Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made the Following CDCR Appointments on January 21, 2009
Robert Ambroselli was appointed director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Since 2007, he has served as deputy director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations for CDCR. Ambroselli previously served CDCR as regional parole administrator in 2007, associate director from 2006 to 2007, parole administrator I from 2002 to 2006, parole agent III from 2001 to 2002, parole agent II and assistant unit supervisor for the interstate unit from 2000 to 2001, and parole agent II and corrections compact coordinator for the Interstate Unit in 2000. Prior to that, he was a parole agent I for the fugitive apprehension unit from 1998 to 2000 and for the Bakersfield parole unit from 1996 to 1998. Ambroselli was a correctional officer for North Kern State Prison from 1994 to 1996 and Pelican Bay State Prison from 1990 to 1994.
Steven Caruso was appointed assistant secretary for labor relations for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2008, he has served as director of resident programs for the Sacramento Mutual Housing Association. Previously, Caruso was the executive director for Family Promise of Sacramento from 2007 to 2008, senior consultant for Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2005 to 2006 and executive director of the Elk Grove Community Food Bank from 2002 to 2007. He served as founder and president of Caruso and Company Professional Management Group from 1992 to 2006. Prior to that, Caruso was a consultant for Blanning and Baker Associates from 1988 to 1992, director of labor relations training for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association from 1986 to 1988, deputy executive director for the California Commission on the Teaching Professions from 1984 to 1986 and senior staff consultant for J. Lewis Associates in 1983. He serves on the Alchemist Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors.
Kathleen Dickinson was appointed warden of the California Medical Facility (CMF). She has served as chief deputy warden of CMF since 2007. Previously, Dickinson served the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as chief of operations support for the Division of Adult Institutions from 2004 to 2006, assistant regional administrator for the Northern Region Office, Institution Division in 2003 and associate warden of California State Prison, Solano from 1993 to 2002. She served CDCR’s Office of Budget Management as assistant budget officer from 1989 to 1993, staff services manager from 1986 to 1989 and associate budget analyst from 1984 to 1986.
George Giurbino was appointed director of the Division of Adult Institutions for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Since 2006, he has served as associate director of high security and transitional housing program institutions for the Division of Adult Institutions for CDCR. Giurbino served as warden of Centinela State Prison (CEN) and acting warden of Calipatria State Prison from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, he was chief deputy warden of CEN in 2000 and assistant regional administrator for the San Diego region in the Institutions Division for CDCR in 1999. Giurbino served CEN as associate warden for business services in 1998, associate warden for housing services from 1997 to 1998, facility captain in 1997, investigative captain for correctional institutions and acting associate warden for housing services from 1995 to 1997 and correctional captain for custody operation from 1993 to 1995. From 1980 to 1993, he was a correctional officer for the California Rehabilitation Center.
Kelly Harrington was appointed warden of Kern Valley State Prison, where he has served as acting warden since 2008. Harrington has served Wasco State Prison (WSP) as chief deputy warden since 2005 and previously held the positions of associate warden from 2003 to 2005, facility captain from 1998 to 2003 and classification and parole representative from 1997 to 1998. He was a correctional supervisor for North Kern State Prison from 1995 to 1997 and the California Correctional Institution (CCI) from 1993 to 1995. Prior to that, he served CCI as a correctional counselor from 1990 to 1993 and correctional officer from 1987 to 1990.
Michael McDonald was appointed warden of High Desert State Prison (HDSP). He has served HDSP as acting warden since 2008 and chief deputy warden since 2006 and previously held the position of correctional administrator from 2002 to 2006. McDonald previously served at Pelican Bay State Prison as facility captain from 2000 to 2002, correctional business manager from 1998 to 2000, correctional captain from 1996 to 1998 and correctional lieutenant from 1990 to 1996. Prior to that, he was a correctional sergeant at the California Correctional Center from 1988 to 1990, Richard McGee Correctional Training Center from 1986 to 1988 and San Quentin State Prison (SQ) in 1985. McDonald was a correctional officer at SQ from 1980 to 1985.
Robert Peppler was appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. He served as assistant director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, Peppler served the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department as undersheriff from 1997 to 2005, assistant sheriff from 1996 to 1997, deputy chief from 1995 to 1996, captain from 1991 to 1995, lieutenant from 1987 to 1991, sergeant from 1985 to 1987, detective from 1982 to 1985 and deputy sheriff from 1978 to 1982. He was a police officer with the Hinsdale Police Department in Illinois from 1976 to 1977. Peppler served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1975.
Elizabeth Siggins was appointed chief deputy secretary for adult programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). She has served CDCR as senior policy advisor to the secretary since 2008. Prior to that, Siggins was policy director for the Office of the Inspector General from 2007 to 2008. She served the California State Senate Rules Committee as principal consultant in 2007 and policy consultant from 2001 to 2003. From 2004 to 2007, Siggins was assistant secretary and chief for juvenile justice for CDCR and, from 2003 to 2004, was executive director for City Youth Now. She was a research consultant for community based services for the Edgewood Center for Children and Families Institute from 1997 to 1999, program coordinator for Peer Education and Violence Prevention Program Hospital Audiences from 1992 to 1997 and assistant to the executive director for the Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center from 1989 to 1991.
Richard Subia was appointed deputy director for the Division of Adult Institutions for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). He has served as associate director of general population II and III for the Division of Adult Institutions for CDCR since 2008 and previously served as acting associate director of general population II and III in 2007. From 2006 to 2007, Subia was acting warden at the Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). Prior to that, he served CDCR headquarters as correctional administrator and chief deputy administrator to the undersecretary and secretary from 2005 to 2006 and correctional captain and acting correctional administrator at the Division of Adult Institutions from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, Subia worked at MCSP as correctional captain and facility captain from 2002 to 2004, correctional counselor and public information officer and administrative assistant to the warden from 2000 to 2002, correctional counselor and employee relations officer from 1997 to 2000 and correctional lieutenant and employee relations officer from 1994 to 1997. From 1989 to 1994, he was a correctional sergeant at the California State Prison, Solano and, from 1986 to 1989, he was a correctional officer at Folsom State Prison.