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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ditas Katague Appointed Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Corporation


Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments ( April 21, 2010)

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments:

Ditas Katague, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy commissioner for the Department of Corporations. Since 2008, she has been director for Census 2010 in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Previously, Katague was the first vice president of state and local governmental affairs for Countrywide Financial Corporation from 2005 to 2008, program director for California Telemedicine and eHealth Center from 2004 to 2005 and senior program manager for Blue Shield of California from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, she was the assistant secretary for transportation and project management at the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 2000 to 2003 and chief deputy director for the Complete Count Census Campaign from 1999 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $118,000. Katague is a Democrat.

Greg Aghazarian, 45, of Stockton, has been appointed deputy secretary for legislation and special assistant to the secretary for the Department of Food and Agriculture. Since January, he has owned Aghazarian Strategies and, from 2009 to 2010, he served on the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Aghazarian served three terms in the California State Assembly representing the 26th district from 2002 to 2008 and was Republican Caucus Chair in 2006. He owned the Law Offices of Gregory G. Aghazarian from 1997 to 2002 and worked as an attorney for the Law Offices of David R. LeBeouf from 1993 to 1996. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $115,000. Aghazarian is a Republican.

Koren Barrett, N.D., 37, of Corona Del Mar, has been appointed to the Osteopathic Medical Board. Since 2007, she has served as a naturopathic doctor at Newport Integrative Health. Previously, Barrett was a naturopathic doctor at Susan Samueli Center, University of California, Irvine from 2008 to 2009 and at the Institute for Progressive Medicine from 2004 to 2007. She is a member of the Sanesco International Advisory Board, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and California Naturopathic Doctors Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Barrett is a Democrat.

Leonard Greenstone, 86, of Sherman Oaks, has been reappointed to the Prison Industry Board, where he has served as a member since 2001 and previously from 1983 to 1994. Since 1953, he has owned and operated the Leonard Greenstone Company. From 1966 to 2003, Greenstone owned and operated Under Sea Engineering and Construction. From 1967 to 1992, he worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Greenstone was the director of Alliance Bank from 1978 to 1991. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Greenstone is a Democrat.

Curtis Kelly, 52, of Vacaville, has been reappointed to the Prison Industry Board, where he has served as a member since 1995. He has been the northern district manager for the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council since 2005, where he previously was a business representative from 1988 to 2005. Kelly was a carpenter for the Carpenters Local 180 from 1977 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Kelly is a Democrat.

Michael McCulloch, 53, of Palm Springs, has been reappointed to the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority, where he has served as a member since 2008. Since 1987, he has owned and managed McCulloch and Company. McCulloch served as a councilmember on the Palm Springs City Council from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he was a tax manager for Grant Thornton Certified Public Accountants from 1984 to 1987. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. McCulloch is a Republican.

Peggy Okabayashi, 62, of Elk Grove, has been appointed assistant secretary of public safety, victims services, emergency management and administrative services for the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). She has served as acting assistant secretary in this role since 2009 and previously was deputy director of the Administrative Services Division at Cal EMA in 2009. Prior to that, Okabayashi was deputy director of the Administrative Services Division for the Governor's Office of Emergency Services from 2006 to 2008. She worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles, Business Services Branch as chief from 2004 to 2006 and manager from 2001 to 2004. Okabayashi served as manager for the Information Services and Reporting Unit for the Franchise Tax Board in 2001, chief of the Management Services Branch for the Office of Real Estate Appraisers from 1994 to 2001 and auditor at the Employment Training Panel from 1992 to 1994. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $106,020. Okabayashi is a Republican.

Janice Oliphant, 74, of Indian Wells, has been reappointed to the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority, where she has served as a member since 2005. She was a real estate broker for Palm Desert Realty from 1978 to 2009. Oliphant is president emeritus of Marywood Country Day School Board and the Indian Wells Garden and Community Club. Additionally, she is vice chairman of the California State University, Palm Desert Capital Campaign Committee, member of the Coachella Valley Lincoln Club and the Coachella Valley Women Leaders Forum Advisory Board. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Oliphant is a Republican.

Joseph Provenzano, D.O., 55, of Modesto, has been reappointed to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, where he has been a member since 2006. He has served as a family medicine doctor of osteopathic medicine at Sutter-Gould Medical Group since 1990. Previously, Provenzano served as an emergency room physician at Fisher-Mangold Emergency Physicians from 1988 to 1990. Prior to that, he was physician-resident in family medicine at Southwestern Medical School from 1986 to 1988 and at the University of Texas, Conroe Family Practice from 1983 to 1985. Provenzano is an elected delegate to the House of Delegates for the California Medical Association and the California Academy of Family Practice House of Delegates for 2009 and 2010. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Provenzano is a Republican.

Margo Reid Brown, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed director for the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, where she has served as acting director since January. She served as chair of the Integrated Waste Management Board from 2006 to 2009. Brown previously served as director of scheduling for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2004 to 2006 and was founder and president of Capitol Ideas Development Corporation from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2000, she served as president of the Junior League of Sacramento and, from 1991 to 1999, was the director of scheduling for the Office of Governor Pete Wilson. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965. Brown is a Republican.

James Shelby, 63, of Citrus Heights, has been appointed to the Gambling Control Commission. Since 1996, he has been a member of the Citrus Heights City Council, where he served as mayor in 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009. Shelby was president and chief executive officer for the Greater Sacramento Urban League from 1992 to 2009. Prior to that, he was manager of employee relations and executive assistant to the general manager for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District from 1990 to 1992. Shelby was senior apprenticeship consultant for the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards from 1977 to 1990. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Shelby is a Democrat.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

As her DAD, I am very proud of Ditas accomplishments. I wish her luck in her new appointment. Congratulations again, my palangga number 1.

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