Leadership Team

Cindy Bann

President

Cindy was born in New York, NY, raised in Connecticut and then moved to Southern California 30 years ago. She worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Bilingual Educator for grades K-6.  Contributed on the development of a Psychomotor Program integrating the learning process with physical activity. She has served as a board member for SAPA (St. Anne Parent Association), co-leader for Girl Scouts of America and volunteered for LNYSA (Laguna Niguel Youth Soccer Association), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance), and E.L. Foundation (Extraordinary Lives Foundation) supporting pediatric mental health awareness. Cindy, her husband, and two daughters have resided in Laguna Niguel for over 15 years.   She has a special place in her heart for the care and development of children and understands the importance that recreational activities plays in a child’s life.

William Castillo

Treasurer

William is a Southern California native.  He is a sales/management professional with a life long passion for music.  He understands the power that music has over the emotional well-being of children and people in general. His experience with start up companies is invaluable to Recreation Restoration Foundation Inc. mission. He currently is a manager at Zia Consulting.

Shawn Lawrence

Founding Board Member

Shawn was born in the New England area and has been in Southern California for almost 20 years.  His wife Heather and he are raising two daughters in Orange County, California.  He offers his commercial real estate expertise to the Recreation Restoration Foundation Inc team specializing in large scale project development.  He brings real world experience in playground restoration and development.  He earned his BS-Entrepreneurship from the California State University-Fullerton, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. He has spent over 10 years in various management roles in the real estate sector.  He currently is Director of Sales/Leasing at Cushman & Wakefield in Irvine since 2010.

Lexi Bann

Creative Director

Lexi is a Southern California native. She considers herself to be a very outgoing, creative, and diligent person. A dedicated communications student at Northern Arizona University that achieves straight A’s. Hobbies include art, soccer and health. One of her main passions includes visual arts. She draws or paints on a daily basis to cope with stress and channel her creativity. Soccer is her chosen sport because it is competitive and team-oriented. She continues to emphasize health and exercise because they are positive outlets and give her confidence. One of her future goals is to be a part of an organization that gives her the opportunity to connect with people from all different backgrounds and cultures while working cohesively to make a positive impact on the world.

Chris Bowman

Executive Director

Chris was born in New York, NY to a 15 year old mother and then bounced around between orphanages and foster care for his first 11 years.  Experiencing these hardships has made him empathetic to the needs of under privileged children.  Amazingly, he was blessed by being adopted by Walter and Jo An Bowman from Pittsburgh, PA in 1982.  These adopted parents taught him the value of giving back and making a positive impact on the world around him.

As he moved from New York to Pennsylvania to Georgia and finally Southern California he noticed that there were so many run down and unusable playgrounds with broken equipment, run down athletic facilities, and simply unsafe conditions.  Many of these once vibrant recreational facilities became breeding grounds for gangs and delinquent activity.   He thought to himself, “It just doesn’t make sense that these facilities aren’t maintained and need to be restored.”   He dreamed about the day when he could do something to change and help remedy these conditions.  It is disappointing at how many children just do not have access to adequate recreational facilities and programs.  Not only are cities/states running out of funds to properly maintain and restore these facilities, but also it seems that every year we hear about school cut backs that are affecting our music, art, and recreational programs. Many families cannot afford to put their children in after school recreational programs, sport teams, summer camps, or even buy art supplies and musical instruments.

Christopher graduated from the University of Georgia and then worked on his MBA from California State University – Long Beach.  Spending 20+ years in various management and executive roles for marketing/advertising companies, he realized that it was time to put his professional skills to work on fulfilling his dreams of making a positive and lasting impact on the communities around him.  He has served in various roles for the Boys and Girls Club of America, AYSO, Friendship Shelter of Laguna Beach, University of Georgia Alumni Association (Southern California Chapter President) and served as a University of Georgia Rec Sports Official in the 1990s for basketball, flag football, softball, and soccer.  Recreation brings balance to life while teaching you the ability to overcome challenges.