Directors Emeriti

Robert Burwell
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1982

Bob Burwell was a Fair director from 1982-02 and named director emeritus in 2002. He is the retired president of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. He served as a board member of Pomona Chamber and won the Chamber’s Community Service Award in 1992. Burwell earned a bachelor of arts degree and master’s degree in business administration at University of Michigan.

Richard Crean
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1997

Rich Crean was LACFA chairman of the board 2008-2012, having served as vice chairman 2002-07. He was named director emeritus in 2013. He is vice chair of The Learning Centers at Fairplex and serves on several TLC committees. He is retired CEO of Averbeck Company Insurance Brokers and currently a senior financial advisor with California Financial Partners in Glendale. Crean is a member of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Board. Crean served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Board of the National Orange Show during the 1990’s, grows olives and produces olive oil.

Robert Dukes
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1990

Robert Dukes was named Fair director in 2003 and director emeritus in 2015. He currently serves on the hall of fame committee, Claremont community committee, as a board member of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.and a member of several TLC committees. He is a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge and formerly had a private law practice. Dukes served as Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney from 1976-1981. He is a member of the board of directors at Haynes Family of Programs Center forFamilies and Children in La Verne. He is a former Adjunct Professor Law, University of La Verne Law School. Dukes earned a B.A. from University of Redlands and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He is a native of Pomona, Calif.

Juan Gamboa
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1979

Juan Gamboa became a Fair director in 1993 and named director emeritus in 2011. He is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Real Estate and retired from special sales and leasing at Citrus Motors Ford in Ontario. He serves on the LACFA emeritus outreach committee. He is former president of Gamboa Enterprises Inc. Also past president and current member of Pomona Kiwanis Club; served as 1987 lieutenant governor for Division 15 of Kiwanis International; board member of Inland Valley Economic Development Corp.; past board member of Pomona Red Cross; Claremont Community Foundation; President's Society of Western University of Health Sciences; Pomona Valley Historical Society;  and Pomona Chamber of Commerce. Gamboa holds an accounting degree from Escuela de Ensenanzas Especialis No. 24 in Tijuana.

Sue Hyland
Director Emerita
Joined Fair Association: 2004

Sue Hyland became a director in 2009 and was named director emerita in 2015. She serves on The Learning Centers board.  She previously served on the Capital Campaign Cabinet for the Child Development Center, celebrating the results of the Center’s first capital campaign, with donations of more than $2 million. She is owner and chairman of the board of The Claremont Club; and, named Business Woman of the Year in 2002-03 and awarded Claremont Chamber’s nationally recognized Athena Award. She served on Foundation Board at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and on the board of Claremont Red Cross.

Molly Johnson
Director Emerita
Joined Fair Association: 1979

Molly Johnson was inducted into the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s Hall of Fame in 2005 for outstanding leadership, counsel and dedication. She was the first woman to serve on the Fair board when named director in 1979. She was named director emerita in 2001. Johnson was the first chairwoman of the Child Development Foundation in 1999 and the first woman president of the board for Pilgrim Place in Claremont. She attended Stanford University, Rockford College in Illinois and graduated in field studies in Harlem, NY, in group work administration.

Linda Keagle
Director Emerita
Joined Fair Association:
2002

Linda Keagle was named a Fair director in 2003 and director emerita in 2015. She is chair of the Hall of Fame Committee, a member of LACFA investment committee, vice chair of the community committee and co-chair of the Upland community committee, and is a member of the MSCA Art Advisory committee. She has served as a judge in the Fair’s Creative department and the Wines of the World packaging design competition. Linda is a restaurateur and an owner and founder of Cask ‘n Cleaver restaurants and also owns the historic Sycamore Inn in Rancho Cucamonga. She was named a Woman of Distinction in the California 63rd Assembly District in 2006 and Entrepreneur of the Year by the Riverside Press Enterprise in 2011. Linda is a former grower of wine grapes.  She currently farms 8 acres of avocados in Upland. She has served on the board of the Upland Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Governors of Webb Schools. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Upland.  Linda is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and is a native of Evanston, IL.

James Kostoff
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1966

Jim Kostoff was named to the board of directors in 1970; he served as chairman of the board 1983 to 2002; and was named director emeritus in 2002. He is retired president of Claremont law firm of Nichols, Stead, Boileau and Kostoff, a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont and UCLA Law School. Kostoff is the recipient of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1989.

Hugh La Bounty
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1984

Hugh La Bounty became a Fair director in 1990 and was named director emeritus in 1997. He is retired president of Cal Poly Pomona, a position he held 1977 to 1991. La Bounty earned a bachelor of arts and master’s degree from Redlands and doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles.

Arthur Ludwick 
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association:
1990

Art Ludwick was named Chairman of the Board in January 2012, having served as a Fair Director since 2002 and named Director Emeritus in 2014. He is currently Chairman of The Learning Center Board at Fairplex. He also serves on the Glendora community committee. He is retired Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Rain Bird Corporation and currently serves on its Board of Directors as non-executive Chairman of the Board. He is a member of Glendora Kiwanis and Chairman Emeritus of Foothill Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Citrus Valley Health partners. He formerly served as Chairman of the Glendora Parks and Recreations Commission. He is a graduate of Stanford University, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering Administration. He and wife Sarah were named Citizens of the Year by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce in 1987, and were honored at the 2004 LA County Fair Premiere Party for their many years of community service and dedication to education.

Thomas Nuss
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1984

Tom Nuss was inducted into the LACFA Hall of Fame in 2005, honored for outstanding leadership, dedication and participation in the Association. Hi is currently on the LACFA Hall of Fame committee. He served as the first chairman of the Millard Sheets Gallery Foundation upon its inception in 1999. Also served as co-chair of Millard Sheets Center for the Arts advisory committee and on The Learning Centers board. He became a Fair director in 1990 and director emeritus in 2002. Nuss also serves as director on PVHMC board. He retired as full-time superior court judge in 1994 and currently serves as private judge for arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences. Nuss is the former mayor of San Dimas and was named San Dimas 1965 Citizen of the Year. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law.

Janet Paulson
Director Emerita
Joined Fair Association: 1982

Janet Paulson was named Fair director in 1992 and director emerita in 2003. Served as Chair PVHMC Foundation  Chair Hillcrest Board of Directors Currently  serve as director on PVHMC, IVHP and VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California boards.  Serves as an Ambassador Volunteer and CDC Auction committee member.

James Piatt
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1975

Jim Piatt was named Fair director in 1981 and director emeritus in 2003. He retired as full-time Superior Court judge in 1993, where he served since 1984. He practiced law until 1971 before teaching business law and ethics courses at Cal Poly Pomona and University of La Verne Law School. He served on LeRoy Haynes board of trustees; is past president of Pomona Rotary Club; and member of California Judges Association. Piatt is a graduate of Pomona College and UCLA Law School.

Larry Rinehart
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1995

Larry Rinehart served as a Fair director from 2002 to 2009, named director emeritus in 2009.  He retired as president and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange listed PFF Bank & Trust in 2006. Prior to retirement, Rinehart served on many local and national boards including president of the La Habra Neighborhood Association, president of the Pomona Downtown Business group, Chairman of the Pomona Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, Chairman of the Old Baldy Boy Scouts of America, member and treasurer of the board of trustees of the University of La Verne, board member Casa Colina Hospital, member of the board of trustees of Cal Poly Pomona Development Foundation, board member of the California Bankers Association and the United States Bankers Association, board member of the Inland Empire United Way, and several other local civic organizations.  Rinehart earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of La Verne and was selected for their President's Award in 1996.

Jil Stark
Director Emerita
Joined Fair Association: 1979

Jil Stark served on the Los Angeles County Fair Association board of directors 2002 to 2010. She joined the Association in 1979 and was named director emerita in 2010. She currently is a member of The Learning Centers board, chairs CTEC steering committee and sits on The Reed Art Board. She has served on a number of committees including as chair of the Fairplex Education Foundation; community committees; Big Yellow Bus program; and FairKids Field Trips program. She is a member of Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges, the Foothill Philharmonic, The Napier Council at Pilgrim Place and Campus Women of the Claremont Colleges. Stark is the former director of Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College and former lecturer and dean of freshman at Scripps College, Claremont. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Scripps College, was moderator of United Church of Christ, and was a founding board member of Claremont Community Foundation. Also served on the committee on aging, on the board of Mt. San Antonio Gardens, and on the  board of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. She was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Jack Todd
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1969

Jack Todd was named LACFA director in 1972, named director emeritus in 1997. He is chairman of the board Todd Memorial Chapel and retired owner and president of Todd Memorial Chapel in Pomona. He was named Funeral Director of the Year by California Funeral Directors Association in 1987; named Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service and Boss of the Year award winner; and granted honorary life membership with Pomona chapter of the American Red Cross. Todd is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara and is a native of Pomona, Calif. 

Ronald Vera
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association:
2001 

Ronald Vera was named Fair director in 2002 and director emeritus in 2014. He is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Vera & Barbosa in Claremont. He served on the LACFA’s investment and audit committee and La Verne Blue Ribbon committee. He is a former adjunct professor of law at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Law and serves on the board of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and the California Community Foundation and the California Consortium of Education Foundation. He earned a B.S. from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate law degree from UCLA and is a native of Pomona, Calif.

Reginald Webb
Director Emeritus
Joined Fair Association: 1990

Reggie Webb was named Fair director in 1997, named vice chair in 2007 and director emeritus in 2012. He is owner/operator of 12 McDonald’s restaurants in the Pomona area with the latest acquisition opened June 1, 2001, in La Puente where Webb was employed by McDonald’s more than 20 years ago. He is past chairman of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association, after serving as chairman from 1994-1998. He opened his first two McDonald’s in 1985, followed by additional restaurants in 1988 and 1996, after beginning his career with McDonald’s in 1973, working his way from manager trainee to regional vice president. He served on the board of directors of McDonald’s of Hawaii and the Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities; serves on the board of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and McDonald’s National Leadership Council; and is a member of 100 Black Men. He served in United States Coast Guard. The Webbs were honored at the 2006 L.A. County Fair Premiere Party for their philanthropy and community service.