Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments:
John Chin, M.D., 58, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the Medical Board of California, where he has served as a member since 2006. He has been associate clinical professor for University of California, Davis since 2004, partner for Regional Cardiology Associates Medical Group since 1996, director of cardiac transplant service at Sutter Heart Institute since 1997 and director of cardiac telemetry at Mercy General Hospital since 1990. Previously, Chin was a partner at Cardiovascular Care Medical Group from 1986 to 1996 and associate in practice with Dr. Gerd Struver from 1983 to 1986. He is a member of the Sutter Hospital Foundation Board, executive council member for Heart Failure Society of America and member of the Chinese American Medical Association of California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Chin is not registered.
Geena Davis, 54, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. She is an actor and has had roles in “Tootsie,” “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “Earth Girls are Easy,” “Angie,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Stuart Little.” Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1989 for her role in “The Accidental Tourist” and the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2006 for “Commander in Chief.” She was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her role in “Thelma and Louise” and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in “A League of Their Own.” Davis is a member of Mensa International, founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters and reduce gender stereotyping in media made for children 11 and under. She is a partner with United Nations Development Fund for Women in an effort to change the way media represents women and girls, to encourage media to present and investigate issues of grave importance to women and to use a “gender” lens when reporting. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Davis is a Democrat.
Linda Florey, 68, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Board of Occupational Therapy. She has worked for the University of California, Los Angeles Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital as chief of rehabilitation services since 1992, and previously as associate chief from 1969 to 1992 and staff occupational therapist from 1968 to 1969. Florey was a staff occupational therapist at Michael Rees Hospital from 1964 to 1966. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Occupational Therapy Association of California, and is president of the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Florey is a Democrat.
Alexandra Gleysteen, 54, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. Since 2007, she has been an executive producer of the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women. Since 2008, Gleysteen has been a consultant for the Governors’ Global Climate Summit and, in 2008, she was a consulting producer for the Border Governors Conference, where she produced a panel with First Lady Maria Shriver. Previously, she worked for NBC News as a journalist, writer and producer from 1981 to 2007. Gleysteen was the West Coast producer for “Dateline” from 1995 to 2007. She served as a media strategist and producer for “The Shriver Report” in 2009, writer and executive producer of the Emmy nominated NBC primetime special “Farrah’s Story” in 2009, co-executive producer and writer for “Siegfried and Roy: The Miracle” in 2004 and executive producer of “Desperately Seeking Happiness” in 1997. From 1981 to 1986, Gleysteen was a producer for NBC News in Washington, D.C., covering politics and breaking news for “1986 with Roger Mudd,” “NBC Magazine,” “The Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News.” This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Gleysteen is a Democrat.
Pastor Herrera Jr., 64, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Contractors State License Board. He has served as the director of consumer affairs for Los Angeles County since 1991. He previously served Los Angeles County as assistant director of consumer affairs from 1981 to 1991, head of staff services from 1980 to 1981, head consumer affairs representative from 1977 to 1980 and consumer affairs investigator from 1976 to 1977. Herrera is a member of the University of Los Angeles Latino Alumni Association, National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, Consumer Federation of California, Los Angeles Financial Credit Union Board of Directors, National Consumers League and founding member of Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Herrera is a Democrat.
Fran Inman, 64, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Transportation Commission. Since 1996, she has been senior vice president of Majestic Realty. Previously, Inman was principal of Inman and Associates from 1989 to 1996, vice president of Management Resources from 1985 to 1988 and a broker for Bishop Hawk from 1984 to 1985. She is a member of the executive committee and immediate past chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of the Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, vice president of the California Business Properties Association Board of Directors, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Board of Directors and founding member of FuturePorts. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Inman is a Republican.
Eddie Lang Jr., 68, of Rancho Cordova, has been reappointed to the Contractors State License Board, where he has served as a member since 2007. He was supervisor of the Franchise Tax Board from 1980 to 2003. Previously, Lang served the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1980, retiring as assistant chief of Central Base Administration at Mather Air Force Base. He is a member of Seniors in Retirement, Branch 69. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lang is a Democrat.
Susan Melanson, 61, of Ontario, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, Adult Matters. She has served as a commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings, Juvenile Matters since 2006. Previously, Melanson served as assistant network officer for the Children’s Network of San Bernardino County from 1998 to 2006. She worked as a field representative for San Bernardino County Supervisor Larry Walker from 1986 to 1998. Melanson is a member of the Ontario Youth Accountability Board and founding chair of the Child Death Review Coalition. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,845. Melanson is a Democrat.
James Miller, 57, of Big Bear Lake, has been appointed to the Contractors State License Board. He has served as director of building and planning for the city of Big Bear Lake since 2007. Previously, Miller worked for Riverside County as director of building and safety from 2002 to 2007, regional office manager of Coachella Valley from 1994 to 1997 and district manager and building inspector from 1984 to 1991. He was development services director for the city of Murrieta from 1997 to 2002 and building official for the city of Pomona from 1991 to 1994. Miller was a self-employed general contractor from 1977 to 1984. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Miller is registered decline-to-state.
Lisa Miller-Strunk, 45, of Aliso Viejo, has been reappointed to the Contractors State License Board, where she has served as a member since 2007. She has been president of Shellmaker Incorporated since 1991. Miller-Strunk is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Miller-Strunk is registered decline-to-state.
Cynthia Mitchell, 52, of Folsom, has been appointed to the Contractors State License Board. She has served as president of Marmitec since 1993 and president of Citadel of Nevada since 2007. Previously, Mitchell was president of Pinco Management from 1990 to 1993 and owned Pine’s Commercial Vehicle Painting from 1983 to 1990. She was area manager for Harlynn Limited from 1981 to 1983 and assistant buyer of housewares for Weinstocks from 1979 to 1981. Mitchell is a member of the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors and North State Building Industry Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Mitchell is a Republican.
Erik Skinner, 41, of Davis, has been appointed executive vice chancellor of programs for California Community Colleges. Since 2007, he has served as vice chancellor for fiscal policy at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Previously, Skinner was assistant secretary for fiscal policy at the Office of the Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2007 and fiscal and policy analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office from 1998 to 2001. He worked as a research fellow at the University of Michigan, Poverty Research and Training Center from 1997 to 1998 and operations associate for Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation in 1997. Skinner worked for Los Angeles County, Greater Avenues of Independence division as a job developer in 1996 and an employment counselor from 1993 to 1996. He was the men’s educational outreach coordinator at the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Women and Men from 1991 to 1993. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $116,481. Skinner is a Democrat.
Gary Swarthout Jr., 46, of Wilton, has been appointed warden of California State Prison, Solano (SOL). Since 2009, he has served as acting warden at SOL and was acting chief deputy warden at the California Medical Facility (CMF) from 2008 to 2009. Swarthout served as acting chief deputy warden at the Northern California Reentry Facility from 2007 to 2008 and was chief deputy warden for the Office of Peace Officer Selection, Human Resources in 2007. He accepted several special assignments within California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation headquarters, including the Secretary’s Project Management Unit from 2006 to 2007, Division of Correctional Health Care Services in 2006 and Division of Adult Institutions from 2005 to 2006. Swarthout was associate warden of central services and health care at Mule Creek State Prison from 2003 to 2005. He worked for the Northern California Women’s Facility as associate warden of business services from 2001 to 2003, where he also served as acting chief deputy administrator of correctional programs, CEA and coordinated the facility deactivation. Swarthout worked at SOL as a correctional administrator from 2000 to 2001 and correctional captain from 1998 to 2000. He was a correctional captain at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 1997 to 1998. Swarthout worked at CMF as a budget analyst from 1995 to 1997, correctional lieutenant from 1993 to 1995 and correctional sergeant from 1989 to 1993. He was also a correctional officer at SOL from 1985 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,108. Swarthout is a Republican.
Stanley Young, 62, of Davis, has been appointed communications director for the Air Resources Board (CARB). He has worked for CARB as acting communications director since April 2010 and information officer III since 2009. Previously, Young was information officer II at CARB from 2008 to 2009 and special contractor from 2007 to 2008. He was president and owned Stanley Young Social Communications and Marketing from 2006 to 2007 and was director of marketing and corporate communications for Jones & Stokes from 2003 to 2006. Young was communications director for the Natural Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,320. Young is a Democrat.
Frank Zerunyan, 50, of Rolling Hills Estates, has been reappointed to the Medical Board of California, where he has served as a member since 2006 and is currently vice president. He has served as principle of P3 Solutions Group since April 2010, principle of California P3 Infrastructure Group since 2009 and chief executive officer and general counsel of Public-Private Community Development since 2005. Zerunyan has also been an adjunct associate professor at University of Southern California, School of Policy Planning and Development since 2008. Previously, he was partner for the law firm of Sulmeyer Kupetz from 1995 to 2005 and Yacoubian & Zerunyan from 1989 to 1995. Zerunyan worked as senior vice president of law and finance for International Marketing Alliance from 1985 to 1989. He has served as a council member for the city of Rolling Hills Estates since 2003 and was mayor from 2007 to 2008. Zerunyan is a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority, Los Angeles County Business Technology Center, Armenian National Committee of America and Zerunyan Center for Business, Entrepreneurship and Community Development at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Library. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Zerunyan is a Republican.
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