California State Athletic Commission Members

Chair: John Carvelli

Vice Chair: Peter Villegas

Commissioner: Doug Hendrickson

Commissioner: Van Gordon Sauter

Commissioner: Martha Shen-Urquidez

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, Commissioner:  Mr. Villegas is Vice President and Head, Office of Latin Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. He serves as a national spokesman for the company, developing and managing the execution of local, regional and national strategies that position Coca-Cola as a leading corporate citizen in the U.S. Hispanic community. Mr. Villegas is also a member of the Coca-Cola North America Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Villegas' responsibilities include managing relationships with key local, state and national Hispanic political, community, business and civic leaders. Recognized as a regional and national corporate leader, Mr. Villegas has wide-ranging knowledge of various corporate, civic, political, and community issues and initiatives, totaling 27 years of experience in corporate America. In 2019, Mr. Villegas was recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the Most Influential Latinos in the country. Mr. Villegas is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council, the National Association of Latino Appointed & Elected Officials, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council, the Delta Aeroméxico Corporate Leadership Advisory Council, the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Advisory Board, the Florida State University Center for Hispanic Marketing, and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. Mr. Villegas lives in California with his wife Vickie and their daughter, Alisandra.

Doug Hendrickson: 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.

Martha Shen-Urquidez, Commissioner: Ms. Shen-Urquidez has been CEO of USAsia since 2007. She was cross-cultural affairs expert for the Beijing Olympics Organization from 2006 to 2008, senior protocol officer with the California South Bay Economic Development Partnership from 1994 to 2001 and court appointed arbitrator at the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles from 1994 to 1999. Shen-Urquidez was a judge pro tem for Los Angeles County from 1994 to 1998, attorney and training expert with multiple police departments in Southern California from 1989 to 2004 and an attorney in private practice from 1986 to 2005. She served as a credentialed boxing judge from 2000 to 2001. Shen-Urquidez earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier Law School.

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.