2007 Winter Academy

2007 Winter Academy

Explorer Post 449 The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2007 Winter Explorer Academy at the Los Alamitos Military Base, from February 16th through February 19th. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. 94 explorers, from throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, began the academy; 88 successfully graduated. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 was strongly represented and proudly saw 17 explorers graduate at the Garden Grove Community Center, on February 19th. Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson, Captain Dave Wilson and Lieutenant Tom Slayton were present at the graduation. We would like to congratulate the following explorers from Post 449 for a very impressive showing:


  • Jay Frausto - 2nd place.
  • Eddie Pena - 4th place.

Written Exam

  • David McElwain - 4th place
  • Michael Ji - 5th place

Female Physical Agility Test

Amanda McCarthy - 5th place. 

We would like to recognize the following Sheriff's Explorers for completing the 2007 OCLEEA Explorer Winter Academy.

  • Jay Frausto
  • Anthony Le
  • Marcus Hernandez
  • Eddie Pena
  • Christina Colima
  • Jean B. Okey
  • Michael Ji
  • Anthony Zoelner
  • Valerie Llamas
  • Bryan Tapia
  • Willie Onodera
  • Giovanni Zuniga
  • Alex Wong
  • Juan Diaz
  • Amanda McCarthy
  • David McElwain
  • Jesse Lopez

Explorer Post 449 would like to thank Deputy Sherri Gilman (South Operations - San Clemente Police Services), who was the Assistant Director of the Academy, Deputy Richard Oates (Intake Release Center) and Deputy Gregg Surrell (Lemoreaux Justice Center) who mentored, trained and monitored the explorers in their role as Explorer Academy Tactical Officers, and Explorers Yanira Rojo, and Andrew Ha for assisting the Tactical Officers at the academy.


Explorer Post 449 would like to thank the following Sheriff’s personnel for their assistance with staffing, funding, transportation, training and equipment needed for the Academy:

  • Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson - Operations
  • Captain Dave Wilson - Community Services Division
  • Captain Christine Murray - North Operations
  • Lieutenant Tom Slayton - Director of Explorer Post 449
  • Lieutenant James Lazzaro, Sergeant Kirk Antes, Deputy Dan Meyers and
  • Deputy Terry Stepp - Transportation Bureau
  • Reserve Lieutenant Pam Peters - Community Services Division
  • Office Supervisor Karen Waters - Community Services Division
  • Office Specialist Cathy Paneque - Community Services Division
  • Accounting Assistant Kathy Hayes - Travel Desk/Financial
  • Analyst Kathy Douglas - ASR’s/Grants - Financial/Administrative Services