Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC)

The Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC) is composed of the Press Office, Office of External Affairs, and Office of Internal Communication. The goal of OPEC staff members is to provide timely and relevant information through various media that educates the public, the media, lawmakers and internal staff members on the policies, events and successes of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

OPEC coordinates press conferences, develops/disseminates public information via press releases, advisories, and website and social media postings. OPEC also facilitates media interviews, oversees documentaries, organizes media tours of prisons and other CDCR facilities, and provides training to Public Information Officers working the department’s 34 prisons, Juvenile Justice facilities, fire camps and parole regions.

OPEC Contacts

Name & EmailTitle
Jeffrey CallisonAssistant Secretary, Communications
Michelle MrauleStaff Services Manager
Press Office
Dana SimasPress Secretary
Terry ThorntonDeputy Press Secretary
Luis PatinoInformation Officer II
Terri HardyInformation Officer II
Alexandra PowellInformation Officer I
Isaiah (Ike) DodsonInformation Officer I
VacantInformation Officer I
Richard BarrazaOffice Technician
Office of External Affairs
Kristina KhokhobashviliChief (A), External Affairs
VacantDeputy Chief
Brittney FalconStaff Services Analyst
Internal Communications & Multimedia Office
Bill EnfieldChief, Internal Communications
Don ChaddockAssociate Governmental Program Analyst
Jennifer CorcoranAssociate Governmental Program Analyst
Scott SabicerDirector, Television Communications Center (Supervisor)
Jeff BaurDirector, Television Communications Center (Specialist)
David NovickTelevision Specialist
Clarissa ResultanTelevision Specialist
Robert StewartTelevision Specialist
Office of the Webmaster
Thomas GonzalesWebmaster
Nic SolbergInformation Technology Specialist I
VacantInformation Technology Associate

Media Inquiries

The Press Office researches and responds to inquiries from the media. Facts are gathered as quickly as possible and provided to the inquirer. If the requested facts are not known or are otherwise unavailable, the inquirer shall be informed and the reasons therefore. Contact the Press Office at (916) 445-4950.

CPRA Requests

As part of the California Public Records Act, public records maintained by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the Department) will be available for inspection by members of the public.

Additional Contact Info

Call the CDCR Main Number at 916-324-7308 or visit the CDCR Contact Information page.