Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund
Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

Thank You Dell and Google 

I was very happy to be able to hand deliver 24 checks to members of the Santa Rosa Police Department and the Sonoma County Deputy Sheriffs Department who are victims of the NorCal fires and our Local Heroes on March 1st, 2018.  Together, BALEAF, Dell, Google and private donors generously donated and we were able to raise an additional $12,000.00 for law-enforcement members and their families in a time of need. 

As always we appreciate your ongoing support of our organization!


Sincerely, Kelly Blackwell Garcia 
President of BALEAF

SFPD Sergeant Stephanie Long / BALEAF Executive Director, Kenton Lewis / Dell Fundraising, and Steve Rakoski / President of the Santa Rosa Police Officers Association with members of the Santa Rosa Police Officers Association at check presentation with BALEAF President Kelly Blackwell-Garcia.

Kenton Lewis, Steve Rakowski, and Kelly Blackwell-Garcia

Thank You for Heeding the Call!

It was my honor and privilege to hand-deliver 25 checks to active and retired members of the Santa Rosa Police Department who lost their homes to the fires. Due to the many generous donations made on the behalf of active and retired members of the Santa Rosa Police Department and their families, very giving donors and BALEAF we were able to raise over $39,000.00 in little over a month. It was a pleasure to meet with Chief Schreeder and a wonderful experience working with Retired SRPD Tom Combs on the SRPD RELIEF FUND. We thank each and every person who contributed. We honor our First Responders and their families and their brothers and sisters who support them.

BALEAF (BAY AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE FUND) assists law enforcement members and their families who have experienced a line of duty death, catastrophic event, injury or illness. For more information about BALEAF go to


Kelly Blackwell- Garcia
President of BALEAF

Chief Schreeder, Santa Rosa Police Department, and BALEAF President, Kelly Blackwell-Garcia

What is BALEAF?


BALEAF, founded in 1999, provides support to law enforcement families who have experienced a member killed in the line of duty, a loss of life, or a serious injury or illness.


BALEAF can provide immediate funding for a range of needs in these difficult circumstances.


BALEAF supports all employees of law enforcement agencies within the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties.


The BALEAF Board of Directors includes active and retired officers, as well as survivors of members we have lost.


BALEAF provides:


  • Short term financial assistance
  • Referrals for psychological services, grief support, and spiritual support
  • Educational scholarships


President's Message

Greetings. I would like to take a moment to thank all of our very generous donors who continually support our organization. Your generosity has allowed us to assist so many of our brothers and sisters who have suffered a catastrophic event, line of duty death, injury or illness. By donating you help make a difference when it comes to law-enforcement families in need.

On behalf of the BALEAF Board of Directors we would like to welcome three of our newest members - Survivor Mark Rosekind, Retired San Francisco Police Department Commander, Leroy Lindo, and Retired Santa Rosa Police Department Sergeant, Lisa Banayat. We are honored to have them as part of our organization, where it is our mission to assist law enforcement members and their families in a time of need. 


Mark was born in San Francisco as a third generation San Franciscan. His father was Barry Rosekind, an SFPD motorcycle officer that was killed in the line of duty in 1958 while pursuing a traffic violator. Following his father’s death, the family moved to San Bruno, where he attended junior high school at Engvall and high school at Crestmoor. He earned his B.A. with honors from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and his Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University Medical School. Mark is a passionate safety professional with more than 30 years of experience promoting innovations through science and leadership in complex environments. He is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue and is credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sleep Foundation; NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and six other NASA group/team awards; the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, two Flight Safety Foundation honors; and Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Prior to his appointment with the NTSB, Mark founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company’s first president and chief scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Mark was appointed by President Obama and served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014. He was the on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in almost 50 accident Board Meetings, along with numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. He advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit.

In April 2017, Mark joined the executive team of Zoox, Inc., as the Chief Safety Innovation Officer. He will lead efforts at Zoox to safely develop, test, and deploy autonomous vehicles. Prior to Zoox, he was appointed by President Obama to be the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Serving from 2014 to the present, Mark led significant transformation, instilling a proactive safety culture while driving both the Agency and automobile industry to be future-oriented. His initiatives included the development and issuance of the first-ever Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, the founding of the Road to Zero coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, and aggressive oversight of safety in the automobile industry, including leading the Agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in U.S. history.

When asked why he wanted to join the BALEAF Board, he stated, “With my mother having been the President of BALEAF for 10 years, there were many opportunities to support BALEAF over the years. It is a tremendous honor to now join the Board and support the BALEAF mission, and work with my mother for an organization that has meant so much to our family.”

Mark has been married for 34 years, and has two grown kids. From a young age, he has loved magic and it has, and continues to be, a fun activity. He especially remembers levitating his wife in the air, ‘zig zagging’ her at the S.F. Press Club when he and his wife were in college, and helping a friend do the first magic illusion in space!


Leroy is a retired Commander from the San Francisco Police Department. Leroy was born and raised in San Francisco, attending elementary school at St. Michael’s, Junior High School at James Denman, High School at Balboa High, and college at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State, where he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in juvenile delinquency.

Leroy joined the San Francisco Police Department on August 15, 1977 as a member of the 129th recruit class. He did his FTO training at Northern Station; then was assigned to Park Station, and subsequently to Mission Station. Assignments that he worked in throughout his career included the Community Service Unit, the Gang Task Force, the Housing Task Force, Potrero Station, the Domestic Violence Response Unity, the Special Investigations/Mayor’s Security Detail, Homicide, General Work Detail, and the San Francisco Housing Authority.

He was promoted to the rank of Inspector, then Sergeant, followed by a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Later, he was promoted to the rank of Commander by Chief Heather Fong, where he worked as a liaison to the San Francisco Housing Authority until his retirement on April 1, 2008 after 32 years of service.

When asked why he wanted to become a member of the BALEAF Board, Leroy said, “I had spoken with BALEAF Board Member, Bob Guinan, about the organization at the annual Law Enforcement Night with the Giants, and wanted to be a part of it, as I had a strong desire to help other officers and their families; it was the compelling factor in me wanting to join BALEAF.”

Leroy volunteers at Bret Harte Elementary School in their Reading Partners program, and delivering food bags to the elderly in his neighborhood on a weekly basis. He enjoys playing with remote controlled cars and drones, going to sporting events (Giants, 49’er’s and Warriors), and likes to travel with his family and friends. He is also a Board member with the Widow and Orphans Association, in addition to being appointed as a Commissioner of the San Francisco Housing Authority by the late Mayor Ed Lee. 


Lisa was born in San Francisco and raised in Daly City and the peninsula. School was a long road for her, but she finally graduated from USF with a degree in Public Administration/Law Enforcement Leadership in 2009. Lisa started as a volunteer cadet for the San Mateo Police Department, and did stints as a records clerk and a dispatcher before becoming an officer with the Burlingame Police Department in 1988.

In 1990, Lisa did a lateral transfer to the Santa Rosa Police Department, where she worked for 25 years. She became Santa Rosa's first female Sergeant in 2002, and worked a variety of assignments, including as a Homicide and Robbery Detective, as a Press Information Officer, and as a School Resource Sergeant, although she says that her favorite assignment was always patrol. She also spent 22 years working as a Hostage Negotiator.  

Lisa said that she wanted to be a member of the BALEAF Board because one of her officers had been critically injured after being hit by a car during a foot pursuit a few years ago, and she had reached out to BALEAF for help. BALEAF responded and was absolutely awesome! That same officer lost her home in the recent Santa Rosa fires, and once again, BALEAF helped her, and a number of other law enforcement officers from the Department, who had lost their homes to the fires. Once she retired, she wanted to help keep that spirit going for others who need it.

Lisa stays busy working part-time doing private investigator work, and raising her twin teenage boys and taking care of her pets. She enjoys cooking, taking cooking classes, hiking, and traveling.

We are honored to have Mark, Leroy and Lisa on our Board, where it is our mission to assist our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and their families in a time of need.

Kelly Blackwell-Garcia
President of BALEAF 
Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

Combined Charities

BALEAF is proud to announce that the San Francisco Police Department participated in a City-wide combined charities campaign, with over 50 other City agencies. SFPD was the top contributor, and BALEAF was the number one charity that SFPD members had selected.  As President of BALEAF I am so very proud.  On behalf of the BALEAF Board of Directors, we thank you!


The BALEAF Board of Directors wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.  Because of the generosity of the members of the San Francisco Police Department, BALEAF will be able to provide financial assistance to many more of our law enforcement families who need the support.



Kelly Blackwell-Garcia


Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund


Information for the 2018 BALEAF Scholarships are now available.


BALEAF will start accepting Applications and Essays on March 26, 2018.


ALL Applications and Essays must be received by 5:00 pm on April 27, 2018.


Scholarship winners will be announced on

May 16, 2018.




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