Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Tanya Little, 58, of Hercules, has been appointed business development program manager at the California Department of General Services, where she has been assistant chief and program manager at the Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services since 2011 and has served in several positions since 2008, including acting branch chief and assistant office chief. She was customer service manager at the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board from 2007 to 2008 and served in several positions at the California Department of Motor Vehicles from 1988 to 2007, including Oakland field office manager and El Cerrito field office manager. Little is chair of the California Department of General Services Disability Advisory Committee and a member of the Association of California State Supervisors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $93,216. Little is a Democrat.

Warren Montgomery, 44, of Indio, has been appointed warden at Calipatria State Prison, where he has been acting warden since 2013. Montgomery served as chief deputy administrator at Ironwood State Prison from 2012 to 2013 and associate warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison from 2010 to 2012, where he held several positions from 1993 to 2010, including correctional captain, lieutenant, health program coordinator, sergeant, senior medical technical assistant and medical assistant. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $138,228. Montgomery is a Republican.

Michael Ertola, 52, of Auburn, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections. Ertola has been chief probation officer since 2012 and probation program manager since 2001 at the Nevada County Probation Department. He served as a deputy probation officer at the San Mateo County Probation Department from 1988 to 2001. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ertola is a Democrat.

Dean Growdon, 43, of Susanville, has been reappointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections, where he has served since 2012. Growdon has been sheriff of Lassen County since 2011 and has held several positions at the Lassen County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office since 1994, including assistant sheriff, lieutenant, sergeant, deputy sheriff and correctional officer. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Growdon is a Republican.

Mimi Silbert, 72, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections, where she has served since 2012. Silbert has been president and chief executive officer of the Delancey Street Foundation since 1974. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology and criminology from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Silbert is a Democrat.

Arman Khodaei, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga, has been appointed to Area Board XII of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Khodaei has been an online sales business owner since 2014. He was an online picker at Kohl’s from 2013 to 2014 and a tutor for Accent on Basic Skills from 2009 to 2012. Khodaei is group leader for Empower Autism Now. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Khodaei is registered without party preference.

Renee Lonner, 71, of Sherman Oaks, has been appointed to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, where she has served since 2007. Lonner has been a clinical social worker in private practice since 1976. She was clinical director and chief clinical officer at Robert T. Dorris and Associates from 1992 to 2008 and was the supervising social worker for Cigna from 1977 to 1981. Lonner is a past president of the California Society for Clinical Social Work and member of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and of the National Association of Social Workers. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lonner is a Democrat.

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