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September 7, 2017 9:01pm
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Robert Todd
Patti Perez

• Robert Martinez has been named vice president and branch manager of the Lindsay office of

Bank of the Sierra.

In his new post, Mr. Martinez will oversee subordinate supervisors who supervise branch employees with responsibilities that include the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the branch. Additionally, he will be responsible for all facets of the hiring process, assignment delegation, and performance appraisal.

Mr. Martinez arrives at Bank of the Sierra with an extensive background in banking with over 30 years of experience previously serving in positions that include business banking officer, commercial banking officer and most recently vice president, banking center manager at Bank of America.


• Jason Kuiken has been named Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor.

Mr. Kuiken most recently was the deputy forest supervisor on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in central Washington.

Prior to his work there, Mr. Kuiken was a district ranger on the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota and before that assignment, at the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, where he focused much attention on the mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Acting Forest Supervisor Scott Tangenberg will continue his leadership until Mr. Kuiken arrives on the Stanislaus National Forest on Oct. 23.


• Robert Todd has joined Sacramento-based education technology firm Emtrain as its chief product officer. Mr. Todd joined Emtrain from his most recent role as head of learning technology at LinkedIn and prior learning technology leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, and Digital Think, an e-learning platform.

At Emtrain, Mr. Todd will focus on creating a new generation of products that use technology to re-invent how people get informed about their workplace rights and responsibilities and produce data analytics that can transform workplace culture.

• Patti Perez joins as Emtrain's vice president of workplace strategy. Ms. Perez has an extensive background in labor and employment law, and served on California's Department Fair Employment & Housing Council, the body tasked with creating regulations that interpret California's civil rights laws.

While a member of the DFEH, Ms. Perez authored revisions to AB 1825, the state law that governs supervisor sexual harassment training requirements, clarifying the obligation to report and take appropriate remedial measures to correct harassing behavior.


• Frank Leonardi, a California Ducks Unlimited staff member, has been named Ducks Unlimited’s Regional Director of the Year for his efforts as a staff member of Region 1, an area that encompasses the West Coast and Alaska.

Mr. Leonardi, a resident of Folsom, covers north central California and works with volunteer committees in this area hosting fundraisers for the 80-year-old conservation organization.

Through 4,000 local fund-raising events DU volunteers generate more than 500,000 memberships and more than $53 million annually.


• Larry Johanson,

• Jay Mahil,

• Mark Ruof,

• Lorraine Salazar, and

• William Shaughnessy have been elected to the 33-member board of governors of the California State University, Fresno Foundation.

Established in 1931, the Fresno State Foundation’s mission is to advance the university’s strategic objectives by encouraging philanthropy, inspiring leadership and promoting fiscal accountability.

Mr. Johanson is president of Johanson Transportation Service, a third-party logistics firm that helps companies with supply chain management. The Fresno-based company has seven regional offices across the United States and was founded in 1971 by Mr. Johanson’s father, Richard.

Mr. Mahil is a partner in a family farming operation, Creekside Land Company LLC, which farms 6,000 acres of almonds, pistachios and wine grapes throughout the Central Valley. He was the first in his family to attend college and earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Fresno State in 1999. He is also president of the Madera County Farm Bureau and a board member of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrower Association.

Mr. Ruof, first vice president and financial advisor for RBC Wealth Management, has been in the securities industry since 1983. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, he spent 26 years at Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Salazar, co-owner of Sal's Mexican Restaurants, was named "Business Woman of the Year" in 1997 by the Madera Hispanic Chamber and "California Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year" in April 2011. She and her brother, Karl, are second-generation partners of the family business started by their father, Sal.

Mr. Shaughnessy has been president and chief operating officer at eHealth Inc. since March 2012. He was previously senior vice president of product management at Yahoo! Inc. Mr. Shaughnessy also served at Microsoft for 15 years, including as global vice president of sales, marketing and services.


• Lisa Bates, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the Division of Financial Assistance at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where she has been deputy director of the Housing Policy Division since 2012.

Ms. Bates was deputy executive director at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 2007 to 2012, where she held several positions from 1991 to 2007. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $151,500. Ms. Bates is a Democrat.


• Ryan Seeley, 38, of Sacramento, has been appointed general counsel at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where he has been assistant chief counsel since 2016 and served as an attorney from 2010 to 2016.

He was principal attorney at Ryan George Seeley, Attorney & Counselor at Law from 2008 to 2010 and an associate at Downey Brand Attorneys LLP from 2007 to 2008 and at Bornholdt & Associates from 2005 to 2007.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $160,008. Mr. Seeley is registered without party preference.


• Zachary Olmstead, 38, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of housing policy development at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where he has served as assistant deputy director of homeless and housing policy since 2016.

He was senior assistant in the Office of California State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins from 2013 to 2016 and director for homeless policy at Housing California from 2006 to 2013.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $138,432. Mr. Olmstead is a Democrat.

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