Gov. Jerry Brown Monday announced the appointments of several Southlanders to state boards, including a college professor to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and a Pasadena resident to the California Horse Racing Board of Directors.
The appointments of Nola Kennedy, 56, of Los Angeles, to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and Dennis Alfieri to the Horse Racing Board do not require Senate confirmation. The compensation for both positions is $100 per diem.
Kennedy has taught at Cal State Northridge since 2013. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor at UCLA for 13 years and manager of industrial hygiene at Drucker Health and Safety Management Inc. from 1987 to 1994.
Kennedy, a Democrat, is a member of the California Industrial Hygiene Council and American Industrial Hygiene Association and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Science degree in environmental health science from UCLA.
Alfieri has been CEO of the Sheriff's Youth Foundation since 2017.
Before that, he was a founding partner at Bantry Property Services LLC from 2005 to 2010 and general partner and founder of Twin Palms Restaurants from 1991 to 2005. Alfieri, a Republican, is a member of the Los Angeles County Harbor Commission.
Two other Southlanders -- Michael Savoy, 67, of Los Angeles, and Mark Silverman, 67, of Santa Monica -- were reappointed to the California Board of Accountancy.
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Savoy, a Republican, has served on the board since 2010. He is the treasurer for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the finance committee, executive committee and board.
Silverman, who is registered without party preference, has served on the California Board of Accountancy since 2014 and was named vice president this year. He has been an entrepreneur in residence at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business since 2013.
Also Monday, the governor reappointed Dionne McClain, 50, of Los Angeles, to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where she has served since 2014.
McClain, a Democrat, has been a chiropractor for McClain Sports and Wellness Inc. since 2000. She was an adjunct professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences from 2008 to 2014, a chiropractor and team consultant for the Los Angeles Avengers from 2000 to 2001 and held several positions in the University of Southern California Athletic Medicine Department from 1989 to 2005, including chiropractor, consultant and assistant athletic trainer.
The appointments of Savoy, Silverman and McClain do not require Senate confirmation. The compensation is $100 per diem.