Governor Brown Announces Appointments


1-15-2015

SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Donald Cavier, 44, of Rocklin, has been appointed chief deputy director of the California Housing Finance Agency. Cavier has been director of finance at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency since 2007, where he was finance manager from 1999 to 2007 and a financial analyst and supervising auditor from 1998 to 1999. He was a senior internal auditor at the Money Store from 1997 to 1998, where he was an underwriter from 1995 to 1997. Cavier was an inventory control auditor at the Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation from 1994 to 1995 and an underwriter at American Portfolios Services Inc. from 1993 to 1994. He is a licensed real estate broker and a certified internal auditor and certified financial services auditor. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $172,260. Cavier is registered without party preference.

Debra Cornez, 58, of Sacramento, has been reappointed director of the Office of Administrative Law at the California Government Operations Agency, where she has been director since 2012 and has served in several positions since 1986, including acting director, assistant chief counsel and staff counsel. Cornez served as staff counsel at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Institute for Administrative Justice from 1983 to 1986. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,969. Cornez is a Democrat.

Beverly Johnson, 56, of Alameda, has been reappointed deputy director at the Office of Administrative Law at the California Government Operations Agency, where she has served as deputy director since 2012. Johnson was an attorney at the Beverly J. Johnson Law Offices from 2002 to 2012 and served as a member of the Alameda City Council from 2010 to 2012 and from 1998 to 2002 and was mayor of the City of Alameda from 2002 to 2010. She was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Susan L. Jeffries from 1995 to 2000, a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office from 1994 to 1995 and associate attorney at the Law Office of W. Lance Russum from 1985 to 1994. Johnson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,524. Johnson is a Democrat.

Randy Short, 68, of Oxnard, has been reappointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission, where he has served since 2014. He has been president at Almar Management Inc., a marina management company, since 2000, where he was chief operating officer from 1988 to 2000. Short is a member of the Association of Marine Industries and the Marina Recreation Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Short is a Republican.

Suzan Carmichael, 48, of Menlo Park, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Carmichael has been associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine since 2010. She held several positions at the March of Dimes Foundation from 1998 to 2010, including division director and epidemiologist in the California Research Division and epidemiologist in the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program. She was an epidemic intelligence service officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health from 1996 to 1998 and a research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health from 1993 to 1996 and at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Division of Research in 1993. Carmichael was a child survival specialist and health educator for the U.S. Peace Corps in 1992, a research assistant at the University of California, Davis Department of Human Development and Pediatrics from 1989 to 1992 and a laboratory assistant at the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science in 1989. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Carmichael is registered without party preference.

Diana Auyeung-Kim, 43, of Huntington Beach has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Auyeung-Kim has been senior manager in toxicology at Allergan Inc. since 2014, where she was principal scientist from 2010 to 2014. She held several positions at Charles River Laboratories Inc. from 2002 to 2010, including program associate for developmental and reproductive toxicology, associate director of research, senior research scientist, study director and research scientist. Auyeung-Kim was a human health risk assessor and assistant project manager at Tetratech Em Inc. from 1993 to 2000 and a certified pharmacy technician at Sutter and Mercy General Hospitals from 1989 to 1992. She earned a Doctor of Biological Sciences degree in pharmacology and toxicology from the Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Auyeung-Kim is a Democrat.

Ulrike Luderer, 53, of Irvine, has been reappointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, where she has served since 2012. Luderer has been a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine Department of Medicine's Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1999. She was a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health from 1998 to 1999. Luderer is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Society of Toxicology, Endocrine Society and the Society for the Study of Reproduction. She earned Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in neurobiology and physiology degrees from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Health degree in occupational and environmental medicine from the University of Washington. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Luderer is a Democrat.

Aydin Nazmi, 39, of San Luis Obispo, has been reappointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, where he has served since 2012. Nazmi has been associate professor and director of the Center for Solutions Through Research in Diet and Exercise at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo since 2014, where he served as assistant professor from 2009 to 2014. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan School of Public Health from 2008 to 2009 and served as a volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps from 1999 to 2001. Nazmi is a member of the American Public Health Association, Society for Epidemiologic Research, International Epidemiological Association and the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. He earned a Master of Science degree in public health nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology from the Federal University of Pelotas. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Nazmi is registered without party preference.

Charles Plopper, 70, of Chester, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Plopper has been professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology since 2005, where he has served in several positions since 1979, including chairperson, acting chairperson, professor, associate professor and assistant professor. He was a senior staff fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory of Pulmonary Function and Toxicology from 1978 to 1979, associate professor at the University of Kuwait Department of Human Morphology and Experimental Pathology from 1977 to 1978, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine's Department of Anatomy and Reproductive Biology from 1975 to 1977 and a visiting research morphologist at the University of California, Davis California National Primate Research Center from 1974 to 1975. Plopper was chief of the Electron Microscopy Division at the Letterman Army Institute of Research, Presidio of San Francisco from 1974 to 1975 and chief of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Nutrition Laboratory's Electron Microscopy Branch, Pathology Division from 1972 to 1973. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in anatomy from the University of California, Davis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Plopper is a Democrat.

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