SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Roxanne Messina Captor, 69, of Redondo Beach, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Captor has been an associate professor at Santa Monica College since 1986, an Emmy-nominated and award-winning filmmaker at Messina Captor Films Inc. since 1994, and a teacher at the New York Film Academy since 2022. She was a faculty member at Emerson College LA and CalArts de 2000 to 2019. She was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic in 2005 for her work in the arts. Captor served as executive director of the San Francisco International Film Festival and society from 2001 to 2006. In 1990, she joined Ted Turner, as senior head of original programming, forming Turner Network Television. Captor is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Who’s Who of America, Greenlight Women and the Creative Coalition. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Music Center’s Club 100. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Captor is a Democrat.
Gerald Clarke, 54, of Anza, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Clarke has been Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside since 2016. He held several positions at the Idyllwild Arts Academy from 1998 to 2016, including Head of the Visual Arts Department, Assistant Instructor of art and summer art teacher. Clarke served as cultural preservation coordinator for the Cahuilla Indian Band from 2009 to 2010. He was assistant professor of art at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma from 1998 to 2004. Clarke served as chair of the department of art at Northeast Texas Community College from 1996 to 1998. He served two terms as a member of the Cahuilla Tribal Council and is a registered citizen of the tribe. Clarke earned an MFA in sculpture and painting from Stephen F. Austin State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Clarke is a Democrat.
Ellen Gavin, 68, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Gavin has been a freelance writer since 2012. She served as Senior Advisor for California, Beto for America from 2019-2020 and Founding Artistic and Executive Director of Brava for Women in the Arts from 1986-2009. Gavin is a member of the Advisory Board . for Farmworker Justice and Look What She Did and former board member of the Cornerstone Theater Company. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Gavin is a Democrat.
Phil Mercado, 56, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Mercado has been a partner with Southern California Permanente Medical Group since 2000, where he has served as Regional Chief of General Surgery since 2014. He has been a Clinical Instructor of General Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center since 2016 and an Expert Medical Examiner for the Medical Board of California since 2004. Mercado was chief of the department of general surgery at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center from 2002 to 2019. Mercado is vice president of annual giving for Harvard Westlake and commissioner for the city of Los Angeles in the Cannabis Regulatory Department . Mercado is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s national finance team and a member of the advisory board of the Hammer Museum. Mercado earned an MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Mercado is a Democrat.
Cathleen Galgiani, 58, of Sacramento, was reappointed to the California Gambling Control Commission, where she has served since 2021. She served as a California state senator from 2012 to 2020 and a member of the California state assembly. 2006 to 2012. Galgiani was a member of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus from 2011 to 2020. She served as chief of staff and consultant at the University of California, Merced for Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews from 2000 to 2006 and Deputy Director of Special Projects for the Office of First Lady Sharon Davis in the Office of Governor Gray Davis in 1999. She served as Field Representative for Senator Patrick Johnston from 1994 to 1998 and Coordinator of Campaign Staff and Volunteers of John Garamendi for Governor of California from 1991 to 1994. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $166,306. Galgiani is a Democrat.
Erin Heins, 62, of Malibu, was reappointed to the California Gambling Control Commission, where he has served since 2021. Heins has been a senior consultant at Heins & Associates LLC since 2019. He was president of the California Teachers Association from 2015 to 2019 Heins was a teacher in the Pittsburg Unified School District from 1990 to 2019. He earned a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $166,306. Heins is a Democrat.