Meet The Team

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Brian Simuro
President/Founder

Brian is the President and founder of the Cops Care Cancer Foundation. He says he is proud of the work the foundation does for so many deserving families. He says he is extremely thankful to be working with his foundation team. He is quick to tell folks that it takes the whole team to make the foundation a success. Brian started his career as a Police Explorer Cadet for the Roseville Police Department and was then hired a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. In 1996, Brian was hired by the San Jose Police Department and worked as a police officer until August 2015. He was injured in the line of duty and forced to retire. His injury has not prevented him from starting his own business (Private Guide SF) and he still tours the nation as a professional comedian and comedy writer. Brian says he loves to make people laugh and when he has free time he enjoys travel, photography, watching movies and anything to do with animals. Also, Brian had Hodgkin’s Disease in high school. When he does hospital visits or events with children with cancer, he tries to show them that there is life after cancer and that they can be anyone they want to be.

Fabian Torrico
Founding Vice-President

Fabian is the founding Vice President of the foundation. He has played an integral role in making the foundation what it is today. He started his career in law enforcement with the San Jose Police Department in 1996. (He went to the police academy with Brian and Mark) He now works for the Fremont Police Department. In his off time, Fabian enjoys coaching soccer, playing basketball and enjoying time with his wife and daughters.

Cynthia Theobald
Operations Vice President/Co-Coordinator of Fantasy Flight

Cynthia is our current Operations Vice President and Co-coordinator for our annual Fantasy Flight. She is an amazing person who has dedicated her life to helping others. Every year she helps make Fantasy Flight a reality for hundreds of families. She has worked for the San Jose Police Department since 1996 and is currently a Senior Office Specialist. Cynthia is also apart of the Special Olympics Organization and works tirelessly with this wonderful organization as well. In her off time, she enjoys being with her family. She loves the outdoors and is a remarkable scuba diver.

Long Nguyen
Secretary/Treasurer

Long is our current Secretary/Treasurer. He has one of the toughest jobs on the staff and is forever collecting receipts and working with our outside accountant to make sure the foundation stays in compliance with the IRS as a non profit corporation. Long works in the accounting field and has put his expertise to work for our team since 2009. When Long has spare time, he loves to play games and is a fan of electronic dance music.

Mark Womack

Mark is a founding director for the foundation. He and Brian were car partners in the Metro Unit when the foundation was formed. Mark studied economics at UC Davis and his knowledge was crucial when the foundation was filing their state and federal corporation applications. He went to the San Jose Police Academy with Brian and Fabian in 1996 and has been a well respected officer for the department ever since. In his off time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He is a scratch golfer and an amazing bowler. If you can’t find Mark here in California, try the beautiful shores of Hawaii as he spends a lot of time with family there when he can.

Tommy Torrico

Tommy has been with the foundation since it’s inception. He started as a volunteer and advisory member. When Tommy’s talents started to shine, it was obvious that we had to bring him on board full time. He currently serves as a director and handles all of our internal IT issues at our office. At our events, Tommy handles our volunteers and is a proven leader with his trouble shooting skills. He is a part owner of a delicious food truck here in the Bay Area. This keeps him extremely busy. In his off time, Tommy loves to watch soccer, movies and play basketball.

Leana Angkham

Leana started on our team as an intern from SJSU. She was assigned as Brian’s assistant and did an amazing job. Brian and the team appreciated her work ethic and job expertise so much that they offered her an advisory position upon graduation. After only 6 months, Brian aked the board to vote her in as a voting director. Leana currently serves as a director but worked for many years as our Co-coordinator for Fantasy Flight. In 2014, she was offered an amazing career opportunity with Expedia and now lives in the Seattle area. In Leana’s spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Mike Ghezzi

Mike is the newest director on our staff. He has volunteered for the foundation for the last two years but was officially voted in as a director in November of 2015. Mike was a police officer for the San Jose Police Department for almost 20 years. He is a well respected member of our community, the police department and the foundation. His amazing work ethic has a brought a new energy to the team and he is now in charge of our donations program. Mike has beautiful family that he is very devoted too. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, travel and even collects police challenge coins.

Advisory Board Members:

Jason Kilmer

Jason has volunteered with the foundation’s Fantasy Flight as a driver in the procession for the past two years. After last year’s fantasy flight, Jason decided to take on a bigger role and currently serves as an advisory board member. Jason has been a Police Officer with the San Jose Police Department since 2001. He has worked as a Patrol Specialist, Narcotics Covert Investigation Unit and School Liaison Unit. In his free time, Jason enjoys snowboarding, golfing and traveling.

Sandy Carpenter

Sandy started volunteering with the Cops Care Cancer Foundation in 2013 alongside her longtime friend Cynthia Theobald. In 2015, she was invited to join the foundation as an advisory board member; managing the intake of children’s donations (including toys, clothing, educational items, etc. for all ages) and distributing to bay area hospitals and participating families. Sandy also manages the game and prize stations for the annual Fantasy Flight event in December. Sandy works for Cisco Systems, Inc. as a Sr. Executive Assistant in the Technical Services organization. In addition to CCCF, Sandy also serves as the Cisco Liaison for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and active core team member for The Family Giving Tree and Cisco’s Silicon Valley Civic Council. When not working or volunteering, Sandy enjoys cooking and spending time with her 18 year old and 21 year old twin boys.

Hema Look

Hema began volunteering with the foundation in 2014 an began serving as an advisory member a year later. She enjoys giving back and has been fortunate to work for 2 of our sponsors/supporters (Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks) which encourage their employees to get involved and volunteer their time. She started as the chief bounce house monitor at Fantasy Flight and is now spending her time on the intake and distribution of the donations to the local hospitals and participating families. At our events, Hema partners with Sandy to set up and run the games and prizes stations as well as the coordinates the clothing donations to our families. She currently works as an HR Director for Juniper Networks. When she is not working or volunteering, you can find her cheering her teenage twin boys on at their season sports games.

Gordon Shyy

Gordon joined the CCCF team this past year but has been volunteering at Fantasy Flight for the past three years. Gordon started his career as a police officer for the City of San Jose in 2007. In fact, he was car partners with Brian when he was a new officer. Gordon ended up getting hired with the San Francisco Police Department in 2011 and has worked patrol, been one of the Press Information Officers and is now in the Crime Scene Unit. Gordon graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Biochemistry and received his Master’s Degree from UC Irvine. When Gordon is not working or volunteering with the foundation, he loves to spend time with his family and is a fantastic hockey player.

Andrew Theobald

Bio Coming Soon