2006 OCLEEAA Summer Academy

2006 OCLEEAA Summer Academy

The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2006 Summer Explorer Academy at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, from August 6th through 10th. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. 155 explorers, from throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, began the academy; 145 successfully graduated. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 was strongly represented and proudly saw 41 explorers graduate at the Garden Grove Community Center, on August 10th. Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson, Lieutenant Tom Slayton and Lieutenant Roger Neumeister were present at the graduation. We would like to congratulate the following explorers from Post 449 for a very impressive showing:

Top Overall Explorer (Top Score for all award categories):

  • Sebastian Marin

Most Inspirational Explorer (Voted on by fellow Explorers):

  • Joseph Harper


  • Jeff Duehr - 3rd place.
  • Sebastian Marin - 5th place.


  • Curtis Hazell - 5th place.

Written Exam:

  • Alex Kim - 3rd place
  • Curtis Hazell - 4th place

Male Physical Agility Test:

  • Sebastian Marin - 5th place.

Female Physical Agility Test:

  • Jackie Cataline - 1st place

We would like to recognize the following Sheriff's Explorers for completing the 2006 OCLEEA Explorer Summer Academy.

  • Taryn Boggess
  • Melissa Borjas
  • Jevon Bragg
  • Vincent Breck
  • Zachary Bron
  • Alex Brown
  • Dylan Cataline
  • Jaclyn Cataline
  • Nikko Cataline
  • Paul Coleman
  • Lorenzo Corona
  • Angelo Cosma
  • Kevin Daniels
  • Jeffrey Duehr
  • Nichole Garcia
  • Jose Garcia
  • Janette Gonzalez
  • Scott Gordinier
  • Steven Guarneri
  • Ruben Guevara
  • Aaron Gutierrez
  • Landon Hanania
  • Jake Harper
  • Joe Harper
  • Curtis Hazell
  • Elizabeth Jimenez
  • Alexander Kim
  • Jacqueline Labarbera
  • Richard Lowe
  • Sebastian Marin
  • Brian Mergen
  • Robert Mergen
  • Garrett Miller
  • John Miller
  • Lex Ogan
  • Stephanie Ramirez
  • Ruby Salazar
  • Richard Shoopman
  • Taylor Smith
  • Steven Tran
  • Joshua Travers

Explorer Post 449 would like to thank Deputy Sherri Gilman (South Operations - San Clemente Police Services), who was the Director of the Academy, Deputy Bart Epley (Community Services Division - Community Programs) and Deputy Victor Valdez (Intake Release Center) who mentored, trained and monitored the explorers in their role as Explorer Academy Tactical Officers, and Explorers Carl Dossland, Yanira Rojo, and Spencer Crisp for assisting the Tactical Officers at the academy.

Explorer Post 449 would also like to thank Deputy Jim Hoffman and his K-9 Zappa for the excellent demonstration and training at the academy and Sheriff's helicopter Pilots Deputy Dave Tilstra and Deputy Mike Russell for landing one of the Sheriff's helicopter's at the base for the explorers to observe and talk to the pilots. We would also like to thank Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Jan Sener, who arranged for the academy to use the fatal vision goggles for the D.U.I. class, taught at the academy.

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

  • Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson - Operations
  • Captain Dave Wilson - Community Services Division
  • Captain Christine Murray - North Operations
  • Captain Dennis DeMaio - Airport Operations Division
  • Lieutenant Tom Slayton - Director of Explorer Post 449
  • Lieutenant Mark Levy and Sergeant Manny Pacheco - Airport Operations Division
  • Lieutenant James Lazzaro, Sergeant Kirk Antes, Deputy Dan Meyers and
  • Deputy Terry Stepp - Transportation Bureau
  • 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