CWFIA Board of Directors

Executive Board Members

President – John Martire

John Martire | President

John has served as a Peace Officer for 24 years in the positions of Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, and Welfare Fraud Investigator. He is currently the Chief Investigator for the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Welfare Fraud Unit. John has been a member of CWFIA since 1994, previously serving as Zone IV Director, as well as in his position as Secretary. John was appointed as the CWFIA Treasurer in November 2016, then reappointed as Secretary in September 2018. John was appointed CWFIA Vice President in April 2019.



Immediate Past President – Guy Christian

Guy Christian | Immediate Past President

Guy joined the Tulare County District Attorney’s Welfare Fraud Unit in 1996. In 1998, he was promoted to the position of Supervising Welfare Fraud Investigator.  In October of 2012, Guy accepted a position with the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency as an Administrative Specialist where his focus will be on Program Integrity and Fraud Training Projects.  Guy has been a member of CWFIA since 1997, serving on the Conference Curriculum Committee in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He became a board member in 2010 serving as Zone I Director.  Guy was appointed, and later elected as Vice President. Guy served as President of CWFIA from August 2011 through January 2022.




Vice President – Randy Fedak

Randy Fedak | Vice President

Randy has been a sworn peace officer for 35 years. He holds all POST Certificates through the management level, including the Master Instructor certificate. He has worked as a Deputy Sheriff for San Diego County and worked his way up through the ranks of the University of California Police system to the level of Captain/Assistant Police Chief. For the past 18 years, he has worked for the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department with 12 of those years being spent as the Chief Investigator for the Program Integrity Unit. Randy has been a member of the CWFIA for the past 18 years and has held the position of Director at Large for the last 9 years until being appointed to the position of Treasurer in September 2018. Randy was appointed as CWFIA Secretary in April 2019.




Secretary – Shawn Ferris

Shawn Ferris | Secretary

Shawn has served as a Peace Officer for 31 years with the State of California as a Detective, Sergeant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief.  He was appointed the Chief Investigator for the Riverside County Department of Social Services, Special Investigations Unit in 2016.  Shawn has been a member of CWFIA since 2016, previously serving as Zone II Director, as well as a Member at Large. Shawn was appointed as the CWFIA Secretary in January 2022.




Treasurer – Gregory Mahony

Gregory Mahony | Treasurer

Greg has been a sworn peace officer for 28 years. He worked as a Patrolman and Detective for the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years. Ultimately investigating multi-million dollar frauds and homicides. For the past 8 years, he has worked for the San Bernardino County Human Services Department within the Program Integrity Division as a welfare fraud investigator assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. Greg currently is a Supervising Investigator for the unit’s West Valley area. Greg has been a Zone II Director on the CWFIA Board of Directors since July 2018. Greg was appointed to the CWFIA Treasurer’s position on December 4, 2019.




Business Manager – Nicholas Cifelli

Nicholas Cifelli | Business Manager

Since 2016, Nick has worked for the San Bernardino County Human Services Program Integrity Division as a Welfare Fraud Investigator.  Prior to his time in Welfare Fraud, he was a Patrol Deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He is currently a member of the CWFIA Board of Directors and serves as the association’s Business Manager.


Zone I Eduardo Meraz, Supervising Investigator, Merced County
(Counties-Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura)
Zone II Michael Pearlman, Welfare Fraud Investigator, Orange County
Shawn Ferris, Chief Investigator, Riverside County
(Counties-Imperial, Inyo, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego)
Zone III Lee Gemetti, Criminal Investigator, Sacramento County
(Counties-Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Marin, Mono, Sacramento, Solano, Stanislaus, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Tuolumne)
Zone IV Glenn Allen, Welfare Fraud Investigator, Sonoma County
Billy Arms, Welfare Fraud Investigator, Mendocino County
(Counties-Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba)
Zone V Cynthia Navarro, Welfare Fraud Investigator, Los Angeles County
Robert Contreras, Los Angeles County
(County- Los Angeles)


Director at Large– Vacant

Medi-Cal Director at Large – Christine Getty, Supervising Fraud Investigator, California Dept. of Health Care Services

DA Director at Large– Vacant


Ex-officio Directors

Business Manager & Intercom Editor – Nicholas Cifelli, Welfare Fraud Investigator, San Bernardino County