Big Bear Valley Community Advisory Council
Office of Councilman Alan Lee

Mr. James Hoeltgen, Chair

Volunteer Council

Mr. James Hoeltgen has been tapped to help guide Councilman Lee's Volunteer Council. Mr. James Hoeltgen is a Big Bear Lake resident. Mr. Hoeltgen obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Grinnell College in Biology and his Master's Degree in Microbiology and Public Health from Michigan State University.

Mr. Hoeltgen served as a volunteer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Office for 5 years. He was elected as the Commander for the Citizens on Patrol (COPS) program for the Big Bear Lake Sheriff's Station for two years. Prior to his service supporting our Law Enforcement Officers, Mr. Hoeltgen served as a Volunteer Patrol Leader and Trainer with the United States Forestry Department, where he helped patrol the San Bernardino National Forest and train other volunteers.

Mr. Hoeltgen is the recipient of the distinguished "Life Saving Award" from the Sheriff's Office for saving the life of a drowning man in Big Bear Lake. Mr. Hoeltgen has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 55 years.

As Chair of Councilman Alan Lee's Volunteer Council, Mr. Hoeltgen assists and advises Councilman Lee on effective tools for civic engagement and works with Councilman Lee on spotlighting and supporting our local civic and volunteer organizations.

Mrs. Lexi Amrhein, Chair

Educational Council

Mrs. Lexi Amrhein has been selected to help lead the Educational Council. She was raised in Big Bear City. After graduating from Big Bear High School in 2008, Mrs. Amrhein attended California University at Northridge, where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Studies. She then went to the University of San Francisco, where she obtained her Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Mrs. Amrhein has extensive experience in college and career preparation including supporting students with scholarship and college entrance applications as well as working with students that may wish to pursue vocational opportunities.

Mrs. Amrhein sits on a number of non-profit boards in the Big Bear Valley that focus on education, social services and healthcare. Mrs. Amrhein resides in the Erwin Lake area of the Big Bear Valley with her husband, Zack.

As Chair of Councilman Alan Lee's Educational Council, Mrs. Amrhein helps in the development and administration of Councilman Lee's scholarship and internship programs. Mrs. Amrhein provides strategic advice to Councilman Lee on educational policy and serves as his liaison to the local school district.

Mr. Peter Dawidzik, Chair

Business Council

Mr. Peter Dawidzik has been appointed to lead Councilman Lee's Business Council. Mr. Peter Dawidzik is a Big Bear Lake resident, residing in the Fox Farm Community. Mr. Dawidzik is partner/owner at one of Big Bear Lake's most popular local restaurants, the Big Bear Bar and Grill. He is also the owner of the new Bear Valley Restaurant, operating in the Village as "Wrap It Up - Stick 'Em Up". Mr. Dawidzik holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Business Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University in New York, where he was captain of the Division 1 Lacrosse Team. He also sits on a number of advisory boards for companies in the streaming media industry. Prior to moving to Big Bear Lake, Mr. Dawidzik served as Vice-President at Warner Media and Director of Sales at Oolaya Inc. 

Mr. Dawidzik enjoys boating, skiing, and spending time with his family. You may also find Mr. Dawidzik playing drums locally with his band, Whiskey Flats. As Chair of Councilman Alan Lee's Business Council, Mr. Dawidzik provides strategic advice to Councilman Lee on business policy and serves as Councilman Lee's liaison to the business community.