The longtime program director of the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, his office announced Friday.
Jolena M. Grande, 46, of Westminster, has been a licensed embalmer at Service Corporation International since 2009, the same year she took over as program director and professor for the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College, where she was previously an adjunct instructor. She has also held positions as a funeral director and crematory manager.
Grande, a Democrat, is a member of the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science and the American Board of Funeral Service Education and holds master’s degrees in education technology and forensic sciences.
Brown appointed Thyonne Gordon, 55, of Los Angeles, to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Gordon has been an adjunct instructor of nonprofit development at Antioch College since 2017 and an instructor and chief executive officer at Beyond Story Consulting since 2014. She was senior producer at Entertainment Studios in 2016, executive director at CoachArt from 2009 to 2014 and executive director at A Place Called Home Youth Center from 1999 to 2009.
Gordon, a Democrat, chairs the Pacifica Graduate Institute Board of Trustees and is a member of the Berklee College of Music Advisory Board.
Mary Beth Garber, 71, of Malibu, was appointed to the California Private Security Disciplinary Review Committee, South. Garber, a Republican, has been a narrator for audiobooks at Red Hen Press and owner of MBGarber Strategies since 2017.
She was president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association from 1998 to 2011 and earlier in her career held sales and marketing positions at various broadcast and entertainment companies, including Walt Disney Studios and Buena Vista Pictures.
None of the three positions require Senate confirmation; the compensation for each is $100 per diem.