Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.
Pamela Ahlin, 51, of Folsom, has been appointed director of the California Department of State Hospitals, where she has served as chief deputy director since 2014 and was a deputy director from 2012 to 2014. Ahlin was executive director at Coalinga State Hospital from 2008 to 2012, where she was a hospital administrator from 2005 to 2007. She served as a staff services manager at Wasco State Prison from 2001 to 2005 and was an associate governmental program analyst at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 1997 to 2001 and at Corcoran State Prison from 1996 to 1997. Ahlin served as a correctional officer at Avenal State Prison from 1991 to 1996. She serves as the California Department of State Hospitals’ representative on the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board and is secretary of the Western Psychiatric State Hospital Association board. Ahlin earned a Master of Arts degree in leadership and organizational development from Fresno Pacific University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $173,349. Ahlin is registered without party preference.
Stephanie Clendenin, 44, of Antelope, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of State Hospitals. Clendenin has been chief deputy director at the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development since 2011, where she has served in several positions since 1994, including acting director in 2011 and acting chief deputy director from 2009 to 2011. She was a staff services manager at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection from 2005 to 2006 and served in several positions at the California Department of Finance from 1998 to 2000, including staff administrative analyst and associate administrative analyst. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,536. Clendenin is a Republican.
Blodgie Rodriguez, 46, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. Rodriguez has been a realtor at Paramount Real Estate since 2012. She was a realtor at Walters and Associates from 2007 to 2012 and at MJC Properties from 2004 to 2007. Rodriguez was interim program director at the Kern County Youth Mariachi Foundation from 2001 to 2003 and a sales associate at the Bakersfield Californian from 1987 to 2001. She is chair of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Latina Leaders of Kern County Board of Directors. This positon does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Rodriguez is a Republican.