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Westwood Village Rotary Club
Meeting Thursday noon
at the
UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095

Mailing Address:  PO Box 24114, Los Angeles, Ca  90024
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Tom Barron, Incoming Pres. Jim Crane, Vocational
Colby Smith, Past Pres. Brian Whitney, Youth
Diane Good, Vice Pres. Jim Meyer, Community
Paul Aslan, Secretary Aly Shoji, Peace Chair
Terry M. White, Treasurer Steve Day and Gordon Fell, Foundation Ronald Lyster, Webmaster
Philip Gabriel, Membership Nevin Senkan, Board Member Mark Rogo, Board Member
Meeting September 29 - John Lewis, Zoo Director ...  Meeting October 6 - Craft Talk: Captain Tina M. Nieto
 
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Meeting September 29 - John Lewis, Zoo Director
John Lewis 2-26-15_4027.jpgJohn Lewis, Zoo Director, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

John Lewis has been at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens as Zoo Director since 2003.

The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing over 200 different species; over 35 which are endangered.  Highlights of the animal collection include Komodo dragons, great apes, koalas, giraffes, and the California condor.  The entire Zoo campus is a botanical garden and we feature ten specialized gardens such as cycads and roses. The Zoo’s botanical collection has over 800 different plant species and more than 7,400 individual plants.  The Zoo receives over 1.7 million visitors per year.

Before his move to Los Angeles, Lewis was the director of the John Ball Zoological Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 17 years.  He also worked at the Minnesota Zoo from 1977-1986 and began his zoo career in 1974 at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo. Lewis has been an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is currently on the AZA Board of Directors. Lewis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Northeast Louisiana University in 1974 and completed 30 hours of graduate work in microbiology from 1974-1977.   He is married, has three children and six grandchildren.

Meeting October 6 - Craft Talk: Captain Tina M. Nieto
Tina Nieto, Captain IIICaptain Nieto was born in San Gabriel California and raised in West Covina, California.  Captain Nieto has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management, from the University of La Verne, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing through PERF. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Captain Nieto has an extensive teaching background in leadership.  She was on the original design team for the West Point Leadership Program, has taught diversity at the LAPD Academy, has been a guest speaker at Women's Leadership Conferences, and has facilitated at LAPD's Supervisory School. She spent ten years as a facilitator for POST's Supervisory Leadership Institute, a program designed to teach California law enforcement front-line supervisors personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making.

Captain Nieto served eight years with the United States Army Reserve (USAR) attaining the rank of Captain. She served in various leadership roles including Assistant to the Provost Marshall, commander of a military police company of 100 military police officers, a member of Nuclear Weapons Logistic Element, and a squad leader of Ordnance specialists.

Currently she is the Area Commanding Officer at Olympic Division serving 217,000 residents of the City of Los Angeles. Prior assignments include Patrol Commanding Officer at Olympic Division, Newton Division and Hollenbeck Division, an Officer-In-Charge at Audit Division, a District Lieutenant in Hollywood Division; a Watch Commander in Pacific Division where she was also charged with the Venice Beach Unit; an Assistant Watch Commander in a Traffic Division and Communications Division; Training Group; Training Division; Background Investigations and various patrol assignments.  Upon promotion to Captain in 2008, she became the first Hispanic Female Captain in LAPD's history.

Captain Nieto's personal leadership philosophy is three-fold, civic responsibility because leadership is responsibility shared by all, taking action even when it is not the popular choice, and engaging others to make a difference for the good of the community. She believes that the most important contribution that a person can make is changing lives for the better.

Captain Nieto is a member of several organizations including CFE's Association; Los Angeles Women's Police Officer Association; Law Enforcement Gay and Lesbians International; La Ley; Hispanic Law Enforcement Administrators and the Fraternal Order of the Police.  She has served as a board member for International Law Enforcement Auditor's Association, LAWPOA, and GALLEP.

Captain Nieto lives with her nephew and domestic partner in Orange County with their two dogs.

   
 
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