FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2007

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


Kristen Schwenkmeyer Elected 2007 Chair of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

OAKLAND -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the unanimous election of Commissioner Kristen Schwenkmeyer as the Chair of the Commission for 2007. Ms. Schwenkmeyer, appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to represent employers, is secretary-treasurer of Gordon & Schwenkmeyer, a telemarketing firm she started in 1985. Her primary responsibilities include overall administration of operations, budgeting and personnel for a staff of over 700. Previously, Ms Schwenkmeyer served as staff aide to Supervisor Ralph Clark of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Senator John Glenn in Washington, D.C.

CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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