SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Holly Child, 48, of San Jose, has been appointed data research manager at the Office of Youth and Community Restoration at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Child has served as the Director of the Santa Clara County Probation Department’s Research and Development Unit since 2016. She served as Program Manager for Justice Projects at Applied Survey Research from 2015 to 2016. Child served as Program Manager and research associate with Children and Family Futures at the National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare from 2010 to 2015. She was director of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University from 2006 to 2010. Child served as director of the Crime & Justice and Community Development from the Center for Urban Studies. at Wayne State University from 2002 to 2006. She was a research associate at the Corrections Institute at the University of Cincinnati from 1999 to 2002. Child was a research associate at Talbert House from 1999 to 2001. She earned an M. Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy in Evaluation and Research from Wayne State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,000. The child is a democrat.
Adam Dondro, 40, of Carmichael, has been named director of the office of systems integration and agency information officer at the California Health and Human Services Agency, where he serves as chief information officer of the agency since 2017. Dondro was Deputy Director of Horizontal Integration. at the California Department of Human Services from 2013 to 2017. He served as Assistant Secretary for External Affairs at the California Department of Technology from 2010 to 2013. Dondro served as a consultant for the Budget Committee and a Legislative Assistant to the State Assembly of California from 2005 to 2010. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $194,868. Dondro is a Democrat.
Jason Paguio, 36, of Coronado, has been appointed to the Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Committee. Paguio has been President and CEO of the Asian Business Association San Diego and the Asian Business Association Foundation since 2019, Policy Director of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce since 2020, Director for North America at Dalman & Narborough since 2006 and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2017. He served as a land use advisor for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors from 2017 to 2019 and chief of staff in the office of the Deputy Mayor of the City of Chula Vista from 2015 to 2017. Paguio is a member of the mobility commission for the city of Coronado. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Paguio is a Democrat.
José G. González, 40, of Sacramento, was named to the boating and waterways commission. González has been an Avarna Group Partner since 2017. He was a Fellow of the Pisces Foundation from 2019 to 2020, Founder and Executive Director of Latino Outdoors through Community Initiatives from 2013 to 2017, Latino Outreach and Education Manager for the Tuolumne River Trust from 2013 to 2014, and Butler Koshland Fellow at Radio Bilingue from 2012 to 2013. González was a professor at National Hispanic University from 2011 to 2013, a professor at Eastside College Preparatory School from 2009 to 2010, and a professor and coordinator at Douglass Middle School , Woodland Unified School District from 2005 to 2007. González is a board member of Parks California and Resource Media, a trustee of the National Recreation Foundation and the National Outdoor Leadership School, and an advisor to Save the Redwoods League. González earned a Master of Science degree in Behaviour, Education, and Communication from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. González is a Democrat.
Nara R. Dahlbacka, 41, of Hidden Valley Lake, has been named to the 49th Lake County Fair Board. Dahlbacka has been a partner of the Milo Group of California since 2022, where she served as vice president from 2018 to 2022, and head of government affairs from 2016 to 2018. She served as campaign manager for Re-Elect Jane Parker in 2016. Dahlbacka has held several positions at Rena Rickles’ law firm from 2010 to 2016, including Permit Expediter, paralegal and legal assistant. From 2007 to 2008, she served as External Affairs Manager for the San Francisco Jobs Committee. Dahlbacka is a board member of Cat Town Oakland. Dahlbacka earned an MFA in drama from San Francisco State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Dahlbacka is a Democrat.
Traci Medina, 57, of Lakeport, has been named to the 49th District Agricultural Association (Lake County Fair Board). Medina has been a senior implementation consultant with Journal Technologies Inc since 2004. She held several positions with the Lake County Superior Court from 1994 to 2004, including computer analyst, trainer, special projects coordinator, supervisor, and assistant clerk. Medina was a retail clerk at the Kelseyville Pharmacy from 1986 to 1994. She was a bindery worker at Linnell Printing from 1984 to 1985. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Medina is a democrat.