Meet the Board Members
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)
Michael Bishop, M.D.
Michael Bishop, M.D. was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on June 18, 2013. He is director of anesthesia for same-day surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and held this position since 2008. He is an attending anesthesiologist and clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego and serves as quality officer for the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Bishop worked as a private practice anesthesiologist from 1992 to 2006. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. (Term: 6/18/13 – 1/1/2016)
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)
A. Christina Gomez-Vidal
A. Cristina Gomez-Vidal was appointed by the Senate on November 22, 2005. Ms. Gomez-Vidal Diaz is the Grant Coordinator for Darin M. Camarena Health Centers, Inc. in Madera, California. Ms. Gomez-Vidal Diaz currently serves on the Sherman Thomas Charter School Board, the Madera Vision Steering Committee and on the health committee for the California National Council of La Raza Affiliate Network. Ms. Gomez-Vidal Diaz is a HOPE Leadership Institute Alumni and Central Valley Policy Leadership Institute Alumni. Ms. Gomez-Vidal Diaz has facilitated and presented for organizations including, The Women's Foundation, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, California Elected Woman's Association for Education and Research and The Great Valley Center. (Term: 01/01/2007 – 01/01/2015)
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 Emergency Medicine. Mr. Grant has been a PA for 13 years and 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, including the Flight Surgeon Primary Course which allowed him to serve as an Aeromedical PA in the CA Army National Guard for 6 years. Mr. Grant also has extensive administrative experience working as a local and regional lead PA for two different large emergency medicine groups for several years, where his primary focus was improving the effectiveness of Physician Assistant (PA) utilization in emergency departments. Mr. Grant also works in PA education and has served as clinical and didactic faculty at a primary PA program for the last 10 years. He regularly assists in training PA students from several California PA programs in the emergency department. Finally, Mr. Grant is also a level one reserve police officer and has an interest in tactical medicine. Mr. Grant graduated from the Interservice (US Armed Forces) PA Program in 1999. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1999, and completed his Masters 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: 2/05/2013 – 1/1/2015)
Catherine Hazelton was appointed by the Assembly on January 15, 2013. Ms. Hazelton served as a Senior Program Officer in the California Democracy program since 2009. At Irvine, she developed the Future of California Elections project and several elements of Irvine’s redistricting grant making. Ms. Hazelton also oversees grants related to other governance reform issues and public media coverage of state governance and policy. Additionally, she manages many aspects of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. 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 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: 1/15/2013 – 1/1/2016)
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 – 1/1/2015)
Robert Sachs was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on January 1, 2011. Mr. Sachs had previously served on the committee from 1993 to 2008 and as Chairman for 11 years. He currently practices at USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute of the Keck School of Medicine Since 1995. He served as Clinical Instructor at Keck School of Medicine from 2002 to 2010 in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a Past President of the California Academy of Physician Assistants (1988) and received their highest award the "Pride of the Profession Award" in 2008.He serves as a member of the advisory committees at USC, Riverside and San Joaquin Valley PA Programs. Mr. Sachs is an Honorary Founding Member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants and is a Distinguished Fellow of The American Academy of Physician Assistants. (Term: 1/2/2011 – 1/1/2015)
Rosalee Shorter was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on February 5, 2013. Ms. Shorter is a physician assistant and has been at Mercy Medical Group, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2007. She was a physician assistant in urgent care at Mercy Medical Group from 2009 to 2012 and a physician assistant in general surgery and trauma at George Washington University, Department of Surgery from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Shorter earned a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University. (Term: 2/05/2013 – 1/1/2015)