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: 1/6/2016 – 1/1/2020)

Photograph of Board Member Jennifer Carlquist
Jennifer Carlquist, PAC
Jennifer Carlquist, PAC , was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on June 21, 2016. Ms. Carlquist has been an emergency room physician assistant at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula since 2013 and a physician assistant at Central Coast Cardiology since 2012. She was an emergency room physician assistant at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital from 2009 to 2015. (Term 6/21/2016 – 1/1/2020)

Photograph of Board Member Sonya Earley
Sonya Earley PAC
Sonya Earley, PAC 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: 1/6/2016 – 1/1/2020)

Photograph of Board Member Javier Esquivel-Acosta
Javier Esquivel-Acosta, PAC
Javier Esquivel-Acosta, PAC 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 1/6/2016 – 1/1/2020)

Photograph of Board Member Jed Grant
Jed Grant, PAC
Jed Grant, PAC began his medical career as a US Army medic and attended the Interservice (US Military) PA Program. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nebraska and has practiced in primary care, urgent care, military, occupational, and emergency medicine. For the last 16 years Mr. Grant has been working in Emergency Medicine in both clinical and management roles. He has served as clinical and didactic faculty for the last 14 years, and is a prior PA program director. Mr. Grant was appointed to the Physician Assistant Board in 2013 by Governor Brown and currently serves as the vice-president of the Board. He is currently an assistant professor and admissions coordinator for the PA Program at the University of the Pacific, working in emergency departments in the Sacramento area, and serving in the California Army National Guard where he works as an aeromedical physician assistant. (Term 2/5/2013 – 1/1/2019)

Photograph of Board Member Xavier Martinez
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, PA
Robert Sachs, PA 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)

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Mary Valencia
(Mariam Bedrosian-Valencia)
Mary Valencia is the Vice President of Government Affairs (Western Region) of OUTFRONT Media (formerly CBS Outdoor). She is responsible for government affairs activities for the OUTFRONT system within the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas & Washington. Mary assists in implementing the OUTFRONT plan focused around state and local issues but more specifically applies her talents to achieving local government results that are favorable to the OUTFRONT system. She works in numerous jurisdictions and oversees both legislative consultants and trade associations. Mary has extensive experience in the government relations arena in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining OUTFRONT, she worked for McDonald's as West Division Manager of Global Government and Public Affairs, as well as Fox Entertainment Group as Manager of State & Local Government Affairs. She has also served in the administrations of a California State Attorney General, a Speaker of the California State Assembly, and a member of the Los Angeles City Council. Along with her professional posts, Mary has previously served as a Parking & Transportation Commissioner for the City of Glendale, volunteered her time at the Phoenix area Ronald McDonald House, and is currently on the Board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed), two of the most prominent business associations, representing Los Angeles area businesses. Mary holds a B.A. in political science, as well as a J.D. She is a political enthusiast and enjoys all things that involve her family, most importantly traveling with them to international destinations. (Term 1/6/2016 – 1/1/2020)