Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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

Rachel Rogers, 41, of Tulare, has been appointed skilled nursing facility administrator at the Veterans Home of California, Fresno. Rogers has been director of quality of life at Northpointe Health and Wellness Center since 2012. She was executive director at Golden LivingCenter Shafter from 2010 to 2012 and at Golden LivingCenter Clovis from 2007 to 2009. Rogers was Alzheimer’s care director at the Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital Alzheimer's Care Unit from 2004 to 2007. She served in multiple positions at the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging from 1998 to 2004, including supervising case manager and senior service counselor and was social services director of the Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital from 1995 to 1998. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $103,608. Rogers is registered without party preference.

Ramon Alvarez, 54, of Riverside, has been appointed to the California New Motor Vehicle Board, where he has served since 2007. Alvarez has been founder and owner of Alvarez Electric Motors Company since 2010 and president and owner of Alvarez Lincoln Mercury and Alvarez Jaguar since 1995. He was operator at Alvarez Motor Sales from 1990 to 1995, general sales manager for Meister Ford from 1987 to 1990 and finance, insurance and general sales manager for Douglas Ford from 1982 to 1987. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Alvarez is registered without party preference.

Bismarck Obando, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California New Motor Vehicle Board, where he has served since 2010. Obando has been director of public affairs at the League of California Cities since 2011. He was director of external affairs in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2007 to 2011, where he also served as deputy appointments secretary in 2007. Obando was a legislative analyst in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2004 to 2006 and project manager for the Local Government Commission from 1996 to 2004. He is a member of the iCAN Foundation Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Obando is a Democrat.

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