Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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

Deborah Brown, 58, of Oakhurst, has been reappointed to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, where she has served since 2012. Brown has been an instructor at Yosemite High School since 1994. She was a part-time accountant at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona from 1991 to 1993, mayor pro tem and councilmember for the City of Rancho Cucamonga from 1986 to 1991 and a loan officer at the Crocker Bank from 1982 to 1985. Brown earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per diem. Brown is a Democrat.

Karen Pines, 72, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, where she has served since 2011. Pines has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology since 2003. She was special programs director at the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center from 1999 to 2002 and at the Family Service of Los Angeles from 1992 to 1999. Pines was a psychotherapist in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She earned a Master of Education and Psychology degree from California State University, Northridge. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Pines is a Democrat.

Christina Wong, 46, of Chico, has been reappointed to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, where she has served since 2011. Wong has held multiple positions at Glenn County Health Services since 2002, including health services program coordinator and senior mental health counselor. She served as a mental health clinician at the Butte County Probation Department from 2008 to 2011. Wong earned a Master of Arts degree in social work from the University of Hull. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Wong is a Democrat.

Lavanza “Kercheryl” Butler, 62, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy, where she has served since 2013. Butler has been a pharmacist, vice president and union representative at United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 770 since 2002. She was a head pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy from 1980 to 2002. Butler is a member of the California Pharmacists Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Butler is a Democrat. 

Nian Peng “Michael” Shi, 50, of Piedmont, has been reappointed to the State of California Acupuncture Board, where he has served since 2012. Shi has been an adjunct professor at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2009 and clinical director at Wellspring Clinic Inc. since 1991. He was an associate acupuncturist at the Pacific Complementary Medicine Center from 1994 to 2005. Shi served as an expert examiner for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination from 1995 to 1996 and was an expert item writer for the California Acupuncture Committee from 1992 to 1995. He earned a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Shi is a Democrat.

Michael Zapf, 63, of Oak Park, has been reappointed to the California Board of Podiatric Medicine, where he has served since 2012. Zapf has been a podiatrist in private practice since 1985. He was an instructor at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, Southern Campus at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center from 1987 to 1993, examiner I for the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services from 1977 to 1980 and a clinical microbiologist technologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Laboratory from 1976 to 1977. Zapf earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Zapf is a Democrat.

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