Executive of the Year

2020 Executive of the Year

The Executive of the Year Award is given annually to the person or persons who consistently demonstrate remarkable leadership skills, integrity, values, vision, commitment  to excellence, agency performance, community service and diversity.


Nolice Edwards, previously Chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services, and now Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Government Operations Agency

Brenda Crowding, Deputy Director of the Officer of Internal Affairs

Fergus Leckie, Captain at California State Prison, Sacramento

Preetika Nand-Lal, Attorney III for the CCHCS Office of Internal Affairs

Emma Regidor, Staff Counsel III for CDCR’s Office of Legal Affairs

Michelle Allen, Parole Agent II, Division of Adult Parole Operations’ Northern Region

Olivia Briones, Regional Personnel Administrator for CCHCS Fresno Regional Office

Ricardo DeLaCruz, Associate Director Human Resources at the Sacramento Headquarters

Kevin Grassel, Information Technology Specialist II, Office of Research

Michelle Laguna, formerly a Student Assistant at the Office of Internal Affairs, now an Office Technician with Mule Creek State Prison

Jaron Nash, Chief Executive Officer at Avenal State Prison

Rosanna Rodriguez, Staff Services Manager II for the Office of Peace Officer Selection, Northern Region

Elizabeth Sherrell-Davis, Staff Services Manger I for Office of Training and Professional Development

Sarina J. Calderon, Associate Director for the Office of Internal Affairs

Stefanie Kane, Correctional Counselor III for the Substance Abuse and Treatment Facility, and

Khanh Nguyen, Staff Services Manager II for the Office of Internal Affairs

The team’s work could not be timelier today.

The movement for racial equity in California government is growing. CDCR joined many local governments, regional agencies, and state departments by creating a GARE team.

They finalized a 5-year strategic action plan to guide practices and core strategies for making our government more representative of the people of California. 

Their work will help produce more diversity and equity in our workforce and our work.