PAUL SLAVIK, Chair
Huntington Beach, California
Commissioner Slavik, first appointed to the Commission in 2008, is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, born and raised in Southern California. He is a Charter Life Member of the AMA and rode AMA competition events in Southern California and the midwest from the early 60s to the late 80s. Commissioner Slavik worked in the M/C industry from 1972 until his retirement from American Honda in 2005. While at Honda he served in many capacities including: National OHV Coordinator and National OHV Press Coordinator. He served on the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Land Use Committee and was an ATV and dirt bike instructor. Commissioner Slavik also helped create Honda’s Environmental Learning Center and was instrumental in the development of the San Bernardino N. F. OHV Volunteer Program.
Commissioner Slavik helped create the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, was involved the Off Road PALs Program and a member of the California OHV Stakeholders. He served on the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism and was co-chairman of that group for several years. Commissioner Slavik coordinated Honda’s involvement in a project called “American Frontiers, a Public Lands Journey”, one of his proudest achievements.
After retirement Commissioner Slavik helped coordinate the Route Designation Workshops for NOHVCC and did some on-the-ground route inventory work for Advanced Resource Solutions in the Desert.
Commissioner Slavik lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Mary, enjoys surfing and ten grandchildren.
BREENE KERR, Vice Chair
Los Altos Hills, California
Commissioner Kerr's executive experience includes a wide variety of roles in marketing, finance and entrepreneurial management. He is widely recognized as a public policy leader in the areas of solar energy, energy efficiency and public transit.
As current Director of TBI Energy, his sustainability activities include overall responsibility for marketing, sales, and tactical implementation strategies for the Energy Efficiency Division. Kerr is an expert in energy efficiency retrofits, utility rebate programs and payback analysis, retro-commissioning, and sustainable building practices.
As founder of two Internet based ventures, as well as several other small business enterprises, he has been a successful fundraiser, dealmaker and product visionary. His engineering background combined with 25 years of tech marketing and entrepreneurial experience have helped him successfully fund and launch a number of alternative energy projects and programs.
Kerr's people and management skills have been honed in local politics where he served as Mayor of Los Altos Hills and as board member and finance committee Chairman of the Valley Transit Authority, overseeing a $400M annual operating budget.
His career in the professional digital media industry and technology marketing spans over 20 years, beginning with design of professional video tape recorders for Ampex Corporation, where videotape recording was invented. He is still producing and directing digital media assets for select clients including Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Google . His experience developing and marketing MAVRIC Media’s hosted media asset management solutions means he is well versed in SEO, email and social network marketing and pay per click advertising.
Morgan Hill, California
Commissioner Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Santa Clara County, California. Commissioner Murphy lives in Morgan Hill. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife and their two children.
Commissioner Murphy is a Fire Captain for the Santa Clara County Fire Department with over 22 years of experience. As a firefighter, he spent time as a Hazardous Materials Specialist, protecting the environment from ecological disasters. He also spent time as an on-call Fire Investigator.
Commissioner Murphy worked at Hollister Hills SVRA as a Park Volunteer between 1992 and 1997. In that time he worked with Park staff by responding to vehicle accidents and emergency medical situations within the Park. Commissioner Murphy put his experience and certification as an EMT-1 to use to increase the level of care delivered by Park staff to the public. He responded to emergency situations during daily operations and special events.
Commissioner Murphy has been a lifelong off-highway vehicle enthusiast and has been riding motorcycles on public land since the early 1980s. He has been a member of, and participated in, sanctioned motorcycle racing events put on by the American Motorcyclist Association, District 36, and the Hollister Hills Off-Road Association, as both a participant and a Volunteer EMT-1. He is also a member of the P.I.T.S Trials Motorcycle Club.
Commissioner Murphy would like to serve the people of California to provide a managed and sustainable recreational experience. He feels it is important to safeguard the environment for future generations to enjoy.
Santa Maria, California
Commissioner Pérez has worked for the past 20 years in the field of education, both as a counselor and college administrator. Currently she is the Director of the California Central Coast Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) at Allan Hancock College. She has extensive experience working with youth and parents to encourage post-secondary education. She spent her childhood in Salinas, California, and moved to the Central Coast in 1997. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Education and Counseling from California State University, Fresno.
Commissioner Pérez looks forward to contributing to the Commission and strongly believes that the delicate balance between protecting our environment and providing access and recreational opportunities for families is obtainable. She anticipates supporting family-oriented recreation as well as promoting tourism to our beautiful state.
Apple Valley, California
Appointed by the State Senate in January 2013, Commissioner Edward Patrovsky developed his passion for the outdoors hiking and riding his dirt bike in the Angeles National Forest as a teenager. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Patrovsky worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. This led to many years of employment as a Park Ranger at several of our country's National Parks, including Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain and Sequoia-Kings Canyon.
In 1988, Commissioner Patrovsky transferred to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a Law Enforcement Ranger. While assigned to the Palm Springs and Ridgecrest Field Offices, he spent considerable time with Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) enforcement. This included working numerous holiday weekends in OHV Open Areas such as Glamis and Jawbone-Dove Springs. Since retiring in 2004, he has worked part-time as a seasonal Naturalist at the Desert Tortoise Natural Area near California City, and also operating a small Notary Public business.
Commissioner Patrovsky enjoys both muscle-powered and motorized recreational activities; including backpacking, whitewater river-running, skiing and bicycling. He has considerable experience riding ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles on Public Land. During the early 1990s, he was a certified ATV Safety Instructor and taught several classes.
M. TERESA VILLEGAS
Los Angeles, California
Commissioner Villegas has extensive experience working with environmental concerns throughout the state. As a Senior Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Ms. Villegas handles all park, water, and air quality challenges within Supervisor Molina’s district. Ms. Villegas previously worked as a consultant for local governments, state conservancies, and nonprofits where she lobbied, wrote grants, and secured funding for various natural resource amenities.
As Executive Fellow for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ms. Villegas researched air quality issues for the California Air Resources Board. She was responsible for evaluating and providing recommendations to improve the state’s Environmental Justice Program. While serving as Legislative Director for the Trust for Public Land, Ms. Villegas was actively involved in a number of statewide park and water initiatives that led to the development of parks, open space, and improved water quality protection.
From 2006 to 2010, Ms. Villegas served as a Commissioner for Environmental Affairs and currently serves as the Mayor’s appointee on the Citizens Oversight and Advisory Committee for Proposition O – Los Angeles City Water Bond. In addition, Ms. Villegas has served as a Board Member to several environmental organizations including the Planning and Conservation League and California ReLeaf, a statewide urban forestry organization. She is an active member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).