Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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

Diane Paulsen, 62, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director of the California Department of Aging, where she has served as acting chief deputy director since 2012 and as deputy director of administration since 2004. Paulsen held multiple positions at the California Department of Corporations from 1995 to 2004, including chief of financial management and budget officer. She was an associate budget analyst at the California Department of General Services from 1988 to 1995. Paulsen served in multiple positions at the California State Controller’s Office from 1983 to 1988, including associate management analyst and staff services analyst. She served as an aging program analyst at the California Department of Aging from 1982 to 1983. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,840. Paulsen is a Democrat.

Joe Xavier, 54, of Elk Grove, has been appointed director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, where he has served in multiple positions since 1998, including deputy director of the Specialized Services Division and of the Independent Living and External Affairs Division. He was owner and operator at Snack N Things from 1996 to 1998, at Skyline Food Services from 1986 to 1996 and at the Gold Star Café from 1984 to 1986. Xavier is a member of the Association of California State Employees with Disabilities and the California Council of the Blind. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,968. Xavier is registered without party preference.

Frank Damrell, 75, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the Delta Stewardship Council, where he has served since 2013. He has been of counsel at Cotchett Pitre and McCarthy LLP since 2012. Damrell served as a judge at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California from 1997 to 2011 and was an attorney in private practice from 1968 to 1997. He served as a deputy district attorney at the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office from 1966 to 1968 and deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice from 1965 until 1966. Damrell earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.  This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $40,669. Damrell is a Democrat.

Katherine Pettibone, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Pettibone has been legislative director at the Civil Justice Association of California since 2010. She was a senior analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2008 to 2010 and an attorney in private practice in 2007. Pettibone was assistant rules advisor and sailing team member at the 32nd America’s Cup from 2006 to 2007. She was a sailing team member and technical coordinator on Team Amer Sports at the Volvo Ocean Race from 2001 to 2002 and a sailing team member with the America True, San Francisco Yacht Club at the 30th America's Cup from 1998 to 2000. Pettibone was a sailing team member and sail coordinator with Team EF Whitbread Round the World Race Team from 1996 to 1998 and a sailing team member with America 3 Foundation All-Women's Team at the 29th America's Cup from 1994 to 1995. She is a member of the U.S. Sailing Association and co-founder of the Rising Tide Leadership Institute. Pettibone earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Pettibone is registered without party preference.

Randy Short, 67, of Bishop, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Short has been president of Almar Management Inc., a marina management company, since 2000, where he was chief operating officer from 1988 to 2000. He was mountain manager at Mammoth-June Ski Resort from 1985 to 1988. Short is a member of the Association of Marine Industries and of the Marina Recreation Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Short is a Republican.

Dionne McClain, 47, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. McClain has been an adjunct professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences since 2008 and a chiropractor at McClain Sports and Wellness Inc. since 2000. She was a chiropractor and team consultant for the Los Angeles Avengers from 2000 to 2001 and held multiple positions at the University of Southern California Athletic Medicine Department from 1989 to 2005, including chiropractor and consultant and assistant athletic trainer. McClain earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. McClain is a Democrat.

John Roza, 60, of Roseville, has been appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Roza has been a chiropractor and owner at John Roza, Jr. D.C. since 1988. He is a member of the California Chiropractic Association. Roza earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Pasadena College of Chiropractic. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Roza is a Republican.

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