Governor Brown Announces Appointments


11-24-2015

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

Michael Johnston, 63, of Watsonville, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Johnston has been a consultant for Teamsters Local 890 and Teamsters Joint Council 7 since 2014. He was a consultant for Teamsters Local 948 and the California Teamsters State Council of Cannery and Food Processing Unions in 2011. Johnston was the Salinas campaign coordinator for Anna Caballero for California State Senate in 2010, campaign coordinator in the strategic research and campaigns department for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 2006 to 2009 and a business representative for Teamsters Local 890 from 1988 to 2005. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Johnston is a Democrat.

Jean-Pierre Wolff, 66, of San Luis Obispo, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Wolff has been a viticulturist and owner of Wolff Vineyards since 1999. He was an independent technology consultant from 2000 to 2002, senior vice president at Global Energy Services from 1998 to 2000 and vice president and corporate officer of Electro-Test Inc. from 1981 to 1998. Wolff was a field and power system engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1977 to 1981 and a design engineer at Darmsted-Parenti and Associates from 1973 to 1977. Wolff is vice president of the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District, chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Liaison Advisory Board and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in science and technology from Walden University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation $100 per diem. Wolff is a Republican.

Jon Costantino, 45, of Grass Valley, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Costantino has been a senior advisor at Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP since 2010. He was a climate change planning manager and a legislative analyst at the California Air Resources Board from 2000 to 2010 and an air pollution engineer at the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District from 1992 to 2000. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Costantino is registered without party preference.

Hidali Garcia, 43, of Brawley, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Garcia has been director of English learner services at the Coachella Valley Unified School District since 2012. She held multiple positions at Brawley Elementary School District, including teacher, resource teacher, writing coach and grant writer, from 2007 to 2012 and was a teacher and resource bilingual specialist there from 1996 to 2004. Garcia was director of migrant education for the Imperial County Office of Education from 2004 to 2007 and an English teacher for the Brawley Union High School District from 1994 to 1996. She is a member of the California Association for Bilingual Education. Garcia earned a Master of Education degree from San Diego State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Garcia is a Democrat.

Edward Muzik, 64, of Indian Wells, has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2007. Muzik has been general manager of the Hi-Desert Water District of Yucca Valley since 2007, where he was chief financial officer from 2002 to 2006. He was director of operations and finance at Vicom Systems Inc. from 1993 to 2002 and a controller at Ashford Development from 1990 to 1993 and at Cobble Knoll from 1985 to 1990. Muzik was accounting supervisor at Motorola from 1984 to 1985 and at S and C Electric from 1978 to 1984. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Muzik is a Republican.

Jayne Powell, 62, of Rancho Mirage, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Powell has been an environmental and aggregate resources manager at Granite Construction Inc. since 2007. She was owner and environmental consultant at Resource Recovery Inc. from 2003 to 2006 and an environmental safety and quality manager at Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation from 1997 to 2003. Powell was an environmental engineering group manager at Dames and Moore from 1990 to 1997 and an environmental manager at the Atlas Powder Company from 1988 to 1990. She is a member of the California Stormwater Quality Association. Powell earned a Master of Science degree in biology from Murray State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Powell is a Republican.

Donald Jardine, 64, of Markleeville, has been reappointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2008. Jardine has served as a member of the Alpine County Board of Supervisors since 1987. He held multiple positions at the California Department of Transportation from 1986 to 2006, including supervisor, equipment operator and lead worker. Jardine is director of the Carson Water Subconservancy District and county liaison to the Alpine Watershed Group. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Jardine is a Republican.

Peter Pumphrey, 69, of Chalfant, has been reappointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Pumphrey served as a deputy district attorney in the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2004 and was a deputy public defender in the San Joaquin County Public Defender’s Office from 1991 to 2001. He was an attorney in the Law Offices of Peter C. Pumphrey from 1973 to 1991. Pumphrey earned a Juris Doctor degree from Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Pumphrey is a Democrat.

Maria Camacho, 36, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2011. Camacho has been director of external affairs at the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation since 2013. She was vice president at Consensus Inc. from 2008 to 2013 and director of public affairs for J.S. Rosenfield and Company from 2006 to 2008 and from 2002 to 2003. Camacho was a co-mediator for the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution in 2005. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Camacho is a Democrat.

Irma Munoz, 63, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2011. Munoz has been founder and president of Mujeres de la Tierra since 2005. She was a senior manager at TreePeople from 2001 to 2003 and national director of marketing and customer service at the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1994 to 2000. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Munoz is a Democrat.

Fel Anthony Amistad, 55, of San Mateo, has been appointed to the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. Amistad has been a broker associate affiliated with Century 21 Realty Alliance since 2014, a Master of Business Administration program professor at the International Technological University since 2011 and owner of Fel Anthony Amistad Realty since 1997. He was a broker owner at Stanford Capital Finance from 1997 to 2010, a loan officer at Bank of America from 1995 to 1996, a mortgage loan officer and consultant at Great Western Bank from 1994 to 1995 and a realtor broker at Re/Max Realty from 1991 to 1992. Amistad was chief executive officer, realtor and mortgage broker at City Bankers Mortgage and Amistad Realty from 1990 to 1994 and a real estate salesperson at Coldwell Banker Real Estate from 1986 to 1988. He served as a member of the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities from 2007 to 2013. Amistad earned a Juris Doctor degree from California Southern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Amistad was president of the United States Junior Chamber District 15 in 1990, of the Lions Club West of Twin Peaks in 2005 and of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce in 2007. This positon does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Amistad is a Democrat.

Richard Lee Barnes, 76, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Barnes has been a health sciences clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Clinical Pharmacy and an adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law since 2009. He has been a researcher and consultant for the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project since 2007. Barnes was a specialist at the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education from 2006 to 2014, where he was a post-doctoral fellow from 2004 to 2006. He was a volunteer government relations manager at the American Lung Association of Oklahoma from 1997 to 2004, an adjunct instructor at Tulsa Community College from 1988 to 1994, an attorney in private practice from 1986 to 1997 and a partner at Nichols, Wolfe, Stamper, Nally and Fallis from 1977 to 1986. Barnes was an associate attorney at Kothe and Eagleton from 1973 to 1977 and at Hall and Estill from 1970 to 1972. Barnes earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Barnes is registered without party preference.

Lourdes A. Baezconde-Garbanati, 60, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where she has served since 2010. Baezconde-Garbanati is a professor in preventative medicine and director of the Center of Health Equity in the Americas at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, where she has held several positions since 1997, including an associate professor in preventative medicine, an assistant professor in preventative medicine and an assistant professor of research for the Department of Preventative Medicine. Baezconde-Garbanati was an associate director at the University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture from 1992 to 1994. She is a member of the American Public Health Association. Baezconde-Garbanati earned a Doctor of Public Health degree and a Master of Public Health degree in community health sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Baezconde-Garbanati is a Democrat.

Patricia Spratlen Etem, 59, of Long Beach, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where she has served since 2010. Spratlen Etem has been a consultant at CIVIC Communications Consulting since 2002. She was a director of research, policy and planning at BREATHE California from 2005 to 2009. Spratlen Etem was a regional tobacco control program director for Public Health Foundation Enterprises from 1993 to 2002. She earned a Master of Public Health in behavioral sciences from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Spratlen Etem is a Democrat.

Alan Carnell Henderson, 71, of San Luis Obispo, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where he has served since 2001. Henderson served as a professor and chairman at National University of Health and Human Services from 2008 to 2010. He was a professor, chairman and graduate advisor at the California State University, Long Beach Department of Health Science from 1987 to 2006. Henderson was an associate professor and chairman at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health from 1981 to 1987, project director at the National Center for Health Education from 1978 to 1981, an assistant professor for the Department of Health Education at Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1978 and a lecturer for the Department of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach from 1973 to 1976. Henderson was a part time lecturer at Santa Monica College from 1973 to 1975, a sales representative at Xerox Corporation from 1968 to 1971 and a management trainee at United California Bank from 1966 to 1968. Henderson earned a Doctor of Public Health degree in health education and health services administration and a Master of Science degree in public health education from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Henderson is a Democrat.

Robert Lee Oldham, 38, of Roseville, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Oldham has been the health officer, public health director and medical director for the Placer County Department of Health and Human Services since 2014 and has been an assistant clinical professor for the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 2011. He was the interim health officer at the Fresno County Department of Public Health from 2013 to 2014, the medical director at the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health from 2011 to 2014 and a consulting psychiatrist at Central California Faculty Medical Group from 2011 to 2014. Oldham was a psychiatrist at the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health from 2010 to 2011, a psychosomatic medical fellow at the Oregon Health and Sciences University from 2009 to 2010, a resident physician in general preventative medicine and public health at the Virginia Department of Health-Virginia Commonwealth University Health System from 2008 to 2009, medical officer for the Central State Hospital from 2006 to 2009, house staff council co-chair at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System from 2005 to 2008 and a psychiatry resident physician at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System from 2004 to 2008. Oldham earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and a Master of Science degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Oldham is registered without party preference.

Michael K. Ong, 43, of Santa Monica, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where he has served since 2007. Ong has been an associate professor in residence at the University of California, Los Angeles since 2005 and a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System since 2013. He was a staff physician for the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System from 2003 to 2005. Ong earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in health services and policy analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ong is a Democrat.

Claradina Soto, 40, of Whittier, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Soto has been an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California since 2015. She held several positions at the University of Southern California Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research from 2003 to 2014 including research associate, project manager and research assistant. Soto was a health education specialist at the California Rural Indian Board Inc. from 2001 to 2003, an assistant health educator for the Childhood Illness and Injury Prevention Program at the Sacramento Department of Health in 2001, a case manager at the Southern California Indian Center from 1997 to 2000 and a research fellow at Lovelace Institute in 1996. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in preventative medicine and a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Soto is a Democrat.

Mark D. Starr, 59, of Rocklin, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Starr has been deputy director for environmental health at the California Department of Public Health since 2012. He was director of community health, clinics and animal services at the Placer County Health and Human Services Department from 2007 to 2012, acting chief for the Division of Communicable Disease Control at the California Department of Health Services from 2002 to 2006, chief of surveillance and statistics at the California Department of Health Services, Division of Communicable Disease Control from 2006 to 2007 and from 1998 to 2002. Starr was the state public health veterinarian at the California Department of Health Services, Division of Communicable Disease Control in 2000, acting chief of surveillance and statistics at the California Department of Health Services, Division of Communicable Disease Control from 1997 to 1998, a lecturer at California State University, Sacramento from 1996 to 1999, a public health veterinarian at the California Department of Health Services, Division of Communicable Disease Control from 1995 to 1998 and an associate professor at Chapman University Academic Center from 1991 to 1996. He was chief epidemiologist at the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services from 1990 to 1995 and a veterinarian at Sunrise-Cirby Veterinary Clinic and at Carmichael Veterinary Hospital from 1986 to 1990. Starr earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Starr is a Democrat.

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