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Chief's Advisory Board Members

The Police Chief’s Advisory Board was formed in October 2009. Members of the Board are briefed on all activities of the Police Department and bring issues and community concerns to the Chief’s attention. Board members receive updated advisories and alerts on crimes and are invited to department events. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Takoma Park Community Center. Currently, due to COVID-19, meetings are held via Zoom. Applicants are interviewed and selected by the Chief of Police. Members are required to have a criminal background check.  To reach out to a Board member in your Ward, please see their contact information.

Ward 1

Gayle Fisher-Stewart

Ms. Stewart has lived in Takoma Park since 1984 and currently serves as the chaplain for the Takoma Park Police Department.  She is an ordained minister and currently serves at the historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.  In her past career, she served with the Metropolitan Police Department and retired at the rank of Captain.  Contact: or (301) 996-4102


Andy Kelemen

Mr. Kelemen has lived in Takoma Park for over 30 years.  He has been a member of various Takoma Park committees over the years.  He has been a member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee since its inception.  He is a graduate of Takoma Park’s Community Police Academy.  Contact: or (301) 270-0314



Aviva Wright

Aviva is a high school junior and was raised in Takoma Park. She is currently an active volunteer for When We All Vote and Fair Fight and is looking forward to serving as an election judge in the upcoming election. In addition, she is active in her school’s Environmental Club, Community Action Club, Women in Sports club, and plays Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse.  She is very interested in civic participation, social justice, and public safety issues and is honored to serve on this advisory committee. Contact:

Ward 2

Tom Morris, Jr.

Mr. Morris has lived in the Takoma Park Langley area since 1984.  As a career journalist, he covered national news as a member of the White House Press Corps., worked in anti-terrorism and law enforcement as a Washington, DC Special Police Officer, as well as a Uniformed Diplomatic Security Officer for the US State Department.  Mr. Morris spent 19 years with the iconic Fox Crime Show, America’s Most Wanted, as a producer and investigative on-air correspondent.  Morris states “[W}orking to get justice for victims of crime and finding missing children are the things I am most professionally devoted to and passionate about.”  Mr. Morris is currently the host of the fugitive profiling TV show Live PD Wanted on the A&E Network, co-host Crime Analyst on Live PD and host of the A&E sponsored podcast, P.D. Stories.  Mr. Morris further states “I love Takoma Park and have never wanted to live anywhere else.”  Contact:


Juan Luis Torres

Mr. Torres moved to Takoma Park in 1976 to attend college and has lived at his current residence since 1987.  After 32  years, he retired as the Public Works Director for the Town of Cheverly.  Prior to that, he was the Assistant Public Works Director for Takoma Park.  Contact:



Ward 3

Christy Lopez

Ms. Lopez and her husband have lived in Takoma Park since 1995 and have two children.  Until a few years ago, she worked at the US Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division.  She is currently a professor at Georgetown University’s Law School where she teaches courses on Criminal Procedure and Policing and runs a program she co-founded, the Innovative Policing Program.  Contact: or (301) 270-9066


Paul Weeda

Mr. Weeda has lived in Takoma Park since 2010, with his spouse and two children.  He has participated in City committees, coached Takoma soccer, supported election campaigns, played in the Community Band, active in the Pinecrest Neighborhood Association and served on this Board since 2014.  Mr. Weeda is a graduate of Takoma Park’s Community Police Academy.  Contact: 

Ward 4

Donna Gaffney

Ms. Gaffney moved to Takoma Park in 2003 and lives with her husband in the Sligo Hills community.  She works as a trial attorney for a local government agency and has practiced law in MD, VA and DC for 30 years.  Originally hailing from New York, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Natural Sciences and is proud to call Maryland home.  Contact: 


Adam Landsman

Mr. Landsman was born in Takoma Park and is a life-long Montgomery County resident.  Currently, he leads PulselQ!, a unique and innovative company delivering energy efficient to master-meter buildings, and has prior professional experience in property management, real estate and federal consulting.  He earned his BS from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and his MS from University College London’s School of Public Policy in the UK.  Mr. Landsman has lived in Takoma Park since 2011 with his wife, Elizabeth Tully, and together they have two young children, Miriam and Francis.  Contact: or 301-785-5064

Ward 5

Neal Chalofsky

Mr. Chalofsky has lived in Takoma Park for over 35 years, raising his children here.  He is a founding member of the TPSS Co-Op and is a retiring university graduate program faculty member.  Contact:




Sawa Kamara

Ms. Kamara has lived in Takoma Park for a year.  She served on the TPSS food co-op.  Recently, she ran for Ward 5 City Council.  Professionally, she works as a Community Health Worker and is studying Public Policy.  Ms. Kamara served as President of the Takoma Branch Civic Association and is passionate about community and civic engagement, social issues and addressing public safety.  Contact:


Ward 6


Mr. Atoyebi has lived in Takoma Park for eight years. He recently joined the Chief’s Advisory Board. Contact:


Aimee Neeley

Ms. Neeley has lived in Takoma Park since 2010.  She is interested in police policies and neighborhood safety. Contact:





Fred Schultz

Mr. Schultz and his wife moved to Takoma Park in 1986.  He served eight years on the Takoma Park City Council (2009-2017).  Prior to that, he served on the Public Safety Citizens Advisory Committee for approximately three years and the Montgomery County’s Purple Line Master Plan Advisory Group.  Mr. Schultz has a degree from Duke and a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell.  He spent many years in economic development and commercial banking. Contact: or (301) 434-7090


Vilis Kuskevics


Vilis was a police explorer with the Takoma Park Police Department.  He is interested in a career in law enforcement. He really enjoyed doing a few ride-alongs with police officers.  Contact:






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