Governor Newsom announces appointments 6.22.22

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Tyler Sadwith, 35, of Oakland, has been appointed deputy director of behavioral health at the California Department of Health Care Services, where he has served as deputy deputy director of behavioral health since 2021. Sadwith has held multiple positions at Technical Assistance Collaborative Inc. from 2018 until 2021, including Senior Consultant and Senior Associate. He held several positions with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2011 to 2018, including technical director, health insurance specialist, and contract agent representative. Sadwith was a paralegal at Williams, Love, O’leary & Powers PC in 2010. He was a member services representative at the Commonwealth Care Alliance from 2005 to 2006. Sadwith is a member of the National Quality Forum Opioids and Behavioral Health Committee. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $170,004. Sadwith is a Democrat.

Danny Samuel, 49, of Santa Maria, has been named superintendent of the California Men’s Colony, where he has served as acting superintendent since 2021 and has held several positions since 1997, including deputy superintendent, associate superintendent, classification representative and parole, Correctional Counselor and Correctional Officer. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $162,024. Samuel is registered without party preference.

Heather Shirley, 44, of Bakersfield, has been appointed Warden of Wasco State Prison – Reception Center, where she has served as Acting Warden since 2020 and Deputy Chief Warden from 2016-2020. Shirley was Associate Warden at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Adult Institutions Division from 2015 to 2016. She held several positions at California State Prison at Solano between 2010 and 2015, including Associate Warden and Captain. Shirley also held several positions at the California Medical Facility from 2000 to 2010, including corrections lieutenant, corrections sergeant, and corrections officer. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $162,024. Shirley is a Republican.

Susan Pelbath, 65, of Richmond, has been appointed deputy director of the Specialized Services Division of the California Department of Rehabilitation. Pelbath has served as the Administrator of the California Department of Rehabilitation Blind Counseling Center since 2020, where she has held several positions since 2015, including Manager of Personnel Services I in the Division of Programs and Services, Senior Counselor in Vocational Rehabilitation and Vocational Rehabilitation Qualified. . From 2014 to 2015, she was the Personnel Services Analyst Services Coordinator at Blind Field Services in San Diego. Pelbath was a special education paraprofessional at the Oceanside Unified School District from 1990 to 2004. She earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,876. Pelbath is a Democrat.

Jeanette Quick, 39, of San Francisco, has been appointed general counsel at the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. Quick has served as Chief Compliance and Public Policy Officer and Head of Financial Services Legal at Gusto since 2019. She served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for Senator Tim Johnson from 2011 to 2015 and for Senator Sherrod Brown from 2015 to 2016. She was Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at Scratch from 2017 to 2019. Quick served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from 2007 to 2011. Quick is an Eisenhower Scholar, political partner of the Truman National Security Project, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs New Leader and Robert J. Myers Fellow, US-Spain Council Young Leader, member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Quick is a board member of Small Business Majority and Magic Theater. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $187,164. Quick is a Democrat.

Diana Campos Antony, 54, of Sacramento, has been named Chief Deputy Inspector General of the California Department of Transportation’s Independent Office of Audits and Investigations. Antony has served as the Chief Deputy General Manager of the Independent Office of Audits and Investigations of the California Department of Transportation since 2019 and served as Acting Inspector General there from 2021 to 2022. Antony served as Director of Audit at the California Department of Finance from 1998 to 2019. She is a member of the Association of Inspectors General. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $158,628. Antony is registered without party preference.

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