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Michael M. Savoy, CPA, Vice-President
President
Appointed November 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2018

Mr. Savoy was reappointed to the CBA by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in November 2014, and has been a member of the CBA since 2010. He previously held the office of Vice-President from 2016-2017 and 2012-2013, Secretary/Treasurer from 2015-2016 and 2011-2012, and President from 2013-2014. Mr. Savoy is presently the Treasurer and a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Savoy is also a shareholder at Gumbiner Savett Inc.

George Famalett, CPA
Vice-President
Appointed November 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires January 1, 2019

Mr. Famalett was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in November 2015 and was elected Vice-President in November 2017. Mr. Famalett has been a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP since 2005, where he has held several positions since 1996, including U.S. indirect tax practice leader and specialty partner tax team leader for the San Jose tax practice. Mr. Famalett was an adjunct professor for the California Polytechnic State University Masters Program in Taxation from 2008 to 2010. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Master of Science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. Mr. Famalett is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

Mark J. Silverman, Esq., Secretary/Treasurer
Secretary/Treasurer
Appointed January 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires January 1, 2018

Mr. Silverman was appointed to the CBA by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in January 2014. He was elected Secretary/Treasurer in November 2016 and in November 2017. Mr. Silverman, of Santa Monica, has been an Advisor at Westhaven Therapeutics and Georgetown Translational Pharmaceuticals and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business since 2013. He held multiple positions at ScrollMotion, Inc. from 2009-2013 including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. He was a principal at YQ Holdings Group from 2002 to 2009, Executive Vice-President at US Interactive from 1998 to 2001 and Chief Operating Officer at Digital Evolution, Inc. from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Silverman held multiple positions including Vice-President at Coast Converters, Inc. from 1981 to 1996 and served as an Attorney Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission from 1976 to 1980. Mr. Silverman earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Alicia Berhow, President
Appointed February 2011 by the Speaker of the Assembly
Term Expires January 1, 2019

Ms. Berhow was appointed to the CBA by the Speaker of the Assembly in February 2011 and served as President from 2016-2017, Vice-President from 2015-2016, and Secretary/Treasurer from 2014-2015. She has been with the Orange County Business Council since April 2007 and is currently the Senior Vice President. Previously, she served for five years as Senior Field Representative for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez working on education and health care issues. Ms. Berhow currently serves as a Board Member, chairing Economic Development for the Anaheim Workforce Investment Board, an Ambassador for the Delhi Center in Santa Ana, and as a Board Member for the Community Action Partnership - Orange County.

Jose A. Campos, CPA
Appointed December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2019

Mr. Campos was appointed to the CBA in December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as Vice-President from 2013-2014 and President from 2014-2015. He is currently a partner at Deloitte and Touche LLP. Mr. Campos serves on the Board of Advisors of the Robert Day School of Finance and Economics at Claremont McKenna College and previously served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of AltaMed Health Services. Mr. Campos is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

Karriann Farrell Hinds, Esq.
Appointed January 2016 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires January 1, 2019

Ms. Hinds was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in January 2016. Ms. Hinds, of Los Angeles, has been a consultant to the Public Policy Institute of Santa Monica College since 2015. She was consultant to the Academic Support Department at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law from 2006 to 2007, a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Karriann Farrell Hinds from 2002 to 2005, an associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold from 2003 to 2004 and director of development and attorney at the Harriett Bahai Center for Family Law from 2001 to 2002. She was an associate at Robie and Matthai from 1999 to 2001, where she was a law clerk from 1998 to 1999. Hinds is a member of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Dan Jacobson, Esq.
Appointed September 2017 by the Speaker of the Assembly
Term Expires January 1, 2021

Dan Jacobson was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy by the Speaker of the Assembly. Mr. Jacobson has practiced civil litigation law in California since 1988. He has served on the Board of Governors of the California Insurance Guarantee Association and as a Temporary Judge for the Orange County Superior Court. Mr. Jacobson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pacific West College of Law, the author of numerous scholarly articles, an expert witness-consultant in the field of property/casualty insurance, and Chair of the Democratic Foundation of Orange County. Mr. Jacobson earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1987. He received his Bachelor of Science in Laws Degree from the same institution in 1986.

Xochitl A. Leon
Appointed January 2015 by the Senate Rules Committee
Term Expires January 1, 2019

Ms. León was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in January 2015 by the Senate Rules Committee. She is Vice-President of Hispanic Segment Marketing at Wells Fargo Bank. Ms. León is also a member of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute 2014, Latinas in STEM2 to Achieve Success (LISTAS), and serves as a Board Member of Arise High School in Oakland, CA.

Luz Molina Lopez
Appointed October 2017 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2020

Ms. Molina Lopez was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in October 2017 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Ms. Molina Lopez has been a technical proposal writer at Ajinomoto Althea Inc. since 2011, where she was a manufacturing associate from 2004 to 2010. She is a member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and the Parks, Recreation and Senior Citizens Advisory Board of National City. Ms. Molina Lopez is a 2017 HOPE Leadership Institute Fellow and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.

Carola A. Nicholson, CPA
Appointed July 2017 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires January 1, 2020

Ms. Nicholson was appointed to the CBA by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in July 2017. Ms. Nicholson has been a founding partner at Nicholson & Schwartz since 2000 and was a tax manager at Ernst & Young LLP from 1991 to 1999. She is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Board of Directors, and the 19th District Agricultural Association, Santa Barbara Fair and Exposition Board of Directors.

Jian Ou-Yang, CPA
Appointed April 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2017

Mr. Ou-Yang was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in April 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Mr. Ou-Yang has been a partner at Brown Armstrong where he has held several positions since 2002, including audit manager, senior accountant and staff accountant. Mr. Ou-Yang is a 2002 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Sunny Youngsun Park, Esq.
Appointed January 2017 by the Senate Rules Committee
Term Expires January 1, 2020

Ms. Park was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in January 2017 by the Senate Rules Committee. Ms. Park is currently the principal partner at Park & Asher and is certified by the California State Bar Association as a specialist in estate planning, probate, and trust laws. She served as President of the Orange County Korean American Bar Association and served as a tax advisor for the Korean General Consulate Office's Customs and Tax Advisory Committee. She currently sits as a member of the Human Relations Task Force at the City of Huntington Beach. Ms. Park earned her B.A. degree from Yonsei University. She then earned her J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law and her LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Deidre Robinson
Appointed June 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2018

Ms. Robinson was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in June 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Ms. Robinson has been director of strategic alliances at Golden Gate University since 2007. She was a manager of corporate education at the University of Phoenix, Western Region from 2000 to 2006, a business manager at Dun and Bradstreet from 1995 to 2000 and a training manager at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office from 1988 to 1995. Ms. Robinson is a member of the California Advisory Council on Military Education, Society for Human Resource Management, Golden Gate University Human Resource Management Advisory Committee and the CoachArt San Francisco Board and is vice treasurer of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tau Upsilon Omega Chapter. Ms. Robinson earned a Master of Science degree in human resource management from Golden Gate University.

Katrina Salazar, CPA President
Appointed December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2019

Ms. Salazar was appointed to the CBA in December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as President from 2015-2016, Vice-President from 2014-2015, and Secretary/Treasurer from 2013-2014. She currently serves as the Controller for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, Chief Financial Officer at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter. Ms. Salazar previously held several positions in public accounting, including senior audit manager for Reznick Group, and has been an adjunct accounting professor for the Los Rios Community College District. Ms. Salazar is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kathleen K. Wright, JD, CPA, LLM, MBA
Appointed February 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Term Expires November 26, 2017

Ms. Wright was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in February 2015. She is a professor at Golden Gate University School of Taxation where she is the Director of the State and Local Tax Program. Ms. Wright has a private tax practice focusing on representation and small business tax planning and consulting. She earned a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Golden Gate University, a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration degree in taxation from New York University. Ms. Wright is a CPA licensed in California and New York and admitted to practice law in New York. She is also a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Bar Association.

The CBA currently has no vacancies.

Executive Officer for the CBA

Patti Bowers

Ms. Bowers was selected Executive Officer of the CBA in October, 2008. A 23-year veteran of the CBA, she also served as supervisor in the Enforcement Division and Chief of the Licensing Division. Prior to joining the CBA, Ms. Bowers began her career in State civil service as a sworn Peace Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice. Prior to joining State civil service, she worked in Sicily as a supervisor for the U.S. Department of Defense, and she worked as an academic coordinator while attending the University of Maryland's European Division in Iceland.






* At the pleasure of their appointing authority, CBA Members may serve beyond their term expiration date for up to one year.

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