Gordon Bowley – President
Once in a while, an Eagle comes along and you are fortunate if you get a chance to meet him or her, and you are blessed if you can call him a friend. One such Eagle and friend is Costa Mesa resident and business leader Gordon Bowley. Gordon has given his time, talent and treasures to many area organizations, including the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Hoag Hospital Foundation, 552 Club, YMCA, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Rotary International and Costa Mesa United, to name a few. Gordon has served on many boards of directors, has given his time to raise funds and has been an auctioneer for a large number of charities in Orange County.
Rick Kapko – First Vice President, Treasurer
Rick is founder and president of his own CPA/Strategic Consulting firm specializing in crisis management, turnaround and bankruptcy. He is a licensed CPE, CFE, CIRA and Real Estate Broker. He ahs served as Treasurer from almost the inception of Costa Mesa United. Rick also generously gives of his time, talent, and treasure to numerous other not-for-profit organizations.
In his spare time, Rick and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their family and traveling.
Ron Amburgey – Second Vice President
Ron Amburgey was born and raised in Costa Mesa. He graduated from Costa Mesa High School in 1972 and with his AA degree in Business from OCC. Ron has been in the concrete construction business since 1975. He has been married to Kathryn since 1978 and they have three sons, Charlie , Doug, and Joe and one grandson Wesley.
Ron’s hobbies include fishing and hunting. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Youth Employment Service since 1986, and on the Board of Directors of Costa Mesa United since 2010. He has also been a part of various booster clubs and youth sports organizations over the years.
Steve Mensinger – Second Vice President
Stephen Mensinger is Mayor of Costa Mesa. He was appointed to the Costa Mesa City Council on February 1, 2011 and elected to the council in November 2012. He was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in December 2012.
Steve serves as the Council Liaison to the Redevelopment and Residential Rehabilitation (3R) Committee and the Newport-Mesa School Board. Between February 2009 and December 2010, he served as a Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner, and was the Planning Commission Liaison to the Newport-Mesa School Board.
Steve’s professional career spans more than 26 years as a business leader in the Real Estate industry. He worked in executive positions with Arnel Management Company, Smart Cart Services, the Bethany Group, and SunCal Companies. Steve is currently Principal at ColeHunter Companies, a Real Estate consulting firm.
Beyond his current public service, Steve is deeply committed to many community organizations and non-profits, including the South Coast Apartment Association, the South Coast Metro Alliance, Girls Inc., Boy Scouts of America, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, Costa Mesa Pop Warner, Estancia Sports Boosters Club, OC Vector Control District, City/School District Liaison, Investment Oversight Committee, and Costa Mesa United. Steve is a USC alumnus and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Steve is married with two sons and is a 25-year Costa Mesa resident. When he is not serving the people of Costa Mesa or working in his avocation in real estate, he enjoys youth sports, hunting, fishing and woodworking.
Frank Albers moved to Costa Mesa in 1990. He has been coaching since 1986. Frank has three children: a daughter, Lauren, who graduated from Estancia High School in 2006 and San Francisco State in 2011; a son, Andrew, who graduated from Costa Mesa High School in 2011 and is currently in his junior year playing football at the University of Utah; and a daughter, Tori, who is a freshman at Costa Mesa High School.
Frank is currently working and coaching football at Costa Mesa High School. Most of his free time is spent coaching or helping with organizations like Costa Mesa United.
Lou Desandro has been a resident of Costa Mesa since 1983. He is married to Colleen and has four sons: Mike, Jeff, Chris, and Kevin.
Lou holds the following degrees: BS from Holy Cross College; MA from Chapman University, and MPH from UCLA. He worked in Hospital & Health Care Management for 30 years, including USAF & Univ. of Calif. He is currently in management in a small aerospace manufacturing company.
Lou has 25 years of involvement in youth and high school athletics as a coach and administrator:
Costa Mesa Pony Baseball – Coach, President and Founder
AYSO – Coach
Costa Mesa Little League – Coach, Vice President
Pop Warner Youth Football – Coach, President
Estancia HS Football Boosters – Vice President
Costa Mesa HS Baseball Boosters – President
Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council – Member
Jennifer Knapp has lived in Costa Mesa for 44 years. She attended Adams, TeWinkle, Estancia, OCC and graduated with a BS in Marketing from Cal State Long Beach. She is the General Manager of Magnetic Attractions, a manufacturer of promotional magnets and direct mail advertising products in Irvine, CA. She and her husband Bob have been married for 27 years.
Jennifer has two sons: Ryan, a graduate of UC Irvine and former collegiate golfer, and Jake, who currently attends UCLA and also a collegiate golfer. Both her children have attended their local public schools and been active in numerous community and school sports which include soccer, baseball, basketball and golf.
Jennifer has been volunteering in the schools and community for over 15 years, serving on numerous PTA boards and Site Council committees. She has served on the board of the Estancia and TeWinkle Schools Foundation for over seven years and currently serves as President.
Brett Eckles along with his wife Kelly live in Costa Mesa with their four children: Taylor, Tanner, Cody, and Caitlyn. Brett attended Corona del Mar High School and graduated with a BS in Marketing from Southern Methodist University. He is owner of a commercial subcontracting company focused on structural steel metal decking for multi-level commercial, public, and residential buildings.
Brett currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission. He is also the President of the American Subcontractors Association of California. With four kids who have played youth sports in Costa Mesa, Brett has volunteered in various sports organizations. He is the current President of Newport Harbor High School Boys LAX Booster Club. Previously he served as Assistant Commissioner of AYSO Region 97 for three years and was Commissioner from 2010 – 2014. He has coached soccer for over 12 years and continues to coach his daughter in AYSO today.
Jose De La Jara