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October 30, 1998



Friday, October 30, 1998
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SACRAMENTO - Governor Pete Wilson today announced the following appointments to the School-to-Career Advisory Council:

**Tamara Davis, of Rohnert Park, is the public affairs manager of State Farm Insurance Companies, a firm she has been affiliated with since 1969.

A Democrat, Davis is the past chairwoman of the Sonoma County School-to-Career Partnership, co-chairwoman of the Neighborworks Insurance Partnership, member of the board of directors of the Professional Businesswomen of California and is the president of the Sonoma County Business Education Roundtable. She is a member of the Western Insurance Information Service, Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Cotati Chamber of Commerce, and Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is also a former mayor and former councilmember of the City of Cotati.

Davis earned a bachelor's degree in management from California State University, Sonoma in 1985;

**Jere A. Jacobs, 57, of Santa Rosa, is retired after serving 30 years with the Pacific Telesis Group.

A Republican, Jacobs worked for many years with the California Business Roundtable's Education Task Force and was an early advocate for establishment of a statewide school-to-career system. He served on Governor Wilson's original School-to-Career Task Force from 1994 to 1996. He has also served on the National Business Roundtable, the National Alliance of Business, and EdSource. He currently serves on the University of California Outreach Advisory Board and the Sonoma County Business Education Roundtable.

Jacobs earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento and a master's of business administration degree from the University of Washington;

**Meredith Khachigian, of San Clemente, is a consultant in community and public affairs. Previously, she has served as executive director of Vital Link of Orange County from 1994 to 1997. Vital Link is a program that provides a link between business and education to prepare students for the transition to employment.

In 1987, she was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the University of California Board of Regents. As a Regent, she served three terms as chairwoman of the board and two terms as vice chairwoman. She currently chairs the committee on health services, providing oversight for the four hospitals and medical schools maintained by the University of California. She was also appointed in 1984 by Governor Deukmejian to the Commission to Review the Master Plan for Higher Education.

Khachigian is a trustee of the American University of Armenia and a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Business Council. She has served as president of the Alumni Association of the University of California, Santa Barbara; chairwoman of the University of California, Irvine Foundations; and is a member of the University of California, Irvine CEO Roundtable. Previously, she was a trustee of the California State Summer School for the Arts and president of the Board of Human Options, a shelter for battered women.

Khachigian received the Chancellor's Medal and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1995, he was inducted into the College of the Sequoias' Hall of Fame in her hometown of Visalia. In 1998, she received the Extraordinarius Award from the University of California, Irvine.

Khachigian attended the College of the Sequoias and the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara;

**Robert S. Pearlman, 56, of Fairfax, has been president of Autodesk Foundation, sponsored by Autodesk, Inc., since 1996. Autodesk is a world leader in the design software industry. Previously, Pearlman was coordinator of educational reform initiatives with the Boston Teachers' Union from 1987 to 1996, and served Boston public schools as an education technology system support specialist from 1981 to 1985 and math and computer teacher from 1971 to 1987.

Pearlman is involved with a number of boards relating both to school-to-career programs and the use of technology in schools. He serves as co-chair of the Bay Area School-to-Career Action Network (BAYSCAN), a regional, privately funded school-to-career consortium. He formerly served as co-coordinator of Business and Education for School and Technology, a Massachusetts coalition of business and educational organizations formed to support an education technology bond bill. Pearlman is a member of the Education Task Force of the California Business Roundtable, the board of directors of the California TechCorps, the Workforce Silicon Valley Advisory Board, the New Ways Workers National Advisory Board and the executive board of directors of the Marin County School-to-Career Partnership.

He has also served as associate director of Co-NECT School New American School Design, a national program launched by President Bush that received a majority of funding from private businesses to test specific school designs in communities. He was co-chair of the TeachBoston School-to-Career Advisory Board.

Pearlman served as a member of the MassNetworks Education Partnership Planning Council for a Massachusetts NetDay, Massachusetts Statewide Assessment Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Educational Technology, Technology Advisory Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Institute for Responsive Education Advisory Board.

Pearlman earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1965;

**Elizabeth A. Lee, 29, of Folsom, has served as a teacher at Carmichael Elementary School in the San Juan Unified School District since 1995. From 1994 to 1995, she served as a job developer for the summer youth and employment training program with the Elk Grove Unified School District from 1994 to 1995 and from 1992 to 1993 served as a Head Start child development teacher assistant with the San Juan Unified School District and Sacramento Employment and Training Agency.

A Republican, Lee is a member of the California Teachers' Association, the San Juan Teachers' Association, and the National Educators' Association.

Lee earned a bachelor's degree in child development from California State University, Sacramento in 1992. She holds a California multiple teaching credential;

**Norma Rees, 68, of Hayward, has served as president of California State University, Hayward since 1990. Previously, she was chancellor for academic affairs, policy and planning with the Massachusetts Board of Regents and served the University of Wisconsin, Milwuakee as acting chancellor, vice chancellor for academic affairs, and professor of speech pathology and audiology.

Rees worked at the City University of New York from 1963 to 1982 in numerous capacities, including dean of graduate studies, associate dean of graduate studies, executive officer of the Ph.D. program in speech and hearing science, director of the Hunter College Center and professor.

Rees is a member of the board of directors of the California State University (CSU) Institute and of CSU's Steering Committee for the California Partnership for Mediated Learning in Mathematics, Accountability Task Force, System-wide University Advancement Committee, and Educational Equity Advisory Council. She is a member of School-to-Career Hayward, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the International Association of University Presidents, the Leadership California Advisory Council and the California Film Commission. Rees was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

In 1997, Rees served on a CSU working group that created a system-wide position paper entitled "The Role of the California State University in School-to-Career/Workforce Preparation."

Rees earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Queens College in 1952, a master's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Brooklyn College in 1954, and a doctorate in speech from New York University in 1959;

**Ray Remy serves as director of the California Employment Development Department.

The School-to-Career (STC) Advisory Council will make recommendations to the Governor on establishing an STC system that includes school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities to assist students in meeting their career goals. California is slated to receive approximately $131.4 million by the year 2001 to implement this program. The STC Advisory Council will work to help implement a system that will give young people the tools they need to become leaders of tomorrow's workforce.

Members do not receive a salary. These appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.

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