Damaris Perez

Board Chair

CPA, Crowe Horwath

Damaris has over 14 years of experience in public accounting. She has extensive technical experience working with tax compliance and consulting engagements, specializing in commercial enterprises, healthcare, closely-held businesses, financial institutions, high net worth individuals, estates and trusts, wineries and vineyards and other corporate and flow-through entities. As Senior Manager for Crowe Horwath, Damaris specializes […]

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Paul Lau

Past Chair

Asst. GM Power Supply & Grid Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

As Assistant General Manager of Power Supply & Grid Operations, Paul Lau is responsible for overseeing the purchase and sales of SMUD’s gas and electric commodities, the reliability of the electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems, and SMUD’s renewable portfolio standard. He is currently the executive sponsor for SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and […]

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Mabel Salon

Secretary

Director of Community Relations, UC Davis

Mabel Salon is the Director of Community Relations and Interim Director of Local Government Relations for UC Davis. She directs a comprehensive community relations program for UC Davis that raises public awareness, understanding and support for the campus and its mission of research, teaching and public service, and a local government relations program that encourages […]

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Bryan Gardner

Director At Large

Manager, Issues Communications, Sutter Health System Office

Bryan has spent the last 18 years in health care public relations and strategic communications. He serves as Manager, Patient Experience Engagement and Communications for the Sutter Health network, which cares for more than three million people in more than 100 California communities. Bryan especially enjoys storytelling and helping others understand how Sutter Health partners […]

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Clare Lee

Treasurer

COO, Dignity Health Mercy General Hospital

Ms. Lee recently joined Mercy General Hospital as COO in early 2015. She previously was Vice President of Operations at Houston Methodist Hospital, a 900 bed academic teaching hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Clare has over twenty three years of hospital management experience in operations including leadership of the cancer, orthopedic, neuroscience, and cardiology […]

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Leonor Y. Dicdican

Legal Counsel

Attorney at Law, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedmann & Girard

Ms. Dicdican is an attorney in the firm’s health care and business services practice groups where she represents clients with general business, corporate finance and health care matters. Legal Experience Ms. Dicdican represents a wide variety of clients (ranging from large corporate entities to small business owners to individuals) in matters of varying complexity in […]

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Philip Arndt

Board Member

Director- Government Affairs, Comcast Cable Corporation

Philip Arndt is Director of Government Affairs for Comcast for the Sacramento Valley area that extends from Modesto to Chico but has a strong concentration in the Sacramento region. Philip works closely with elected official, local leaders, and local municipalities on issues and policies related to cable services and other Comcast products. Philip also serves […]

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Anna Ballard

Board Member

California Government Relations Manager, Intel

Anna Ballard is the California Government Relations Manager for Intel Corporation within Intel Global Public Affairs. Anna is responsible for managing local and state public policy issues including: environment, manufacturing, tax, workforce, and education. Prior to her current role, Anna managed the region’s largest corporate volunteer and matching grant program, Intel Involved. Through the work […]

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Sunil Bhagat

Board Member

Director of Residential Lending, First Northern Bank

First Northern Bank was established in 1910 and has remained faithful to its roots as an institution formed to address specific personalized needs. First Northern Bank continues to serve such needs with a strong commitment to superior personal service and commitment to support and reinvest in each of the communities the Bank serves. The Bank […]

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John Costa

Board Member

Governmental Relations Representative, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company

John Costa is the Governmental Relations Representative for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company. At PG&E, John serves as the primary government/political affairs contact for the greater Sacramento Region (Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter and Colusa). As the Government Relations Representative for PG&E, John works with various Community Leaders/Groups, aids the various lines of business (Gas, Electric, […]

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Rick Cwynar

Board Member

Vice President- Northern & Central CA Regional Marketing Manager, Wells Fargo

Rick Cwynar is the Marketing Director for Northern and Central California Community Banking for Wells Fargo. As Director, Cwynar is responsible for all Wells Fargo local marketing and advertising strategies for the Northern and Central California Region. Additionally, he is responsible for internal marketing for the region’s 252 community banking stores. Cwynar has 15 years […]

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Kevin Ferreira

Board Member

Executive Director, Sacramento-Sierra Building & Construction Trades Council

President – Ironworkers Local Union 118 (2007 – Present) Political Director – Sacramento Central Labor Council   (2010 – Present) 2nd Vice-President – Yolo County Workforce Investment Board (2010 – Present) Executive Committee Member – Golden/Sierra Workforce Investment Board (2010 – Present) United States Marine Corps. Intelligence Officer/Scout-Sniper   (1981 – 1987) The Ironworkers are a “Performance […]

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Rick Heron

Board Member

Director, Community Relations, Western Health Advantage

Rick Heron joined Western Health Advantage’s senior management team in 2005 to develop and lead the organization’s marketing and community relations efforts. As a leading local healthcare company, WHA strongly supports making a difference in the greater Sacramento community. Heron is responsible for coordinating all of the organization’s external affairs, including advertising, marketing, communications, branding, […]

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Scott Lewis

Board Member

Campus Vice President, University of Phoenix

Scott Lewis, started with University of Phoenix in 2001, he has over 12 years of leadership experience in enrollment, operations, and administration. Born in Salt Lake City and raised in American Fork, Mr. Lewis has an MBA/Global Management from University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree (BSB/M) from Utah Valley University and an associate’s degree (AA) […]

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Henry Li

Board Member

Genreal Manager/CEO, Sacramento Regional Transit

Henry Li is a visionary and transformational leader with a proven track record of strategic innovations. During his 20-year transportation career, he has successfully led a variety of industry cutting edge initiatives in highly political, complex and dynamic communities. Henry has a history of building strong alliances both internally and externally while being a diplomatic negotiator […]

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David Lowe

Board Member

President & General Manager, KVIE Public Television

David was named KVIE’s sixth President & General Manager in May 2008. He joined the station in 2001 as Vice President of Marketing and assumed the role of Vice President of Marketing & Development in 2002. His prior experience includes marketing positions with a Fortune 500 company, a publicly traded software company, and a venture […]

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Michael Marion Jr.

Board Member

Associate Vice Provost, Drexel University - Sacramento

Dr. Michael Marion, Jr is Associate Vice Provost at Drexel University Sacramento. As a senior administrator in higher education, Dr. Marion‘s responsibilities and expertise span a wide-spectrum of areas in education and leadership across an array of educational settings. Not only has Dr. Marion established himself as a leader in higher education, serving students in private and public colleges and […]

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Clay Merrill

Board Member

Director of Advancement, The CAP Center

Clay Merrill is the Director of Advancement for the Child Abuse Prevention Center, where he oversees and directs The Center’s fundraising and development efforts, communications, donor relations, corporate partnerships, and community relations. Previous to working at the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Merill was a Communications Supervisor with Moroch in Sacramento, where he lead the public […]

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Jake Mossawir

Board Member

President & CEO, St. HOPE

A former appointee of the Governor of California, Mossawir has over a decade of experience in the public affairs sector representing a wide variety of clients. Mossawir now serves as President and CEO of St. Hope, prior to which he was Executive Director of City Year Sacramento and spent numerous years as Communications Director at […]

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Michelle Picard

Board Member

Director, Business Governance and Risk Management and DBE Liaison Officer, Siemens/ Mobility Division, Rolling Stock

Michelle Picard is a finance professional with more than 18 years in the Transportation Industry currently performing the role of Director, Business Governance and Risk Management and DBE Liaison Officer for Siemens Industry Inc., Mobility Division – Rolling Stock headquartered in Sacramento, CA. Michelle graduated cum laude from the California State University of Sacramento with […]

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Tim Ray

Board Member

Executive Director, AT&T External Affairs

Tim Ray is Regional Vice President for AT&T External Affairs in Northern California where he manages relations with local municipalities from Solano County to the Oregon and Nevada borders. Prior to his current assignment Tim served as Executive Director for the AT&T’s Sales Operations, Procurement and the Corporate Real Estate organizations. Tim began his career […]

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Brent Sasaki

Board Member

Vice President- Corporate Partnership, FC Republic

Brent Sasaki is Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships for Sacramento Republic FC (Republic FC). Prior to joining Republic FC, Brent was the Director of Business Development for Corporate Partnerships for the Sacramento Kings, directing the corporate partnerships business development team and managed strategy and implementation of their entire partner marketing efforts. The UC Davis graduate […]

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Dawn Satow

Board Member

Vice President & Relationship Banker, California Bank & Trust

Dawn Satow is Vice President and a Commercial Banking Officer with California Bank & Trust, Sacramento Business. She has over 40 years banking experience, all with California Bank & Trust (and previously Sumitomo Bank of California). She is responsible for many of the Bank’s major relationships, some having complex financing or depository needs. Personal service, […]

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John Shelby

Board Member

VP Business Banking Group Manager, Travis Credit Union

Vice President John Shelby is responsible for development, execution and management of Travis Credit Union’s Business Banking Group which services a twelve-county area in Northern California. The Business Banking Group focuses on commercial real estate, SBA and commercial and industrial lending.

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Jeff Stiger

Board Member

Area Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Jeff joined the Kaiser Permanente team almost 20 years ago, and currently serves as the Information Technology Leader and Information Officer for the South Sacramento Medical Center and service area. In this role, he is responsible for all information technology (IT) initiatives and acts as the chief advocate for all IT issues in South Sacramento […]

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Whitney Yamamura

Board Member

President, Folsom Lake College

Whitney I. Yamamura has been appointed the next president of Folsom Lake College by the Los Rios Community College Board of Trustees and Chancellor Brian King.  He will start Monday July 24th. Whitney is starting his 28th year working in the Los Rios Community College District. In that time he has served at every position […]

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Ching-Hua Wang

Board Member

Vice President, Academic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento

Ching-Hua Wang received her medical degree from Beijing Medical College, an MS in Immunology from Beijing University, and a PhD in Immunology from Cornell University. In February 2017, she was appointed as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento. From 2012 to January 2017, she served as Dean of […]

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