Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: 

Ralph M. Diaz has been appointed undersecretary for operations at CDCR, where he has served as deputy director of facility operations since 2014 and was associate director of high security institutions from 2013 to 2014. He served in serveral positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2000 to 2013, including warden, acting warden, chief deputy administrator, captain and counselor supervisor. Diaz was a correctional counselor and correctional officer at the California State Prison, Corcoran, from 1993 to 2000 and a correctional officer at Wasco State Prison from 1991 to 1993. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Kathleen Allison has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Institutions at CDCR, where she has been deputy director of facility support since 2012 and was associate director of female offender programs and services from 2011 to 2012. Allison served in several positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2002 to 2011, including warden, chief deputy warden, associate warden and correctional health services administrator. She held several positions at Avenal State Prison from 1987 to 2002, including community resources manager, senior medical technical assistant and medical technical assistant. Allison was a senior medical technical assistant at North Kern State Prison from 1993 to 1994. She is a licensed registered nurse. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Jeffrey Macomber has been appointed deputy director of facility support in the Division of Adult Institutions at CDCR. He has been warden at California State Prison, Sacramento since 2014, where he served as chief deputy warden from 2009 to 2014 and associate warden from 2008 to 2009. He held several positions at CDCR from 2004 to 2008 and from 1994 to 2000, including correctional administrator, captain, staff services manager and associate governmental programs analyst. Macomber was a correctional business manager at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center from 2000 to 2004 and a correctional officer at Ironwood State Prison from 1993 to 1994. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Guillermo Viera Rosa has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations at CDCR, where he has been regional parole administrator since 2015 and has served in several positions since 2000, including associate director, parole administrator, parole agent supervisor and parole agent. Viera Rosa served in several positions at the Board of Parole Hearings from 2004 to 2009, including deputy commissioner, correctional counselor supervisor and parole agent specialist. He was an instructor at the Riverside County Office of Education from 2003 to 2004 and a deputy probation officer at the San Bernardino County Probation Department from 1995 to 2000. Viera Rosa earned a Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts degree in social science from Azusa Pacific University. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Connie Gipson has been appointed deputy director of facility operations in the Division of Adult Institutions at CDCR, where she has served as associate director of general population male offenders since 2013. Gipson served in several positions at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2010 to 2013, including warden, acting warden and chief deputy warden. She was associate warden at North Kern State Prison from 2008 to 2010 and held several positions at Wasco State Prison from 1997 to 2008, including captain, business manager and health program coordinator. Gipson was a senior medical technical assistant at the California Institution for Women from 1994 to 1997, where she was a medical technical assistant from 1988 to 1994. This position does not require Senate confirmation.