California Health Care Personnel News Update for November 2013
Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative
Una Ryan has been named chair of the Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative, which seeks to increase the speed and decrease the cost of delivering prescription drugs, medical devices and diagnostics to patients.
Ryan formerly was president and CEO of Diagnostics for All, a provider of low-cost diagnostic supplies for developing countries (Leuty, "Biotech SF," San Francisco Business Times, 11/11).
California Department of Managed Health Care
On Dec. 2, Shelley Rouillard (D) will take over as director of the state Department of Managed Care. She was appointed to the position in October by Brown.
Rouillard has served as the deputy director of the agency since 2011.
The position requires Senate confirmation, and compensation is $151,672 (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 11/12).
California Department of Toxic Substances
On Nov. 13, Brown appointed Meredith Williams (D) as deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Safer Products and Workplaces Program.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $135,000 (Office of the Governor release, 11/13).
California Department of Veterans Affairs
On Nov. 8, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Michelle Roulston (D) as administrator of the state Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Home of California in Ventura.
She has served as a supervising registered nurse at the facility since 2011.
This position requires Senate confirmation, and compensation is $115,008 (Office of the Governor release, 11/8).
California Health and Human Services Agency
On Nov. 8, Brown appointed Jason Wimbley (D) as chief deputy director of the state Health and Human Services Agency's Department of Community Services and Development.
He formerly served as acting chief deputy director of the department.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $105,420 (Office of the Governor release, 11/8).
California Medical Facility, Vacaville
On Nov. 13, Brown appointed Brian Duffy (R) as warden at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
He has served as acting warden at the facility since 2012.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $130,668 (Office of the Governor release, 11/13).
Illumina, San Diego
On Dec. 1, Francis deSouza will take over as president of Illuminia, a San Diego-based maker of genetic tests used in life sciences and biotechnology.
DeSouza previously served as president of products and services at Symantec, a provider of cloud-based security software (Brown, San Francisco Business Times, 11/11).
State Compensation Insurance Fund
On Nov. 15, the State Compensation Insurance Fund announced two appointments:
- Carol Newman was named interim president; and
- Pete Guastamachio was named interim CFO.
The moves come after CEO Tom Rowe and CFO Dan Sevilla abruptly resigned from their positions (Rauber, Sacramento Business Journal , 11/15).
United Way California Capital Region, Sacramento
On Oct. 31, Stephanie McLemore Bray was named CEO of United Way California Capital Region. She will assume responsibilities in January 2014.
Bray currently serves as executive director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (Sacramento Business Journal, 11/1).
Ventura County Health Care Agency
On Nov. 14, Robert Gonzalez announced that he will leave his position as director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency.
He has served as director of the agency since 2011 and will remain in the position until a successor is named (Kisken, Ventura County Star, 11/14).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.