Commissioner Bios

Commissioner UreñaPATRICIA UREÑA, Vice Chair
Calexico, California

Appointed by Governor Brown in 2018, Commissioner Patricia Ureña has worked with the City of El Centro Community Services Department since 1982 and serves as the Recreation Supervisor that oversees the aquatics division and all sports and facility programming. She has been instrumental in spearheading fundraising and organizing volunteers for special events. She is also the Director of the El Centro National Youth Project Using Mini-bikes (NYPUM) program and works with youth ages 10-17 teaching and certifying them in motorcycle safety riding lessons and desert survival tips, and works with youth who are experiencing challenges in school.

Since 1994, Commissioner Ureña has been the Area Director for the Imperial Valley Special Olympics and works year-round with individuals with intellectual disabilities and special needs. She currently teaches physical education (P.E.) at Imperial Valley College for students with disabilities and has worked on many local projects that enhance the quality of life for underserved youth in Imperial County.

Commissioner Ureña currently serves as the Juvenile Justice Commission Chair for Imperial County and advocates for children and youth in the Juvenile Justice system. She is a member of the El Centro Elementary School District SARB (Student Attendance Review Board), the El Centro Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club, MANA de Imperial Valley, and Elks 1325 Club. Commissioner Ureña was named Woman of the Year by the State Assembly in 2016 and Woman of the Year by MANA in 2010.

Commissioner Ureña resides in Calexico with her son, Robert, who loves to travel, ride motorcycles and quads, and enjoys the outdoors.

Commisioner Cabral PhotoE. THEODORE CABRAL
Sebastopol, California

Appointed by Governor Brown in 2013, Commissioner Cabral is a native Californian currently residing in Sebastopol. 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

TOM LEMMON
San Diego, California

Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee and ProTem Senator Toni Atkins in January 2020, Commissioner Lemmon is a native Californian. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife Karen of over 25 years and daughter Katie who shares her parents' passion for the outdoors. 

Commissioner Lemmon is a desert rat by birth having been raised in Ocotillo Wells. His exposure and participation in the off road community spans over five decades before there were green stickers, site maps or road signs.

Commissioner Lemmon has served on numerous non-profit boards such as the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club that promotes youth athletics, the United Way, and the San Diego Workforce Investment Board. He has participated in oversight committees for bond expenditures including chairing the construction committee for San Diego Community College as well as being a past chair of the Construction Tech Academy at Kearny High School. He currently presides as Chair for San Diego’s largest affordable housing site and is Business Manager for the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council where he advocates on behalf of working people.

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 Diane Ross-Leech PhotoDIANE ROSS-LEECH
Berkeley, California


Appointed by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon in August, 2020, Commissioner Ross-Leech is a native Californian with a passion for environmental stewardship. From an early age, Commissioner Ross-Leech has been an avid outdoorswoman – hiking, camping, canoeing, backpacking, skiing, snow shoeing, and bird watching throughout California and the West.

In 2018 Commissioner Ross-Leech retired as Director of Environmental Policy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She has expertise in developing innovative strategies encompassing corporate sustainability, climate change adaptation, endangered species, migratory birds, land resource management and renewable energy. Throughout her career Commissioner Ross-Leech has built strong working relationships with federal and state resource agencies in California and Washington DC, and established a wide network of influential environmental non-profit and energy industry stakeholders.

Commissioner Ross-Leech is currently the Chair of the Board of Audubon California, on the Board of the California State Parks Foundation and a long-time member of the San Francisco Bay Trail Project. She also recently chaired the Berkeley City-wide Traffic Circle Policy Task Force (formed at the Mayor’s request) to develop a vegetation and tree policy for the City’s neighborhood traffic circles. She continues to assist the City’s Public Works Department to successfully implement the new policy and program.

Since retiring Commissioner Ross-Leech has been spending a lot of time at the shared family vacation home on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Commissioner Ross-Leech lives in Berkeley, California with her husband Robert and daughter Jeanette, a recent graduate of U.C. Davis. Her son Ross is an attorney in New York City. The whole family loves to travel throughout the U.S. and overseas.

 

Commissioner SalazarROGER SALAZAR
Sacramento, California

Appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020, Commissioner Roger Salazar brings a lifelong family history of off-roading to the OHMVR Commission. As a boy, he would accompany his father and uncles on trips through the Rubicon Trail and learned to drive on his Dad's 1978 Jeep CJ5. The earliest known photograph of his father is as an infant in front of the Salazar family 1946 Willys Jeep. There has been a Jeep in the Salazar family continuously for nearly 75 years. 

Commissioner Salazar has run the Rubicon Trail multiple times and participated in dozens of Jeep/Jeepers Jamborees, Easter Jeep Safaris, and California Four Wheel Drive Association off-road events. He has been a frequent visitor to Prairie City SVRA and Hollister Hills SVRA and has been off-roading in Death Valley, Big Bear, Mojave, Niagara Rim, Bald Mountain, Fordyce, Dusy-Ershim, Slick Rock, Barrett Lake, Hell Hole, Mormon Emigrant Trail, Signal Peak, Sourgrass and just about everywhere in between. You may see him and his Wrangler Rubicon “Jeep No7” out on the trails on any given weekend or you can follow their exploits on Instagram @JeepNo7.

A California native, Commissioner Salazar is a Life Member of the California Four Wheel Drive Association and of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association. He is also a member and an officer of the Sacramento-based Sierra Treasure Hunters 4 Wheel Drive Club and an associate member of Red Rock 4-Wheelers of Moab, UT. 

Commissioner Salazar believes we must strive to balance responsibly maintaining public access to off-highway motor vehicle recreation areas and preserving and protecting the environment so that future generations of Californians from all backgrounds can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

Professionally, Salazar has been president of ALZA Strategies, a public affairs firm, since 2014. He was partner at Acosta/Salazar LLC from 2004 to 2012.

Commissioner Salazar served as press secretary and deputy press secretary in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 2000 to 2002, deputy press secretary for Gore 2000 from 1999 to 2000, and assistant press secretary in the Office of President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999. He earned a Master of Arts degree in political management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Redlands.

He currently resides in Sacramento with his wife, Katrina, and has two grown children, two Labradors, and a Mackerel tabby.

Commissioner Kimberlina Whettam photoKIMBERLINA WHETTAM
Woodland Hills, California

Commissioner Whettam was appointed by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon in February 2019. A native Californian and third generation Los Angeles resident, Woodland Hills has been home for Commissioner Whettam for the past sixteen years. With encouragement from her adventurous parents, she grew up exploring the outdoors on foot, jeep, boat, camper and motorcycle. She has instilled her love of nature, the outdoors and adventure in her two children, who share her enthusiasm for exploring the amazing terrain California has to offer.

Commissioner Whettam began riding motorcycles as early as five years old. Her sense of adventure, love of nature and belief in conservation, lead her to two years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 1998-2000. She then went on to work as a Legislative, Planning Deputy and the District Office Director for LA City Councilmember Jack Weiss from 2000-2006. During the last ten years, she has grown her Land Use Consulting firm, working on projects for Dodger Stadium, LAX Airport, high-rise buildings and numerous other projects.

Commissioner Whettam continues to spend as much time as she can, exploring the outdoors with her husband, children and "four-wheel drive" Labradors. She often spends time at her National Forest Service cabin in June Lake, off-roading in her Jeep Wrangler and motorcycles. She is also an active volunteer, teaching teens pottery. The youth are in a court-appointed therapeutic program; her classes are a mechanism to build self-esteem, learn to relax and hopefully find a new hobby. Commissioner Whettam is a committee member for 2020 Women on Boards, which is working toward having women represent a minimum of 20% of Corporate Boards. She is also a founding member of La Charla, a global education, non-profit which manages a peer sex education and self-esteem program for rural students in Nicaragua. Program graduates are awarded college scholarships. Commissioner Whettam looks forward to serving the people of California.