ALA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEW OFFICERS
President Gary M. Clifford II was born in San Bernardino and lived in Lake Arrowhead while attending Mary Putnam
Henck Intermediate and Rim High School. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life in his community and enjoys spending time with his family on the lake. He shares common goals with other ALA members; to protect, operate, and improve Lake Arrowhead and ALA properties while providing safe recreational facilities in a fiscally responsible manner. As a former Mayor and City Council member, Gary has years of experience on governing Boards and will help foster a smooth transition for the new ALA Officers.
Gary holds a graduate degree from Azusa Pacific University where he is currently a faculty member and part of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. He has achieved many honors including Business Executive of the Year, Centennial Alumni Award and is in the Academic Hall of Fame. Recently, Gary and his wife Linda were honored with a "Humanitarian Service Award" in the City of
Glendora by the Coordinating Council.
Gary and Linda love Lake Arrowhead and spending time at the Lake. They have been married for 34 years, and have owned a home, boat, and dock in Lake Arrowhead for over 25 years. They have three adult children, along with several grandchildren, who love to live and play in and around the Lake!
Gary Clifford is currently Executive Vice President of Athens Services, focusing on municipal and strategic relationships. He has been with Athens Services for nearly a decade. A former mayor, Gary is recognized throughout Southern California for his extensive municipal, governmental, and business leadership experience. As a member of the Athens Executive Team, he oversees the company’s business strategies and the development of new business opportunities, along with compliance with existing contracts and ventures. A retired and decorated police officer, Gary is also an adjunct professor at two local universities.
Vice President Eran Heissler was born in Israel. It was there that he received his education and served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israeli Army for five years. In 1979 he came to the United States with $250 in his pocket and a dream. Within four years he opened his own business in the diamond industry and today
Saifan Inc. is a leading force in selling wholesale, top quality diamonds.
Eran purchased a home in
Tarzana, California and quickly became the President of the 154 home gated community of Silver Hawk Ridge. He still serves as President and is also Vice President of the 249 home gated community of Promenade in Porter Ranch, California.
With the experience he gained in running homeowner associations, he expanded his horizons and ran to be on the board for the
Tarzana Neighborhood Council. He successfully won four city elections and in 2011 was appointed Vice President by the twenty-one Board Members. He still serves in this position today.
Eran is also very active among several of the committees within the council. As a member of the Budget committee, he is involved in awarding grants to local schools, police departments, and other non-profit organizations. As a Land Use committee member,
Eran reviews plans for the development of apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and restaurants. As a Transportation committee member,
Eran directs city agencies to repair street hazards, install traffic signs and recommend traffic studies where needed. As an Outreach committee member,
Eran is a part of organizing city events such as the Annual Earth Day event as well as Safety and Earthquake preparedness events. He is also a member of the
Tarzana Rules committee, Election Committee, and Executive committee.
Eran is a Board Member of the Community Police Advisory Board. He attends monthly meetings and advises the police on local safety issues. He also attends weekly walks with the Senior Lead Police Officer of
Tarzana to ensure safety for
In 2010 he purchased a home in the Grass Valley district.
Eran and his wife, Dina, spend most of the week here and are no longer part-time weekend residents. Their three adult children share their parent’s love of Lake Arrowhead and enjoy time on the family boat which is easy to recognize because it sports the Israeli flag!
Prior to being elected to the Board,
Eran attended all of the ALA Board meetings. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2016 and elected to his position as Director for the Grass Valley district in 2017.
Eran chairs the Lake Safety committee and the Shoreline Improvements committee.
Secretary /Treasurer Alan Kaitz and his wife Sharon have been part-time residents of Lake Arrowhead for over 35 years and now split their time almost evenly between Lake Arrowhead and Upland.
Alan graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration, and later from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. After graduation, Alan owned and operated several automobile and motorcycle dealerships in Southern California, including Honda Motorcycle, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Kia. He also spent several years practicing law both on a full time and part-time basis.
As his kids were growing up, Alan spent over 25 years in non-profit youth organizations, including Cub Scouts, Little League, Pony and Colt Baseball organizations serving in many positions including President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
In 2016 Alan took an active part in the association and he and his wife continue to be familiar faces at the monthly Board Meetings. He has served on ALA Election Committees, Shoreline Improvement Committees, and Finance Committees.