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Brown Announces Appointments

Governor Jerry Brown has stayed busy over the past week, announcing appointments.

Brown was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Here is the list of appointments since January 21st:

Tyson Eckerle, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed zero emission vehicle infrastructure project manager at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Eckerle has been executive director at Energy Independence Now since 2011, where he was associate director from 2009 to 2011. He served multiple positions at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District from 2002 to 2007, including regulatory project manager, biologist, recruitment coordinator and environmental planner. Eckerle earned a Master of Science degree in environmental science and management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $90,000. Eckerle is a Democrat.

Joy Higa, 46, of Manhattan Beach, has been appointed to the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board. Higa has held multiple positions at the UnitedHealth Group since 2006, including vice president of regulatory affairs and health care reform, vice president of government affairs and vice president of regulatory and external affairs. She served in multiple positions at the California State Controller’s Office from 2004 to 2006, including deputy chief of staff for policy and policy director. Higa was chief deputy secretary for cabinet affairs at the Office of Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and was deputy director for plan and provider relations at the California Department of Managed Health Care from 2000 to 2003. She was director of health sciences governmental relations at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1998 to 2000 and manager of government relations at PacifiCare Health Systems from 1996 to 1998. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Higa is a Democrat.

Linda Thor, 63, of Sunnyvale, has been appointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Thor has been chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District since 2010. She was president at Rio Salado College from 1990 to 2010 and at West Los Angeles College from 1986 to 1990. Thor held multiple positions at the Los Angeles Community College District from to 1974 to 1986, including senior director of occupational and technical education, director of high technology centers and services, director of communications services and public information officer. She was western states manager at LeMot Educational Services and director of public information and the school of continuing education at Pepperdine University from 1971 to 1972. Thor earned a Doctor of Education degree in community college administration from Pepperdine University and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Thor is a Democrat.

David Hochschild, 42, of Berkeley, has been reappointed to the California Energy Commission, where he has served since 2013. Hochschild was vice president of external affairs at Solaria Corporation from 2007 to 2013 and served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from 2007 to 2008. He was executive director at PV Now from 2005 to 2007 and co-founder and director of policy at the Vote Solar Initiative from 2002 to 2005. Hochschild was special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown from 2000 to 2001 and program director for the President’s Award, Port Alfred, South Africa from 1996 to 1997. He earned a Master of Public Policy degree in criminal justice policy from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Hochschild is a Democrat.

Dorene D’Adamo, 53, of Turlock, has been reappointed to the State Water Resources Control Board, where she has served since 2013. D’Adamo served as senior policy advisor to Congressman Jim Costa in 2013 and to Congressman Dennis Cardoza from 2003 to 2012. She was legal counsel for Congressman Gary Condit from 1994 to 2003 and a visiting instructor at California State University, Stanislaus from 1992 to 1998. D’Adamo was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Perry and Wildman from 1992 to 1994 and a policy consultant at Dee Dee D’Adamo Consulting from 1991 to 1992. She was legislative director for Congressman Gary Condit from 1990 to 1991 and assistant legislative director at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s California Youth Authority from 1988 to 1990. D’Adamo was legal counsel at the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety from 1986 to 1988 and legislative director for the California State Assembly assistant majority leader from 1985 to 1986. She is a member of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board of Directors and served on the California Air Resources Board from 1999 to 2013. D’Adamo earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. D’Adamo is a Democrat.

Jane Dolan, 64, of Chico, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, where she has seved since 2012. Dolan has been executive director at the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum since 2010 and an independent probate referee since 1987. She served as member of the Butte County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District from 1979 to 2011. Dolan was a committee member of the Governor’s Advisory Drought Planning Panel in 2000 and a member of the Statewide Affordable Housing Commission in 1980. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $41,889. Dolan is a Democrat.

William Edgar, 74, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, where he has served since 2012. Edgar has been co-owner of Edgar and Associates LLP since 1999. He was contract executive director at the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency from 2007 to 2012 and a special advisor at McDonough Holland and Allen from 2001 to 2005. Edgar was a member of the California State Reclamation Board from 2001 to 2005 and executive director of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency from 1988 to 1992. He served in multiple positions for the city of Sacramento from 1977 to 1999, including city manager and assistant city manager. Edgar earned a Master of Public Policy degree in city management from the University of Pennsylvania. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $41,889. Edgar is a Democrat.

Michael Villines, 46, of Placerville, has been appointed to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, where he has served since 2010. Villines has been owner of the Villines Group LLC since 2011. He served as a California State Assemblymember, 29th Assembly District, from 2004 to 2010 and was director of public relations and co-owner of Panagraph Marketing Solutions from 1999 to 2004. Villines was chief of staff to California State Assemblymember Chuck Poochigian from 1994 to 1998 and special assistant at the California Department of Fish and Game from 1992 to 1994. He was an advance representative in Governor Wilson’s Office from 1991 to 1992. Villines is vice president of corporate and government relations at the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $41,889. Villines is a Republican.

Luis Li, 48, of Santa Monica, has been appointed to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Li has been a partner at Munger Tolles and Olson LLP since 2005. He was chief of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Criminal Branch from 2002 to 2005 and an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California from 1995 to 2002. Li was an associate at Munger Tolles and Olson LLP from 1993 to 1995 and was a law clerk for the Honorable Dickran Tevrizian at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1991 to 1992. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Li is a Democrat.

Anne Walker, 53, of Rescue, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Fire Services, where she has served since 2013. Walker has been an administrative assistant at Silva Valley Elementary School since 2012. She was a substitute teacher and secretary at the El Dorado Office of Education from 1993 to 2012 and held multiple positions at the East Whittier School District from 1984 to 1992, including teacher and substitute teacher. Walker is a member of the Rescue Fire Protection District Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Walker is a Republican.

Gloria Bell, 58, of Salinas, has been reappointed to the California Employment Training Panel, where she has served since 2013. Bell was safety officer and employee relations manager at Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc. from 2002 to 2013, human resource manager at Temple-Inland Paperboard and Packaging Inc. from 1999 to 2002 and human resource manager at Fresh Express from 1994 to 1999. Bell is a member of the AgSafe Board of Directors and the Society for Human Resource Management. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Bell is a Democrat.

Devon Graves, 20, of Murrieta, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission. Graves has been conference services lead at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Housing Conference Services since 2012. He is chair of the California State Student Association, Board of Directors and a member of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. Graves was attorney general at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Associated Students Inc. from 2012 to 2013. He was the men’s basketball representative of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Bronco Athletics Association from 2011 to 2012. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Graves is a Democrat.

Timothy S. Martinez, 54, of Temple City, has been appointed to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California, where he has served since 2012. Martinez has been associate dean for community partnerships and access to care at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine since 2009 and president at Outer Cape Dental Center since 2003. He was a program evaluator at the Forsyth Institute from 2010 to 2011 and served as state dental Medicaid director at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services from 2006 to 2009 and as a dental consultant at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Public Protection’s Board of Registration in Dentistry from 2005 to 2009. He was owner of Mid-Cape Dental Center from 2000 to 2005 and the dental director at South End Community Health Center from 2000 to 2003. Martinez was dental director at Harbor Health Services Inc. from 1999 to 2003 and at Boston Health Care for the Homeless from 1994 to 2003. He earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Martinez is a Democrat.

David Orth, 56, of Clovis, has been reappointed to the California Water Commission, where he has served since 2013. Orth has been general manager of the Kings River Conservation District since 2002. He was vice president of resource management at California Valley Land Company Inc. from 2000 to 2002 and held multiple positions at the Westlands Water District from 1986 to 2000, including general manager and director of finance. Orth was deputy treasurer and principal accountant at the Fresno County Auditor-Controller and Treasurer’s Office from 1982 to 1986. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Orth is a Republican.

Larry Booth, 60, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Building Standards Commission. Booth has held multiple positions at Frank M. Booth Inc. since 1976, including president, manager, project engineer and estimator. He is a member of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Booth is a Democrat.

David Malcolm Carson, 44, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Building Standards Commission. Carson has been general counsel and policy director for environmental health at Community Health Councils since 2013. He held multiple positions at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles from 2002 to 2013, including staff attorney and managing attorney. Carson was deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2002 and an associate at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe from 1996 to 1999. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Carson is a Democrat.

Elley Klausbruckner, 44, of San Diego, has been appointed to the California Building Standards Commission. Klausbruckner has been owner and principal at Klausbruckner and Associates Inc. since 1998. She was a fire protection engineer at Tomes Van Rickley and Associates from 1994 to 1998. Klausbruckner is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the International Code Council and the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. She earned a Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Klausbruckner registered decline-to-state.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.


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