President: Dick Gaylord
Dick Gaylord is a Top Producing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX® Real Estate Specialists in Long Beach. RE/MAX® International honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Active in the Long Beach community, Gaylord currently serves as chair of the Personnel Commission at Long Beach City College. He also has served as chair of the Long Beach Planning Commission and Long Beach Civil Service Commission, and as a member of the Long Beach Human Relations Committee. He also served the state of California as a member of the Real Estate Advisory Commission and chair of the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. In 2000 Gaylord served as president of the California Association of REALTORS© and in 2008 he served as president of the National Association of REALTORS©. Gaylord was honored by the March of Dimes as “Industry Man of the Year.” He is a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church and has resided in Belmont Shore for more than 40 years.
Vice President: Kurt Schneiter
Kurt Schneiter has lived in Belmont Shore and the heights since 1989 where he and Jennifer have been raising four daughters. Schneiter had spent 12 years on the Parking Commission and is proud of the changes that occurred during his 12 years, including but not limited to: count down meters, rebuilding the alleys and adding over 20 parking spaces in the retail district. Kurt currently develops, renovates and purchases commercial real estate throughout the United States.
Treasurer: Michael Crosby
Mike and his wife, Lenore Rozner, have lived in the Belmont Park neighborhood for the past 27 years, where they raised their two children and shepherded them through the local public schools. Retiring from work as a corporate project manager, Mike served as the “stay-at-home Dad” during those school years, until both children were in college. He subsequently started a consulting business as The College Admissions Coach, assisting local families in navigating the college applications process. He has served as Financial Secretary for both the Lowell and Rogers PTAs, and assisted the Wilson High baseball and soccer programs for many years with their parent group “accounting” needs. Mike attended Long Beach State on a baseball scholarship, graduating with a degree in Sociology.
Secretary: Barbara "BJ" Newell
Unlike most of their colleagues, Barbara “BJ” Newell and her husband David are newbies to Belmont Shore. She didn’t discover Belmont Shore until her college days at UCLA and fell in love with it. BJ lived in the Heights for a year before she and David — then living in Seal Beach — married. They promised themselves they would return to the beach one day, which they did in 2003, after raising their three amazing daughters in Whittier. They have been “living the dream” ever since. Professionally, BJ was a high school English teacher at Bell Gardens High for 22 years. Besides being a part of Friends of Belmont Shore, she has done volunteer work at LB Rescue Mission, and tutors at Lowell Elementary and SATO High School.
Casey Allen and her husband Dave can boast living in Belmont Shore for 38 years and in Third District of Long Beach for 47 years. She has been a neighborhood and community advocate most of her life and has a passion for the homeless. Her education credentials include: Education degree from Eastern Oregon, math and science degree from CSULB, and Master of Arts and Technology degree from USIU. She has been an educator in Oregon, Germany, L.A. City, and even a part time teaching professorship at Cal State U Dominguez Hills, but spent most of her career teaching math and science in the ABC schools. Today Casey is a small group leader for SeaCoast Grace Church and serves on the LBPD Quality of Life Board, which only services the homeless. She is also the "self appointed" captain of the La Verne Avenue contingency. Casey, husband Dave, and adult son Chris, love living here.
Colleen Bentley recently retired after eight years as the Director of Special Projects for the California State University Office of the Chancellor. Previously she served 10 years as the director of public affairs and five years as the manager of media relations. Teaching media training for more than 20 years, she formerly was a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles County and Las Vegas, Nevada. A Long Beach native and Belmont Shore resident since 1982, she is a graduate of St. Anthony High School, received her bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach and did graduate work at UNLV. She is an active volunteer on several local boards.
Bobby Bluehouse and his wife Maria live on East Ocean Boulevard and are passionately dedicated volunteers. Bobby is an IKO Certified Kite Surfing Instructor for all levels and ages right here in the Shore every Sunday to Thursday. He and his wife also operate Arcadia Blues Club - Always Kiting and Edwards Engineering producing Blues Concerts along with sales, consulting, the design of sports equipment, kites, boards, and hydrofoils. Additionally, Bobby is a band leader, composer, drummer, singer, actor, SAG member, waterman coach, kitesurfer, stand up paddler open ocean and enjoys yoga. His professional background has been IEEE electronic engineer, aerospace, security consultant, owner operator - nightclubs, restaurants, recording studios and music festivals. Bobby has served in several Downtown Business, Parking, Resident, Service Associations and has instructed handicapped/youth/seniors in various swimming, skiing, boating and water sports.
Vanessa Liddell, a real estate agent with a local Coldwell Banker office, moved to Belmont Shore in 2014, and has thrown herself in the community. Vanessa has been involved in the real estate industry for more 25 years. Vanessa has done everything from senior escrow office to opening and managing escrow companies to training other officers. In 2006 Vanessa began assisting distressed homeowners to avoid foreclosure and traveled the country teaching other agents how to do the same in their areas. That training and consulting translated into her current real estate career of working with distressed or special real estate cases such as divorce, seniors’ placement and probate. Vanessa loves her job and also has a passion for music. "Every morning I wake up and look outside I smile and know I am blessed” to live in the Shore. Vanessa lives with her yorkie Bella.
David "Coach" Newell
The other happy transplant to Belmont Shore is David “Coach” Newell. He attended Whittier College where he was a First Team All American football player. Following graduation, he entered the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Then began “Coach’s” 40 year career as a U.S. History teacher and highly successful football coach at Bell Gardens High School, where he also met Barbara. As the head football coach, his teams won 18 league championships, and he was selected Coach of the Year four times by the Los Angeles Times. Besides thriving in all Belmont Shore has to offer, he and his wife spend as much time as they can with their three wonderful adult daughters.
Sandy Riddle has been a Real Estate Agent for 16 years and loves working in “our beautiful city of Long Beach.” Previously she was in the fashion industry for 25 years. Riddle owned her own Clothing & Textile Company working with a wide range of manufacturers and major department stores. She traveled monthly to New York for fashion market weeks. Riddle graduated from Cal State Fullerton.
Bitta Jansma Sharma
Bitta Jansma Sharma moved to beautiful Belmont Shore with her husband Patrick and son Owen in 2016, and they welcomed baby brother Evren in 2017. Bitta grew up down the coast in Newport Beach, graduated from Claremont McKenna College and then received a J.D. and Masters in Education from Stanford. Prior to enrolling in law school, she served as a Fulbright instructor in primary schools outside of Paris and taught French at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. After law school, she worked as a corporate attorney at two global law firms in Silicon Valley, Boston and Los Angeles, focusing primarily on the legal needs of venture and growth technology clients. After seven years of practice and with two little ones at home, Bitta decided to transition from legal work back to education. She is currently fulfilling a long-held desire to directly serve the California public education system by pursuing a teaching credential at CSULB. Bitta enjoys dance, yoga and, most of all, hanging out in the Shore with family and friends.
Committee Chairs and Contact Information
Fund Raising - Dick Gaylord email@example.com
Kurt Schneiter firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Place Set Up and Lock Up - Casey Allen email@example.com
Meeting Programs - Bobby Bluehouse firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership - Vanessa Liddell email@example.com
Social Media - Kristina Duggan firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Events - Colleen Bentley email@example.com