Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Davisite appointed to California Energy Commission

From page B3 | January 24, 2013 |

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Karen Douglas, 39, of Davis, to the California Energy Commission, where she has served in multiple positions since 2008, including lead commissioner for siting issues and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

Douglas was director of the California Climate Initiative for the Environmental Defense Fund from 2005 until 2008. She worked at the Planning and Conservation League from 2001 until 2005, where she served as acting executive director and general counsel.

She earned a law degree from Stanford Law School and a master of public policy degree in environmental policy from the University of Colorado. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Douglas is a Democrat.


Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Rose Conroy, 59, of Woodland, to the California Earthquake Authority Advisory Panel. Conroy worked in multiple positions at the Davis Fire Department until her retirement as chief in 2010. Hired in 1979, she was a firefighter and fire captain before being promoted to chief.

She served as president of the Fire Department Section at the League of California Cities from 2003 to 2004.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Conroy is a Democrat.


The various Davis Odd Fellows entities have elected officers for 2013. Sharing the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall are four entities: the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall Board Association, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169, Davis Rebekah Lodge No. 253 and the Davis Encampment No. 21.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge was chartered in 1890 and currently has 188 members. The Davis Rebekah Lodge was chartered in 1901 and currently has 35 members. Both the Davis Odd Fellows and the Davis Rebekahs are part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternal order for men and women.

The Davis Encampment was chartered in 1954 and provides advanced degrees in Odd Fellowship. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall Board Association is composed of the three trustees of the Davis Odd Fellows and the three trustees of the Davis Rebekahs. The Hall Board Association owns and manages the property of the two lodges.

Elected officers for 2013 are:

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall Board Association: Dave Rosenberg, president; Dave Reed, vice president; Lea Rosenberg, secretary; and Barb Geisler, treasurer. Members of the hall board are Bob Bockwinkel, Marge Fagan, Geisler, Reed and the Rosenbergs.

Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169: Bob Schelen, noble grand; Lea Rosenberg, vice grand; Alekka Fullerton, secretary; Penny Smith, treasurer; and Steve Lopez, financial secretary. Trustees of the lodge are Bockwinkel and Dave Rosenberg.

* Davis Rebekah Lodge No. 253: Lea Rosenberg, noble grand; Lin Spangler, vice grand; Dave Rosenberg, secretary; Diana Schmiegel, treasurer; and Sharla Cheney, financial secretary. Trustees of the lodge are Marge Fagan, Barb Geisler and Lea Rosenberg.

Davis Encampment No. 21: Dave Rosenberg, chief patriarch; Renee Liston, senior warden; Duff Devine, junior warden; Diane Steele, scribe; Lin Spangler, treasurer; Sharla Cheney; financial scribe; and Greg Simmons, high priest. Trustees of the encampment are Schelen, Arun Sen and Sarah Worley.


Luanne Lawrence, a communications and marketing professional with long experience in higher education, has been appointed associate chancellor for strategic communications at UC Davis following a nationwide search. She will begin her new duties March 25.

Lawrence comes to UCD from the University of South Carolina, where she has served as vice president for communications. She led the development of that university’s first integrated marketing communications plan, the unification of the brand and visual identity system, and a major overhaul of the publications and periodical systems.

She previously headed communications and marketing efforts at Oregon State University, where she spearheaded the nationally recognized “Powered by Orange” creative campaign; the University of Maine; the University of Baltimore; and Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

Reporting directly to the chancellor, Lawrence will manage a staff of 27 and oversee all strategic communications for the university, including marketing and branding, media relations, publications, Web and social media, crisis communications and internal communications.

Lawrence is a winner of numerous awards for integrated marketing, social media and Web development from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Public Relations Society of America and the American Marketing Association.


Elaine Ginosar of Davis, a member of the Davis Branch of the American Association of University Women, gave a presentation on the status of women last fall at the World Forum at Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College, in England. Ginosar is a retired educator.

“In the Western world, new respect for women is developing,” she told the gathering on Sept. 2.

Pay equity is still an issue. In the 1960s, women earned 59 cents to every dollar paid to men, Ginosar said. Today, it’s 77 cents.

In the United States, women are encouraged to be independent, but in developing countries, gender discrimination may be the “biggest moral challenge of our time,” she said.

In many cultures, girls are fed last, kept out of school to work and forced to marry early and bear many children, having little access to medical services, Ginosar said.

“Gender equity and respect for women” go a long way toward reducing poverty, she said. In nations where birth rates have begun to fall, “significant numbers of adults are freed from child-bearing and child care responsibilities. Men are free from the harsh burden of supporting such large families.”

Ginosar plans to attend a follow-up forum at Harvard University this August.


Madison N. Delmendo and Erin C. Leary, freshmen; Jason M. Morris, post baccalaureate; and William M. Young, sophomore, all of Davis, have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for the fall term at Oregon State University. To make the list, students must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average and carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.


Frank Zalom, UC Davis integrated pest management professor and newly installed vice president of the 6,000-member Entomological Society of America, participated in the 2012 Council of Scientific Society Presidents conference held recently in Washington, D.C.

Zalom represented ESA at the meeting. The council membership is composed of presidents, presidents-elect and recent past presidents representing some 60 scientific federations and societies. The combined membership totals more than 1.4 million scientists and science educators.


City of Davis budget manager Kelly Fletcher received a 30-year pin at the recent Solano County 4-H Program’s end-of-the-year achievement awards ceremony.

Fletcher, a Dixon resident, has devoted 30 years to the Maine Prairie 4-H Club in Dixon, and also served on the Solano County 4-H Leaders’ Council.

Her sister, Valerie Williams, Solano County Program representative, presented her with the award.

More information about the 4-H program is available from Williams at 707-784-1319 or or at the website,


Jordan Lipson of Davis was recently named to the honor roll for the fall term at Pomfret School. A student earns honors with a 3.0 average and no grade below a B-minus. Lipson s a member of the Class of 2013.

Founded in 1894, Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school in Pomfret, Conn., for 350 students in grades 9 through 12 from 26 states and 13 foreign countries.


Former Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel will serve as the next chairman of the Sacramento region’s Cleaner Air Partnership. The partnership is a joint project of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vision, to help the Sacramento region meet clean air standards that protect health and promote economic growth.

Pimentel has represented the region’s air quality initiatives on the annual Capitol-to-Capitol lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. He also previously served as chairman of the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District board of directors, where he led a coalition of elected officials from Yolo and Solano counties to adopt rules to protect both the public health and the communities’ largely agricultural economies.

With more than 13 years of experience in community-based organizations, Pimentel is an accomplished professional in public policy, building coalitions and leading community-based efforts that seek economic, environmental and public health benefits for all people.


— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to, or to Name droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617.



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