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DEAN R. PEARSON    |     Vice Chairman / Active Fire Trustee
dpearson@safppf.org

Dean was first elected in April 2012 to serve as Active Fire Trustee of the Fire and Police Pension Fund, and was re-elected in May 2013. He is currently a Fire Engineer in the San Antonio Fire Department. Dean currently serves on the Fund's Investment Committee, Personnel/Audit Committee, and is Chairman of the Disability Committee.
 
JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ    |     Mayoral Designee
jrodriguez@safppf.org

Born and raised in San Antonio, Justin is a proud lifelong resident of San Antonio’s west side. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Justin began his career in public service as a juvenile prosecutor for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office where he worked diligently to assist young offenders in their rehabilitative efforts. Elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Independent School District in 2004, Justin served in that role for three years before being elected to the San Antonio City Council and representing District 7 for two terms from 2007-2011. Improving the quality of life for residents by enhancing educational outcomes and creating economic opportunities for hardworking families has always been his focus. In 2012, Justin was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Serving three full terms as State Representative for House District 125, he was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. During his time in the Legislature, Justin advocated for increased access to and affordability of higher education, voting rights, and accessible and affordable healthcare for all Texans. A strong advocate for San Antonio and Bexar County on the House Appropriations Committee, he sought and secured several leadership roles during his tenure including Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and was part of the leadership team of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. On January 4, 2019, Justin was appointed to serve as Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 2 and is filling the first two years of the unexpired term of long-time Commissioner Paul Elizondo. For his service, Justin has been recognized as a “40 Under 40” Rising Star by the San Antonio Business Journal and was named one of the “20 Latino Democrats to Watch Over the Next 20 Years” by the Houston Chronicle. Justin and his wife Victoria are raising their three children near the campus of St. Mary’s University in the heart of San Antonio’s west side.
 
ADRIANA ROCHA GARCIA    |     Board Secretary, Councilwoman/Mayoral Designee

A life-long resident of San Antonio, Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D. was raised in and continues to call Southwest San Antonio home. Dr. Garcia has a passion for working with organizations that help San Antonio’s most underrepresented demographics. Raised in a Spanish-speaking household to parents with a first and second grade Mexican education, she became the first in her family with a college degree. Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, to stay in town to care for her parents. Upon graduation from Incarnate Word, she was offered a job in the university’s Office of Public Relations and completed her Master’s degree from the same university one year later. In 2004, she was in a cohort of 12 students accepted into the University of Texas at Austin's Doctoral Advertising program, where ten years and many miles later, she became one of the first Hispanics to earn a Ph.D. in Advertising from UT’s prestigious Moody College of Communication. Dr. Garcia has held various administrative and consulting communications and marketing positions throughout her life, in organizations like SAMMinistries Furniture for A Cause, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio, Southwest ISD, and Project QUEST. Today, Dr. Garcia is molding tomorrow’s leaders as an Assistant Marketing Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing in the School of Business and Leadership.
 
HARRY GRIFFIN    |     Retired Police Trustee
hgriffin@safppf.org

Assistant Chief of Police Harry Griffin retired in 2010 after 34 years of service with the San Antonio Police Department. Additionally, Harry served as a Board Member with the Fire and Police Pension Fund during the last 19 years of his service as a police officer.Harry graduated from Texas State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and from the 199th FBI National Academy in 1999. He served as a council member for the City of Selma Texas from 1990-2000, a suburb of San Antonio. Harry currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Center for Health Care Services, Bexar County’s local mental health authority, and serves as Treasurer. The Center, a governmental entity, employs 800 mental health professionals and serves the 1.5 million persons residing in Bexar County Texas. Additionally, Harry was appointed to the Texas Risk Management Fund, in 2010, and serves on the Fund’s Investment Committee. Harry was recently re-elected as the Police Retiree Representative for the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund, to a four-year term beginning June 1, 2015. Harry serves on the Pension Fund's Disability Committee, Property Holding Corporation, and is Chairman of the Investment Committee. Harry has been married to his wife Katherine for 39 years and together they have two children, Patrick and Karry.
 
LARRY A. REED    |     Retired Fire Trustee
lar01083@juno.com

Larry Reed is a Retired Fire Department Captain and represents the Retired Firefighters as Trustee on the Fire and Police Pension Fund. He previously served as the Active Firefighter Trustee from 1985-1999 and the Fund's Executive Director from 1999-2003. In addition, Larry was elected by Firefighter Pension Funds across Texas as a Director of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) from 1998-2005. In 2010, he was again elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Generations Community Federal Credit Union for over 20 years. Larry is a 1976 graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio with a BBA in Finance. Larry currently serves on the Disability Committee, Investment Committee, and is Chairman of the Legislative Committee.
 
SHAWN GRIFFIN    |     Active Fire Representative
sgriffin@safppf.org

Shawn Griffin is a San Antonio native who has a passion for service. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in the spring of 1997 with a BA in Public Justice. He then joined the San Antonio Fire Department in 1998. Shawn has served in the SAFD in numerous roles. He has served as a paramedic in both the EMS and Fire Divisions and is currently the Division Chief of Facilities. He has served the members of the SAFD as a member of the Peer Support Team, Chaplain, and has served on the boards of the San Antonio Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund as well as being a founding member of The Responders First Foundation. Shawn was elected to the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund Board in September of 2022, and serves on the Personnel Committee and the SA F&P Holding Corp.
 
MELISSA CABELLO HAVRDA    |     Councilwoman
mhavrda@safppf.org

Melissa Cabello Havrda was elected to the position of District 6 Councilwoman on June 8, 2019. She is the current Chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee and Chair of the Transportation and Mobility Committee. She also serves as a member of the Governance Committee as well as the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Municipal Utilities Committee. Additionally, she serves as Chair-Elect of the Alamo Area Mobility Planning Organization (AAMPO). Councilwoman Cabello Havrda is also a member of the board of directors of the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation, San Antonio Mobility Coalition, and the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Board. Melissa Cabello Havrda is a proud native of District 6 in San Antonio, Texas. Councilwoman Cabello Havrda attended Taft High School in the district and earned her B.A. majoring in political science from St. Mary’s University, a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law, and an MBA from UTSA. While working on obtaining her degrees, Councilwoman Cabello Havrda served her community by holding the position of special assistant to former Mayor Ed Garza. She then served as project coordinator to Mayor Emeritus Lila Cockrell and former Councilwoman Bonnie Conner at the San Antonio Parks Foundation. Councilwoman Cabello Havrda has also taught Business Law and Criminal Court Systems at Northwest Vista Community College. She is a practicing attorney and proud small-business owner, operating The Law Office of Melissa Cabello Havrda, PLLC. Prior to serving on City Council, Councilwoman Cabello Havrda served on numerous boards including the Magik Children’s Theater, MOVE Texas, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, UTHSC Center for Aging, and Transplants for Children, among others. Councilwoman Cabello Havrda has been married to Jason Havrda for over twenty years and they are the proud parents of three children.