Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments:

Leon Banks, M.D., 82, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California African American Museum Board of Directors. He has served on the board of directors since 2005. From 1955 to 1998, Banks was a pediatrician in private practice. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Air Force, from 1952 to 1955, as a captain and flight surgeon. In the past, Banks has served on the boards of the Black Arts Council and the Contemporary Arts Council of Los Angeles. He was also a charter founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Banks is a Democrat.  

Barbara Bigby, 53, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy commissioner for the Department of Real Estate. She has worked for the Department of Real Estate since 1971 and currently holds the position of assistant commissioner for administrative services, licensing and education. Bigby previously held the positions of information technology program manager, staff programmer analyst, associate programmer analyst, office supervisor and technician. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $121,284. Bigby is a Democrat.

Lai Lai Bui, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. She has served on the commission since 2005. Bui has held various positions in the Sacramento Police Department since 1992. Since 2001, she has been a detective in the special investigations unit. Prior to that, Bui was a detective in the sex assaults and child abuse unit in 2001, problem oriented police officer from 1999 to 2000, patrol officer from 1995 to 1999 and student trainee from 1992 to 1994. She is a member of the Sacramento Police Officers Association, Asian Peace Officers Association and the California Peace Officers' Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Bui is a Republican.

James Camp, 56, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the Kern County Fair Board of Directors (15th District Agricultural Association). He has served on the board of directors since 1998. Since 1978, Camp has served as president of S.A. Camp Companies. Prior to that, he was an associate attorney with Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian from 1977 to 1979. Camp is currently a member of the Community Action Partnership of Kern County, founding director of Bay Commercial Bank and is a past member of the Bakersfield Planning Commission. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Camp is a Republican.  

Kim Curry-Evans, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California African American Museum Board of Directors. She has served as director of visual arts for St. HOPE Academy since 2002. Prior to that, Curry-Evans was associate curator of collections for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art from 1990 to 2002. In 1990, she was an intern for Phoenix Arts Commission and, in 1989, was an intern for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 1988 to 1990, Curry-Evans was gallery manager for the Arizona Museum for Youth. She is a member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Association of African American Museums and the Western Museums Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Curry-Evans is a Democrat.

Cynthia Dellums, 54, of Oakland, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. She has worked as a volunteer for the mayor of Oakland and his office since 2007, assisting in the development and implementation of a comprehensive urban agenda for the city of Oakland. Dellums has been co-founder and chief executive officer of Dellums & Associates, a management consulting firm, since 2003. Prior to that, she was a consultant for Dellums, Brauer and Halterman from 1998 to 2003 and director of economic development at the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission from 1995 to 1998. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Dellums is a Democrat.

Kimberly Freeman, 40, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California African American Museum Board of Directors. Since 2006, she has been regional director of community partnerships at Sempra Energy. Prior to that, Freeman worked for Southern California Gas Company as director of community relations from 2002 to 2004 and sales manger from 2001 to 2002. From 1998 to 2001, she was state regulatory relations administrator for Sempra Energy. Freeman previously held numerous positions with Southern California Gas Company, including regulatory consultant/advisor from 1997 to 1998, senior account executive from 1995 to 1997, field environmental engineering specialist from 1994 to 1995 and environmental engineering specialist from 1992 to 1994. She is vice chair of the Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and a board member for the Southern California Leadership Network and the Los Angeles Urban League Executive Corps.  Freeman is a past board member with Operation HOPE and the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Freeman is a Democrat.

Curtis Grima, 23, of Roseville, has been appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees. He currently studies government and journalism at California State University, Sacramento. In addition, Grima has been vice president of academic affairs for Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) since 2007, student assistant at the California Environmental Protection Agency since 2007 and communications assistant at Teichert Construction since 2006. Prior to that, he was executive vice president for ASI in 2007 and secretary of state affairs from 2005 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Grima is a Republican.

Clayton Haas, 42, of Elk Grove, has been appointed assistant chief for manufactured housing for the Department of Housing and Community Development. Since 2007, he has served as staff services manager I in the division of codes and standards for the Department of Housing and Community Development. Haas previously worked for the Department of Conservation from 2000 to 2007. At the department, he held the positions of acting assistant director and legislative analyst for the Office of Governmental and Environmental Relations and associate management auditor for the Division of Recycling. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $78,012. Haas is a Republican.

Eileen Kostanecki, 38, of Sacramento, has been appointed federal policy advisor for the Department of Health Care Services. Since 2006, she has been assistant secretary for program and fiscal affairs for the Health and Human Services Agency. From 2003 to 2006, she served as deputy director for the state of Michigan's Washington, D.C. Office. Prior to that, Kostanecki served as legislative director for the Economic Alliance of Michigan from 2001 to 2003 and health policy advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2001. From 1995 to 2000, she was assistant director of government affairs for the Henry Ford Health System. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $97,692. Kostanecki is a Democrat.

John McGinness, 50, of Folsom, has been appointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He has served as sheriff of Sacramento County since 2006. Additionally, McGinness has been an instructor at California State University, Long Beach since 2006. He previously was undersheriff for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office from 2002 to 2006. From 1995 to 2006, McGinness was a peace officer standards and training instructor for the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation. He also served as an instructor for the Los Rios Community College District from 2004 to 2006. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. McGinness is a Republican.

Kay Meek, 60, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the Kern County Fair Board of Directors (15th District Agricultural Association). She has served on the board since 1992. Since 1983, Meek has been a partner in the Three Way Chevrolet Company and, from 1974 to 1993, was senior executive president of corporate relations for California Republic Bank. She is president and a trustee for the Kern Community College District and a past board member of the Bakersfield Art Museum and the Friends of Mercy Hospital Foundation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Meek is a Republican.  

Joseph Phillips, 45, of West Hills, has been appointed to the California African American Museum Board of Directors. He has served on the board of directors since 2005. Since 1995, Phillips has been the owner of JCP Productions, where he also serves as president. Additionally, he has been a syndicated columnist and political commentator writing a weekly column called, "The Way I See It" since 2001 and an actor since 1984, appearing in The Cosby Show. Phillips is an ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and spokesperson for Project Alpha for the March of Dimes. He has also been involved with the Special Olympics, Red Cross, Big Brothers of Los Angeles and the Green Chimneys Foundation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Phillips is a Republican.

Thomas Raycraft, 46, of Dixon, has been appointed to the Dixon May Fair Board of Directors (36th District Agricultural Association). He has served as president of T. Raycraft Farms since 1994. Raycraft previously was secretary and treasurer of R&P Farms from 1977 to 1993 and served as a volunteer firefighter for the Dixon Fire Department from 1977 to 1990. He is a member of Friends of the Dixon May Fair and the Dixon Game Conservation Club. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Raycraft is a Republican.

Rameshwar Singh, Ph.D., 70, of San Jose, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has worked at San Jose State University as an associate professor since 1967 and a professor of water resource engineering since 1977. Singh previously was a consultant in numerous capacities including in hydrodynamics for Lockheed from 1979 to 1984; in fluid mechanics for General Electric Company from 1975 to 1977; in water resources for the Santa Clara Valley Water District from 1968 to 1972; and in flow profiles for Jennings, McDermott & Heiss from 1971 to 1973. Additionally, he served part-time as staff engineer for the nuclear division for General Electric Company from 1974 to 1975. Singh is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education and is past statewide president of the California Society of Professional Engineers. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Singh is a Republican.

Michael Sobek, 45, of Dublin, has been appointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He has served on the commission since 2006. Sobek has over twenty years experience in law enforcement, serving with the San Leandro Police Department since 1991 and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office from 1984 to 1991. Additionally, he has served as adjunct faculty at Chabot/Las Positas Community College since 2002. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Sobek is an American Independent.

Jeremiah Twomey, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief assistant inspector general for the Bureau of Audits and Investigations in the Office of the Inspector General. Since 2007, he has served in the securities regulation division at the Department of Corporations, most recently as acting chief deputy commissioner/deputy commissioner. Previously, Twomey was supervising examiner for the Department of Corporations from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that, he was associate vice president of management consulting services for School Services of California, Incorporated from 2002 to 2006 and director from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Twomey was senior deputy inspector general at the Office of the Inspector General and, from 1997 to 1998, was senior management auditor for the State Controller's Office. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $122,088. Twomey is a Democrat.

Sue Vaccaro, 49, of Fairfield, has been appointed to the Dixon May Fair Board of Directors (36th District Agricultural Association). Since 1998, she has served as community and government relations manager for Republic Services Incorporated. From 1992 to 1998, Vaccaro was public relations manager for the Northern California Region of Kaiser Permanente and, from 1990 to 1992, was a district representative for Congressmember Vic Fazio. Prior to that, she was special projects director for the Solano Economic Development Corporation in 1990 and researcher, writer and producer for KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco, from 1982 to 1990. Vaccaro is chair of the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County and a board member of the California Refuse Removal Council, the Solano Economic Development Corporation and the Fairfield Suisun Chamber of Commerce. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Vaccaro is a Democrat.

Gil Van Attenhoven, 51, of Folsom, has been appointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He has worked for the California Department of Justice since 1984 in various positions. Since 2003, Van Attenhoven has been senior special agent in charge, from 2000 to 2003 was special agent in charge, from 1992 to 1999 was special agent supervisor and from 1984 to 1992 was special agent. Prior to that, he served as deputy sheriff for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department assigned to the Basic Recruit Academy, patrol services and correctional facilities. Van Attenhoven is first vice president of the California Narcotic Officers' Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Van Attenhoven is a Republican.

Carolyn Webb de Macias, 59, of Alhambra, has been appointed to the California African American Museum Board of Directors. She has served on the board of directors since 2003. Since 2006, Webb de Macias has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education and, since 2004, has been the vice president of external relations at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, she was senior associate provost at the University of Southern California from 1997 to 2002 and chief of staff for former Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas from 1991 to 1997. From 1985 to 1989, Webb de Macias was Los Angeles area vice president for external affairs for Pacific Bell. She is a member of the University of Southern California National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center Executive Board, the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute and the Central City Association Executive Committee. Additionally, Webb de Macias is founding president of the Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles, past president of the Martin Luther King Legacy Association and is a founding member of the Young Black Scholars of Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Webb de Macias is a Democrat.

Gary Wolff, Ph.D., 50, of Castro Valley, has been appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board. He has been a member of the board since 2006 and currently serves as vice chair. Wolff was previously a member of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board from 2005 to 2006. Previously, he was principal economist and engineer for the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security from 2001 to 2006. From 2000 to 2001, Wolff was a visiting professor of environmental economics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and, from 1998 to 2000, was director of the incentives programs at Redefining Progress. Prior to that, he was self-employed as an engineering consultant from 1995 to 1998 and was founder and principal engineer for 3E Engineering from 1987 to 1994. Wolff is a member of the American Economic Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Solar Energy Society and the International Water Association. He is also a member of the International Ecological Engineering Society, International Society for Ecological Economics, Northern California Recycling Association and the Water Environment Federation. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Wolff is registered decline-to-state.