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The Corona Fire Safety Foundation is an all-volunteer organization. Our members and Board of Directors do not receive compensation for their time and effort. Our motivation is rooted in a spirit of public service, and a passion for promoting and enhancing public safety and preparedness within our community.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets regularly to ensure that the Foundation’s activities remain consistent with our strategic plan, that our engagements are effective, productive, and conducive to our overall mission and vision, and to ensure that people, resources and finances are in place to accomplish our objectives.

Executive Board

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    Cari Smith


    - Cari Smith was elected to the Board in September, 2015. She has lived in Corona since 1978 and for the past 20 years has worked as an account manager for her family's aerospace company, Cal-Draulics, Inc. She and her husband, Jeremy have daughter, Avery. She was an active PTA and cheer Mom while her daughter attended school in Corona. She is a proud member of our CERT team and the current Vice President of the Corona Library Foundation. Her hobbies include mud runs/obstacle races, Zumba, hiking and baking.

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    Tom Sherman

    Vice President

    - Tom Sherman grew up in Corona and surrounding areas. He's proud to say that Sherman Street in Corona is named after his family. Tom was elected to the Board in March 2015. He and his wife, MaryAnn, have been married since 1972 and have two grown children (Tom and Nancy). Tom has been in Fire Service since 1963 and is currently a Safety Officer with So-Cal Incident Management Team 1. Tom is also a Viet Nam Vet. Traveling to their property in Utah, dining at their favorite restaurants and exploring new ones is what Tom likes to do in his spare time. Annual hunting trips with family and friends is what he always looks forward to.

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    Greg Becker


    - Greg Becker was elected to the Board in September, 2015. He grew up in Orange County and moved to Riverside in 1988 and then to Corona in 1999. He has been married to his wife, Bridget since 1987. They have three daughters, Brittney, Ashley and Cierra and two granddaughters, Brooklynn and Aubree. Greg is self- employed in his Apparel Business. He is actively involved in his Church (Harvest Christian Fellowship-South Corona) serving as ministry coordinator for both the Usher Ministry and Men's Valor Bible study. Greg enjoys a nice round of golf, spending time with his family and working on his Christmas display year round.

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    Pete Sayegh


    - Pete has been a Corona resident since 2005. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Business Management (Summa Cum Laude). He has been happily married to his wife Mona for 20 years, they have three amazing teenagers. Mona and I have sold real estate together since 1999. His love for Corona began the moment they called it home where he has enjoyed the weather, the people, and the lifestyle. He especially enjoys serving on the two boards that support the Corona Fire and Police Departments. Volunteering in this community has afforded me some of the best relationships with the most amazing people, both spiritually and socially.

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    Chris Cox

    Fire Chief

    - Chris Cox, Interim Fire Chief

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    Eric Estes

    Local 3757 President

    - Eric joined the board in 2016 as the new CFA representative! He have lived in Corona since 1998, and attended Prado View, Rainey Intermediate and Santiago High School. Eric and his wife Whitney have a beautiful baby boy named Brody. Eric began his career in the Fire Service in 2012 with the Palm Springs Fire Department, and joined the Corona Fire Department family in 2014. He enjoys traveling with his family, and playing hockey with the Ontario Fire Department, which hosts the Fire On Ice game that raises over $25,000 every year for charity.

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    Karina Carter

    Marketing Coordinator

    - Karina joined the board in 2017 after being a long time advocate of our Corona firefighters., she grew up in Orange County and moved to Corona in 2010. Since then, she has been an Operations manager at UFC Gym and currently resides in Riverside. She is a graduate student at the University of Southern California where she is getting her Masters in business communications. Her hobbies include spending time with her 3 year old son Konnor, anything outdoors and being involved in the community.

General Board Members

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    Becky Gunoe

    - Becky Gunoe has has lived in Corona since 1973. Her husband, Charles E. Gunnoe, MD. (often referred to as the Marcus Welby of Corona) died in March of 2012. She had worked alongside of him as his back office nurse for 25 years. Their daughter, Laura, her husband Michael and her two grandsons Bennie and Sean live on their ranch here in the middle of the Cleveland National Forest. I have been the Executive Director and Crisis Team Manager of the Corona Trauma Intervention Program since its inception in 1996. I have had the privilege of serving on the Corona Police Community Partnership Board since 1997. I have also had the privilege of serving on the Corona Fire Safety Foundation Board since 2002 and am the immediate past President of the Board of Directors. In addition, I also currently serve on the Corona Regional Medical Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. In 2002 I received the Boy Scout’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year and in 2008 I received the Chamber’s Citizen of Year and I received the YMCA’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

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    Don Ries

    - Don is proud to have begun his affiliation with the Corona Safety Foundation as the founding President in 1998 and served as President until 2006 when he was elected Vice-president. Don served as Vice-President until 2016 and still serves the board as a General Board Member. He was the chair of the smoke detector program and Co-Chairman of the Great Taste – CFSF/CPCP fundraiser for the 12 years it ran. Don and his wife Sherry have been active citizens in Corona since 1986 working with other groups such as the Special Olympics, The Wild Game Feed, CERT, Catholic Athletic League and St. Matthews Church to name a few. Don pays the bills since as the Energy / Utility Manager for the County of Orange.

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    Karen Speigel

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    Mary Ybarra

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    Ray Russel

    - Ray Russel was born in 1940. His father was a San Diego, California fireman. Ray started as a volunteer fireman in 1957 in Norco, he was in the Army for three years, came out and went into the fire service for the next 50 + years. Ray retired as an assistant chief in the California state fire marshal’s office. He also spent 30 years as a volunteer fire captain with Riverside County fire department at Home Gardens Company 13. Ray owns a business that makes and sells fire helmets worldwide.

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    Trish Thompson

    - Coming Soon!

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