Board of Directors

Thomas D. Gallinatti – 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 was an adjunct instructor for the College of the Siskiyous.

Tom has three sons; his oldest serving as a Sgt in the U.S. Marines and youngest in the U.S. Navy as a submarine sonar operator. His middle son is working toward his degree in fire science and currently attending a fire academy.


Jeff Swindel – Vice Chairman

Jeff retired as the Public and Government Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Marketing and Manufacturing business throughout North and Latin America; a position he 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.



Suzanne Eikel – Director

Suzanne Eikel is a CPA with over 20 years’ experience in Accounting, Tax, and Business Consulting Services from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. She is experienced in restructuring, organizational effectiveness, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, and tax strategic planning. She has worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers as well as for the Carlyle Group and has extensive experience in multiple of industries and technologies. Her experience allows her to guide small and medium size businesses through the most complex tax and accounting scenarios. Eikel Tax & Financial Solutions is located in San Ramon, CA and primarily services businesses throughout the Tri-Valley and the East Bay. Her services and clients extend thorough out California.​



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.



Dirk Manoukian – Director

Dirk Manoukian is an attorney with strong ties to both California and Nevada, and a deep commitment to obtaining the best possible results for each and every client he has the privilege to represent. Dirk’s legal acumen is complemented by a competitiveness honed as a High School All-American wrestler from Nevada who went on to San Jose State University to wrestle and play football. Dirk’s roots in the Bay Area go back to the 1960’s when his father was a member of the original 1960 Oakland Raiders.

In 1991, Dirk graduated in the top of his class from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney for the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. From 1991 to 2005, Dirk prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of thousands of criminal cases. He personally tried over 100 jury trials ranging from misdemeanor crimes to lengthy death penalty homicide trials.



Nathan East – Director

A founding member of the chart-topping contemporary jazz group Fourplay, East was 16 years old when he got his first break and found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming and for the last forty years, East has been churning out hit songs with artists as legendary as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder.

His genre-crossing groove has earned him both the recognition – a Congressional Record for his contributions to the worldwide music community, for one – and the boundary-busting respect of his peers, illustrated by his current appearances on two hit records as diverse as Andrea Bocelli’s Passione and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.