Governor Brown Announces Appointments


1-23-2015

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

Teresa Schilling, 52, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant director of communications at the California Department of Conservation. Schilling has been assistant executive director of communications at the California Energy Commission since 2013. She was a principal consultant for the California State Senate Rules Committee in 2013, served as legislative director in the Office of California State Senator Noreen Evans from 2009 to 2013 and was a policy consultant for California State Senator Patricia Wiggins from 2008 to 2009. Schilling was a consultant at Lincoln Crow Communications from 2001 to 2008, served as press secretary in the Office of the Attorney General at the California Department of Justice from 2005 to 2006 and was program manager at Environmental Media Services from 2000 to 2001.She was communications director at the California League of Conservation Voters from 1997 to 2000 and at Blanning and Baker Associates from 1996 to 1997. Schilling was associate national media director at the Sierra Club from 1989 to 1996 and a campaign assistant at the Planning and Conservation League from 1987 to 1988. She is a member of Friends of the River. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,876. Schilling is a Democrat.

Ed Wilson, 59, of Placerville, has been appointed deputy assistant director of public affairs at the California Department of Water Resources. Wilson has been assistant director of communications at the California Department of Conservation since 2005, where he has served in several positions since 2000, including interim assistant director and public information officer. He was news director at KTXL-TV from 1998 to 2000, news marketing producer at KOVR-TV from 1995 to 1998, a consultant at Wilson Broadcasting Resources from 1992 to 1998 and executive news producer at KXTV-TV from 1990 to 1994. Wilson was a news director at KCOY-TV from 1989 to 1990, an executive news producer at WCPO-TV from 1987 to 1989 and a news director at KGPE-TV from 1979 to 1987. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $101,028. Wilson is registered without party preference.

Krystle Contreras, 33, of Porterville, has been appointed to the California Domestic Violence Advisory Council. Contreras has been outreach coordinator at the Central California Family Crisis Center since 2010. She was the youth director at the Porterville First Baptist Church from 2010 to 2012 and an independent realtor from 2004 to 2009. Contreras is co-chair of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Central Valley Public Policy and Research Committee and a member of the Tulare County Youth Commission. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Contreras is a Democrat.

Raji Brar, 39, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. Brar has been owner and operator at Countryside Market and Restaurants since 2003. She served as a member of the Arvin City Council from 2006 to 2008, was an executive assistant at Clinica Sierra Vista from 2001 to 2003 and a chemist at BC Laboratories from 2000 to 2001. Brar earned a Master of Science degree from California State University, Bakersfield. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Brar is a Democrat.

Ned Dunphy, 56, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. Dunphy has been a partner at Young Wooldridge since 2014, where he has been an attorney since 2012. He was a personal injury lawyer at Klein DeNatale and Goldner from 1990 to 2012 and a staff attorney and organizer at the United Farm Workers from 1977 to 1990. Dunphy is a member of the Kern County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He earned his legal education through the California State Bar Law Office Study Program while participating in the United Farm Workers of America Legal Apprenticeship Program. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Dunphy is a Democrat.

Candi Easter, 67, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. Easter was a bookkeeper at A-1 Battery Company from 1993 to 2005, an area manager at Visalia Inventory Service from 1988 to 1993 and a teacher at the Country Lane Day School from 1971 to 1977. She is a member of the Kern County Democratic Party and a charter member of the Democratic Women of Kern. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Easter is a Democrat.

Rusty Graham, 64, of Woody, has been appointed to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. Graham has been co-owner at the Robert Woody Ranch since 1994. He was project manager at DLB Construction Inc. from 2002 to 2009, owner and production manager at Blue Mountain Entertainment from 1994 to 2002 and president at Rusty Graham Construction Inc. from 1984 to 1994. Graham was owner and partner at Sequoia Construction from 1981 to 1984. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Graham is a Republican.

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