Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments:
Derral Adams, 59, of Fresno , has been appointed warden of California State Prison, Corcoran. He has served as acting warden since 2006 and previously served as warden of the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2000 and 2006. From 1995 to 2000, Adams served as chief deputy warden for the Central California Women’s Facility, where he also served as acting warden in 2000. Previously, he was a correctional administrator during the opening of Wasco State Prison in 1990 and continued in this position until 1995. He also served as the equal employment opportunity administrator for Wasco State Prison during this period. Adams began his career with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1979 as a carpenter at San Quentin State Prison. Prior to working in corrections, he was a construction manager for Yancey Construction from 1976 to 1977 and Sweda Construction from 1977 to 1979. Adams served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,108. Adams is a Republican.
Ruben Barrales, 45, of Del Mar, has been appointed to the San Diego County Fair Board of Directors (22nd District Agricultural Association). He has served as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006. Barrales previously served as a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006 where he was the President’s liaison to state and local elected officials. Prior to that, he served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for four years. Barrales is a member of the California Speaker’s Commission on State and Local Government Finance, the California Commission of Local Governance for the 21st Century and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Barrales is a Republican.
Steven Brown, 60, of Chico , has been appointed to the State Board of Fire Services. He has served as the fire chief of the Chico Fire Department since 1995. Previously, he held several positions with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection from 1964 to 1995 including chief of the CDF/Butte County Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st lieutenant from 1968 to 1971. Brown is a member of the California Fire Chiefs Association, California Firefighter’s Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Brown is a Republican.
Jerry Davies, 65, of Sacramento , has been appointed to the State Board of Fire Services. He has served as director of media relations for the Farmers Insurance Group since 2006. Davies previously was director of communications for the Personal Insurance Federation of California from 1995 to 2006. He currently owns Davies Communications and also served as president from 1985 to 1995. Prior to that, Davies served as director of communications for Farmers Alliance Insurance Companies from 1982 to 1985 and was regional director for the Insurance Information Institute in New York from 1975 to 1982. He is a member of the Fire Safe Council Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Davies is a Republican.
Kim Fletcher, 79, of Rancho Santa Fe, has been appointed to the San Diego County Fair Board of Directors (22nd District Agricultural Association). He has served as president of Investors Leasing Corporation since 1992. Fletcher previously was a trainee and chair of the HomeFed Bank Board of Directors from 1950 to 1992. He is director emeritus of the University of San Diego Board of Trustees, past chair of United Way , past member of the Sharp Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and is active in San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Fletcher is a Republican.
Vivian Hardage, 53, of Rancho Santa Fe, has been appointed to the San Diego County Fair Board of Directors (22nd District Agricultural Association). She has served on the Board of Directors since 2005 and co-founded the Vision of Children Foundation in 1995 where she also serves as a board member. Hardage previously was a realtor for Plaza Del Sol Real Estate from 1984 to 1989. She is a member and founder of the Fairbanks Republican Women Federated and is a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund and Country Friends. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Hardage is a Republican.
Richard O. Johnson, M.D., MPH, 61, of Mammoth Lakes , has been appointed to the California Emergency Council. He has served as the public health officer for Mono County since 2002 and also has served as interim public health officer for Inyo County since 2006. Additionally, Johnson has served as a pediatrician for the Southern Mono Healthcare District at Mammoth Hospital since 1996. Previously, he was a pediatrician and managing partner at Pediatric Associates of Pasadena from 1979 to 1996 and served at Huntington Memorial Hospital as coordinator of the pediatric residency program with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles from 1979 to 1983. Prior to that, Johnson was a staff neonatologist from 1977 to 1979 and also served his residency in pediatrics from 1975 to 1977 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center . His experience includes two years of service as a medical doctor in the U.S. Army Reserve and two years as a civilian staff pediatrician and acting medical director for the Hoa Khanh Children’s Hospital in Danang , South Vietnam . This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Johnson is a Republican.
Barry Nussbaum, 52, of Rancho Santa Fe, has been appointed to the San Diego County Fair Board of Directors (22nd District Agricultural Association). He has served on the Board of Directors since 1999 including four terms as president and currently serves as chair of fair operations. Nussbaum has also served as chief executive officer for BNC Real Estate since 1977. He co-founded Digital Orchid in 2002 and PR Nutrition in 1992. Nussbaum served as a board member of Frisch’s Restaurant Incorporated from 1997 to 1999. He is actively involved in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Jewish National Fund and the Anti-Defamation League. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Nussbaum is a Republican.
Susan Phillips, 54, of Granite Bay , has been appointed assistant division chief of financial assistance for the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). She has over 22 years of California government service and is currently serving as staff services manager III for HCD. From 2000 to 2004, Phillips served as a staff services manager I for the California Student Aid Commission. Previously, she worked for the State Water Resources Control Board where she was a staff services manager I from 1998 to 2000 and associate government program analyst from 1991 to 1996. From 1996 to 1998, she was a staff services manager I for the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. Prior to that, Phillips served as an associate government program analyst for the Department of Education from 1987 to 1991 and was an employment officer for the Employment Development Department from 1976 to 1978. She left state service for two years to work as a housing specialist for the City of Pomona from 1978 to 1980. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $86,070. Phillips is a Democrat.
Daniel Robbins, 40, of Calabasas, has been appointed to the Commission on Uniform State Laws. Since 1996, he has worked for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) where he currently serves as vice president and associate general counsel. Robbins has previously held several positions with MPAA including vice president and chief technology counsel; vice president and senior technology counsel; and vice president and counsel. Prior to joining MPAA, he was an associate for the law firm Graham & James from 1992 to 1996 and held the same position with the law firm Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz in 1992. He served on the State Bar Business Law Section Uniform Commercial Code Committee from 1998 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Robbins is a Republican.
Aubry Stone, 62, of Sacramento , has been appointed to the Commission for Economic Development. He has served as president and chief executive officer for the California Black Chamber of Commerce since 1994. Stone previously was a branch manager for Metropolitan Life from 1985 to 1994. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1984 before retiring as superintendent of operations. Stone is a past member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, Mayor’s Economic Development Council and the Capitol Area Development Authority Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Stone is a Democrat.
Ashley Swearengin, 35, of Fresno , has been appointed to the Commission for Economic Development. She has served as executive director for the Office of Community and Economic Development at California State University , Fresno since 2000. Swearengin has also served as chief operating officer of the Fresno Regional Jobs Initiative since 2003 and lead executive for the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley since 2006. Previously, she was director of the Central Valley Business Incubator from 1993 to 2000 and development coordinator for the law firm Baker, Manock & Jensen from 1995 to 1998. Prior to that, she was a client services representative for the law firm Jackson, Emerich, Pedreira & Nahigian from 1994 to 1995. Swearengin is a board member of the Fresno West Coalition for Economic Development Community Development Corporation, the Fresno Citizens for Good Government Board of Directors and the Fresno Business Council. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Swearengin is a Republican.
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