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July 4, 2008 12:01am
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•  A new publisher named

•  Top award for a Fresno State manager

•  TV station picks new general manager

•  And many, many more

Lani Cauthen
Deborah Adishian-Astone
Carolyn McIntyre
Aaron Wood
Steven McEvoy

• Lani Cauthen has been promoted to publisher of e.Republic Inc.’s education magazine, Converge.

Ms. Cauthen has over 15 years experience in the magazine industry with e.Republic and held the position of associate sales manager prior to her promotion. In her new position, she will also direct sales and marketing for e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education.


• Deborah Adishian-Astone, associate vice president of auxiliary operations and enterprise development at California State University, Fresno, has been awarded the “Rising Star” award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Ms. Adishian-Astone was one of only two university administrators in the nation to earn the distinction, which recognizes leadership skills in areas that include business practices, organizational development, institutional effectiveness, institutional productivity, and technology and infrastructure management.

She helped plan and develop the Save Mart Center, the Student Recreation Center and the Campus Pointe development, a public-private project on university land now under way, which will include a theater, retail and office space, full-service business hotel and multifamily and senior housing.


• Carolyn McIntyre is the new president of the California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Currently serving as regional vice president for Sempra Energy, Ms. McIntyre will join CCTA on July 14, becoming only the fourth president since the organization’s inception in 1958. She succeeds Dennis Mangers who is retiring after 28 years of service to the telecommunications industry.

Since joining Sempra in 1996, Ms. McIntyre has been responsible for directing Sempra’s advocacy efforts in Sacramento, representing the interests of Sempra and its subsidiaries.

From 1993 to 1996 she served as a Legislative Representative for the California State Association of Counties. Before her stint at CSAC, Ms. McIntyre was the Deputy Secretary of the Youth & Adult Correctional Agency from 1991 to 1993.


• Aaron Wood has been named as Enloe Medical Center’s vice president of physician operations. Responsibilities of this new role include managing the business operations of physician contracts; managing hospital-based physician relationships and supervising the Chico hospital’s clinics and hospital-physician joint ventures.

Mr. Wood joins Enloe from Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital, where he was interim administrator for the past year. Prior to that, he served as CEO at two hospitals in Colorado, where he was recognized as the 2006 Colorado Regent’s Healthcare Executive of the Year and received the 2006 Phillips County Economic Development Council Collaboration Award.


• Julie Nauman has been named executive officer of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

Ms. Nauman currently serves as the chief deputy director for the California Integrated Waste Management Board, where she has served since 1998, the first four years as deputy director.

She replaces Karen McGagin, who recently announced her retirement after four years as the board’s executive officer, capping an 18-year career in state service.


• Steven McEvoy has been named general manager of KERO-TV23, the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield.

He will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the station, as well as for day-to-day operations of the editorial and business activities of KERO, its Azteca America affiliate, KZKC, and the station's digital properties.

Mr. McEvoy had served as general sales manager of KERO since January 2000.

Mr. McEvoy joined KERO in 1983 as creative director for sales, and has held positions as a local account executive and local sales manager.


• Jim Abrames, who has served in the California Highway Patrol's Bakersfield office, has been named chief of the CHP’s central division which encompasses nine counties from Modesto to the Grapevine.

Mr. Abrames, 45, joined the CHP in 1985, serving in Ventura and then Bakersfield. He rose through the ranks and was named an assistant chief in 2002.


• Keith Pitts has joined Marrone Organic Innovations in Davis as the company’s new vice president of regulatory affairs.

Mr. Pitts has worked in senior legislative, administrative, regulatory and public policy roles for more than two decades, including posts as a senior level administrator and negotiator involved in shaping domestic and international policies regarding pesticides, organic agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, invasive species, climate change, specialty crops and food safety.

At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he served as Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary Richard Rominger and, also, to Secretary Dan Glickman.

Most recently, Mr. Pitts was public policy director for the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, a nonpartisan research and policy organization based in Washington, D.C., where he led all of the organization's policy-related activities.


• Christine Anderson, 43, of Elk Grove, has been appointed to the Landscape Architect Technical Committee. She has served on the committee since 2003.

Since 2007, Ms. Anderson has owned the Office of Christine A. Anderson, a firm specializing in redevelopment landscape design. Prior to that, she worked for the HLA Group in management positions. Earlier, she served as a landscape draftsperson for Frandsen/Komar Associates and, in 1988, she was a landscape draftsperson and model builder for Brian Powell and Associates.


• Teresa Bello-Jones, 65, of Elk Grove, has been appointed executive officer for the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Since 1994, she has served as executive officer for the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

From 1986 to 1993, Ms. Bello-Jones was a supervising nursing and education consultant to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. She previously was director of nursing for Staff Builders, Inc., and an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Mental Health and Community Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.


• Donald Currier, 49, of Folsom, has been appointed chief deputy inspector general in the Office of the Inspector General. Since 2007, he has served as the secretary of legal affairs and chief counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Currier served as chief counsel for the California State Lottery. Additionally, he serves in the California National Guard as a colonel and deputy brigade commander of the 49th Military Police Brigade and, from 2005 to 2006, he served as commander of the Police Partnership Task Force during a deployment to Iraq.


• Annemarie Del Mugnaio, 36, of Dixon, has been re-appointed executive officer for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Bureau. She has served as executive officer for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board since 2001 and previously held the positions of interim executive officer from 2000 to 2001 and staff services analyst from 1998 to 2000.


• Michael Jarvis, 45, of Sacramento has been appointed deputy secretary of public affairs for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Since 2005, he has served as deputy director of communications for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Mr. Jarvis frequently contributed to the Los Angeles Times from 1999 to 2005 and, from 1996 to 2001, he worked in television as a writer, research and associate producer for various networks. Earlier, he worked as editor and reporter for the Mammoth Times Weekly and, from 1987 to 1988 was a reporter for the Tulare Advance Register.


• Gabor Morocz, 52, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed deputy general counsel for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. He has served as assistant general counsel and staff counsel for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System since 2007.

Mr. Morocz also served as staff counsel for the Department of Child Support Services, from 2004 to 2007 and at the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency from 2001 to 2004. He started his state service at the Department of Motor Vehicles.


• Cathleen Poncabare, 54, of Sacramento, has been appointed executive officer for the Dental Bureau. Since retiring in 2007, she has worked part-time as an associate with Golden Bear Associates, a project management and social marketing consulting firm.

From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Poncabare served as a commissioner on the Board of Parole Hearings and, from 2003 to 2005, she served as a deputy appointments secretary for the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger.


• Benjamin Rice, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary of legal affairs and chief counsel for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2007, he has served as deputy legal affairs secretary for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Prior to that, Mr. Rice worked as deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s Office from 2003 to 2006. He worked as a litigation associate in the Law Offices of Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Beaty and Reynolds from 2001 to 2003, the Law Offices of Shapiro, Buchman, Provine and Patton from 2000 to 2001 and Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley from 1998 to 2000.


• Alejandro Rodarte, 46, of Sacramento has been appointed special assistant to the border affairs unit for the California Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2001, he has served as associate information systems analyst for the Cal/EPA.

Earlier, He served at the California Air Resources Board as associate information systems analyst from 1995 to 2001, business services officer from 1992 to 1995 and material and stores specialist from 1989 to 1992.


• Windie Scott, 55, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She has worked for the State Board of Equalization as tax counsel since 2006, senior tax counsel from 1995 to 1997 and legal counsel from 1979 to 1981.

Prior to that, Ms. Scott worked for the Office of the State Controller as a deputy state controller from 2003 to 2006 and senior staff counsel from 1987 to 1995.


• Kristy Underwood, 36, of Citrus Heights, has been re-appointed executive officer for the Barbering and Cosmetology Bureau. Since 2005, she has served as executive officer for the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and previously was lead of the administration unit from 2004 to 2005.

Ms. Underwood previously served as coordinator of the structural exam unit for the Professional Engineers Board from 2003 to 2004 and acting bureau chief for the Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau from 2002 to 2003.


• Janet Upton, 43, of Chico, has been appointed deputy director of communication for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Since 1999, she has served as a public information officer at the CAL FIRE Butte Unit for the Butte County Fire Department.

From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Upton was a rescue diver for the Butte County interagency Drowning Accident Rescue Team and, from 1991 to 1998, she was an emergency medical technician for Enloe Medical Center.

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