Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints 10 Members and Executive Director of the Board of Parole Hearings


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Joyce Arredondo, Archie Biggers, Terry Farmer, Susan Fisher, Philip Inglee, Stephen Lee, Margarita Perez, Chuck Supple, Thomas Sawyer and Tracey St. Julien to the Board of Parole Hearings and Dennis Kenneally as executive director of the Board. Joyce Arredondo, 50, of Sacramento County, has served as a commissioner on the Youth Authority Board since January 2004. Prior to that, Arredondo was the executive director of the North Area Teen Center, a non-profit organization that provides after-school opportunities for tutoring, employment development, sports activities, cultural opportunities and field trips for junior and senior high school students, from 1997 to 2004. She has also served as a member of the Building Bridges Initiative Advisory Board for the San Juan Unified School District. Arredondo is a Republican. Archie "Joe" Biggers, 61, of San Diego County, has served on the Youth Authority Board since 2005. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Greater San Diego Inner-City Games. Biggers served for 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring in 1991 as a lieutenant colonel. From 1992 to 1994 he was operations director for the San Diego Police Athletic League and from 1994 to 1996 was executive director of the S.T.A.R. program (Sports Training, Academic & Recreation). Biggers is active in many community organizations including the San Diego Unified School Interscholastic Athletics Council and the San Diego Marine Corps Historical Society Board. He is also a past member of the San Diego Crime Commission, the Social Service Advisory Board of San Diego County and the Girl Scouts Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Biggers is a Republican. Terry R. Farmer, 61, of Sacramento County, has been chief counsel to the Board of Prison Terms since June 2003. From 1983 to 2003 he served as Humboldt County district attorney. Farmer served as a partner in the law firm of Stokes, Steeves, Warren, Farmer and Jensen from 1978 to 1982 and as a Humboldt County deputy district attorney from 1975 to 1978. He is a member of the California State Bar. Farmer is a Democrat. Susan L. Fisher, 52, of Sacramento County, has served as a commissioner on the Board of Prison Terms since January 2004. From 1999 to 2004 she served as executive director of the Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau and, before that, served on the Bureau's board of directors for seven years. She also served as president of Citizens for Law and Order. Fisher is a Republican. Philip S. Inglee, 68, of Orange County, has served on the Board of Prison Terms since 2005. Prior to that, he served as a commissioner on the Orange County Parole Board from 2001 to 2005. Inglee worked as a banking executive for 33 years, serving as president and chief executive officer of Liberty National Bank from 1982 to 1998. In addition, he has served as chair of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission and as foreman of the Orange County Grand Jury from 1999 to 2000. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1962 on active duty and as a member of the reserves from 1962 until his retirement as a colonel in 1989. Inglee is a Republican. Stephen Lee, 50, of Los Angeles County, has served on the Board of Prison Terms since 2005. Prior to that, he was a Los Angeles Superior Court Referee for seven years, where he handled all matters assigned in the Dependency and Juvenile Delinquency Court. Lee was a senior trial litigator for Lee & Associates from 1991 to 1995 and prior to that was a senior deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County from 1986 to 1991. Lee's experience also includes one year as senior misdemeanor trial deputy for the San Joaquin District Attorney's Office and three years as a general civil and immigration attorney. Lee is a Republican. Margarita Esabel Perez, 42, of El Dorado County, has served as chairperson of the Board of Prison Terms since January 2004. From 2001 to 2004 she served as a senior investigator and parole agent in the investigations division. Perez served from 1996 to 2001 as a parole agent at the Department of Corrections. She began her career in law enforcement as a correctional officer, first at Avenal State Prison and later as a correctional sergeant at the Transportation Unit Based at Folsom State Prison. Perez is a former captain with the California Army National Guard. She served on active duty during Operation Desert Storm and volunteered for active duty following the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Perez is a Democrat. Chuck J. Supple, 46, of Sacramento County, has served on the Youth Authority Board since 2003. Previously, he was director of the then-Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism, now the California Service Corps. Prior to that, Supple served for five years as president and chief executive officer of Public Allies, Inc., a non-profit organization that develops community leadership skills among young adults. He is also currently a board member of the Tavis Smiley Foundation. Supple is a Democrat. Thomas C. Sawyer, 61, of San Joaquin County, served as a California Highway Patrol officer for more than 20 years before being elected the Sheriff-Coroner of Merced County in 1990. He served as sheriff for 11 years before his retirement in 2001. Most recently, he has been a consultant for Advanced Interactive Systems where he performed airport security training around the United States and with the Facility Group on project management and criminal justice planning. Sawyer is a member of the California State Sheriffs' Association, the National Sheriffs' Association and the International Police Chiefs' Association. Sawyer is a Republican. Tracey L. St. Julien, 46, of Sacramento County, has been executive director of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a nonprofit organization founded to promote advances in women's healthcare, since 2001. Previously, she was a consultant for Glaxo Wellcome, Incorporated and, from 1997 to 2000, owned and operated Gilded Age Tours, an international travel tour company. St. Julien served on the staff of California State Assemblymembers Curtis Tucker, Sr. and Curtis Tucker, Jr., first as a legislative assistant and then as chief of staff. In this capacity she oversaw the 1992 Assembly Task Force on the Los Angeles Riots. St. Julien is a Democrat. These positions require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $99,693. Board members Arredondo, Biggers and Supple will hear juvenile matters and Farmer, Fisher, Inglee, Lee, Perez, Sawyer and St. Julien will hear adult matters. In addition, the Governor appointed Dennis Kenneally executive director of the Board. Kenneally, 59, of San Diego County, most recently served as advisor to the president and chief executive officer of Maxim Systems, Inc. and staff for Forfeiture Support Associates. Previously, he served for three years as commanding general and assistant adjutant general of the California National Guard. From 1995 to 2001 Kenneally was vice president of Pedus Services, where he was responsible for mergers, acquisitions and management and administrative services. Kenneally served for three years with the San Diego Sheriff's Department first as a special assistant and later as chief deputy and assistant sheriff. His experience also includes six years as deputy assistant secretary for the United States Department of the Air Force. Kenneally joined the armed forces in 1963 serving for a total of 42 years. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,768. Kenneally is a Republican. As part of the new agency structure at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, many of the board structures were changed. In this case, three boards -- Board of Prison Terms, Youth Authority Board and the Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority -- were combined to create the new Board of Parole Hearings. BPH considers parole release and establishes the terms and conditions of parole for all persons sentenced in California under the Indeterminate Sentencing Law, persons sentenced to a term of less than life under Penal Code Section 1168 (b), and for persons serving a sentence of life with possibility of parole. The Board may suspend or revoke the parole of any person under its jurisdiction who has violated parole. The Board also determines the necessity for rescission or postponement of parole dates for such persons. BPH also waives parole and may discharge any such person prior to the expiration of the statutory maximum parole period and reports to the Governor on applications for clemency. BPH is comprised of 17 members appointed by the Governor. Of the 17 commissioners, 12 hear only adult matters, and five hear only juvenile matters.