Myles Ross is a native Californian. He and his wife Cynthia have been married for over 33 years and have lived in Lake Elsinore for over ten years. They have four adult children, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.
His educational background includes an associate’s degree in biblical studies, a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting, a master’s in business administration, and course work in law.
His professional background includes accounting, the provision of business intermediary services, financial services, and real estate. He is a licensed minister, a real estate broker, and a certified tax preparer. He is a business broker and the owner of a small business advisory and accounting practice.
His public service includes appointments as Planning Commissioner, Nuisance Abatement Director, and Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Lake Elsinore. Currently he is on the Riverside County District Attorney’s Citizens Use of Force Advisory Committee.
As a volunteer he sits on the Board of Directors for the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, served as a Chaplain and a Director for the Orange County Jail Ministry, and was a member of Cops and Clergy for the Lake Elsinore Police Department.
Myles joined the NAACP Branch 1034 in 2015. He serves on the Legal Redress Committee and was an advisor to the Branch prior to being elected Branch President. His goal for the Branch is to help grow the branch membership and financially in order to support the community in line with the mission of the NAACP.
I joined NAACP branch 1034 in 2018 after being invited to a women's meeting. I observed the need for administrative support and decided early in my career that if there is a way to be a part of supporting a good cause or someone, jump right in and "Just Do It".
My professional background includes over 30 years managing productivity in medical device manufacturing in San Diego, Temecula and Irvine, California.
Mary Venerable is the Treasurer and Legal Redress Chair of NAACP Branch 1034. She has been with the Branch since 1991 after moving from Los Angeles to Lake Elsinore. During her years of membership, she has held positions as Secretary, Vice President and President is now the Treasurer and Chair of the Legal Redress Committee. In 2018, Mary was given a NAACP/W.I.N. 2018 Leadership Award for her action as President of the Branch and in recognition of her dedication, leadership and many years of service. In February 2021, Mary was one of four recipients to receive the NAACP Legacy Award. She is now known as the Matriarch of the Branch, after reaching the age of 87.
Her background experience includes: 20 years of Personnel /Human Relations Management experience with the Navy Department during which she became the first African American Personnel Director in the Navy Department. She became the first black Personnel Analyst with the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Los Angeles of the Federal Government – retiring in 1982. Retirement lasted one month when she was offered a job as Assistant to the Personnel Director of the Los Angeles Community College District. This was also a first as an African American. After 13 years with the Community College District, she retired for the second time in 1991. During these years and after retirement, she also served as a consultant to federal retirees, in both Northern and Southern California, in matters of Federal Benefits, and she also conducted classes for federal employees regarding Pre-retirement Counseling.
In her “retirement life”, she volunteered and still holds several positions with several federal retirement organizations. She is the Service Officer with the National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association for both Northern and Southern California; District III Vice President with the California Federation of Chapters organization and Chapter 478 (Southwest Riverside County) Service Office and advisor. In 2019, she retired from the position of Community Advisor with the Riverside Transportation Advisory Commission, County of Riverside.
She lost her husband after 52 years of marriage, and she has two sons, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mary’s theme for staying young has always been, “Help people, Stay active, Love God and Keep the faith”.