Board of Directors


Steven T. Cushing, Chief Executive Officer

Steven T. Cushing has been the President and Chief Executive Officer at South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium since 2006 after serving in many leadership roles in regional law enforcement. He formerly served as the Undersheriff of Santa Clara County where he spent 33 years working in every division of the department concentrating much of his efforts in staff development and training. A former Field Training Officer, Training Sergeant and Training Lieutenant, Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

Michael Lombardo, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Lombardo is the Vice President of Administrative Services for the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, an organization which provides public safety education in partnership with the ten JPA community college members. Michael has over 37 years of law enforcement and public safety education experience. Mr. Lombardo earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Santa Clara University and his Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Linda Vaughn, Secretary

Linda Vaughn is the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs and has served in that capacity since July 2009.  Ms. Vaughn has academic oversight of all public safety training programs including curriculum development, course approval and registration, and program quality.  She is responsible for ensuring compliance with Title V, Education Code requirements, as well as the training standards regulated by POST, Standards and Training for Corrections (STC), State Fire Training (SFT), local Law Enforcement Advisory Committees, and the Consortium members.  Ms. Vaughn is retired from the City of Hayward Police Department, and previously held positions as an instructor, Basic Academy Coordinator and In-Service Program Coordinator during her tenure with South Bay. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Professor for San Jose City College’s Administration of Justice Program since 2004. She is the Chair for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Statewide Public Safety Education Advisory Board as well as serving on the California Commission on POST Consortium Advisory Committee. Ms. Vaughn holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing.