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WHO WE ARE

The Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation, Inc.
was founded in 1987 and is honored to have distributed over 1 million dollars to Palm Beach County law enforcement officers and their families. 

Deputy Bohne' had a wife and two children and was in the process of constructing a new home. Deputy Gary Hogan, a close friend, decided to raise funds to help with his extraordinary expenses during his recovery. Hogan contacted local dairy farmer, Billy Bowman for assistance. Bowman, along with other members of the community held a benefit barbeque to raise funds for the Bohne' family.

Approximately one year later, Deputy Bill Timmsen was shot five times while attempting to arrest a dangerous felon in the Belle Glade area of Palm Beach County.  Bohne', Hogan, and Bowman banded together and raised funds for the Timmsen family.  A benefit barbeque was successful in raising funds for the Timmsen family.

Bohne', Hogan and Bowman then decided that there should be a permanent means in place to assist officers when emergency funds are needed. They sought out community leaders and law enforcement officers from throughout the county and formed LEAF. 

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Mark Bohne's Uniform when he was shot

On April 21, 1986 Deputy Mark Bohne' was shot 5 times while investigating a

disturbance at a local business.  His bullet proof vest saved his life, and shortly thereafter

LEAF was formed to assist other Palm Beach County law enforcement officers.

LEAF BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2024 - 2025

We thank our Board of Directors who dedicate their time to support our mission.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

PRESIDENT: 

John F. Wegner

VICE PRESIDENT: 

Joshua Mendelsohn

TREASURER: 

Hakim Kassam

SECRETARY: 

David DeMay

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:

James Stevenson

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: 

Kellie Nehrenz

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DIRECTORS:

Officer Greg Allen (PBGPD), John Clark Bills, Mark Bohne' (Retired LEO), Bob Borman (Retired LEO),

Billy Bowman, Mike Bubis, Patrick J. Casey, Victoria Chouris, Frank O. Curcio,

Martin A. Dytrych, Jonathan "Jack" Frost, Mike Gauger (Retired LEO), Lt. Krystal Gornall (PBSO),

Lt. Ben Hankinson (FWC), Joseph Littky, John J. Manuel (Retired LEO), 

Bill O'Leary, Richard Romanoff, Byron Russell, Chuck Russo (Retired LEO),

Lt. Terria Ann Sanford (PBSO), Frank Sardinha, Colonel Alphonso Starling (PBSO), 

Mike Vetter, Craig Williamson

HONORARY DIRECTORS:

Bob Broadway, Robert Callaway, Rex Ford, Ray Griffith (PBSO), Eric Hopkins,

John Kazanjian (Retired LEO), Wendy Morse, Joe Nieman, F. Martin Perry,

John Reed (Retired LEO), Jennifer Ross, John Sansbury, Rick Vymlatil

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:

Susie Bowman

The LEAF Board of Directors includes citizens and local law enforcement officers from Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other local city police agencies

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