SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments on Thursday:
Isaac Bojorquez, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. Bojorquez has been a registered member and tribal president of the KaKoon Ta Ruk Band of the Ohlone-Costanoan Indians of Big Sur Rancheria since 2018. He held several positions within the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation between 2000 and 2021, including that of Director of Resources cultural. and Executive Assistant of the Tribal Gaming Agency. Bojorquez was a Security Officer with the Transportation Security Administration from 2003 to 2004, Detention Officer I and Assistant Probation Officer Trainee at Yolo County Probation from 1999 to 2000, and Supervisor at Valley Media Inc. from 1994 to 1999. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Bojorquez is a Democrat.
Sara Dutschke, 43, of Oakland, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. Dutschke has been a partner at Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell since 2019 and has been a registered member and president of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians since 2018. She was an attorney at Dentons US LLP from 2010 to 2019, a partner at Karshmer & Associates. from 2006 to 2010 and Program Analyst and Administrative Officer in the United States Department of Home Affairs, Regional Office of Indian Affairs of the Pacific from 1998 to 2006. She obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Dutschke is registered without party preference.
Buffy McQuillen, 48, of Mendocino, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. McQuillen is a descendant of Yokayo Pomo, Yuki, Nomlaki and a registered tribal citizen of the Round Valley Indian tribes. She has been a Tribal Heritage Preservation Officer for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria since 2015. McQuillen held several positions at the Yurok Tribe between 2001 and 2015, including Acting Assistant to the Director of Social Services and Youth Outreach Coordinator and Manager of the repatriation and cultural collections. She was Repatriation Specialist for Tolowa Dee-ni ‘Nation from 2012 to 2013. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. McQuillen is a Democrat.
Wayne Nelson, 41, of Pala, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. Nelson is a registered member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians and has been the Manager of Cultural Resources at Native Ground Monitoring, Research and Consulting since 1999. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Nelson is registered without party preference.
Stanley Rodriguez, 63, of Santa Ysabel, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. Rodriguez has been Principal of Kumeyaay Community College since 2018, Assistant Instructor at California State University, San Marcos since 2017, Kumeyaay Language Instructor at Kumeyaay Community College since 2005, and Instructor and Counselor at Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School since 1995. Rodriguez has served as an E-5 in the US Navy from 1985 to 1991. He was an enlisted member and board member of the Santa Ysabel Band of the Iipay Nation. Rodriguez received a Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Arts in Human Behavior from National University. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Rodriguez is a Democrat.
Stephanie Weldon, 44, of Humboldt, a member of the Yurok tribe, has been appointed director of the office of tribal affairs in the California Department of Social Services. Weldon has served as a Program Advisor in the California Department of Social Services as a Tribal / ICWA Social Services Specialist for the Children and Families Policy Institute of California since 2020. She was Director of Yurok Health and Human Services from 2019 to 2020 and has served held several positions with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services from 2013 to 2019, including Director of Child Welfare, Director of Social Services Branch, Deputy Director of Human Services ‘childhood and family and social worker supervisor. Weldon was Director of Social Services for the Yurok Tribe from 2010 to 2013 and held various tribal positions from 2002 to 2010 including Acting Director of Public Relations, Executive Secretary, Supervisor of JOM Education Site and Deputy Director of Social Services. Weldon is a member of the board of directors of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She obtained a Masters of Social Work from Humboldt State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $ 122,244. Weldon is a Democrat.