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Old 07-02-2005, 01:44 PM
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Post Govenor Appoints Staff of the Department of Corrections and Rehabiliitation

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07/01/2005



Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Secretary and Staff of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation



Marking the transition of the Youth Adult Correctional Agency into the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Roderick Hickman as secretary, Jeanne Woodford as undersecretary, Joseph McGrath as chief deputy secretary for adult operations and Bernard Warner as chief deputy secretary for juvenile justice of the transformed Department.

"Today is a new day for corrections in California as we put into place the structure needed to bring reform to our prison system and protect public safety," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "Rod and his team are committed to confront the challenges facing corrections in our state and now have a structure in place designed to make the system more accountable and effective. I look forward to continuing to work with them to make our prison system again the best in the nation."

Hickman, 49, of Sacramento, has over 25 years of experience in the field of corrections, beginning his career with the Department of Corrections in 1979. He has served as secretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2003. Prior to that, he served as chief deputy director for field operations at the Department of Corrections. From 2001 to 2003 he was assistant deputy director at the Agency and from 2000 to 2001 he served as a regional administrator where he was responsible for the oversight and supervision of 12 prisons. Before joining the Agency, he served in a number of capacities within the Department including warden of Mule Creek State Prison and correctional administrator of the California Medical Facility. Hickman has attended the Leadership Institutes of the University of Southern California and the California State University, Chico. In addition, he has received numerous law enforcement and correctional training credentials. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $131,412. Hickman is a Democrat.

Woodford, 51, of Benicia, has served as director of the Department of Corrections since 2004. Prior to that, she was warden for San Quentin State Prison for five years. Woodford served at San Quentin a total of 26 years, including one year as associate warden, two years as chief deputy warden, seven years as a correctional counselor and five years as a program administrator. Woodford is a member of several law enforcement and community organizations including the Association of Black Correctional Workers, the Sonoma State Alumni Association and the California Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Program. She earned her bachelor's degree from Sonoma State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $127,200. Woodford is a Democrat.

McGrath, 50, of Lodi, has served as assistant director for litigation management and compliance at the Department of Corrections since 2004. McGrath previously spent more than ten years at Pelican Bay State Prison, serving as a correctional administrator and chief deputy warden before concluding his tenure as Warden from 2000 to 2004. He began his 26-year career in corrections as a youth counselor with the Youth Authority in 1979 and has served in a wide variety of positions within the Department of Corrections since that time. McGrath earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $123,255. McGrath is a Republican.

Warner, 50, of Tallahassee, FL, has served as assistant secretary for probation at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice since 2003. Warner has 25 years of diverse, nationwide experience in criminal and juvenile justice. He served as assistant director for community corrections with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections from 2000 to 2003 and in a number of corrections related positions in the State of Washington including assistant director of prisons and three years as deputy director of the King County Department of Youth Services. Warner's experience also includes one year as national director of corrections for Volunteers of America. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $123,255. Warner is a Democrat.

The Governor also announced the following appointments within the Department:

Walter Allen, 54, of Covina, has been appointed assistant secretary for correctional safety. He has served as the director of the California Youth Authority since 2003. Previously, Allen worked for the Department of Justice for 24 years serving in many capacities including, assistant chief and senior agent in charge for the Los Angeles regional office. Allen was a member of the Covina City Council from 1997 to 2004, serving as mayor from 2003 to 2004. He is also a member of the California Narcotic Officers Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $123,255. Allen is a Republican.

Naomi Aoyagi, 52, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief for executive recruitment. She has served as assistant secretary for administration at the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since September 2004 and prior to that was assistant secretary of administration and oversight for the Agency from 2000 to 2004. She held many positions within the Agency throughout her tenure including chief of the Planning and Policy Development Division, chief of fiscal systems for the Health Care Services Division and chief of administrative support and program evaluations. Aoyagi began her career in state service as the budget officer for the Office of Criminal Justice and Planning in 1985. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $96,972. Aoyagi is a Democrat.

Jeffrey Baldo, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary for information technology. He has served as the chief information officer for the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2004. Previously, Baldo was the director of project management and business development for MHA Associates, Inc. and Sunrise Support Services. From 1994 to 2000 he worked at Bell and Howell Imaging Solutions where he served as western regional software manager and technology and regional account representative. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,768. Baldo is a Democrat.

Nancy Bither, 55, of Gold River, has been appointed associate director for human resources. She has served as an assistant secretary of human resources for the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2005. From 2001 to 2005 she was deputy director of support services for the California Gambling Control Commission. Prior to that, Bither served as personnel officer for the Department of Corrections for seven years. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $101,508. Bither is a Democrat.

Dean Borg, 42, of Sacramento, has been appointed to chief of legislative affairs for adult operations. He has served in the Department of Corrections for more than 14 years, most recently as assistant director for legislation at the Department of Corrections. Prior to that, he was the Department's legislative coordinator and a manager in the Facilities Management Division. Borg began his career in state service as a specialist with the Department of Conservation, Beverage Recycling Program. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,404. Borg is a Democrat.

Eric Csizmar, 30, of Sacramento, has been appointed to chief of legislative affairs for juvenile operations. He has served as assistant director for legislation at the California Youth Authority since May 2004. Previously, Csizmar was a senior consultant to the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committees for five years. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $70,608. Csizmar is a Republican.

David De Luz, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief community liaison for Northern California. Previously, he served as a deputy appointments secretary in the Office of the Governor. From 2000 to 2004, De Luz was the principal of Sigma Consulting and outreach coordinator for the Capitol Fellows Programs. De Luz' experience also includes four years as a research associate at Claremont Graduate University and from 1992 to 1996 he served as a consultant to the Senate Joint Committee on Prison Construction and Operation and as a legislative assistant for the Departments of Corrections and Parks and Recreation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $71,664. De Luz is a Democrat.

John Dovey, 51, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Institutions. He has served as chief deputy director of field operations for the Department of Corrections since 2004. Throughout his career, Dovey has served in a variety of positions within California's adult correctional institutions including five years as association Warden at the California Rehabilitation Center and three years as warden at the Institute for Women in Corona. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $120,000. Dovey is a Republican.

Sandra Duveneck, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director for human resources. She has served as deputy secretary of human resources for the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2004. Duveneck has more than 27 years in state service, beginning her career as in 1980 as a section chief and office administrator with the Department of Health Services. In 1989 she moved to the Department of Corrections as an assistant deputy director. From there, she became chief of the Management Services Division for the Office of the Secretary of State and later moved to the Department of General Services where she was deputy director of administrative services. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $106,200. Duveneck is a Democrat.

Mark W. Gantt, III, 58, of Stockton, has been appointed chief of internal affairs for field operations. He has served as the assistant director of the office of professional standards at the Youth Authority since 2000. Prior to that, Gantt served with the Stockton Police Department for 27 years beginning as an officer in 1973, becoming captain of the Investigations Division in 1999. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $106,548. Gantt is a Republican.

Joyce Hayhoe, 51, of Roseville, has been appointed assistant secretary for legislation. She has served as the deputy secretary for legislation at Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2004. She has more than 20 years of legislative and correctional experience in both adult and juvenile justice. Hayhoe joined the Department of Corrections in 1983 as an analyst in the Legislative Estimates Unit. From 1991 to 1996, she served as the Department's legislative coordinator. In 1996 she moved to the Youth Authority where she served as assistant director for legislation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $106,548. Hayhoe is registered decline-to-state.

Elaine Jennings, 35, of San Diego, has been appointed deputy press secretary. She has served as director of press advance for the Office of the Governor since 2003. Prior to joining the Governor's Office, Jennings was executive director for LEAD, a nonprofit organization in San Diego, and senior policy advisor to former San Diego Mayor Susan Golding. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $75,000. Jennings is a Republican.

James L'Etoile, 47, of Cameron Park, has been appointed director for the Division of Adult Parole Operations. He most recently served as deputy director of the Parole and Community Services Division of the Department of Corrections. L'Etoile was previously the assistant director for substance abuse and chief of the Joint Venture Program within the Department from 2001 to 2004. He began his career as a probation officer in 1978 and joined the Department of Corrections in 1985. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $108,000. L'Etoile is a Republican.

David Lewis, 35, of Elk Grove, has been appointed associate director for fiscal services. He most recently served as assistant deputy director of budget management for the Department of Corrections. He was previously a staff finance budget analyst with the Department of Finance, primarily responsible for the area of corrections. Lewis has also been a manager with the K-Mart Corporation and an electronic warfare specialist and linguist in the United States Army. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,488. Lewis is a Republican.

Nancy Lungren, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of communications. She most recently served as the assistant director for the Office of Community and Public Affairs at the Department of the Youth Authority. Before joining the Youth Authority, Lungren was the regional representative for California State Senator Rico Oller from 1997 to 2004 and prior to that, served as vice-president of the Hannaford Corporation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,404. Lungren is a Republican.

Delphine Sayles-Owen, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the Division of Community Partnerships. She has served as deputy director for the Office of Criminal Justice Collaboration within the Department of Alcoholic Drug Programs since 2001. She served with the Department of Social Services from 1977 to 2001 where she held many positions including branch chief for Children's Service Branch and branch chief for Aid to Families with Dependent Children. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $106,524. Sayles-Owen is a Republican.

Jennifer Shaffer, 36, of Roseville, has been appointed assistant secretary for the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services. She most recently served as the assistant secretary for victim and survivor rights and services at the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency and was previously assistant director for the Office of Victim Services and Restitution at the Department of Corrections. Shaffer was an analyst and legal counsel for the California Performance Review and previously served as staff counsel for the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $98,508. Shaffer is a Republican.

Elizabeth Siggins, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of juvenile justice policy. She has served as the assistant secretary for juvenile justice policy at the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2004. Siggins has more than 15 years of advocacy and administrative experience in youth, poverty and criminal justice policy and service delivery. Siggins previously served as the executive director of the Volunteer Auxiliary of Youth Guidance Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $96,972. Siggins is a registered decline-to-state.

Bruce Slavin, 49, of Danville, has been appointed general counsel. He has served as general counsel at the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2000. Prior to this, Slavin was supervising deputy attorney general in the Correctional Law Section of the Attorney General's Office where he was responsible for defending civil rights and habeas corpus actions. He began his tenure with the Attorney General's Office in 1984 as a deputy attorney general. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $118,284. Slavin is a Democrat.

Todd Slosek, 33, of San Francisco, has been appointed press secretary for media relations. He most recently served as assistant director of communications for the Department of Corrections. Slosek was previously the director of communications for the Public Utilities Commission. From 2002 to 2004, served as chief of staff and political director for Assemblyman Guy Houston. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $96,972. Slosek is registered decline-to-state.

J.P. Tremblay, 48, of Citrus Heights, has been appointed assistant secretary for public and employee communications. He has served as the assistant secretary for external affairs at the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency since 2004. Tremblay previously was the chief information security officer for the Department of the Youth Authority from 2002 to 2004. His experience also includes three years as assistant director of communications and public affairs at the Youth Authority, three years as assistant secretary for communications at the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency and one year as deputy press secretary in the Office of the Governor from 1993 to 1994. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100,008. Tremblay is a Republican.

Ernest Van Sant, 56, of Dixon, has been appointed deputy director for support services. He most recently served as chief deputy director of support services at the Department of Corrections. Prior to this, Van Sant was deputy director for the Facilities Management Division and assistant deputy director of the Facilties and Business Management Division at the Department. This position does not require confirmation and the compensation is $118,284. Van Sant is a Republican.

Timothy Virga, 45, of Antelope, has been appointed chief of Labor Relations. Previously, he served as assistant deputy director for the Office of Labor Relations at the Department of Corrections. Virga served as principal labor relations officer for the Department of Personnel Administration from 2002 to 2004. He first joined the Department of Corrections in 1983 as a corrections officer and has served as a correctional counselor at Folsom State Prison. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $96,816. Virga is a Republican.


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