California State Athletic Commission Members

Chair: John Carvelli

Vice Chair: Peter Villegas

Commissioner: Michael Hardeman

Commissioner: Doug Hendrickson

Commissioner: Van Gordon Sauter

Commissioner: Dr. Vernon Williams

Executive Officer: Andy Foster

John Carvelli, Chair: Mr. Carvelli is a Director and Executive Vice President of LIBERTY Dental Plan Corporation, a national dental managed care organization, since 2004. He has a great deal of experience in healthcare finance and regulatory matters. He has served as a board member of "Team 100 Food for Kids" Board since 2011 and currently serves on the "Parents Television Council" Advisory Board since 1995. John is an avid sports fan. He played college football and has coached girls soccer for over 10 years.

Peter Villegas, Vice Chair:  Mr. Villegas is Co-Chair at Mercury, where he delivers results for the world's most successful companies, leading advocacy groups, governments, political parties, NGO's, and prominent and political figures. With more than 27 years of experience, Peter is a nationally recognized corporate leader with expertise in managing various corporate, civic, political, and community issues and initiatives with a focus on multicultural communities.

Prior to joining Mercury, Peter served as Vice President & Head of Latin Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, where he acted as a national spokesman responsible for North America for over six years. There he developed and executed local, regional and national strategies that positioned The Coca-Cola Company as a leading corporate citizen in the U.S. Hispanic community, using his solid and well- established relationships with Hispanic and multi-cultural political, business, civic and community leaders across the country. He was also a member of the Coca-Cola North America Executive Leadership Team and the Coca-Cola Social Justice Committee.

Peter also served as the Vice President of the Office of Corporate Responsibility at JP Morgan Chase & Co. before his time at The Coca-Cola Company. For over two decades he developed unique approaches that made a lasting economic, environmental and social impact on communities the company served. Peter started his career as a bank teller, working his way up through various roles in the financial industry.

Currently, Peter is a Commissioner of the California State Athletic Commission, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Association of Latino Appointed & Elected Officials, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council and is the Chairman of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

Peter was recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the most influential Hispanics in Orange County, Calif., and in 2005, the Orange County Register identified him as one of the top 10 people who will help shape the next 100 years of Orange County. In 2012, he received the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the year award. Peter is regarded as one of the top Latino executives in corporate America by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and Hispanic Executive Magazine. In both 2019 and 2020, Peter was recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the Most Influential Latinos in the country. Peter was also listed as Classified – Confidential #20 of the 101 most influential Latinos in corporate America in the Winter 2020 edition of Latino Leaders Magazine.

Michael Hardeman, Commissioner:  Mike Hardeman is a former Business Manager for the Sign and Display Union Local 510 affiliated with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Mr. Hardeman was born and raised in San Francisco attending Balboa High School and, later in his career, San Francisco City College. Soon after graduating high school, Mr. Hardeman served as a sign painter apprentice before becoming a journeyman pictorial artist. Always active in the union, Mr. Hardeman served as an elected officer of the union for 33 years, most of which as the union’s Business Manager representing sign painters and trade show installers and builders throughout Northern California. Mr. Hardeman has served on numerous boards and commissions in the Bay Area including 15 years on the San Francisco Port Commission as an appointee of Mayor Willie L. Brown and 10 years on the Fire Commission as an appointee of Mayors Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee. Mr. Hardeman also served on the Human Rights Commission under Mayor Dianne Feinstein and on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission under Mayor Frank Jordan. In addition, Mr. Hardeman served for 30 years on the San Francisco Labor Council Executive Board and 33 years as a delegate to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. He has served on the board of directors of numerous non-governmental organizations including the Angel Island Immigration Station and the San Francisco and State Conservation Corps. Mr. Hardeman currently serves on the board of directors of the Consumer Federation of California and as the chair of the Pension Trust Fund and co-chair of the Health and Welfare Trust Fund of the Office and Professional Employees Union Local 3. Mr. Hardeman recently finished two terms as a Commissioner on the Respiratory Care Board of California. He has lived in the West Portal neighborhood for the past 42 years where he lives with his wife Marina. Mr. Hardeman has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and is a life-long sports fan. Mr. Hardeman coached youth sports in San Francisco for many years in the 1980s and 90s.

Doug Hendrickson, Commissioner: Mr. Hendrickson joined Wasserman in 2018 and serves  as Executive  Vice President of Football. For 25 years,  Hendrickson  has  been  widely  recognized  as one of the top  agents representing  NFL players, coaches  and  management,  and has been named by USA Today as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in the NFL and by Forbes as one of the Most Powerful Agents representing NFL players.  Responsible for over 40 top-100 Draft selections, more than a dozen first round picks and some of the largest contracts in the NFL, Hendrickson oversees Wasserman's day-to-day football operations,  contract  negotiations,  client relations, brand management, draft preparation and business development efforts. Currently he represents, Kenny Clark, Cameron Jordan, Eric Kendricks, Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jaylon Smith, Shaq Thompson, and Desmond Trufant.

In addition to co-leading the Football group, Hendrickson brings clients access to his long-standing, deep, meaningful relationships with Fortune 500 executives and leaders across the tech, government and financial sectors. Hendrickson graduated from San Jose State University, where he played on the basketball and baseball teams. He and his wife, Shyla, reside in Marin County, CA with their three children.

Van Gordon Sauter, Commissioner: Mr. Sauter is a retired journalist and executive who served as president of CBS Sports and CBS News and as executive vice president of CBS Broadcasting. He was a television anchorman in Chicago, Paris bureau chief of CBS News and a reporter for newspapers in Chicago and Detroit. He has written three books and is currently working on a photo text book about The Sunset Strip. He lives in Los Angeles and Ketchum, Idaho. He is an avid fly fisherman.

Dr. Vernon Williams, Commissioner: Dr. Williams completed his neurology residency at The University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD and is board certified by the American Association of Psychiatry and Neurology. After residency he completed a multidisciplinary, interventional pain fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Division of Pain Medicine) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Williams joined the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles in 1997. At Kerlan-Jobe, he is a consulting Team Physician for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, KISS, Anaheim Ducks, and several southern California collegiate, high school, and elite club athletic programs. He is the Founding Director of The Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe. He is also the Founding Director of the Sports Neurology Fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe and serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Sports Concussion Institute. Dr. Williams is an active educator on issues related to Sports Neurology and Concussion. He is the Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section. He often serves as an expert consultant on Pain and Sports Neurologic Disorders to major television networks, radio, satellite, and print media.

Andy Foster, Executive Officer: Mr. Foster serves the Commission as Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Foster served as Executive Director of the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission and also as Regional Director of the Southeastern United States for the Association of Boxing Commissions. Before his appointment as a regulator, Mr. Foster served as the head mixed martial arts (MMA) referee for the Georgia Commission, officiating hundreds of bouts in both professional and amateur rule sets. Mr. Foster has also competed in professional MMA, amateur MMA, amateur boxing, amateur kickboxing, and amateur sport grappling. In addition, Mr. Foster instructed martial arts between 2002-2008 and trained many martial artists. Mr. Foster currently serves in the Association of Boxing Commissions as Chairman of the Unified Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Rules Committee, Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, and member of the Professional Mixed Martial Arts Rules Committee, Boxing and MMA Matchmaking Committee, MMA Judging Committee, and MMA Training Committee. Mr. Foster attended the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy.