelope), NLS, and DYLC training courses.

John graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (1989) and the University of California, Davis, School of Law (1989).   He is now a Judge with the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, and currently serves as the Court’s Presiding Judge.  Prior to becoming a judicial officer, John practiced law in Riverside from 1989 to 2008.  He has previously served in criminal, family and civil law assignments.

John and his wife Carol live in Riverside with their son (Eagle Scout 2015) and daughter.  He is a member and Past President of Riverside Sunrise Rotary.

 
Mike Riley


V.P. Administration

Mike’s Scouting career began as a Cub Scout in St. Louis Missouri. As a Boy Scout, he was a member of Troop 413 in La Verne, California, where his father served as Scoutmaster. Prior to its merger with the California Inland Empire Council, Mike was heavily involved in Old Baldy Council. In his youth, he served as Lodge Chief of the Navajo Lodge and on camp staff at Holcomb Valley Scout Ranch. As an adult, he served the Council as Vice President of Program, Vice President of Properties, and an Assistant Scoutmaster for two Wood Badge courses and the council’s 2005 Jamboree contingent.

Mike is an Eagle Scout, and a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. He has attended three National Jamborees, was selected to participate in the National Pilot Course for Wood Badge for the 21st Century and has staffed National Camping School. He has also served as a Scoutmaster for National Youth Leadership Training. He has been a Den Leader and Cubmaster and is currently Scoutmaster of Troop 202 in Chino. In the past Mike has served as Council Commissioner and Council President for the California Inland Empire Council.

Mike received two Bachelor degrees and a Masters degree in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He is a partner in the Orange County architecture firm of Tanaka Riley Architects. He and his wife Carol have been happily married for more than 28 years. They have two Eagle Scout sons - Christopher, who is majoring in Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, and Glenn, who studies Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana.

 

Cynthia Blessum 

V.P. District Operations

Cynthia currently serves as Vice President of District Operations and Associate Lodge Adviser. She is a long-time CIEC volunteer and Scouter having served in a number leadership positions. She is a founding member of Crew 129 of the Mt. Rubidoux District and continues to serve as Crew Advisor and as Advancement Chair for Troop 129.

Cynthia has served Mt. Rubidoux District as Camping Chair, Program Chair, Scouting for Food Chair and as District Chair for Temescal District. She has served as Council Venturing Chair, Advisor for Venturing Officer’s Association and as a member of the Area Venturing and Camping Committees. She is Woodbadge trained and served on staff. She completed Powder Horn Course Director and Kodiak/Kodiak X Course Director training at Philmont and served as Course Director for both courses for the Area and organized a number of Kodiak Treks for Venturing. She served on staff for multiple Buckskin courses. All wonderful opportunities thanks to her sons, Eagle Scout Roger and Andrew who is an Eagle Scout, Venturing Ranger and Silver Award recipient.

Cynthia served as Council Camping Chair, Vice President Program and as Cahuilla Lodge Adviser.  She continues to support the Order of the Arrow lodge and as Associate Section Adviser for Section W-4S. She attended National Order of the Arrow Conferences as Contingent Leader and Lodge Adviser. She completed National Lodge Adviser Training, Lodge Adviser Training the pilot Developing Youth Leaders Conference at Philmont.

Outside of Scouting she is active with Chabad of Riverside and Chabad of Yorba Linda community projects. She served on the Board of Placentia-Yorba Linda School District as a member of the Steering Committee to bring inquiry-based science to the classrooms. She served as a mentor for math, science and engineering bringing after school workshops to middle and high schools.

Her professional work of 33 years involved development of specific antibody and special chemistry assays for the detection and monitoring of disease. As Senior R&D Manager she was responsible for reagent development from concept through design transfer to manufacturing and product launch. She also taught microbiology and diagnostic microbiology courses at Cerritos and Crafton Hills Colleges.

 
Matt Barth

V.P. Program

Matt’s scouting journey began in Boulder, Colorado when he joined Troop 275, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 1973. In Riverside, California, he served as Cubmaster of Pack 176, held a variety of leadership positions with Boy Scout Troop 2, then initiated and became Advisor for Venture Crew 2. While active with the Mt. Rubidoux District, Matt worked through a number of positions including District Chair. Matt now serves at the Council level, working as part of the CIEC Executive Board and as the Council Advancement Chair from 2016 – 2019; his current position is Vice President of Program. He is a James E. West Fellow, a Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow, WoodBadge trained (Beaver), recipient of the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver award, and the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. He has attended the National Jamboree twice, both as a youth and as an adult scouter.

Matt has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (UCSB 1990) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the Yeager Families Endowed Professor at the Bourns College of Engineering, University of California-Riverside, where he has been teaching and conducting research at UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) for 28 years. He also serves as UCR’s Faculty Director of Sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is involved in a number of efforts promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Matt is a member of Riverside East Rotary Club and is also serving as the District Coordinator for the International Federation of Scouting Rotarians. Matt and his wife Kathy are very proud of their Eagle Scout son (Trevor) and Girl Scout Gold Award daughter (Talia).


Mike Downs                   

V.P. Properties

Mike was born and raised in Corona, California.  He was active in Pack 113, where he earned his Arrow of Light award, joined Troop 54, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, was a member of the Western Region contingent to the World Jamboree in Alberta Canada, and participated in a Philmont Trek.  While attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration, Mike served as an Assistant Scoutmaster to a local Troop.
Upon returning to Corona, Mike served as Scoutmaster for over sixteen years for Troops 54 and 35.  In the last few years Mike became reacquainted with Cub Scouts, following his son Austin to Pack 134, where he was a Tiger Den Leader, Cubmaster, Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, and Assistant Cubmaster.   Mike currently serves as the Advisor to Crew 54, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 54, and Committee Member for Sea Scout Ship 304.

In the community Mike was a founding member of the Friends of Temescal, Inc. and has served as President of the organization for over twenty years.  He is active in his church, Northpoint Evangelical Free Church of Corona.  In business, Mike is President of Downs Energy, a Corona cased wholesale petroleum & lubricants supplier that has been owned and operated by the Downs family since Mike’s grandfather founded it in 1940.
Mike is happily married to his wonderful wife Julie, and has three children; Austin, Kaitlyn, and Victoria.

Mike previously served as the Temescal District Finance Chairman, Council Vice President of Advancement, Council Vice President of Facilities, and was a Wood Badge Course Director.  He is a James E. West Fellow, a member of the 1910 Society, a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow, recipient of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and was presented his grandfather’s 1956 Silver Beaver Award (Riverside County Council) when Mike was recognized for his service to the Council.

Matt Flanagan          

V.P. Board Relations

Matt was born and raised in Pomona, California.  He was in a Scouting family, which led to his earning the Eagle Scout award in 1978.  Matt remained active in Scouting, becoming a Scoutmaster at age 21 for a local unit in need of leadership.  After a short hiatus to begin a family, he rejoined Scouting as an assistant Cubmaster with his son Scott, serving in nearly all unit leadership positions, ultimately taking on the role of Scoutmaster for his son’s troop.  Matt has served at the district level as FOS Chair and Finance Chair, at the council level as the 100th Anniversary, Vice-President of Program, Council Treasurer, and Council Commissioner.

Matt was a Wood Badge Course Director and is an active district trainer.  Among Matt’s most memorable Scouting experiences are attending three National Jamboree’s (1977, 2005, 2010) and backpacking with his son Scott and his troop in the Eastern Sierras.

Matt has been active in other areas of the community, serving as President of the Rancho Cucamonga Sunrize Rotary Club from 2009-2011 and a member of the Congressional Youth Volunteer Awards board for Congressman David Dreier.

Matt attended Cal Poly Pomona for Computer Information Systems, and works with his siblings in the family business, Shelton’s Poultry, Inc. as the Vice President of Operations.

Matt has 3 adult children.  Alyssa, Mary and Scott (His Eagle Scout son). 

Joseph Cleary           

V.P. Exploring
 

Joseph Cleary was born in Boston Massachusetts and lived there all of six weeks.  Due to his father’s military career obligations, Joseph’s family moved frequently throughout the American southwest and spent some time in Europe.  During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Joseph was briefly a Cub Scout in Arizona and a Boy Scout in Texas.  While attending Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth Texas, Joseph was a member of the Carswell AFB Police Explorer Post. 

The family finally settled in Riverside California in 1980 and Joseph finished high school at Riverside’s Poly High.  In 1984, Joseph joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. Joseph retired from the sheriff’s department in 2018 after having risen to the executive levels of the Department.

Joseph holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from California Baptist University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, San Bernardino. He is also a 2006 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

In late 2000, Joseph’s oldest son, Brandon, came home with a Cub Scout flyer for Riverside’s Pack 176, chartered by Immanuel Lutheran Church, and announced he wanted to be a Cub Scout.  Joseph served on the Pack committee and in 2004 became Brandon’s Webelos Leader.  When Brandon joined Troop 176 in 2006, Joseph became a committee member and assistant scoutmaster until 2011 when he returned to Pack 176 to be his younger son Julian’s Den and Webelos Leader.

In late 2013, Joseph joined the CIEC Executive Board representing Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff.  When Julian joined Troop 176 in 2014, Joseph became the committee chair for the Troop.  Joseph has continued to serve as the Troop’s committee chair and has also taken on the role of the CIEC Executive Committee’s Vice President of Exploring.  Joseph trekked at Philmont in 2010, completed Wood Badge W4-45-15-2 in 2017 and staffed Wood Badge in 2018 and 2019.   Joseph is married to his lovely wife Carole, and they have two sons. Brandon, who earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2010, and Julian, who is a Life Scout and close to applying for the Eagle Scout rank

V.P. Membership

 


Sheila Armstrong

Treasurer

Sheila was born and raised in Monroeville, Pa, where during her youth she was active in Girl Scouts.   Sheila attended Youngstown University and earned her Associates Degree in Computer Science.    She has been working in the Information Technology field for 45 years and is looking forward to retirement this year.

After college, Sheila lived in Florida before moving to California where she met Gene, her husband of 38 years.  They have two children; their son Eugene (37), who is an Eagle Scout and their daughter, Michelle (33), who earned the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Sheila is currently a member of Fontana-Rialto ELKS Lodge 2013 where she is Charter Organization Rep to two units.

Sheila was a Wood Badge Course Director and she has served on many district and council training teams.   During her 30 plus Scouting years, she has held many different positions within Pack 625, Troop 625, Crew 625, Old Baldy District and C.I.E.C. Council.   

She has been awarded the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, the Girl Scout Out-standing Volunteer and the Girl Scout Honor Awards.

 

Matt Myers

Scout Executive/CEO

Matt began his scouting career as a District Executive in the Oregon Trail Council, in Eugene, Oregon. He has held numerous positions during his BSA career in councils including; Silicon Valley, Redwood Empire, Pacific Skyline, San Francisco, and Detroit Councils. Matt also served on the national staff as director of the STEM/NOVA Initiative. He was the Scout Executive in the Greater Wyoming Council. Recently he was the director for the 2017 National Jamboree.

Matt is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow member, and Rotarian. He is also a Major in the Army Reserves specializing in logistics planning with 18 years of experience. In addition, Matt was on active duty with the Army Reserves in 2007-2009. He enjoys running, traveling, and chess.

Matt and his wife Michelle, have two children (Jennifer and Michael) and a dog (Missy).

 

 

Executive Officers
President Paul Foster
Executive Vice President Bryan Kocen
Council Commissioner John Vineyard
V.P. Administration Mike Riley
V.P. Finance Bryan Kocen
V.P. Relationship/Membership Jim Prior
V.P. of Exploring Joseph Cleary
V.P. Properties Mike Downs
V.P. District Operations Cynthia  Blessum
V.P. Program Matt Barth
V.P. Board Relationships Matt Flanagan
Treasurer Sheila Armstrong
Scout Executive/CEO Matt Myers
     
Executive Board
  Richard Campbell
  Gary DeFraene
  Henk Fischer
  Sam Fisk
  Vern Goodwalt
  Dr. David Hansen
  Eric Jones
  Eric Levine
  Peter Mandery
  Kevin Miskin
  Stan Morrsion
  Ray Norris
  Joseph Ortiz
  Robert Quezada
  Patrick Singer
  Richard Stewart
  Bob  Swartzel
     
District Chairs
Mount Rubidoux Anastasia Leveck
Temescal Mauricio Diaz
High Desert Britt Imes
Sunrise    
Tahquitz Jason Osborne
Gray Arrow Matt LeVesque
Old Baldy Brian Galleano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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