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Directors and Officers

The Board of Directors and Officers

4663. (a) The governing board of a regional center may hold a closed meeting to discuss or consider one or more of the following:

(1) Real estate negotiations
(2) The appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, or dismissal of a regional center employee.
(3) Employee salaries and benefits.
(4) Labor contract negotiations.
(5) Pending litigation.
(b) Any matter specifically dealing with a particular regional center client must be conducted in a closed session, except where it is requested that the issue be discussed publicly by the client, the client’s conservator, or the client’s parent or guardian where the client is a minor. Minutes of closed sessions shall be kept by a designated officer or employee of the regional center, but these minutes shall not be considered public records. Prior to and directly after holding any closed session, the regional center board shall state the specific reason or reasons for the closed session. In the closed session, the board may consider only those matters covered in its statement.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 577, Sec. 2.)

4664. The governing board of a regional center may hold a closed session regarding pending litigation when discussion in open session concerning those matters would prejudice the position of the regional center in the litigation. Litigation shall be considered pending when any of the following circumstances exist:
(a) An adjudicatory proceeding to which the regional center is a party has been initiated formally.
(b) A point has been reached where, based upon existing facts and circumstances and the advice of legal counsel, it is determined that there is a significant exposure to litigation against the regional center.
(c) Based on existing facts and circumstances, the regional center has decided to initiate or is deciding whether to initiate litigation.
Prior to holding a closed session pursuant to this section, the regional center governing board shall state publicly to which subdivision it is pursuant.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 414, Sec. 23. Effective September 22, 1997.)

4665. Agendas and other writings or materials distributed prior to or during a regional center board meeting for discussion or action at the meeting shall be considered public records, except those materials distributed during, and directly related to, a closed session authorized under Section 4663. Writings which are distributed prior to commencement of a board meeting shall be made available for public inspection upon request prior to commencement of the meeting. Writings which are distributed during a board meeting shall be made available for public inspection at the time of their discussion at the meeting. A reasonable fee may be charged for a copy of a public record distributed pursuant to this section.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 577, Sec. 2.)
4666. No regional center shall conduct any meeting, conference, or other function in any facility that prohibits the admittance of any person, or persons, on the basis of ancestry or any characteristic listed or defined in Section 11135 of the Government Code.
(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 568, Sec. 48. Effective January 1, 2008.)
4667. All regional center board meetings shall be held in facilities accessible to persons with physical disabilities.
(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 577, Sec. 2.)
4668. (a) Any action taken by a regional center governing board in violation of this article is null and void. Any interested person may commence an action by mandamus, injunction, or declaratory relief for the purpose of obtaining a judicial declaration that an action taken in violation of this article is null and void.
(b) A court may award court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees to the plaintiff in an action brought pursuant to this section where it is found that a regional center board has violated the provisions of this article.
(c) This section does not prevent a regional center governing board from curing or correcting an action challenged pursuant to this section.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 577, Sec. 2.)
4669. The provisions of this article shall not apply to the corporate affairs of the governing board of a regional center which have no relationship to the role and responsibility of a regional center set forth in this chapter.
(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 577, Sec. 2.)

A Board Composition Survey report is updated annually in August and all members must complete and sign a conflict of interest form.

Liz Herrera-Knapp

09/01/19 – 08/30/22

CLASP Representative

VacantAmador County

Lynda Mendoza

07/01/17 – 6/30/20

Secretary, Parent, San Joaquin County

Dena Pfeifer

07/01/2014 – 6/30/21

Consumer Representative, San Joaquin County

Mohamed Rashid


Vice-President, Consumer Representative, Stanislaus County

Andrea Rueda

09/01/15 – 06/30/21

Consumer Representative, San Joaquin County

Noemi Santiago


Parent, San Joaquin County

VacantCalaveras County
Tom Toomey


Consumer Representative, Stanislaus County