Governor Brown Announces Appointments


11-9-2012

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Elaine Howle, 54, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed state auditor for the California State Auditor’s Office. Howle has served in multiple positions at the California State Auditor’s Office since 1993, including state auditor, deputy state auditor and principal auditor. She served as supervising state financial examiner for the California Employment Development Department from 1992 to 1993 and in multiple positions for the Office of the Auditor General from 1983 to 1992, including supervising auditor and entry-level auditor. She is president of the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and serves on various committees for NSAA. Howle is a member of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Domestic Accountability Working Group and the Executive Committee for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Government Accountants and the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society. She is a certified public accountant and a certified government financial manager. Howle earned a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,000. Howle is registered decline-to-state.

Anthony Lucero, 46, of Herald, has been appointed deputy director of operations and programs at the Division of Juvenile Justice at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Lucero has been assistant chief of labor at the CDCR Office of Labor Relations since 2011. He has served in various positions at the Division of Juvenile Justice since 1988, including major, lieutenant, sergeant, administrator, treatment team supervisor, senior youth correctional counselor and youth correctional counselor. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $133,752. Lucero is registered decline-to-state.

Daniel Stone, 48, of Folsom, has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Parole at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) where he has served since 2008. Stone has worked in multiple positions at CDCR since 1987, including regional parole administrator, associate director at the Division of Adult Parole Operations, parole administrator, correctional counselor, correctional officer and parole agent I, II and III. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $143,904. Stone is a Republican.

Michael Ball, 47, of Macdoel, has been appointed to the 10a District Agricultural Association, Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Board. Ball is a project executive at IBM Corporation, where he has held multiple positions since 1991. He is a member of the Project Management Institute. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ball is a Republican.

Greg Herman, 46, of Tulelake, has been appointed to the 10a District Agricultural Association, Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Board. Herman has held multiple positions at the Siskiyou County Department of Agricultural since 1989, including assistant agricultural commissioner, deputy agricultural commissioner and agricultural biologist. He was feedlot operations manager at Swan Lake Feeders Inc. from 1992 to 1998. Herman is a committee member of Tulelake High School Future Farmers of America, a member and past president of Pheasants Forever Habitat Conservation and an advisor for the Winenea 4-H Club. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Herman is a Republican.

Gayle Ratliff, 60, of Tulelake, has been appointed to the 10a District Agricultural Association, Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Board, where she has served since 2002. Ratliff has been office manager at Orem Ranch Inc. and Go Construction LLC, since 1990. She was a lab tech at the City of Tulelake, Department of Public Works from 1980 to 1994 and was assistant general manager and starch chemist at Western Polymer Corporation from 1978 to 1989. Ratliff serves as president of the Tulelake 4-H Council, where she has been a member since 1993. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ratliff is registered decline-to-state.

Jennifer Skoog, 54, of Dorris, has been appointed to the 10a District Agricultural Association, Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Board, where she has been a member since 2002. She has been a customer service representative and regulatory analyst at Cal-Ore Telecommunications since 2012. She was operations officer at Premier West Bank from 2004 to 2012. Skoog was co-owner of Skoog’s Market from 1993 to 2004. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Skoog is a Republican.

Les Gardner, 66, of Felton, has been appointed to the 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board. Gardner has been a self-employed real estate investor and private lender since 1966. He was a self-employed spring water supplier from 1985 to 2003. Gardner is a member of the Valley Women’s Club. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Gardner is a Democrat.

Diana Moreno-Inman, 48, of Watsonville, has been appointed to the 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board. Moreno-Inman has been a senior financial education and marketing specialist at Bay Federal Credit Union since 2011. She was owner and management consultant at Moreno Inman and Associates from 2006 to 2011 and was program coordinator at the Mariposa County Unified School District from 2003 to 2006. Moreno-Inman was assistant director at Imperial Valley Small Business and Development Center from 2001 to 2003 and was an international account representative at Spectrum Advertising from 1998 to 2000. She served as board president at the Pajaro Valley Performing Arts Association from 2008 to 2012. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Moreno-Inman is a Democrat.

Robyn Holt, 43, of Crescent City, has been appointed to the 41st District Agricultural Association, Del Norte County Fair Board. Holt has been an insurance agent and broker at Western Valley Insurance Associates Inc. since 1993. She is a member of Crescent City Rotary, Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, and IBA West. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Holt is a Democrat.

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