Governor Newsom announces appointments 6.28.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Monika Giebitz, 41, of Auburn, has been appointed deputy director of legislation at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, where she has been chief legislative officer since 2013. Giebitz was a legislative analyst at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection from 2009 to 2013 and 2005 to 2008 and Personnel Services Analyst at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services from 2008 to 2009. Giebitz received a Master of Arts in English from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $140,244. Giebitz is recorded without party preference.

Kelly Welchans, 41, of Davis, has been named chief attorney at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Welchans has served as Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office since 2017. She was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP from 2007 to 2017. Welchans received a Juris Doctorate from the University of California , Davis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $185,004. Welchans is a Democrat.

Sean Burrows, 50, of Lodi, was reappointed to the Emergency Medical Services Commission, where he has served since 2019. Burrows has served as fire captain with the Alameda County Fire Department since 2010. He is chairman of International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 55. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Burrows is a Democrat.

Kenneth Miller, 67, of San Jose, was reappointed to the Emergency Medical Services Commission, where he has served since 2019. Miller has served as medical director for the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2016 He was deputy medical director at the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1999 to 2016. Miller served as medical director at the Orange County Fire Authority from 1997 to 2016. He is a member of the Association of Medical Directors of California Emergency Medical Services. Miller earned an MD from George Washington University School of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology from Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Miller is a Democrat.

Karen Relucio, 54, of Napa, was reappointed to the Emergency Medical Services Commission, where she has served since 2019. Relucio is a public health officer and deputy director of the Health and Human Services Agency of Napa County since 2015. She served in several positions with the San Mateo County Health System between 2006 and 2015, including Deputy Health Officer and Medical Director of Public Health Clinics, STD/HIV Program and Program Medical Director public health emergency preparedness. Relucio is president of the Health Officers Association of California and a board member of the Napa Solano Medical Society. Relucio is a member of the California Conference of Local Health Officers, where she served as president from 2019-2021. She earned an MD from Rush University Medical College. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Relucio is a Democrat.

Jose Solorzano, 39, of Rialto, was reappointed to the State Independent Living Council, where he has served since 2019. Solorzano has served as the Community Health Representative for the Inland Empire Heath Plan since 2017. Molina Health Care from 2015 to 2017. Solorzano was Benefits and Resource Specialist at Southern California Rehabilitation Services from 2007-2012. He is a member of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Solorzano is a Democrat.

Ligia Andrade Zuniga, 42, of Foster City, was reappointed to the State Independent Living Council, where she has served since 2018. Andrade Zuniga has served as a trustee on the San Mateo Union School District Board of Trustees since 2020. She served as a commissioner at the San Mateo County Commission on Persons with Disabilities since 2013. Andrade Zuniga has served as a commissioner with the San Mateo County Health Commission since 2017. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Individual Independence disabilities since 2013. Andrade Zuniga is secretary for the San Mateo County LatinX Dems Club and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union – North Peninsula, the National Council on Independent Living and the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Notre Dame de Namur. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Andrade Zuniga is a Democrat.

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