Board Members

Nine board members serve as the policy-setting body for the Board. Seven of the members are appointed by the Governor, one by the Senate President Pro-Tempore, and one by the Assembly Speaker. Board members include five registered nurses and four public members. The current board members are:

Name Classification Appointing Authority Appointment Date Term Expiration
Michael Deangelo Jackson, MSN, RN, CEN, MICN - President Nurse Educator Member Governor May 10, 2012 June 1, 2020
Barbara Yaroslavsky Public Member Senate Rules Committee June 1, 2016 June 1, 2020
Cynthia Cipres Klein, BSN, RN Direct Patient Care Member Governor May 10, 2012 June 1, 2018
Donna Gerber Public Member Speaker of the Assembly February 24, 2016 June 1, 2020
Elizabeth (Betty) Woods, RN, FNP, MSN Advanced Practice Member Governor February 6, 2014 June 1, 2018
Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz Public Member Governor February 6, 2014 June 1, 2021
Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, MSN, RN Nurse Administrator Member Governor October 28, 2015 June 1, 2019
Trande Phillips, RN Direct Patient Care Member Governor October 28, 2015 June 1, 2019

Michael Deangelo Jackson, MSN, RN, CEN, MICN - President

Michael Deangelo Jackon, MSN, RN, CEN, MICN

Michael Deangelo Jackson, MSN, RN, CEN, MICN is a clinical nurse II in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center since 2000 and served as an extern there from 1999 to 2000. He has been an adjunct clinical faculty member in the registered nursing program at Southwestern Community College and an operations supervisor at Scripps Mercy Medical Center since 2007. He was a mental health worker at Scripps Mercy Medical Center from 1992 to 2000 and served as a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1989 to 1993.

Barbara Yaroslavsky

Barbara Yaroslavsky

Barbara Yaroslavsky sits on the boards of many nonprofit organizations and public organizations and has been active for the last 35 years at the Saban Community Clinic. She currently sits on the Friends Board which raises in excess of 1.7 million dollars a year to provide quality health care for the underserved in the Los Angeles community.

She serves on the LA’s Best Board, a collaborative effort between the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the private sector. This nationally recognized program provides a quality program for over 30,000 elementary students in the Los Angeles City area and public school. She is the Chair of LA City Commission on Neighborhood and Families which advises the Mayor and Council on issues to make a difference around programs moving people out of poverty.

Barbara sits on the Board of Executive Service Corps (ESC) which places retired executives as coaches into non-profit organizations and is an active member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. She has also served on the Medical Board of California for 13 years in a variety of roles including President, chair of the Education Committee and Discipline panel, co-chair of the over-prescribing task force and has served on other task forces always with public protection at the forefront of the topic.

She is a member of the Health Professions Educational Foundation which makes scholarship and loan repayment programs available for people going into the medical professions in the State of California. Barbara believes that the way to make a difference is by being involved in the community and she has been engaged in a myriad of community projects through her career as a community activist with her focus being opportunities in education and health care issues.

Cynthia Cipres Klein, BSN, RN

Cynthia Cipres Klein, RN

Cynthia Cipres Klein, BSN, RN is a registered nurse in Internal Medicine/Subspecialty Department with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Riverside, California. She has served in multiple positions with Kaiser, including as the RN charge nurse in urgent care from 2003 to 2005 and an ambulatory care RN team leader in family medicine, pediatrics, allergy and obstetrics and gynecology from 1998 to 2003. Ms. Klein worked as a RN supervisor for U.S. Family Care West from 1997 to 1998, as a general pediatric floor nurse at Miller’s Children’s Hospital in 1996 and as a RN lead for the Universal Care Medical Group from 1992 to 1995. She was a medical records clerk at St. Jude’s Medical Center from 1991 to 1992.

Donna Gerber

Donna Gerber

Donna Gerber retired in 2009 after a long and varied career. Donna graduated from UC Santa Barbara in social work and started her career as a social worker. She later worked for several labor unions as an advocate and educator for healthcare workers. Donna was elected to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors in 1996 and again in 2000 and she was appointed as a public member of the California Medical Board by Governor Gray Davis.

In addition to worker advocacy, Donna Gerber distinguished herself as one of the most effective leaders in the Bay Area on issues as diverse as smart growth, environmental conservation, quality health care and “Zero Tolerance” policies against domestic violence. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Alliance, a non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that promotes mixed use urban development and rural conservation through urban growth boundaries. She also serves on the Board of the National Charrette Institute, a national non-profit educational institution that provides training to elected officials, private professionals and community members that empowers all parties toward land use project planning, design and implementation.

Elizabeth (Betty) Woods, RN, FNP, MSN

Elizabeth (Betty) Woods, RN, FNP, MSN

Elizabeth (Betty) Woods, RN, FNP, MSN is a volunteer Nurse Practitioner at the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Rohnert Park, Ca., which serves the uninsured population in Sonoma Co.

Previously Ms. Woods was a Labor Representative with the California Nurses Association, representing RNs and NPs, from 1994 to 2007. Within this position she coordinated the Quality Liaison Program, a joint program between CNA and Kaiser Permanente, wherein RNs and NPs examined patient care issues in order to increase quality services.

She was a FNP at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa from 1976 to 1994 in Family Medicine and also a member of the HIV Consult Team. From 1984 to 1994 she was an Adjunct Clinical Professor for NP students at Sonoma State University, and from 1982 to 1988 a NP Sexual Assault Examiner at Sonoma County Community Hospital.

Before earning her NP certification and MSN from Sonoma State University, Ms. Woods was an ICU and medical/surgical RN.

Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz

Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz

Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz is a Project Specialist at Kern County Public Health Services Department since 1999. She has served in multiple positions at the Kern County Department of Public Health, including the Medi-Cal Outreach Program, Maternal Child Disability Program, Child Health and Disability Program, Kern Access to Children’s Health Program, Child’s Dental Program, Refugee Health Assessment Program and is currently working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Ceja-Butkiewicz was raised in Southern California, where she attended schools at Baldwin Park and Cal Poly Pomona. She later moved to Bakersfield where she worked as legal secretary from 1986 to 1995. She also held multiple positions at the Kern County Economic Opportunity Corporation (aka Community Action Partnership of Kern) from 1995 to 1998, including immunization coordinator, health educator and Medi-Cal outreach coordinator.

Ms. Ceja-Butkiewicz is a member, a community advocate and has served on several professional and community organizations, including the Kern Homeless Collaborative, International Women’s Program, Central Democratic Party Committee, Democratic Women of Kern (past President), Inyo, Kern Central Labor Council and Service International Union local 521.

Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, MSN, RN

Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes

Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, MSN, RN is the director of the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing at Fresno State since 2013. She was dean at the United States University in Chula Vista School of Nursing from 2011 to 2013, a project manager at the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California from 2007 to 2011, a faculty member at San Joaquin Valley College from 2003 to 2007 and a staff nurse to the chief nurse executive at the Fresno Community Medical Center from 2002 to 2006. She was chief nurse executive at the Fresno Heart Hospital from 2003 to 2006, held several positions at the Community Medical Centers from 1996 to 2003, including vice president and executive director of the Education Department, vice president of continuum services and facility service integrator. Ms. De La Cruz-Reyes was administrative director and service integrator at the Clovis Community Hospital from 1992 to 1995 and held several positions at the Fresno Community Hospital from 1969 to 1992, including director of nurses, nursing manager, supervisor of the Education and Training Department and critical care and clinical instructor. She earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Trande Phillips, RN

Trande Phillips, RN

Trande Phillips, RN has been a registered nurse at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center in the pediatric-flex unit and the medical, surgical, hospice and oncology unit since 1983. She was a registered nurse at the Merrithew Memorial Hospital in Contra Costa County from 1979 to 1981 and the Wichita General Hospital in Texas from 1971 to 1972.