Staff Directory

California Fair Services Authority
1776 Tribute Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 921-2213
Fax: (916) 646-1238
email: mthurber@cfsa.org

 

2018 Board of Directors

Dan Jacobs, CEO, Antelope Valley Fair, Chair
Representing fair classifications III-VII.
(661) 948-6060

Jim Wolcott, CEO, Lassen County Fair, Vice Chair
Representing fair classifications I and II
(530) 251-8900

Patricia Conklin, CEO, Dixon May Fair
Representing fair classifications III-VII.
(707) 678-5529

Stephen J. Kenny, CEO, Butte County Fair
Representing fair classifications I and II.
(530) 846-3626

Jack Blyskal, Public Member. Jack brings more than 40 years of claim management experience to the CFSA board, including 15 years in public entity/joint powers authority service.

Michael Olcott, CEO, Kern County Fair
At-large member, representing fair classifications III-VII.
(661) 833-4900

John Quiroz, Branch Chief, CDFA Fairs & Expositions
(916) 900-5025

 

 

Administration:
Becky Bailey-Findley (Executive Director)
Rebecca Desmond (Deputy Executive Director)
Kevin Wright (Business Services Manager)
Deanna Bongioanni (Receptionist)

Communications/Website:
Melissa Thurber (Communications)

Construction:
California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA)
Bryan Eubanks (Construction Manager)
Marcus Lee (Office Assistant)
Eric Lorenzana (Project Coordinator)
Michael Sellens (Project Manager)
Jeff Fields (Project Manager)
Joe Guajardo (Project Manager)
Sean Slay (Project Manager)

Finance:
Raechelle Gibbons (Controller)
Renee Yi (Accounting Administrator)
May Xyong (Accountant Supervisor)
Diane Peralta (Accountant)
Martha Manriquez (Account Clerk)
Mayger Yang (Account Clerk)
Johnny Yang (Account Clerk)

Risk Department:
Tom Amberson (Risk Department Manager)
Lesly Wade (Risk Control Supervisor)
Mario Castagnola (Risk Control Specialist)
Chandler Wright (Risk Control Specialist)

Lianne Lewellen (Risk Analyst)
Me’ Chell Parrish (Medical-Only Claims Examiner)
Kristen Fryer (Claims Clerk)

General Liability:
Mark Stone (General Liability Claims Manager)

Workers’ Compensation:
Cindy Hehner (Workers’ Compensation Claims Administrator)

 

Tom Amberson
Risk Department Manager
Tom oversees the overall risk management program for member fairs, including the General Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Special Events and Risk Control programs. He negotiates, places and procures pooled and commercial insurance coverages for CFSA, member fairs and related agencies, and provides analysis of risk and risk management assistance. In addition, Tom is our liaison with the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) and other risk-related entities.
Phone: (916) 263-6180
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: tamberson@cfsa.org

Becky Bailey-Findley
Executive Director
Becky provides overall executive direction of CFSA’s programs and services. Responsibilities focus on working with our board of directors and member fairs, as well as agencies outside of CFSA, to coordinate issues and operations. Becky is always available for questions or concerns regarding CFSA.
Phone: (916) 263-6160
Fax: (916) 646-1238
email: baileyfindley@cfsa.org

Deanna Bongioanni
Receptionist and Support Services 

Deanna provides reception services for the office in addition to support services for our executive director and administrative staff.
Phone: (916) 263-6160
Fax: (916) 646-1238
email: dbongioanni@cfsa.org

Mario Castagnola
Risk Control Specialist
Mario provides CFSA’s members with risk control services and inspections in addition to workplace safety training. He’s a Certified Safety Management Specialist as well as a certified mobile equipment operator training instructor.
Phone: (916) 263-6183
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: mcastagnola@cfsa.org

Rebecca Desmond
Deputy Executive Director

Rebecca manages the day-to-day operations of CFSA and provides oversight and direction to CFSA’s Finance, Business Services and Communications departments.
Phone: (916) 263-6161
Fax: (916) 646-1238
email: rdesmond@cfsa.org

Bryan Eubanks
Construction Manager

Bryan provides the overall management and support for all aspects of construction for California’s fairs for CFSA’s Construction Department and California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA).
Phone: (916) 263-6121
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: beubanks@cfsa.org

Jeff Fields
Project Manager
Jeff is responsible for the day-to-day management of fair construction projects for CFSA’s Construction Department and California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA).
Phone: (916) 263-6111
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: jfields@cfsa.org

Kristen Fryer
Claims Clerk
Kristen assists members of the Risk Department with specialized clerical support involving all aspects of the claims handling process in addition to special projects.
Phone: (916) 263-6174
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: kfryer@cfsa.org

Raechelle Gibbons
Controller

Raechelle works with CFSA’s Executive and Deputy Executive directors to manage the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of CFSA’s financial operations. She is also responsible for the oversight of CFSA’s Financial Services programs and annual audits for CFSA and CFSA’s clients.
Phone: (916) 263-6143
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: rgibbons@cfsa.org

Joe Guajardo
Project Manager
Joe is responsible for the day-to-day management of fair construction projects for CFSA’s Construction Department and California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA).
Phone: (916) 263-6111
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: construction@cfsa.org

Cindy Hehner
Workers’ Compensation Claims Administrator

Cindy is responsible for all aspects of workers’ compensation claims handling including investigation, compensability determination and litigation management.
Phone: (916) 263-6172
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: chehner@cfsa.org

Marcus Lee
Office Assistant

Marcus handles reception, clerical and project management support duties for fair construction projects for CFSA’s Construction Department and California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA).
Phone: (916) 263-6101
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: mlee@cfsa.org

Lianne Lewellen
Risk Analyst 

Lianne reviews carnival policies and member fair contracts for insurance compliance, issues control numbers and quotes for the Special Events program, assists with the Revenue Protection program, and reviews indemnification language on contracts at the request of member fairs. Lianne also maintains and produces the Master Insurance List of vendors and carnivals serving the California fair industry.
Phone: (916) 263-6145
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: llewellen@cfsa.org

Eric Lorenzana
Project Coordinator
Eric assists CFFA’s manager and project management team in all aspects of construction project coordination, including contract administration, records maintenance, project organization and status. He also provides administrative support and general office support as needed.
Phone: (916) 570-3040
Cell: (916) 420-7718
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: construction3@cfsa.org

Martha Manriquez
Account Clerk

Martha supports fair clients with accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll services. She also processes and maintains employee benefit programs for CFSA clients.
Phone: (916) 263-6142
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: mmanriquez@cfsa.org

Me’ Chell Parrish
Medical-Only Claims Examiner
Me’ Chell works closely with CFSA’s Workers’ Compensation Claims administrator, assisting with all-aspects of pool member medical-only workers’ compensation claims. Responsibilities include claims   review, investigation and evaluation, medical management and rehabilitation monitoring, and  staying apprised of defense counsel/case progress.
Phone: (916) 263-6175
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: mparrish@cfsa.org

Diane Peralta 
Accountant

Diane provides accounting services for CFSA’s fair clients, including bank reconciliations, journal entries, general accounting reconciliations, and financial reporting.
Phone: (916) 263-6141
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: dperalta@cfsa.org

Michael Sellens
Office Admnistrator
Michael is responsible for all administrative duties in the CFSA Construction Department for California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA).
Phone: (916) 263-6155
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: msellens@cfsa.org

Sean Slay
Project Manager

Sean is responsible for the day-to-day management of fair construction projects for CFSA’s Construction Department and California Fairs Financing Authority (administered by CFSA).
Phone: (916) 570-3041
Fax: (916) 263-6116
email: construction2@cfsa.org

Mark Stone
General Liability Claims Manager
Mark is responsible for all aspects of general liability claims handling including incident investigations and litigation management.
Phone: (916) 263-6171
Fax: (916)  263-6159
email: mstone@cfsa.org

Melissa Thurber
Communications Officer/Webmaster

Responsible for all CFSA marketing, multimedia and social media including the fyi newsletter, annual reports, and brochures, Melissa is also the webmaster, strategist and writer for CFSA’s website.
Phone: (916) 263-6163
Fax: (916) 646-1238
email: mthurber@cfsa.org

Lesly Wade
Risk Control Supervisor

A certified Safety Management Specialist, Lesly conducts risk control and event safety inspections, with specialties that include CPR/First Aid training and Lift Truck operator certification. She is also a certified Aerial Lift trainer. As CFSA’s Risk Control Supervisor, Lesly assists in the oversight of risk control operations and, along with CFSA’s  Risk Department Manager, is responsible for the training and professional development of the Risk Control team.
Phone: (916) 263-6178
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: lwade@cfsa.org

Chandler Wright
Risk Control Specialist
Chandler is a Certified Safety Management Specialist as well as a Certified CPR instructor. His responsibilities include risk control inspections, safety program development and safety training. Chandler is fluent in Spanish, which has expanded and enhanced CFSA’s risk control training program.
Phone: (916) 263-6140
Fax: (916) 263-6159
email: cwright@cfsa.org

Kevin Wright
Manager of Business Services
/Purchasing Services

Kevin oversees contract administration, human resources, IT and facility management for CFSA, in addition to CFSA’s Business Services program, including the development of new support services for California’s fairs.
Phone: (916) 263-6187
Fax: (916) 646-1238
email: kwright@cfsa.org

May Xyong
Accountant Supervisor
May supervises members of the Finance Departments’ account clerk team, in addition to providing accounting services for CFSA’s fair clients, including bank reconciliations, journal entries, general accounting reconciliations, and financial reporting.
Phone: (916) 263-6146
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: mxyong@cfsa.org

Johnny Yang
Account Clerk
Under close supervision, Johnny provides a variety of clerical accounting work of average complexity as a trainee. Performs routine clerical accounting duties on a continuing basis; and related work as required.
Phone: (916) 263-6144
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: jyang@cfsa.org

Mayger Yang 
Account Clerk

In addition to providing fair client support with accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll services, Mayger processes and maintains CFSA’s accounts receivable and billings.
Phone: (916) 263-6157
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: myang@cfsa.org

Renee Yi
Accounting Administrator

Renee oversees and supervises CFSA’s Accounting Services program, and the PayNet and FlexNet programs. She also provides general oversight to the day-to-day activities of the Finance Department.
Phone: (916) 263-6158
Fax: (916) 263-6189
email: ryi@cfsa.org