Mark F. Johannessen(Chairman) of West Sacramento, is an attorney-mediator in private practice specializing in family law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired). Mr. Johannessen previously worked in international law with the Japanese law firm Nagashima & Ohno, and in tax law and accounting with Price Waterhouse in San Francisco, Newport Beach and Amsterdam. He is also an elected City Council member in West Sacramento. Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Johannessen to the Cost Control Commission in March 2003 and appointed him as Chairman to the Commission in October 2010.
Jacki Bacharach of Rancho Palos Verdes, is the founder of Jacki Bacharach & Associates, specializing in government and transportation administration and policy development. She is the Executive Director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and she represents the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the Los Angeles-San Diego Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) which coordinates and advocates for improved intercity rail service in Southern California. She also serves on the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission. Ms. Bacharach was Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes. She was a member of the L.A. County Transportation Commission and served as founding Chair of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (which operates Metrolink). Senate Rules Committee appointed Ms. Bacharach to the Cost Control Commission in February 1989. She served as chair to the Commission from November 2004 to October 2010.
Mike Bandler of Alamo, is an electrical engineering graduate of Cornell University and also served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve. He is retired from the telecommunications industry where he spent most of his career with the Bell System, retiring as Vice President of Engineering from Pacific Bell. Post-retirement he was Executive Vice President of Raynet, responsible for Marketing, Sales and Service. Mr. Bandler previously held the position of Director of Service Management for AT&T and was the Chief Engineer of the New York Telephone Company. He is a Board Member of the Union for Reform Judaism and formerly served on the boards of the Contra Costa Jewish Day School; Sinai Memorial Chapel; Exchange Carrier Standards Organization and the UC Davis School of Engineering. He is a past-president of Temple Isaiah; the California Engineering Foundation; Bellcore’s Network and Research Councils; Cal Poly President’s Cabinet; and the Cornell Society of Engineers. Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Bandler to the Cost Control Commission in April 2011.
John Burton began his career as a Deputy Attorney General, he then served as the President of the Young Democrats, and `then served as a State Assemblymember, President of the California Democratic Council, Chair of the California Democratic Party, U.S. Congressmember and as President pro Tem of the California State Senate. After terming out of the Legislature, he created a foundation which has raised millions of dollars to assist homeless and foster care children across California. While serving in the California Legislature, he established landmark farm mediation for farm workers; achieved DNA testing to free the wrongly convicted and help identify guilty parties; secured prevailing wage rates for construction and building trades and restored the 8-hour day; guaranteed CalGrant college scholarships for every student with financial need; led the effort to pass the nation's first state law requiring automakers to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from cars; increased aid for the elderly, blind and disabled; facilitated the agreement to save Headwaters Forest Preserve and Farallones Marine Sanctuary; enacted historic levels of support for mental health and juvenile crime prevention programs; overhauled the state’s flawed child support collection system; increased affordable housing and helped fight homelessness; and set tough campaign contribution limits and increased public disclosure of contributions.
Judith K. D’Amico of Gold River, is the Regional Director of Project Lead The Way, Inc. for the Western States. PLTW is a 501c3 that provides Engineering and Biomedical Sciences curriculum, and professional development in all 50 states in partnership with over 40 University Affiliates. Judith also serves on the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Foundation Board; the Board of Directors for LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development); and the Board of Directors for the Discovery Museum/Powerhouse Science Center. Senate Rules Committee appointed Ms. D’Amico to the Cost Control Commission in February 2001.
Jerrold A. Fine of Los Angeles, is President of Revere Financial specializing in acquiring, restructuring and liquidating performing and non-performing debt. A decades-long resident of Los Angeles, and a graduate of USC, he began his professional life as a contractor developing residential and commercial real estate. He continues to serve on the boards of numerous non-profit institutions. As owner of Capfin Corporation, a real estate lending business, from 1989 to 1999, Mr. Fine also has experience in banking and specifically real estate lending. As a member of the Senate Cost Control Commission, Mr. Fine has been instrumental in studies of the Industrial Waste Commission and the Department of Corrections, leading to increased recycling of waste tires and curbing the spiraling costs of pharmaceuticals in the state’s prison system. Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Fine to the Cost Control Commission in May 1993.
Raphael Lamar Henderson of Pasadena, is a Senior vice president with Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles. He is a member of the board of the Los Angeles Economic Development Council, Child Education Center, Challengers Boys & Girls Club, and Los Angeles County School to Career. He is also is a volunteer academic recruiter of minority students at USC. Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Henderson to the Cost Control Commission in March 1999.
Donald Jackson of Fresno, is an attorney and certified specialist in taxation. He served on the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Bureau of electronic and Appliance Repair, and he was a delegate of the California Trade Delegation to China. Mr. Jackson serves on the board of Maddy Institute, and St. Agnes Medical Center Foundation. Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Jackson to the Cost Control Commission in April 1994.
Mary Ann Krause of Santa Paula, is a member of the Ventura County Civic Alliance, providing leadership in the development of the Compact for a Sustainable Ventura County. Ms. Krause was a Councilmember and Mayor of Santa Paula, and served on county, regional and statewide policy committees related to housing, business and economic development, energy and the environment. She is a former city and county planner, private planning consultant, and deputy to a county supervisor. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and volunteers with various community organizations. Senate Rules Committee appointed Ms. Krause to the Cost Control Commission in November 2009.
David Lopez-Lee, Ph.D. of Los Angeles, is retired Professor from the School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California, and he is a policy and program evaluation specialist for the Institute for Public Private Partnership at USC. He was director of Management Training, Research and Program Development at Mariscal and Company. Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Lopez-Lee to the Cost Control Commission in May 1986.
Dr. Denzil Verardo of Elk Grove, former Chief Deputy Director for Administration for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. He began his 32 year park’s career as a Park Ranger in 1971 and retired from State Parks in 2003. Dr. Verardo directed the State Parks’ team piloting performance-based budgeting in California during the 1990’s. From February, 2004 until project completion in June, 2005, he served on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Reviewas the team leader for performance management implementation. He also served as the Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from March, 2006 until March, 2007 and is currently a member of the Performance Management Council, an ad hoc group organized by the Little Hoover Commission. Senate Rules Committee appointed Dr. Verardo to the Cost Control Commission in November 2009.
Melissa Kludjian (Executive Director) of Roseville, has worked for the Legislature since 1993. She staffed over 100 bills in her role as Capitol Director and Legislative Consultant for Senators Polanco, Perata, Speier, Oropeza and Alquist. Ms. Kludjian also staffed the Senate Select Committees on: Government Cost Control; Public Health & the Environment; Crimes Against Children; Methamphetamine Abuse and; Joint Legislative Committee on Prisons. She also served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Gender Responsive Strategies Commission for CDCR; steering committee to the University of CA & DSS Group Home Study; sub-committee of the CA Children Justices Act Task Force; Department of Justice Criminal Background for Abused and Neglected Children Task Force; Foster Care Reform Act Task Force; Little Hoover Commission, Correctional Reforms to Lower Prison Costs and Reduce Crime Task Force; Three-Strikes Task Force and; Governor Wilson’s Crime Summit. Prior to her legislative career she worked for the CA Department of Corrections and served as V.P. of Sales for a private contractor design firm.