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City of Moreno ValleyCandidate for Mayor

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Keri A. Then

County Commissioner / Professor
3,447 votes (6.68%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Unite the City by creating a City Center for a library, performing arts centers, restaurants, and mixed residential and business use
  • Propel us into the future by attracting diverse industries to create a strong local job base
  • Ensure safe and sustainable communities. I support Measure L which will bring more revenue to the general fund to support public safety and city services.

Experience

Experience

Profession:County Commissioner/Professor
Core Adjunct Professor, University of Redlands (2001–current)
Commissioner, Riverside County Commission for Women — Appointed position (2015–current)
Member, Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee Measure M, Moreno Valley Unified School District — Appointed position (2015–current)
Director of Enterprise Services, Information Technology Services, University of Redlands (2007–2010)
Senior Telecommunications Engineer, University of California, Riverside (1999–2005)
Operating Location Chief, Pruem Air Station, Germany, United States Air Force (1996–1998)

Education

Argosy University Doctor of Business Administration, Business (2010)
University of Colorado - Boulder Master of Science, Telecommunications (2000)
Troy State University Master of Science, International Relations (1998)
Chapman University Bachelors of Arts, Social Science (1995)
Community College of the Air Force Associate in Science, Electronic Systems Technology (1988)

Community Activities

Member of the Board of Directors, Community Connect - non profit 501(c)(3) (1996–current)
Life Time Member , Veterans of Foreign Wars – Post 8547 Moreno Valley (2014–current)
Member , Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2014–current)

Biography

County Commissioner Dr. Keri Then is a candidate for the City of Moreno Valley’s historic first elected Mayoral seat. Following her career in our nation’s military, Keri has been committed to serving our community as an active volunteer, educator, and county commissioner.

As a military operating location chief who served with distinction in the United States Air Force, Keri is a proud veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Bosnian Conflict. Her military career spanned over 20 years earning her a number of honors which include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Services Medal, and the NATO Medal. Keri retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1998 as a Senior Master Sergeant.

After honorably serving our nation, Keri moved to the City of Moreno Valley where she has committed herself to giving back to the community. She is a member of the board of directors for Community Connect, a non-profit organization that serves Riverside County residents. As a member of the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee for Moreno Valley Unified School District, Keri is working to ensure that bond funds are appropriately being invested in our local schools. She also serves on the All Service Veteran’s Committee that is currently helping commemorate our nation’s heroes with the planning and construction of a Veteran’s Memorial Park in Riverside County.

Keri holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University. She is an adjunct faculty for the School of Business at the University of Redlands. Keri is also the 5th District appointee on the Riverside County Commission for Women where she advocates for women and families regarding health, the workplace, family, education, violence, law, and society. Keri is the past Budget Officer for the Commission.

Keri has been married to Robert, also retired from the U.S. Air Force, for 25 years. They and their two daughters, Christina and Elizabeth, have resided in Moreno Valley, CA for nearly 18 years.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Riverside County Office Teacher’s Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • Dr. Anne L. Viricel, San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees

Individuals (25)

  • Sonja Martin, Former Vice Chair, County Commission, Senior Legislative Expert, and Campaign Advisor
  • Meghan Kennedy, Executive Director, Non-Profit and Former City Librarian
  • Roberta Neff, Former CEO, Community Connect
  • Karen Cheng, Non-Profit President
  • Fonda McGensy, Chair, County Commission
  • Edna Vitug, R.N., Small Business Owner, A’s Home Health Care
  • Tom Chelbana, Retired MVUSD Teacher
  • Sonja Ponce, IT Professional and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Teri Chelbana, Retired MVUSD Teacher
  • Elizabeth Murphy, M.Ed. and campaign advisor
  • Dr. Fabienne Chauderlot, Dean, Santa Monica College
  • Delrine Jillekeratne, Sunnymead Montessori School
  • Paul Murphy, Owner, Inland Empire Brewing Company
  • Kama Burton, Realtor, Real Estate Professional Group Director, and Campaign Advisor
  • Norma Perez, Owner, Machine Shop and Daycare
  • Lori Nickel, R.N., Planning Commissioner
  • Dick Losee, Program Rep, Bureau of Auto Repair, State of CA
  • Cathy Losee, Church Volunteer
  • Sidney Green, Retired CW04, U.S. Coast Guard, and Local Realtor
  • Rick Martinez, Past President of a Moreno Valley Veterans Organization
  • Lisa LeQuire, Owner, Citrus Escrow and Retired U.S. Air Force
  • James Vass, Past President, Moreno Valley Veterans Group
  • Tim Crocker, Lieutenant, City Police Officer
  • Steve Hernandez, Retired State Probation Officer, Retired Deputy Commissioner of California State Board of Parole Hear
  • Lachelle Crivello, Riverside County Probation, Manager of Victim Restitution Division and former President of CA Crime

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am proud to call Moreno Valley my home and I am asking for your vote to become our first elected mayor.  I will work to unite our City, create business opportunities that will propel us into the future, and ensure safe and sustainable communities. I will put your wellbeing ahead of special interests in the fight for good jobs, quality education, and public safety.

My life is devoted to service and I have over 35 years’ experience making impactful decisions. I am a retired military veteran and have worked as a university IT Director and engineer.  As a professor, I now teach the use of information technology in business.  I am a County Commissioner and advocate for women and young families.  I am also a member of the school district’s Citizen’s Oversight Committee, where I am focused on ensuring accountability of your tax dollars.

I am not a career politician.  I am endorsed by small business owners, veterans, seniors, community leaders, and Moreno Valley's hard working families.  I owe no allegiance to anyone other than you and I will have your best interest in mind as the basis for every decision I make. 

Position Papers

Report to Riverside County Commission for Women: Forum on Aging, Women and Poverty in California

Summary

Report from Commissioner Keri Then, 5th Supervisorial District, to Riverside County Commission for Women reference conference issues related to women and aging submitted June 23, 2016


 

 

 

Commissioner Martin and myself attended the forum on "Aging, Women, and Poverty in California" on June 3, 2016, sponsored by the CA Commission on the Status of Women, the CA Commission on Aging, and the CA Women's Law Center. The opening speakers commented that over 10,000 people in CA turn age 65 each day (1.8 million) and women represent 40% more of that population than men. 

 

The opening session speaker included L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is the 1st Woman DA in LA.  She spoke about scam artists that prey on older women and told a story about what happened to her Mom. A scam artist had lifted pictures from a family Facebook page to get just enough information to convince her Mom to wire money to a person in order to release her jailed son. She almost wired the money but checked with her D.A. daughter first, who then ensured her Mom did not wire money as her brother was fine and not in jail.

 

I spoke with Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary, CA Women’s Veterans Affairs. Her office is trying to carve out money from California Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act, also known as Assembly Bill 639 or HHA, to support homeless women vets.  HHA was approved by voters in 2014. I asked her about identifying homeless women veterans during the annual Point in Time (PoT) surveys.  She agreed that PoT surveys on homelessness do not define homeless vets by gender but other sources state it is rising. 

 

- Session related to the “Elder index” (2007) which is used by State programs for planning vs. the Federal Poverty Index (FPL), which is 50 years old.  The FPL only uses the CPI to adjust allocations and payments. The Elder Index considers additional factors and regional or County issues that go beyond the FPL. The speaker stated that women are twice as likely to be in poverty and elder women may be an additional 20%. This is called the hidden poor. Single older women that rent are impacted the most. Presented by Ms. Padilla-Frausto, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  

 

-  Session on Elder Justice. See photo for definition. This speaker asked for parity to support seniors in comparison to other classes such as children. It's not an either/or situation that either seniors or children get funding. Speaker is an advocate for African American Seniors. The Coordinated Care Act offers info about health care but the outreach is not in specific communities. One of the taboo discussions for African American Seniors is depression. Seniors of color are also forced into nursing homes at higher rates. It is later in their lives where disadvantages experienced during their life converge such as class, race, education, gender, sexual orientation, and financial, computer and reading literacy, etc. Difference in wealth begins at age 25 and by 65 this gap greatly widens. Speaker stated "Later life is not the end of inequality, it's inequality's end game." Quoted statistics that indicate that 90% of African Americans over 80 do not use the Internet. Presented by Karen Lincoln, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Professor and Director, USC Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, founder and chair of Advocates for African American Elders.

Report to Riverside County Commission for Women: Field Hearing Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans' Affair

Summary

Report from Commissioner Keri Then, 5th Supervisorial District, to Riverside County Commission for Women reference Field Hearing Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on January 20, 2016 at Riverside City College.

 

 

I would like to offer comments regarding the Field Hearing that I attended held by the economic opportunity subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on January 20, 2016 at Riverside City College.  The topic was veterans’ issues and homelessness.  The hearing was held by the Chair, Rep Wenstrup, 2nd District R-OH.  Also participating was the ranking member of the committee, Rep. Takano, 41st District D-CA, and other members of Congress, including Rep. Ruiz, 36th District D-CA; and Rep. Torres, 35th District D-CA.

 

Several witnesses at the hearing commented on the unique circumstances surrounding veterans’ homelessness and in particular, women veterans’ homelessness.  Mr. Nguyen (when), of the Veterans’ Association of Real Estate Professionals stated that women veterans account for 9.7% (or 185,000) of the 1.9 million veterans living in California and as many of you know, I am one of them, as a retired USAF veteran.

 

Mr. Nguyen further stated that compared to the general population, male veterans are less likely to progress from stability into homelessness but male vets living in poverty are 1.2 times more likely to progress to homelessness when compared to the civilian population.  Women veterans, however are twice as likely as civilians to move into homelessness and women veterans in poverty are 2.7 times more likely to move from poverty to homelessness than other adults living in poverty.

 

Rep. Ruiz commented that homelessness and shelter are a determinant of health and asked the witness panel; What are the unique problems for women veterans?  Women risk the loss of custody of their children when they seek shelter even when offered. 

 

Mr. Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets stated during his testimony that there were empty beds reserved for women at the U.S. Vets Long Beach facility until they understood many women veterans needed different counseling than male vets to include help with sexual misconduct and the trauma experienced as related to these types of incidents.  They also needed food and shelter vouchers for themselves and their children. Women in their 30s to their 50s experienced the greatest problems with housing destabilization and homelessness.  He included in his remarks that women serving in the most recent conflict experience problems maintaining stable housing once they become a veteran.

 

I would like to request that this Commission move to review our annual strategic objectives this coming year and include a focus on the unique issues experienced by women veterans in Riverside County and their specific issues as related to homelessness. 

 

Madame Chair, this concludes my comments.

Videos (2)

— October 7, 2016 Daniel Sanchez

Dr. Then holding a meet and greet in a 55+ community with comments from attendees.

— October 7, 2016 Daniel Sanchez

Dr. Then stating why she's running and speaking about issues impacting Moreno Valley, CA

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