NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor Brown announces regional water board appointments

From the Office of the Governor:

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

Jane Gray, 45, of Santa Barbara, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2015. Gray has been a senior project manager and environmental planner at Dudek since 2006. She was a planner at the Santa Barbara County Long Range Planning Division from 2004 to 2006 and a policy planner for planning and environmental services for the County of Fresno from 2003 to 2004. Gray was an English-language arts and English as a Second Language teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2003. She was an English as a Second Language teacher at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute in 2003 and at the Beverly Hills International School of Languages from 2002 to 2003. She was a grant writer for South East Area Arts Development from 2001 to 2002 and an English as a Second Language teacher at the Language Center from 1999 to 2001 and at the Mentor Language Institute from 1998 to 1999. Gray earned a Master of Science degree in regional planning and management from the Technical University of Dortmund. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Gray is registered without party preference.

Stephanie Harlan, 70, of Capitola, has been appointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Harlan has been a member of the Capitola City Council since 2010 and was a member from 1994 to 2006 and 1984 to 1992. She was a registered nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital from 1996 to 2015, at Watsonville Community Hospital from 1984 to 1996 and at Santa Cruz Community Hospital from 1983 to 1984. She is a member of the Santa Cruz County League of Women Voters, Capitola Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Capitola Library, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors and the Seniors’ Council Homeless Taskforce. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Harlan is a Democrat.

Mark Bradford, 64, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Bradford was principal at ERM-West Inc. from 1992 to 2016 and was program director at Ecology and Environment Inc. from 1979 to 1992. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Bradford is a Democrat.

Denise Kadara, 65, of Allensworth, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2014. Kadara served in several positions for the City of San Mateo from 1997 to 2004, including as senior management analyst and economic development specialist. She was a senior planner for the City of Hesperia from 1990 to 1994 and served in several positions for the City of Fontana from 1986 to 1990, including as senior planner and administrative analyst. Kadara was a project coordinator for the City of Norwalk from 1984 to 1986 and served in several positions for the City of West Covina from 1978 to 1984, including as an aide and planning intern. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Kadara is a Democrat.

Robert Schneider, 70, of Davis, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011 and served from 1999 to 2006. Schneider was senior policy director at Tuleyome from 2002 to 2018. He was a partner at Verve Enterprises from 1995 to 2010 and at Bob Schneider Contractor, Ridge Builders Group, West Davis Associates from 1977 to 2010. He is a member of the Davis Odd Fellows, Wilderness Society, American Alpine Club and the Tuleyome Advisory Council. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Schneider is a Democrat.

Buford Crites, 70, of Palm Desert, has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Crites has been a board consultant at the South Coast Air Quality Management District since 2006. He served as a member of the Palm Desert City Council and as mayor of the city from 1986 to 2006. Crites was a professor at the College of the Desert from 1976 to 2006 and served as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1968. Crites earned a Master of Science degree in information science from Illinois State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Crites is registered without party preference.

Peter Satin, 30, of Joshua Tree, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Satin has held several positions at the Mojave Desert Land Trust since 2017, including director of land management and land stewardship supervisor. He was a wildlife technician at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in 2016, a community health educator for the Peace Corps in Cambodia from 2012 to 2014 and an HIV/AIDS prevention and child survival health extension agent for the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2011 to 2012. Satin earned a Master of Environmental Management degree in ecosystem science and conservation from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Satin is a Democrat.

Kimberly Cox, 58, of Helendale, has been reappointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Cox has been general manager at the Helendale Community Services District since 2007. She was senior management analyst for the City of Victorville Public Works Department from 2003 to 2007 and a water resources specialist for the City of Hesperia Water Department from 1999 to 2003. Cox was a customer service representative at Roadway Express from 1991 to 1999. She is a member of the San Bernardino County Solid Waste Task Force, Lions International, American Water Works Association, San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission, American Public Works Association and the Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors. Cox earned a Master of Public Administration degree in water resources management from California State University, San Bernardino. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Cox is a Republican.

Amy Horne, 65, of Truckee, has been reappointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2003. Horne has been a core team member at the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure since 2017. She was an intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in the Office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, in 2015 and an intern in the Office of the Delta Watermaster at the California State Water Resources Control Board in 2014. Horne was a science writer at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center from 2007 to 2009, research director at the Sierra Business Council from 1998 to 2005 and a forest researcher at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station from 1993 to 1997. Horne earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, Doctor of Philosophy in forestry and Master of Forest Science degrees from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Administration degree in natural resource policy and management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Horne is a Democrat.

Hector Bedolla, 59, of Healdsburg, has been reappointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2016. Bedolla has been an adjunct professor in viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College since 2017. He was vineyard manager at Navarro Vineyards in 2018 and at North Pacific Vineyard Management from 2016 to 2018. Bedolla was crop advisor and agronomist at Crop Production Services from 2013 to 2016 and vineyard and ranch manager at Stuhlmuller Vineyards from 2011 to 2013. He was a consulting viticulturist at Windsor Oaks Vineyards in 2011 and an agricultural biologist in the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office in 2010. He was a vineyard manager at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates from 2000 to 2010 and at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from 1999 to 2000. Bedolla was vice president of vineyard operations at Hambrecht Vineyards from 1995 to 1999. He was vineyard manager at Hambrecht and Peterson Vineyards from 1988 to 1995 and at Iron Horse Vineyards from 1983 to 1988. He is a member of the American Society of Agronomy. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Bedolla is a Democrat.

David Noren, 53, of Sebastopol, has been reappointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2008. Noren has been vice president of environmental engineering at EBA Engineering since 1996. He was a project manager at Environet Consulting from 1995 to 1996 and an environmental specialist at BCW Environmental in 1995. Noren was a leadman at Stero Dishwasher Manufacturing Company from 1989 to 1995 and an agricultural management consultant for Shasta Crop and Soil from 1979 to 1986. He is a member of the California Groundwater Association. Noren earned a Master of Science degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Noren is registered without party preference.

Stephen Lefkovits, 52, of Emeryville, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2014. Lefkovits has been a senior vice president at RealtyCom Partners LLC since 2009 and owner and executive producer at Joshua Tree Conference Group since 2007. He was president at Joshua Tree Consulting from 2001 to 2018, senior vice president of technology initiatives at BRE Properties from 2000 to 2001, vice president of housing and capital markets at the National Multi Housing Council from 1997 to 2000 and vice president at the State of New York Mortgage Agency from 1995 to 1997. He was a staff photographer for USA Today from 1988 to 1992. Lefkovits earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Lefkovits is a Democrat.

Terry Young, 67, of Oakland, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2006. Young was an independent environmental science consultant from 1983 to 2016. She was acting executive director at the Aquatic Habitat Institute from 1985 to 1986 and held several positions at the University of California, Berkeley from 1976 to 1983, including lecturer and teaching and research assistant. Young was an environmental scientist and chemist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1973 to 1976. She was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board from 1997 to 2007. Young is a member of the American Chemical Society, Ecological Society of America and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Young earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Young is a Democrat.

Linda Ackerman, 74, of Irvine, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2010. Ackerman has been a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors representing the Municipal Water District of Orange County since 2008, and currently serves as vice chair. She is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies, National Water Resources Association, Assistance League of Fullerton, Republican Women Federated of Fullerton and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Association One Water One Watershed Steering Committee. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Ackerman is a Republican.

Kristine Murray, 50, of Anaheim, has been appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. Murray has been president and chief executive officer at KLM Strategies since 2018. She was senior vice president at Willdan Group Inc. from 2010 to 2018. Murray served as executive director of government affairs at the Orange County Transportation Authority from 2008 to 2010, where she was manager of field relations from 2004 to 2006. She was vice president of government affairs at the Orange County Business Council from 2006 to 2008, director of government relations at the San Bernardino Association of Governments from 2002 to 2004 and director of communications at Polar Air Cargo from 2000 to 2002. She was West Coast government affairs director at the Air Transportation Association from 1998 to 2000, director of government affairs at the City of Long Beach from 1996 to 1998 and a legislative assistant in the Office of U.S. Congressman Stephen Horn from 1992 to 1996. Murray has been a member of the Anaheim City Council since 2010. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Murray is a Republican.

Megan Lim-Blair, 37, of San Diego, has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Blair has been chief development officer at the San Diego Public Library Foundation since 2008. She was capital campaign and major gifts manager at Girl Scouts, San Diego – Imperial Council from 2007 to 2008, where she was a fund development associate from 2006 to 2007. Blair was a development associate and environmental analyst at Save the Harbor, Save the Bay from 2003 to 2005. She is a member of the United Way of San Diego Board of Directors, Women Give San Diego and the Junior League of San Diego. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Blair is a Democrat.

Celeste Cantu, 63, of Temecula, has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Cantu was general manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority from 2006 to 2017. She was executive director of the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2001 to 2006, state director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development from 1998 to 2001, executive director at the Imperial Valley Housing Authority from 1978 to 1998 and planning director at the City of Calexico from 1977 to 1978. Cantu is chief executive officer of the Water Education for Latino Leaders Board of Directors, president of the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center Advisory Council and a member of the Water Foundation Board of Directors, Water Solutions Network, Water Education Foundation Board of Directors and the Master Gardeners of Riverside County. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Cantu is a Democrat.

Gary Strawn, 72, of Santee, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Strawn was an engineering consultant at Gary Strawn Consulting from 2007 to 2012 and a program manager at United Technologies Hamilton Sundstrand from 1988 to 2006. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1988. Strawn is a member of the Santee Historical Society, San Diego River Park Foundation and San Diego Fly Fishers. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Strawn is registered without party preference.

Francine Diamond, 75, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 1999. Diamond was principal at Fran Diamond Consulting from 2005 to 2010 and at Media Partners from 1995 to 2000. She was special assistant on the environment in the Office of California State Controller Gray Davis from 1990 to 1993, an independent food retailer and shop owner from 1979 to 1985 and a legislative advocate for Project HEAVY from 1977 to 1979. Diamond was a primary school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1965 to 1967. She is vice chair of the California League of Conservation Voters and a member of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the Los Angeles City Proposition O Citizen’s Oversight Committee. Diamond earned a Master of Arts degree in organizational management from Antioch University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Diamond is a Democrat.

James Stahl, 75, of Rancho Palos Verdes, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Stahl has been president of JFS Environmental Engineering since 2015. He was vice president at MWH Global, Stantec Engineering from 2007 to 2015 and held several positions at the Sanitation District of Los Angeles County from 1969 to 2007, including chief engineer and general manager, assistant chief engineer and general manager, director of the solid waste division and director of treatment plant design. Stahl is a member of the Water Environment Federation, California Water Environment Association, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and the American Society of Civil Engineers. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Stahl is a Democrat.

Daniel Tellalian, 48, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Tellalian has been managing partner at Avivar Capital since 2016. He was director at Emerging Markets Inc. from 2002 to 2015, a real estate attorney at HLKK Law from 2000 to 2003, founder and fellow at the Urban Analysis Project from 1998 to 2002 and senior auditor at Arthur Anderson and Co. from 1992 to 1994. Tellalian earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Tellalian is registered without party preference.

 

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