Brother Dave Bean is a native Yankee, born and raised in Connecticut, and a 1982 graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received his commission as a Naval officer in October of that year, and earned his Naval aviator wings in December 1983. He subsequently served more than 26 years on active duty, including a command tour with HS-6 at NAS North Island.
Brother Bean began his Masonic travels at the invitation of a fellow military officer, and he was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on February 14, 2000 at Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22, AF&AM, in Alexandria, VA. This journey carried forward those of his paternal grandfather, Earl Frank Bean, and maternal grandfather, Joseph Schmidts Fairchild, both of whom were Master Masons.
Raised a Master Mason in February 2000, he was honored to serve the fraternity as Master of Coronado Lodge #441 in 2016. He became a 32nd degree Mason and Member in Perpetuity of Omaha Chapter #19, National Sojourners, and a Hero of ’76, all while stationed at Offutt AFB in Nebraska in 2007.
Dave was chosen as Coronado #441’s Mason of the Year for 2009, and received the Lodge’s Hiram Award in 2013. He is currently serving as Senior Warden, Lodge of Perfection, for the Valley of San Diego, and has served as Valley Treasurer since 2018. He was also elected President, San Diego Chapter #45, National Sojourners for 2020-2021.
Brother Bean retired from US Naval service in March 2009, and has worked as a Program Manager in the aerospace industry for more than 10 years. He and his wife, Marie, are the proud parents of two sons, and grandparents of two grandsons.
Richard began his career in computer support/maintenance/implementation in 1977. He is the Project Management leader for implementation of the Omega Group Crime View Dashboard for the department at inception and updating Backgrounds Tracking Systems. Richard has trained approximately 600 Patrol Officers in conjunction with The Omega Group Corporate trainer and is the coordinator of San Diego Police Department Website.
Richard is a US Navy Veteran with six years of service and 5 years as a Civilian Contractor, where he taught Naval Tactical Data Systems throughout the Sixth Fleet. During his time in the navy, Richard was instrumental in development of the prototype for the US Navy “Tiger Team” for Computer Systems training, operation and support.
Edward R. (Ed) Collins was born and raised in Rockingham, N. C., in a family with a long Masonic history. He is married to his lovely wife, Sharon, and they have four children and four grandchildren. His passion for flying led to his flying lessons in high school and appointment to the U.S. Air Force Pilot Cadet program while in college. His aviation career would span some 60 years, retiring from Active Duty Air Force and Reserves as a Lt. Colonel, and a long career with American Airlines as a Chief Pilot, Instructor, and International Captain. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree and concentrated his law practice in the field of Aviation Law.
Ed’s Masonic career started with San Diego 35 Masonic Lodge and continued with several organizations, including the San Diego Scottish Rite where he holds the 33º Degree and is Past Venerable Master; and Al Bahr Shriners where he is a Past Potentate. He is currently a Director of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, which is the parent organization of the RiteCare Childhood Language Centers in California; and Vice Chairman Los Angeles Shrine Hospital Board of Governors, Pediatric Specialty Hospitals of Shriners International.
James (Jim) McGrath was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to California. He was raised in the Yorba Linda Lodge in 1987. He affiliated with the Temecula Catalina Island Lodge in Temecula, California in 1990, and became Master in 1994 and again in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Jim received the Hiram award in 2009. He joined the York Rite Bodies in 2007 and is a member of Tyre 130 Escondido (2007), Helix 58 Escondido (2007), and Commandery 25 San Diego (2007). Jim joined Al Bahr Shrine in 2007 and is active in the RV club and was a Tin Lizzie. He joined the Scottish Rite in May 2015 and has been active in the Knights of St. Andrews, and volunteers at the RiteCare Language Center.
Jim worked as a salesman until 1997, traveling Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. He was also active in local theaters in La Habra, Brea, Yorba Linda, and Temecula. He worked small parts in television and movies. He graduated from El Rancho High School in Rivera, California, Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, and attended law school in Riverside, California, which is where he met Sheila. He married Sheila McGrath in 1999. Jim retired to travel the country in his motor home, and has been to all 50 states. He is supported by real estate investments. Jim has four grown children from a first marriage, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Desirée Robles revitalizes educators by empowering them to create musical solutions for cross-curricular classroom needs. As Director of Special Education Services for Guitars in the Classroom, she facilitates music integration in the classroom, after-school training, and professional development workshops that enhance learning outcomes for all students while reinvigorating educators. She holds a BA in Psychology from National University. For over 12 years, she has passionately advocated for the equity, dignity and inclusion of people with special needs in San Diego Unified School District’s Behavior Support Resources Department, and at Training Education Research Innovation (TERI) Inc. She cultivates a fun and effective learning environment by inspiring students and staff to discover their strengths within the framework of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), which fosters positive academic, social, emotional and behavioral outcomes for all students in the Least Restrictive Environment. She delivers conference presentations and workshops for educators, paraeducators, and therapists, including the Adaptive Music for Achievement in Inclusion & Special Education (AMAISE) curriculum for school districts and for the Kennedy Center’s Very Special Artists Intersections conference.
According to Bill’s birth certificate, his name is William Robert Stokes, but everyone calls him “Bill.” Bill was born in Noblesville, Indiana, a small town of twelve thousand people when he left in 1970. His father was a Mason, as were most of his uncles, and even one great uncle who lived in California. Bill was a DeMolay and enjoyed working in the two DeMolay degrees. In 1981, Bill joined La Mesa Masonic Lodge No. 407 and served as lodge master in 1988, and 2012, Officers Coach for 5 years, and then became a District Inspector from 2014 to 2019. Bill joined both the San Diego Scottish Rite, and Al Bahr Shrine, in 1984. After he retired from the San Diego Zoo in 2013, Bill’s Masonic activities expanded into many roles, in addition to his Inspector’s duties: Al Bahr Shrine Past Masters’ Club, degree team coordinator and 2014 Club President; San Diego Public Schools Advisory Council member 2013 to present, and Chairman 2016-2019; Masons4Mitts Captain 2015 to present; Al Bahr Shrine Samaritan Driver, Al Bahr Shrine Greeters, Al Bahr Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps, Al Bahr Shrine Degree Team, Al Bahr Shrine Appointed Divan 2016; and is currently serving as an officer in the San Diego Scottish Rite Valley, Lodge of Perfection.
Bill enjoyed a wonderful 30 plus years in sales, plus his semi-retirement job for 14 years as a San Diego Zoo Security Officer and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Since he was 12 years old, he has played drums in many bands, and now spends his spare time learning harmonica and guitar. Bill and his wife, Patricia Osuna, have traveled to many parts of the work, and enjoy meeting and making new friends during their travels. He has a son and a daughter, four grandsons, and one great granddaughter. Both Bill and Patricia take pride in helping others and serving their fellow creatures, both two legged and four legged.
Patricia is a native San Diegan. She attended San Diego State University where she majored in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.
She was employed by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services where she specialized in child abuse investigations. Patricia retired from her career after nearly 30 years of services.
Patricia has a son and daughter, and an adult grandson, who all live and work locally. She is involved with the San Diego Women’s League of Voters. Patricia loves politics and music, plays the piano, is an avid reader, and enjoys attending her book club meetings. Patricia also enjoys traveling with her husband, Bill Stokes, and considers this an important part of their retirement. Together they have visited Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and several Caribbean Islands.
Dennis Wesley Brown is a Chicago native, born in 1947. He attended Chicago Public Schools K-12 and graduated from high school in 1965. He attended Chicago State College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. He taught both in the Chicago Public Schools (1969-1971) and later for the Ministry of Education, Jamaica, West Indies from (1971-1972). He returned to the United States, taught in Junior High School while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education. He taught at the high school level while working on a second Master’s degree in Public Administration. In 1979 he moved to San Diego where he was a special education teacher, resource teacher, vice principal, staffing administrator, and a principal at two junior high schools and Kearny High School in the next 22 years. During this time, he earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California and began teaching at the college level at National University and San Diego State University in the teacher education departments. He became an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Lodi, California (2001-2006) and the Director of Secondary Schools in Fremont, California (2006-2009). After retirement for K-12 education in 2009, he became a lecturer in the Doctorate of Education Program at California State University, East Bay, in Hayward, California.
Dennis began his Masonic career in 2015 and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on February 19, 2016 in San Diego Masonic Lodge 35. He has served as Tiler, and on the San Diego 35 Philanthropic Fund Committee. He became a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of San Diego in May, 2017. He serves as a Knight of Saint Andrew, member of the Public Schools Advisory Council, lectures with the Reunion Education Committee, the ROTC Awards Committee and is a Knight of the Double Eagle. He became a member of the Al Bahr Shrine in 2017 and serves as the editor of the Al Bahr O Meter.
Dennis is a proud father of three: Michelle, Ajani and Jabari, grandfather to six: Chris, Lauren, Myles, Cairo, Braxton and Brooklyn and great- grandfather of one: Ryland.