Office of Governor Newsom Announcement

Souraya Sue ElHessen, 57, of Bellflower, has been appointed to the California Commission on Disability Access. ElHessen has been a professor for the University of Phoenix since 2002 and a member of the Inclusive Excellence Commission at California State University, Long Beach since 2016. She served as a board member at the Bellflower Unified School District from 2013 to 2018 and was American Disability Act coordinator and senior analyst for the City of Santa Monica from 1998 to 1999. She was workability IV coordinator for California State University, Long Beach from 1995 to 1998. ElHessen is a member of the Los Angeles Public Social Services Commission, California Advancing Pathways for Students, Career Technical Education Advisory Board for Bellflower Unified School District and the State Independent Living Council. ElHessen earned a Doctor of Education degree in human performance improvement from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts degree in industrial organizational psychology from California State University, Long Beach. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. ElHessen is a Democrat.

Michael Paravagna, 67, of Rocklin, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access, where he has served since 2013. Paravagna has been a part-time independent consultant since 2002. He was manager of the Build Los Angeles Community College District Americans with Disability Act Project from 2009 to 2011. He was Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for the City of Sacramento from 2007 to 2009. He served in various positions at the California Department of Rehabilitation from 1975 to 2007, including chief of the Disability Access Section. Paravagna earned a Master of Science degree in counseling from California State University, Sacramento. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Paravagna is a Democrat.

Douglas Wiele, 67, of Latrobe, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access, where he has served since 2013. Wiele has been founding partner and president of Foothill Partners Inc. since 1994. He held several positions at Whitney Development Company from 1986 to 1994, including managing partner, and was a real estate broker and leasing agent for McMasters and Westland Commercial Real Estate from 1977 to 1985. Wiele is chair of the California Business Properties Association and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Wiele is registered without party preference.

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