Board of Directors

Thomas D. Gallinatti – Chairman/CEO

Tom Gallinatti retired from the Oakland Fire Department in 2010 after 30 years of service.  He was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in 2005 and was assigned to the position of Director of Training his last 3 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies from Long Beach State University and is a Master Instructor for the California State Fire Marshal’s office.

He has served on numerous State Fire Marshal committees including the Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Rewrite Committee and the State Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC). Chief Gallinatti has also been a member on several Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) committees, including the Public Safety Curriculum and Professional Development Project. He is a subject matter expert in the area of Instructional Methodology and is currently an adjunct instructor for the College of the Siskiyous.

Jeff Swindel – Vice Chairman

Jeff is currently the Public and Government Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Marketing and Manufacturing business throughout North and Latin America; a position he has held since the 2008.

Prior to entering the public affairs world, Jeff spent 28 years in a vast array of assignments with Chevron in the Marketing business ranging from construction and operations, environmental remediation, real estate management, marketing and brand initiatives, strategic analysis and business development, business automation, co-branding initiatives with fast food operations such as McDonald’s, convenience store development of our ExtraMile concept, and retailer investor relations / management. Prior to his current assignment he managed Chevron’s wholesale, marketing business in the Western U.S. overseeing sales and the customer experience for over 1,000 Chevron and Texaco stations.

In his current position, Jeff is responsible for a vast assortment of public affairs including topics of public concern such as gas supply/prices, incidents impacting our refineries and stations, public protests, energy related policy, and on-going operations. His team also works with our government officials to help develop and shape sound legislation and regulation.

He is also responsible for overseeing outreach and social investment in our communities where we have operations.

Jeff began his career in Atlanta and has had subsequent assignments in San Francisco, Honolulu, and Houston before coming to San Ramon in 1999. He has also worked on several global initiatives in his tenure with Chevron. Jeff received his Civil Engineering Degree, with Honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1980.

He is married and enjoys sports and the great outdoors including fly fishing, hiking and kayaking.

Patty Harris – Treasurer

Patty has been a legal secretary/paralegal all her adult life. She is currently employed by Gagen McCoy in Danville and has worked there since May of 2002. Patty has volunteered with a number of nonprofits in the San Ramon Valley, including Soroptimists International of San Ramon Valley, a women’s business group that raises money for needy women and children in the community; Blue Star Moms East Bay Chapter, a support/service organization for families who have or had children serving in the military; and the All Wars Memorial Foundation. Patty has served on the Boards of these organizations in various capacities since 2000. Patty is passionate about giving back to the community and helping others through volunteer work, especially our military and first responders.
Patty was born and raised in Oakland and has lived in the bay area her entire life. She has two sons, both of whom are fire fighters in San Francisco and Woodside. In her spare time Patty enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Corey Plummer – Board Secretary

Corey is currently the Director of Human Resources of Colorescience, based in Carlsbad, CA. Within her role, Corey is responsible for payroll, retirement and benefit functions. She also takes part with professional development, corporate culture and community outreach programs. Colorescience produces superior, luxury products with a goal to educate children on the importance of sun protection through the SunStoppable mission. Prior to a career in Human Resources, Corey owned and operated an Organization business to help both personal and professional environments attain efficient processes.

Corey supports a variety of charitable efforts with her husband, Gary Plummer. Gary and Corey are actively involved with charities in California, but with Gary’s father being one of the original Fremont Police Officers, Police and Fire: Fallen Heroes holds a special place in their hearts. Gary is a former Linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. He recently retired from broadcasting where he was a color analyst for the 49ers and PAC12 TV networks.

In her spare time Corey enjoys friends and family, traveling and her beloved pets. Nothing starts a day better than an early morning walk with the dog.

Omar Watson – Director

Beginning his career with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) 23 years ago, Assistant Chief Omar Watson brings a vast amount of experience, knowledge, and leadership to the CHP.  Since 1995, he has worked in a variety of positions within the Department. Throughout his career, he has been selected for several specialty positions including Motor Officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), Southern Division Administrative Assistant, and Southern Division Special Services Commander. Additionally, he was assigned to the CHP Academy, where he was responsible for the training of approximately 1,100 cadets as the Physical Training Sergeant and Instruction Services Program Lieutenant.

Asst.Chief Watson recently returned from Headquarters in Sacramento from an assignment in the Personnel and Training Division. He was the training liaison with the U.S. State Department and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) who sent CHP officers and Sergeants to Kiev, Ukraine to teach patrol tactics and tactical techniques. He also had oversight of the Department’s Mental Illness Response Program (MIRP), which coordinates and is responsible for the Crisis Intervention Behavioral Health training. Additionally, he oversaw the California Highway Patrol Academy, Recruitment Unit, Drug Evaluation and Classification Program and a handful of other programs.

Asst.Chief Watson is a current and second time board member of the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC). He is also a graduate of California Coast University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. His current assignment is a Sector Assistant Chief in Southern Division with responsibilities which extend across the entire County of Los Angeles.

Gary LaMusga – Director

In 1977, Gary established the LaMusga Company Insurance Services, Inc. During the last 38 years, he has provided insurance and financial services advice to individuals and small business owners throughout the greater Bay Area.
He has been the president of Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council, Tri-Valley Leads, Executive Association of Contra Costa. Is currently President of BNI Victory Lane and NARI (National Association of Remodelers, Inc.. He is currently a member of the following organizations, NAIFA, MDRT, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Association of Mt. Diablo Council ( Las Aguilas de Diablo), National Eagle Scouts Association, National Association of Order of the Arrow, Premier Resource Group, BNI Valley Chapter and NARI. Former member of the Pleasant Hill Rotary- Paul Harris Fellow.
He is active in his church and community and resides in Martinez, CA. He has 3 children, Victoria, Garrett and Devlen and 2 grandchildren, Nicholas and James. Loves to play golf, avid photographer, Bonsai and woodworker as his hobbies.

Robert Schumacher – Director

Robert Schumacher is the founder and President of R. Schumacher & Associates, Inc. and has more than 30 years of distinguished leadership and innovative management experience in the public sector environment. Bob has served in leadership roles in many levels of government and has an impressive depth of experience managing a broad range of services, functions, operations and professional staff. Bob earned his MBA at Saint Mary’s College of California, has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University East Bay is a graduate of the Technical Managers Program at the University of California Los Angeles, and a former CPM.

Bob is passionate about giving back to the community and assisted and participated in a number of non-profit volunteer organizations throughout the Bay Area.

Bob and his wife Linda have three children, Andrew, Nicolette, and Jennifer, and enjoy spending time in their Sierra Foothills vineyard.

Robert Zimmerman, Jr. – Director

Robert Zimmerman has been a leader in the auto industry over the past 20 years. As the Director of Business Development and Recruitment, he has exponentially increased annual sales and contributed to the company growth of Car West Auto Body in Fremont, CA. His effective sales and marketing programs provide maximum exposure for new business development and have enabled him to work closely with the community. Rob attributes his success to his passion for building relationships and valuing talent.

Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, with a minor in Criminal Law. He is recognized by his peers as an enthusiastic leader and servant of the community. Rob has worked with multiple nonprofit organizations such as MADD, Whitney Ranch Charitable Foundation, Wounded Warriors and March of Dimes. He began his work with Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes in 2013 and will continue to support the organization by serving on the Board of Directors.