President pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following Rules Committee appointments:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Claudia Mercado, a Democrat, from Oakland, was reappointed to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Ms. Mercado is President of Ranchito Azul and co-owner of Aztecali. She is a member and Chapter President of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and a member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). Ms. Mercado has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the Osteopathic Medical Board since May 2013. Her term end date is June 1, 2019 and compensation is $100 per day and necessary expenses.

The Osteopathic Medical Board is charged with protecting consumers and promoting the highest professional standards in the practice of osteopathic medicine; licensing osteopathic physicians and surgeons; and investigating consumer complaints.

Edith Yau, a Democrat, from Santa Clara, was appointed to the California Task Force on Family Caregiving. Ms. Yau is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Alzheimer's Association. She is a former member of the American Society on Aging. Her term is for pleasure and without compensation, but reimbursement is given for travel and other necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of official duties, to the extent that private funds are available.

The purpose of the California Task Force on Family Caregiving is to examine issues relative to the challenges faced by family caregivers and opportunities to improve caregiver support, review the current network and services and supports available to caregivers, and make policy recommendations to the Legislature.

John Dierking, JD, a Democrat, from Claremont, was reappointed to the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians. Mr. Dierking is an attorney and Tax Compliance Officer with the City of Los Angeles. He belongs to Volunteers in Service to Others (VISTO) within the Los Angeles Probation Department, and served as a Speaker appointee on the California Council on Criminal Justice from 1997 to 2000.  He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Engineers and Architects Union/IBEW 11. Mr. Dierking has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians since February 2016. His term end date is June 1, 2020 and compensation is $100 per day and necessary expenses.

The Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians licenses and regulates vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians, under jurisdiction of the Department of Consumers Affairs.

Kathleen Kelly, a Democrat, from San Francisco, was appointed to the California Task Force on Family Caregiving. Ms. Kelly is Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, American Geriatric Society, and Gerontological Society of America. Her term is for pleasure and without compensation, but reimbursement is given for travel and other necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of official duties, to the extent that private funds are available.

The purpose of the California Task Force on Family Caregiving is to examine issues relative to the challenges faced by family caregivers and opportunities to improve caregiver support, review the current network and services and supports available to caregivers, and make policy recommendations to the Legislature.

Lee Heller PhD, JD, a Democrat, from Summerland, was reappointed to the Veterinary Medical Board. Ms. Heller is an attorney and a retired assistant professor (at Mercer University and Hampshire College) and education consultant. She previously served on the boards of the Animal Shelter Assistance Program, and Environmental Defense Center, among others. Ms. Heller has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the Veterinary Medical since February 2016. Her term end date is June 1, 2020 and compensation is $100 per day and necessary expenses.

The Veterinary Medical Board licenses and regulates those who practice veterinary medicine under the jurisdiction of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Matthew D. Garcia, a Democrat, from Roseville, was appointed to the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders. Mr. Garcia is a police officer/detective with the Sacramento Police Department.  He previously served in the United States Air Force Security Forces. His term is for pleasure and compensation is not stated.

The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders investigates and promotes cost-effective approaches to meeting the long-term needs of adults and juveniles with mental disorders who are likely to become offenders or who have a history of offending.

Ruth Hayward, a Republican, from La Jolla, was reappointed to the San Diego River Conservancy. Ms. Hayward retired from the General Dynamics Electronics Division as an engineer in 1993.  She is currently self-employed as a sculptor. She is a member of the San Diego Zoological Society, The Nature Conservancy, and the Audubon Society.
Ms. Hayward has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the San Diego River Conservancy since 2008. Her term end date is January 1, 2019 and compensation is $100 per regular meeting, not to exceed 12 regular meetings per year. All members may receive reimbursement for the actual amount of reasonable and necessary expenditures incurred in attending meetings.

The San Diego River Conservancy acquires and manages public lands within the San Diego River Area. The conservancy provides recreational opportunities; open space; protects and restores species, wetlands, and historical and cultural resources. In addition, the conservancy provides protection, maintenance and improvements of the quality of the waters in the San Diego River and its watershed, tributaries and historic flumes emanating from the river for all beneficial uses, lands for educational uses within the area, and natural floodwater conveyance.

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