Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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

Ted Benito, 48, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Benito has been executive director at the Apl.de.ap Foundation International since 2012 and has been a senior paralegal at Nantworks Inc. since 2007. He has been founder and principal partner at Pastiche Alchemy Entertainment since 2003. Benito was a paralegal at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLC from 1991 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Benito is a Democrat.

Jan Garrett, 51, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission, where she has served since 2008. Garrett has been program manager at the Pacific ADA Center in Oakland since 2010. She was executive director at the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley and the Center’s representative on the Ed Roberts Campus Board of Directors from 1999 to 2009. Garrett was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund from 1995 to 1998 and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1992 to 1995. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Garrett is a Democrat.

Kimberly Quinones, 53, of Pacific Palisades, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Quinones was a managing director and head of the western region of public finance at Ramirez and Co. Inc. from 2006 to 2012. She was a public finance director at Citigroup from 2000 to 2005 and vice president and manager of the New York Region at Raymond James and Associates from 1997 to 2000. Quinones was director of economic development at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning in the New York City Mayor’s Office from 1996 to 1997 and vice president of public finance at Citicorp Securities Inc. from 1992 to 1996. She was vice president of public finance at Bear Stearns from 1990 to 1991. Quinones is a member of the California Women Lead Executive Committee and the Women in Public Finance, Los Angeles Board of Directors. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, where she served as president from 2000 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Quinones is a Republican.

Clara Chiu, 50, of Alhambra, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Chiu has been an executive assistant to the president and executive director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles since 2012.  She was a development director at the Asian Pacific Community Fund from 2009 to 2012. Chiu was an Advancing Justice Conference coordinator at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in 2009 and a senior community benefit specialist at Kaiser Permanente from 2008 to 2009. She was a senior director of operations and programming at the Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Los Angeles from 2002 to 2008 and an account executive at Coach Inc. from 1998 to 2001. Chiu is a member of the Great Leap Inc. Board of Directors and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Los Angeles Lodge Board of Associates. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Chiu is a Democrat.

Yvette Radford, 52, of Oakland, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Radford has held multiple positions at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals since 1995, including vice president of external and community affairs and public affairs director. She was a legislative aide for California State Assemblymember Tom Bates from 1983 to 1995. Radford is a member of the Alliant Credit Union Advisory Board, the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora Board of Directors and National Medical Fellowships Inc. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Radford is a Democrat.

Kathy McKim, 51, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. McKim has held multiple positions at AT&T California since 1986, including vice president of external affairs, assistant vice president of operations for external affairs and assistant vice president of sales operations. McKim is chair of City Year Sacramento, Teach for America, Sacramento and College Track, Sacramento. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. McKim is a Republican.

Andrea Zussman, 49, of Burlingame, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Zussman has held multiple positions at the San Francisco Foundation since 2007, including disaster preparedness officer and disaster preparedness project coordinator. She was manager of emergency preparedness education at the American Red Cross, Bay Area from 2000 to 2007 and held multiple positions at Catholic Relief Services from 1991 to 1999, including justice and peacebuilding advisor, strategic issues advisor and deputy emergency coordinator. Zussman held multiple positions at the Society for International Development from 1986 to 1989, including executive director and administrative assistant. She earned a Master of International Affairs degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Zussman is a Democrat.

Raymond Mallel, 76, of Agoura Hills, has been reappointed to the Board of Registered Nursing, where he is president and has served since 2012. Mallel has been a private investor since 2001. He was director of marketing and operations at Long Beach Mortgage Company and Ameriquest Bank from 1991 to 2001 and vice president of Loubella Extendables Inc. from 1971 to 1991. Mallel served as vice president of the State Bar of California Board of Governors from 1983 to 1986 and was chair of the State Bar of California Client Security Fund from 1986 to 1990. He served on the Medical Board of California from 1982 to 1994, where he held multiple positions including president and vice president. Mallel is a co-founder and member of the International Executive Board for the Sephardic Educational Center in Jerusalem, Israel. He serves as president of the Raymond Mallel Foundation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Mallel is a Democrat.

Elizabeth Woods, 71 of Sonoma, has been appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Woods has been a nurse practitioner at the Jewish Community Free Clinic since 2005. She was a registered nurse labor representative at the California Nurses Association from 1994 to 2007, an adjunct clinical professor at Sonoma State University from 1984 to 1995 and a nurse practitioner and sexual assault examiner at the Sonoma County Community Hospital from 1982 to 1988. She was a family nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa from 1976 to 1994 and a registered nurse in the Hillcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit from 1966 to 1976. Woods earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from Sonoma State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Woods is a Democrat.

Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz, 54, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Ceja-Butkiewicz has served in multiple positions at the Kern County Department of Public Health since 1999, including project specialist for the Refugee Health Assessment Program and for the Kern Access to Children’s Health Program. She held multiple positions at the Kern County Economic Opportunity Corporation from 1995 to 1998, including immunization coordinator, health educator and Medi-Cal outreach coordinator. She was legal secretary at Chain Younger Stiles and Cohn from 1988 to 1995 and legal secretary for Daniel Rodriguez, Esq from 1986 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Ceja-Butkiewicz is a Democrat.

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