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January 28, 2016 9:01pm
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Anita Gore
Jim Nemmers

• Anita Gore has joined public affairs and strategic communications firm Perry Communications Group as senior account manager.

Ms. Gore will be responsible for providing strategic direction and media relations expertise to a variety of client accounts, including the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, DBA International, California Craft Brewers Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, California Chronic Care Coalition and Nevada Irrigation District.

Before joining PCG, she served more than 30 years in multiple high level public affairs positions including the Department of Finance, the Health and Human Services Agency and most recently the California Department of Public Health. In addition to these appointed positions, Ms. Gore directed external affairs for the Board of Equalization and served as staff to both the California State Senate and Assembly.


• Jim Nemmers has joined Oak Valley Community Bank as senior vice president, agricultural loans. He will be based out of the 12th & I branch in downtown Modesto.

Mr. Nemmers has over 30 years of commercial and agricultural lending experience. He has held a variety of management and agricultural lending roles. He is a former director of the Ag Lending Society of California.


• André Pichly has been hired as the city of Tracy’s new director of Parks and Community Services. Mr. Pichly comes from the city of West Sacramento where he has worked for the agency’s Parks and Recreation Department since 1996, and served as the Recreation Superintendent since 2000.

He has over 25 years of experience working in recreation in the public sector. During his tenure he provided oversight on two major public projects: the 36,000 square-foot West Sacramento Recreation Center and the 21,000 square-foot West Sacramento Community Center.

His professional involvement includes serving as a site visitor for the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies, and for the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.


• Tyson Eckerle, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of zero emission vehicle infrastructure at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, where he has served as zero emission vehicle infrastructure project manager since 2014.

Mr. Eckerle has been executive director at Energy Independence Now since 2011, where he was associate director from 2009 to 2011.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $110,004. Mr. Eckerle is a Democrat.


• Alexander Sherriffs, 64, of Fowler, has been reappointed to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Governing Board, where he has served since 2011.

Mr. Sherriffs has been a physician at the Central California Faculty Medical Group since 1985 and a physician in private practice and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research since 1983.

This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mr. Sherriffs is a Democrat.


• Betsey Marie Foote, 64, of Porterville, has been appointed to the California State Independent Living Council. Ms. Foote was a licensed vocational nurse at Lifehouse from 2014 to 2015 and at Maxim Healthcare Services from 2013 to 2014. She was a licensed vocational nurse and charge nurse at the Valley Care Center from 2010 to 2012 and at the Sierra Valley Rehabilitation Center from 2009 to 2010.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ms. Foote is a Democrat.


• Lorraine Paskett and

• Bonnie Lowenthal have been appointed to the board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Ms. Paskett is the appointee of the California State Senate Rules Committee and Ms. Lowenthall is appointed by Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins.

Ms. Paskett is an attorney and CEO of Cambridge LCF Group, and Paskett Winery. She has over 25 years of experience on water, energy and environmental issues. She is also currently serving on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and was previously a senior assistant general manager of sustainability programs and external affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Ms. Paskett fills a vacancy left by former Vice-Chairman Jim Hartnett who stepped down in March 2014.

Ms. Lowenthal was elected to represent Assembly District 54 (subsequently Assembly District 70) in 2008 after serving two terms on the Long Beach City Council, two terms on the Long Beach Unified School District, and on the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

She was chairman of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, becoming ex-officio member of the California Transportation Commission, where she oversaw public investment in highway, passenger rail and transportation projects. Ms. Lowenthal termed out of the Assembly in 2014.

The compensation for each is $100 per diem not to exceed $500 in one calendar month, plus actual travel expenses incurred in attending to the business of the Authority.


• Leslie Lopez, 55, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director and chief counsel at the California Department of General Services. Ms. Lopez has served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency since 2013. Earlier, she was general counsel at the California State and Consumer Services Agency from 2007 to 2013 and a deputy attorney general from 1994 to 2007.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $149,004. Ms. Lopez is registered without party preference.


• Peter Williams, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed general counsel at the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Mr. Williams has been a supervisor in the Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2015, where he has served as a deputy attorney general since 2001. He has been a cross-designated special federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California since 2010.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $153,012. Mr. Williams is a Democrat.


• Rima Barkett, 51, of Stockton, has been reappointed to the California Exposition and State Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2012. Ms. Barkett has been president and founder at A Tavola Together since 2007. She was an international relations officer at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates from 2006 to 2007, owner at Café Luna Spaghetteria from 2002 to 2006 and an Italian language instructor at the University of the Pacific from 1996 to 2002.

This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ms. Barkett is registered without party preference.

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