CSLB Registrar and Board Members
A 15-member board appoints the Registrar of Contractors, who directs administrative policy for CSLB operations. The Board is comprised of five contractor members and 10 public members. The public members include one labor representative, one local building official, and one representative of a statewide senior citizen organization. The governor and state legislature make these appointments.
Stephen P. Sands | Registrar of Contractors
Stephen P. Sands has served as Registrar of Contractors since January 1, 2001. He serves as the CSLB executive officer and oversees a $60 million budget and more than 400 employees at CSLB headquarters in Sacramento and 10 other offices around the state.
Under Mr. Sands’ leadership, CSLB has been recognized as a leader in proactive enforcement programs and partnerships with state and local agencies that help curb the underground economy. CSLB's Licensing, Examination, Enforcement, and Public Affairs programs have been used as models for the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) and other agencies within the Department of Consumer Affairs.
From 1986-2000, Mr. Sands was Executive Officer of the California Architects Board. From 1978-1986, he worked in the Department of Consumer Affairs Executive and Legislative Offices.
Mr. Sands earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
Paul Schifino | Chair | Governor Appointee | "C" Contractor Member
Paul Schifino, of Los Angeles, was originally appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2010, and reappointed Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2011. Mr. Schifino is owner and president of both Anvil Steel Corporation and Junior Steel Company. Mr. Schifino was a partner for the law firm of Schifino and Lindon from 1992 to 2006, associate attorney for Strook and Strook and Lavan from 1990 to 1992, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University from 1987 to 1989. He also is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Mr. Schifino and his wife are both ambassadors of the Weizmann Institute of Science, an international center of scientific research located in Israel. Mr. Schifino’s term continues through June 1, 2013.
Joan Hancock | Vice Chair | Governor Appointee | "B" Contractor Member
Joan Hancock, of Sacramento, was appointed to CSLB by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2007, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. Since 1983, Ms. Hancock has owned Her Land Enterprises, a general contracting firm. From 1977 to 1983, she co-owned Hancock & Colyer Construction. Ms. Hancock earned a Juris Doctorate in 1982, and a California State Teaching Credential in 1979. She also is a member of the Sacramento Mediation Center. Ms. Hancock’s term continues through June 1, 2015.
Mark A. Thurman | Secretary | Governor Appointee | "B" Contractor Member
Mark A. Thurman, of Newport Beach, was originally appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2010, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in May 2011. Mr. Thurman has been president of ARB Structures, Inc. since 2004. Previously, Mr. Thurman was president of Pepper Construction Company Pacific from 1989 to 2004, served as a firefighter specialist for the Orange County Fire Authority from 1980 to 1988, and was a project manager for Miles and Kelley Construction Company from 1975 to 1980. Mr. Thurman is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California’s Board of Directors, Urban Land Institute, Design-Build Institute of America, and International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Thurman’s term continues through June 1, 2013.
David Dias | Governor Appointee | Labor Member
David Dias, of Napa, was appointed Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2011 and reappointed in June 2012. Mr. Dias has been a business representative for Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 104 since 2005, and previously was an apprentice instructor at Foothill Community College from 1998 to 2005, a field supervisor at Therma Inc. from 1997 to 2005, and a sheet metal worker foreman at RH Tinney from 1990 to 1997, after serving as an apprentice from 1986 to 1990. He is a trustee of the Bay Area Industry Training Fund, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a member of the Joint Committee for Energy and Environmental Policy. Mr. Dias’ term continues through June 1, 2016.
Pastor Herrera Jr. | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Pastor Herrera, of Los Angeles, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2010. Mr. Herrera began serving as the Los Angeles County Director of Consumer Affairs in 1991. He previously served L.A. County as Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs from 1981 to 1991, head of staff services from 1980 to 1981, head Consumer Affairs Department representative from 1977 to 1980, and as a Consumer Affairs investigator from 1976 to 1977. Mr. Herrera is a member of the University of California, Los Angeles Latino Alumni Association, National Association of Consumer Affairs Administrators, Consumer Federation of California, Los Angeles Financial Credit Union Board of Directors, National Consumers League, and a founding member of the Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers. Mr. Herrera’s term continues through June 1, 2014.
Matthew Kelly | Senate Appointee | Public Member
Matt Kelly, of Sacramento, was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in April 2003. He was reappointed in October 2005, and again in 2009. Although his 20-year construction industry career began as a carpenter apprentice, he has since worked on a variety of commercial and residential projects, and has been in construction management for a large general contractor. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Sacramento-Sierras Building and Construction Trades Council. Mr. Kelly served as Board Chair from 2006-2007. His term continues through June 1, 2013.
Robert J. Lamb II | Assembly Appointee | Public Member
Robert Lamb, of Cypress, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez in May 2006. Mr. Lamb is a certified plumber and pipefitter. He has been a member of the United Association for more than 30 years, has held numerous positions in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of construction projects. Mr. Lamb was the business manager and financial secretary/treasurer for the Plumbers and Steamfitters U.A. Local 582 in Santa Ana, and was also a representative for the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16. Mr. Lamb earned a Bachelor’s degree in Union Leadership and Administration from the National Labor College in Silver Springs, MD. He serves as a special representative for the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters. In October 2008, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass reappointed Mr. Lamb, and in 2012 Assembly Speaker John Perez reappointed Mr. Lamb for a term that continues through June 1, 2016.
Ed Lang | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Senior Citizen Organization
Ed Lang, of Rancho Cordova, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2007, and reappointed in July 2010. Mr. Lang retired as supervisor of the Corporation Collections Unit for the California Franchise Tax Board, where he worked in various positions from 1980 to 2003. Previously, he was an adult education instructor for the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District from 1976 to 1982, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1980. Mr. Lang serves on the Board of Directors for the InnerCity Housing Corporation and HELPS Family Foster Agency, and is a member of the American Association of Retired People. Mr. Lang’s term continues through June 1, 2014.
James Miller | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Building Official
James Miller, of Big Bear Lake, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2010, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2011. Mr. Miller was a Board member from 2005 through 2009, including service as Board Chair and Vice Chair. Mr. Miller has served as director of building and planning for the city of Big Bear Lake since 2007. Previously, he worked for Riverside County as director of building and safety from 2002 to 2007. He has also worked for Coachella Valley, city of Murietta, city of Pomona and was a licensed contractor in the 1970s and 80s. Mr. Miller’s term continues through June 1, 2013.
Lisa Miller-Strunk | Governor Appointee | "A" Contractor Member
Lisa Miller-Strunk, of Aliso Viejo, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2007, and reappointed in July 2010. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986 and her Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Since 1991, Ms. Miller-Strunk has served as president of Shellmaker Incorporated, which specializes in marine construction. Ms. Miller-Strunk is a long-time member of the Associated General Contractors. Her term continues through June 1, 2014.
John O’Rourke | Senate Appointee | "C" Public Member
John J. O’Rourke, of Novato, was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in June 2011. Mr. O’Rourke is Business Manager/Financial Secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 6 San Francisco and has served in that position since 1999, having recently been re-elected to his fifth term. The 32-year IBEW member has earned his Journeyman Inside Wireman Certificate. This is the third time Mr. O’Rourke has served as a Board member; former Governor Gray Davis appointed him as a labor representative in September 2001, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez appointed him as a public member in December 2004. Mr. O’Rourke also is Chairman of the San Francisco Joint Apprenticeship Committee and Training Trust, and a member of the Olympic Club and the United Irish Cultural Center. Mr. O’Rourke’s term continues until June 2015.
Bruce Rust | Assembly Appointee | Public Member
Bruce Rust, of Clovis, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez on April 2, 2008, and reappointed in May 2012 by Assembly Speaker John Perez. Mr. Rust is the Business Manager of Laborers Local #294 in Fresno. He has worked in construction in California and Arizona, and as a tunnel miner, helping to build the Metro Subway System in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rust's term continues through June 1, 2016.
Frank Schetter | Governor Appointee | Contractor Member
Frank Schetter, of Sacramento, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2011. Mr. Schetter has been the CEO of Schetter Electric since 2006 and was president from 1983 to 2005. He is currently a governor of the National Electrical Contractors Association and a member of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Mr. Schetter’s term continues through June 1, 2015.
CSLB holds regular meetings across the state. These meetings provide the public with an opportunity to testify on agenda items and other issues.