Meet the Board Members

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Photograph of Board Member Charles Alexander
Charles Alexander, Ph.D.
Charles Alexander was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on February 5, 2013. Dr. Alexander has been associate vice provost for student diversity and director of the academic advancement program at the University of California, Los Angeles since 2006. He was associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry from 1996 to 2006 and director of multicultural concerns and assistant to the dean of the Marquette University School of Dentistry from 1990 to 1996. He served as associate dean of the college of arts and sciences at Brandeis University from 1989 to 1990 and director of multicultural affairs at Milwaukee Area Technical College from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Alexander earned a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate degree in the sociological foundations of education from Marquette University. (Term: 2/05/2013 1/1/2016)

Photograph of Board Member Michael Bishop
Michael Bishop, M.D.
Michael Bishop, M.D.Dr. Bishop was appointed to both the Medical Board and Physician Assistant Board of California by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on June 18, 2013. He currently serves as Chair of the Licensing Committee for the Medical Board. He has worked at the University of California, San Diego Health System as an Attending Physician in the Department of Anesthesiology since July 2006 with an academic appointment as a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology.  He specializes in ambulatory and regional anesthesia and, as Medical Director of the Preoperative Care Clinic, has a special interest in perioperative medicine.    Dr. Bishop worked as a private practice anesthesiologist from 1992 to 2006. He received his residency training in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. (Term: 06/18/2013 – 01/01/2016)

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Sonya Earley
Sonya Earley was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on February 5, 2013. Ms. Earley is a physician assistant and has been a certified insulin pump trainer and consultant at Animas Corporation since 2008 and a physician assistant and certified diabetes educator at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group since 2007. She has also been an instructor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine since 2004. Ms. Earley worked at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center as a pediatric physician assistant from 1996 to 2005 and a pediatric resident from 1994 to 1995. She earned a Master of Arts degree in biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. (Term: 2/05/2013 1/1/2016)

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Javier Esquivel-Acosta
Javier Esquivel-Acosta was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on October 28, 2015. Mr. Esquivel-Acosta has served in several positions at the Foothill Community Health Center since 2011, including director of the Health Education and Nutrition Department and the Innovation Department, associate medical director and clinic supervisor. He was a physician assistant and certified aesthetic consultant at Med Spa from 2011 to 2013 and a bilingual case manager at La Familia Counseling Services from 2007 to 2009. He was a physician in private practice in Zacatecas, Mexico from 2005 to 2007, a health educator at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center Inc. from 2003 to 2004 and chief of emergency care services at the Hospital General De Jerez in Zacatecas, Mexico from 2001 to 2003, where he was chief of outside consultation from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Esquivel-Acosta earned a Foreign Medical Degree from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas School of Medicine, a Master of Science Degree in Medical Science from Saint Francis University and a Physician Assistant Degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Term 10/28/2015 – 1/1/2016)

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Jed Grant
Jed Grant was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on February 5, 2013. Mr. Grant is a physician assistant with extensive experience in the emergent care arena, and currently works full time in PA education and part time in Emergency Medicine. Mr. Grant has been a PA for 16 years and has worked in primary care, occupational medicine, and emergency medicine in both military and civilian settings. He began his health care career as a US Army medic, and has received extensive training through the US military.  Mr. Grant is currently serving as an Aeromedical PA in the CA Army National Guard Medical Command. He has worked in PA education for 12 years where he has served as both clinical and didactic faculty as well as Program Director.  Mr. Grant also has extensive administrative experience, where his primary focus was improving the effectiveness of Physician Assistant utilization in emergency departments of large national emergency medicine groups.  Mr. Grant graduated from the Inter-Service (US Armed Forces) PA Program in 1999. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1999, and completed his Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, with an emphasis in emergency medicine, from the University of Nebraska in 2008. He has received several awards and honors, and has spoken at state and national medical conferences on a variety of topics. (Term: 02/05/2013 – 01/01/2019)

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Catherine Hazelton
Catherine Hazeltonwas appointed by the Assembly on January 15, 2013. Ms. Hazelton has served as a Senior Program Officer at The James Irvine Foundation since 2009. At Irvine, she has helped design and lead several key initiatives including the Future of California Elections, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, the Public Sector Leadership project, and an effort to deepen public engagement in redistricting processes. Ms. Hazelton also oversees grants related to public media coverage of state policy and elections. Before joining Irvine, Ms. Hazelton worked with California law enforcement leaders to advocate for public investments in early education programs as Associate Director of the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Previously, she served as a Senior Legislative Aide and District Director to Assemblywoman Carol Liu and a Legislative Aide and Field Representative to Assemblyman Jack Scott. Ms. Hazelton has worked on numerous political campaigns including, most recently, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Catherine has served on several nonprofit boards, including the California National Organization for Women and Help A Mother Out, an organization that provides free diapers to families in need. Ms. Hazelton completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History at Scripps College. She also attended Pasadena City College where she trained hundreds of students in grassroots advocacy and organized dozens of state and federal student lobbying trips. Her research related to redistricting reform and women in California politics has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Policy Matters and other publications. (Term: 01/15/2013 – 01/01/2016)

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Xavier Martinez
Xavier Martinez, of San Marcos, was appointed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. on February 6, 2014. Mr. Martinez has been owner of Martinez and Associates Inc. since 1995, and was a temporary tax preparer at Jassoy Graff and Douglas from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Martinez was tax manager at McDonnell Douglas Computer Systems from 1989 to 1991 and at USA Petroleum from 1987 to 1988. He was director of taxes at the Wickes Corporation from 1973 to 1987. Mr. Martinez earned a Master of Science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. (Term: 2/6/2014 – 1/1/2019)

Photograph of Board Member Robert Sachs
Robert Sachs,
P.A., Chairman
Robert Sachs was first appointed to the Physician Assistant Committee in 1993 by Governor Wilson.  He was reappointed until he left office in 2008. He served as chairman 11 years during that time.  He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in January of 2011, and was again appointed by Governor Brown in January 2015.  He is a cardiothoracic physician assistant at Keck Medical Center of USC where he has worked for the past 20 years.  He served as clinical instructor from 2002 to 2010.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, an honorary founding member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants, and served as President of CAPA in 1988.  He received their highest award the “Pride of the Professions Award” in 2008.  He serves on several advisory committees of PA programs and was a founding member of the Marshall Ketchum University PA Program.  He is a Navy veteran serving at the Naval Hospital San Diego, and did a tour in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as a Special Forces surgical team member.  He has served as President of the new Physician Assistant Board since 2013.  (Term: 04/01/1993 – 01/01/2019)