SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.
Gina Valadez, 46, of Stockton, has been appointed to the 2nd District Agricultural Association, San Joaquin County Fair Board. Valadez has been a credit manager at Delta Bluegrass Company, Zuckerman-Heritage Inc. since 1995. She was a credit associate at MEPCO Label Systems Inc. from 1993 to 1995 and an administrator at Country Sheet Metal Products Inc. from 1986 to 1991. Valadez is president and founder of Bread of Life. He is a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association and the National Association of Credit Management. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Valadez is a Republican.
Joseph Valente, 53, of Lodi, has been appointed to the 2nd District Agricultural Association, San Joaquin County Fair Board. Valente has been vineyard and orchard manager at John Kautz Farms since 1980 and is president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District. He is director of the California Farm Bureau Federation, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation and the Friends of the San Joaquin County Fair. Valente was president of the Lodi Winegrape Commission from 2009 to 2010 and the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation from 2008 to 2009. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Valente is a Republican.
Ger Vang, 49, of Stockton, has been appointed to the 2nd District Agricultural Association, San Joaquin County Fair Board. Vang has been the chief executive officer of Lao Family Community Empowerment Inc. since 2008. He was the executive director of the Northern California Chapters of Lao Veterans of America Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and a family and community services manager at the Community Action Agency of Butte County Inc. from 1995 to 2006. Vang earned a Master of Arts degree in education from California State University, Chico. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Vang is a Republican.
Lilia Galindo, 57, of Quartz Hill, has been appointed to the 50th District Agricultural Association, Antelope Valley Fair Board. Galindo has been owner and host of radio talk show, Café Con Leche, since 2010. She was a human resources manager at the Antelope Valley School Transportation Agency from 2007 to 2010 and a consumer service coordinator at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center from 2006 to 2007. Galindo was an independent day trader from 2004 to 2006, assistant director at the Latin American Civic Association for Headstart from 1999 to 2003 and a case manager and business office supervisor at the Antelope Valley Mental Health Center for Los Angeles County from 1997 to 1999. She worked for the Federal Government of Mexico as administrative director at the Fisheries Ministry in the state of Sinaloa from 1991 to 1996 and budget director for the Secretary of Energy, Mines and Public Enterprise from 1986 to 1991. Galindo earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Galindo is a Democrat.
Felipe Reina, 28, of Palmdale, has been appointed to the 50th District Agricultural Association, Antelope Valley Fair Board. Reina has been management and program analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration since 2012. He was a central vault finance lead at NBC Universal Comcast from 2004 to 2012. Reina was a remote pilot operator at Raytheon from 2008 to 2011 and the Washington Consulting Group from 2007 to 2008. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Reina is a Democrat.
Jesse Zhang, 16, of Rancho Palos Verdes, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education. Zhang is a student at the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) and has been an intern for the Port of Long Beach, Department of Finance since 2013. He has been vice president of the Junior State of America’s chapter at CAMS and a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation since 2012. Zhang has held multiple positions on the CAMS student council since 2011, including sophomore class president, commissioner of athletics and commissioner of beautification. Zhang was a volunteer adult exhibit interpreter at the Aquarium of the Pacific from 2011 to 2012. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Zhang is not registered to vote.