CCDA Members and Committees


The California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) is a 17-member independent commission consisting of 11 public members and six (6) ex-officio non-voting members. The CCDA was established through legislation (Senate Bill 1608 – Chapter 549, Statutes of 2008) enacted during the 2007/2008 legislative session.

Appointees to the CCDA were selected as specified by the provisions of Government Code section 14985.1 and the CCDA is comprised of appointees as follows:

Two (2) public members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, with one appointee from the business community and one appointee from the disability community.
Two (2) public members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, with one appointee from the business community and one appointee from the disability community.
Seven (7) public members appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate. Four (4) of the appointees must be from the disability community and three (3) of the appointees must be from the business community.
The State Architect, or his or her representative, as a nonvoting ex-officio member.
The Attorney General, or his or her representative, as a nonvoting ex-officio member.
Two members of the Senate, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules as nonvoting ex-officio members. One member shall be from the majority party and one member shall be from the minority party.
Two members of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, as nonvoting ex-officio members. One member shall be from the majority party, and one member shall be from the minority party.
The CCDA is required by law to annually elect from its membership a Chairperson who must, as required by GC Section 14985.2 (b), be a representative from the disability community; a Vice-Chairperson who also must be elected from the membership, however, the law requires that this member represent the business community.

Public members are appointed for three-year terms, except that, with respect to the initial appointees, the Governor appoints three members for a one-year term, two members for a two-year term, and two members for a three-year term. The Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly each initially appoint one member for a two-year term and one member for a three-year term. Public members may be reappointed for additional terms. The organizational chart located above identifies the appointees and provides information at a glance as to who the appointee represents, the appointment date and the appointment expiration.

Executive Committee
Guy Leemhuis, Chair – Commission Member

Doug Wiele, Vice Chair – Commission Member

(Vacant) – Commission Member

Michael Paravagna – Commission Member

Brian Holloway – Commission Member

Chris Downey – Commission Member

Education and Outreach Committee

Chris Downey, Chair – Commission Member

Michael Paravagna – Commission Member

Karla Prieto - Commission Member

Arnie Lerner – Public Member

Stephen Simon – Public Member

Richard Ray – Public Member

Tracy Walsh – Public Member

Research Committee
(Vacant), Chair

(Vacant), Vice Chair – Commission Member

Chris Downey – Commission Member

Legislative Committee
Michael Paravagna, Chair – Commission Member

Tiffany Allen – Commission Member

Scott Lillibridge – Commission Member

 

Checklist Committee
Brian Holloway, Chair – Commission Member

Mark Christian - Public Member

Erika Frank – Public Member

Richard Halloran – Public Member

Beth Maynard - Public Member

Ike Nnaji - Public Member

Mehdi Shadyab - Public Member

Debbie Wong – Public Member

Bill Zellmer – Public Member