Vahid joined the VTAC board in 2010 after learning of the organization from Joanne Littman after a friendly softball game. Professionally, Vahid is an equities research analyst providing in-depth fundamental analysis for institutional investor groups on small cap stocks. Additionally, he provides analysis on the impact of federal regulations on investments and the economy. In addition to his position with VTAC, Vahid is also a member of the Board of Directors with the Encino Chamber of Commerce, United Chambers of Commerce, ONEgeneration, and has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Metro SFV Service Council and the Van Nuys Airport Citizen Advisory Council.
Rob started working with VTAC in 2004 by donating printing for the golf tournament. Jeff Olshane asked Rob to join VTAC in 2006 and Rob accepted. Rob’s main concern is to help do his part to keep the streets of the San Fernando Valley safe by helping support the officers of Valley Traffic. Rob was born in Brooklyn New York and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Our Lady of Peace grammar school, Notre Dame High School, LA Trade Technical and Pierce College. Rob has worked for Challenge Graphics Corporation for 34 years. He is a past president of the Reseda Chamber of Commerce and was also a member of the West Valley PALS organization where he worked with the West Valley Police Department as a volunteer. Rob has been married to his wife Elaine for 28 years. Rob and Elaine live in Northridge with their two children Morgan and Kiley. Having a teen driver, Rob wants to help educate young drivers so they will drive safe.
Melly Lindsay is Vice President of PayDay, Inc., a family owned and operated payroll service for the entertainment industry. Melly was born in Burbank and raised in Van Nuys where she attended St. Elisabeth elementary school and Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. She lives in Valley Village with her husband, daughter and son.
Alexander S. Kasendorf is an attorney with Alpert, Barr & Grant, APLC in Encino, California. Alex was raised in San Diego and has lived in Los Angeles since 2003. He now resides in Sherman Oaks with his wife and two boys. Through his firm, Alex is an active member of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”) and San Fernando Valley Bar Association. He is also a member of the San Fernando Valley Jaycees.
Child Passenger Safety Information
Officer Dellinger is a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department having spent over thirteen years in a traffic division; five years as a Collision Investigator and the last eight years as a Motor Officer. Dellinger currently is assigned to the Community Traffic Services Unit and is in charge of Child Safety/Child Safety Seat Team. A Nationally Certified Child Safety Seat Instructor, Dellinger also conducts Child Safety Seat Inspections/Installations on Thursdays at Valley Traffic Division by appointment.
Los Angeles Police Department
Captain Andrew Neiman
Andrew Neiman is a southern California native and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. His passion for serving his community developed at an early age and it was law enforcement that captivated his attention as he grew up. That desire to become a Los Angeles Police Officer was solidified in 1974 when Andrew arrived home after school one afternoon to discover that his family's home in North Hollywood had been burglarized. Not knowing whether or not the burglars were still inside, he alerted a neighbor call 911. Within a few minutes an LAPD black and white turned onto his street and drove toward him. To this day, he can remember that feeling of reassurance and safety as the officers flipped on the two red lights and raced toward him as he waited in front of his family's home. That was the kind of feeling that he wanted to provide to people who needed help, and it was that desire that led him to the Los Angeles Police Department. Captain Neiman attended California State University Northridge where he majored in Biology. Although law enforcement was always his first choice, he also excelled in science and was toying with the idea of becoming a doctor. While attending CSUN to complete his premed studies, he also took courses in sign language and hearing science as electives. These courses provided him with new insight about members of our community who are deaf or hard of hearing. Andrew ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders, Audiology. Although Audiology was an intriguing career it was not where his passion was and his desire to become an LAPD officer was still his number one priority. So finally in 1986, Andrew entered the LAPD academy and was on his way to realize his childhood dream of becoming an LAPD officer. Captain Neiman excelled through the academy although he will admit it was not an easy achievement, particularly running the hills around Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium. He ultimately graduated among the top of his class and was elected as the class president for his academy class. Captain Neiman did his probation in Van Nuys Division and that was the beginning of his exciting and rewarding career with LAPD. He worked a variety of patrol and specialized units including; Vice, Special Problems Unit and was an instructor with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program that was a highly successful community relations program taught in the schools for many years in Los Angeles. Andrew promoted to Sergeant in 1994, the year of the Northridge earthquake. As a sergeant he was assigned to a number of specialized details including the Rampart Task Force Investigation, which collected information and evidence that ultimately changed the way the Department would operate in the years to follow. Captain Neiman was also assigned to the Department's Command Post Cadre where he gained great knowledge and expertise in disaster planning and mitigation. Some of his other supervisory assignments included Vice, Planning and Research and a loan to Internal Affairs. In 2001 he promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to North Hollywood Division where he was later appointed as the Detective Commanding Officer for a number of years. In 2007 he was selected to be the Officer-in-Charge of the Emergency Management Section within the Emergency Operations Division. With expertise in disaster planning and catastrophic response and mitigation, Andrew soon became an instruction throughout the state and nationally teaching the Incident Command System and Emergency Management. In 2011 he was selected to become the Officer-in-Charge of the Media Relations Section for the Department. It was in this new role that he served as the Department's spokesperson during a number of very high profile incidents including the Grim Sleeper Mass Murders, Christopher Dorner Manhunt, Camageddon, LA Marathon, and numerous others. In 2015, Andrew promoted to Captain and was assigned to Van Nuys Patrol Division which was an honor, since that was the very first division he was assigned to as a probationary police officer. After a year in Van Nuys, the Chief asked Captain Neiman to return to Media Relations and head up Media Relations and Community Affairs Group as the commanding officer. In March of 2017, Chief Beck reassigned Captain Neiman to Valley Traffic Division to serve as the Commanding Officer. Captain Neiman is excited to be part of the VTD team where the men and women work tirelessly to help make our streets safer for the motorists throughout the San Fernando Valley. It's great to be part of this great team and to serve the community where he grew up and first developed his love for serving others. Captain Neiman is eager to serve alongside the highly professional team of VTD and looks forward to partnering with our diverse communities to make our highways and bi-ways safe for all who travel in our great City.
Ed was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. In 1986 he became involved in the towing industry which ultimately got him involved in working with the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. Seeing first-hand the need for community education in traffic safety, Ed became involved in VTAC. Past President of VTAC Jeffery Olshane got Ed to become a member of the Car Show Committee in 2009 and 2010 helping to put on VTAC’s Annual Car Show and Traffic Safety Fair. Donating his time to help raise the much needed funds to support the continual education of the Valley’s motoring public he feels is very rewarding. In addition to VTAC, Ed’s past involvement includes Mid Valley Community Police Council (MVCPC), Community Police Advisory Board (CPABS) and the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and the California Tow Truck Association (CTTA). He’s also donated vehicles to the local Fire Stations for vehicle extrication training and the Van Nuys Graffiti Task Force.
Bruce was raised in Los Angeles (Hollywood) and witnessed the growth of population and automobiles. His concern was safety in the streets and highways which lead him to become involved in various car clubs to organize “safe car drives”. His passion for automobiles and restoration lead him into automotive refinishing products. His is the President and CEO of EUROPA Automotive Refinishing Products which is located in Toluca Lake, Ca. Bruce is very active and involved in Law Enforcement Associations such as 11-99 Foundation (CHP), California State Sheriff Association and VTAC. Bruce was introduced to VTAC by his friend Greg Meyer who founded VTAC and asked him to participate in the annual car show event in 2008. Bruce became a Board member in 2009. Bruce also served 2 terms (4 years) as Board of Director for the Ferrari Owners’ Club.
Jeff Olshane started with VTAC in 2002 as a Director. Jeff was elected as President in 2005. Jeff started the Car Show with the Safety Fair several years ago. He also tries to keep Sober Graduation funded each year because he believes “We need to educate the young since they will be leading later”. Jeff is a retired helicopter pilot from a local police department and is currently working to become current with flying fixed wing and helicopters. Jeff owns and operates a screen printing business specializing in t-shirt printing and compliments that with signs and banners. Jeff also works for Keystone Towing, a police impound garage, as a manager and liaison between Keystone and LAPD. Jeff was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has seen first hand how traffic safety has changed. With the student driving, education and training program virtually eliminated from almost ALL high schools, our young adults just don’t have the driving education, instruction and training they used to be required to take in the years past to become a licensed driver. Without this basic foundation that was taught in the schools, they just lack the discipline that was taught. Jeff is now dedicated himself with his extra time to do his part in striving for safer streets in the San Fernando Valley in regards to traffic and pedestrian safety. Jeff’s future efforts in 2010 will be directed more towards the street racing problem we have in the SFV. Our young adults have had tragic results in the last few years with our street racing problems. Jeff also has quoted “Street racing is not cool, it’s deadly.”
Greg Meyer retired in 2006 from the Los Angeles Police Department as a captain at the Police Academy, after three decades of law enforcement services. He continues as an LAPD Reserve Officer assigned to Training Group. Greg was the commanding officer of Valley Traffic Division from 1999-2004.