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Commissioner Cabral PhotoE. THEODORE CABRAL, Chair
Penngrove, California

Appointed by Governor Brown in 2013, Commissioner Cabral is a native Californian currently residing in Penngrove. His passion for motorcycles began when his parents opened a motorcycle dealership in 1969. As a young man, he learned the value of land stewardship while developing a love for the outdoors when he spent time on his family’s ranch near Tomales Bay.

As an avid motorcyclist diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, Commissioner Cabral is a strong advocate for the disabled motorized recreationist. He understands the limitations they experience on a day-to-day basis and their desire to enjoy the wonders of California’s great outdoors—something they may not be able to do without motorized off-highway vehicle recreation opportunities.

As the current chairman of the Sonoma County Zone2A Flood Advisory Committee, Commissioner Cabral has been involved with construction of flood protection and drainage facilities, maintenance of natural waterways, preparation of master drainage plans for areas subject to flooding, and erosion and sediment control activities.

Commissioner Cabral is also a charter life member of the American Motorcyclist Association, a life member of AMA District 36, and a member of the Marin County Motorcycle Association (MCMA). As an officer in the MCMA, his duties included managing a 25-mile private trail system, ensuring the association met stringent conditions set by its conditional use permit process, and overseeing multiple watershed restoration projects. He also acted as a liaison between a landowner, California State Water Resources Control Board, and the US Environmental Protection Agency on Super Fund mercury mine cleanup project.

When Commissioner Cabral is not out riding his motorcycle for pleasure, he enjoys mountain biking, gardening, cooking, yoga, and weight lift training

Commissioner Diana Perez PhotoDIANA PEREZ, Vice Chair
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.

Commissioner Hafkenschiel PhotoERIN HAFKENSCHIEL
San Francisco, California

Commissioner Hafkenschiel Donnelly, appointed by the Governor in 2014, was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and currently resides in San Francisco. She is currently an Associate at California Environmental Associates (CEA) where she splits her time between the philanthropic services group, which advises foundations and nonprofits, and the regulatory compliance team, engaging with clients in the goods movement and renewable energy industries.

Prior to joining CEA, Commissioner Hafkenschiel Donnelly served as the Director of the Bay Area Council Foundation, the 501c3 arm of the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored regional public policy organization. While there, she helped develop a long-term strategic vision for the Foundation. Before her time at the Bay Area Council, Commissioner Hafkenschiel Donnelly attended graduate school at the Harvard Kennedy School. During graduate school, she was a summer associate for Forest City Enterprises, where she worked on the redevelopment of a 4-acre site in downtown San Francisco and a graduate intern at the internationally acclaimed urban planning firm Calthorpe Associates, where she conducted research on the relationship between land use and carbon emissions in China. Before graduate school, Commissioner Hafkenschiel Donnelly was a Fulbright Scholar in China, where she studied sustainable urban planning. Prior to that, she was a program assistant at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she helped manage a $22 million portfolio of environmental grants in the U.S. and Canada.

Commissioner Hafkenschiel Donnelly has a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies (PEIS) from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a captain and Academic All-American for the varsity women's lacrosse team. She speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.

In her free time, Commissioner Hafkenschiel Donnelly enjoys hiking in the Presidio with her husband, Ryan, and fox-red lab, Grits, and working with The Pegasus Fund, a non-profit organization she co-founded that promotes leadership and academic achievement for disadvantaged middle school children.

Eric Lueder PhotoERIC LUEDER
Mill Valley, California

Commissioner Lueder was first appointed to the Commission in 2008 by Senate ProTem President Don Perata. Commissioner Lueder served out his 4-year term, leaving the Commission as its Chairman in July 2012. He has returned to the Commission through an appointment by the Speaker of the Assembly, Toni Atkins.

Commissioner Lueder is the Chief Real Property Agent for the Marin County Department of Public Works where he has worked since 1991. During his career, he has been directly involved with public land acquisitions for the Marin County Open Space District, Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Marin County Free Library System, as well as for a variety of other public agency projects. Commissioner Lueder is a Senior Member (SR/WA) of the International Right of Way Association.

Commissioner Lueder served as a member of the BLM Northwest California Resource Advisory Council from March 2011 until December 2013. He is a member of the Marin County Motorcycle Association and has served as a Government Relations Officer since 1994 working with various government agencies on land use and trail management issues. Commissioner Lueder is also a member of the American Motorcyclist Association and AMA District 36.

In his free time he enjoys competing in D36 Enduros, trail riding, mountain biking, volunteering on trail maintenance and rehab projects, hiking, and exploring ghost towns and abandoned places with his wife and photographer, Deborah Martin.

Commissioner Kevin Murphy PhotoKEVIN MURPHY
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.

Commisisioner Edward Patrovsky PhotoEDWARD PATROVSKY
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.

Commissioner Paul Slavik PhotoPAUL SLAVIK
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.

M. Teresa VillegasM. 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).