Board Members

Name Classification Appointing Authority Appointment Date Term Expiration
Alex Arredondo, OD - President Professional Governor June 15, 2012 June 1, 2015
Alexander Kim, MBA Public Governor June 15, 2010 June 1, 2014
Kenneth Lawenda, OD Professional Governor December 22, 2010 June 1, 2014
Cyd Brandvein Public Governor October 25, 2013 June 1, 2017
Donna Burke, Secretary Public Senate Rules Committee October 11, 2010 June 1, 2015
Madhu Chawla, OD, Vice President Professional Governor June 15, 2012 June 1, 2015
David Turetsky, OD Professional Governor December 18, 2013 June 1, 2017
Glenn Kawaguchi, OD Professional Governor August 10, 2012 June 1, 2015
William H. Kysella, Jr. Public Assembly Speaker July 25, 2012 June 1, 2015
Bruce Givner Public Governor September 11, 2013 June 1, 2015
Frank Giardina, OD Professional Governor December 18, 2013 June 1, 2017

Executive Officer: Mona Maggio

Board Member Bio's

Alejandro Arredondo, O.D. was reappointed by Govern Brown on June 15, 2012 to the State Board of Optometry, where he has served since 2007. Arredondo has worked in private practice since 1992. He worked for Dr. John Hernandez, O.D. from 1989 to 1992 and Dr. Darlene Fujimoto, O.D. from 1988 to 1989. Arredondo was an optometrist intern for the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles from 1987 to 1988. He served as an optometrist intern at the Silas B. Hayes Army Community Hospital Optometry Clinic from 1986 to 1987. Arredondo earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. (Term: 6/2012 through 6/2015)

Cyd Brandvein was appointed by the Governor to the Board as a public member on October 25, 2013. As Senior Vice President with AECOM Technology Corporation, she helps leadership teams drive strategic initiatives for risk management, performance optimization and strength in the succession pipeline. She also serves as advisor to AECOM's Americas Chief Operating Officer, bringing more than 24 years of executive experience leading operations, business development, and corporate strategies. Cyd sits on the Girl Scouts of Orange County Board of Directors and in the past represented the public on the America West/US Airways Customer Advisory Board. Cyd received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. (Term: 10/2013 through 6/2017)

Alexander Kim was appointed by the Governor to the Board as a public member on December 27, 2010. Mr. Kim is a Public Affairs Manager for the Southern California Gas Company in Orange County. Previously, he has been deputy director and community liaison to the Asian American community for Governor Schwarzenegger's Los Angeles Office and served as an economic development representative and liaison for the Asian-American community for Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn. (Term: 12/10 through 6/14)

Bill Kysella was appointed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as a public member on July 25, 2012. Mr. Kysella is a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles, where he advises the Department of Water and Power. He has advised the City on elections and government ethics, served as General Counsel to the Department of General Services, and was a prosecutor in Hollywood. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Kysella was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of the General Counsel and was a law clerk in the Office of Counsel to the President during the Clinton Administration. (Term: 7/2012 through 6/2015)

Bruce Givner was appointed as public member by Governor Brown on September 11, 2013. Givner has been a tax attorney at Givner and Kaye, A Professional Corporation since 1994. He worked as a tax attorney at Jeffer Mangels Butler and Marmaro from 1993 to 1994, at Grayson Givner and Wolfe from 1990 to 1993 and at Grayson Givner Booke Silver and Wolfe from 1985 to 1990. Givner was a tax attorney at Sanger Grayson Givner and Booke from 1982 to 1985 and at Flame Sanger Grayson and Ginsburg from 1977 to 1982. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University Law School and a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law. (Term: 09/2013 through 06/2015)

Donna Burke was appointed as a public member by the Senate Rules Committee on October 11, 2010. Ms. Burke was an Executive Director of External Affairs for AT&T. While there she maintained oversight of philanthropic contributions that promoted digital inclusion for the under-served. She also served as the liaison to local elected officials and their staffs in Sacramento County and the surrounding communities. Ms. Burke serves on several community boards, including Capital Public Radio, Folsom Lake Foundation, Leadership California and California Women Lead – Sacramento Region. Ms. Burke has an undergraduate degree in journalism from California State University, Fresno. (Term: 10/10 through 6/15)

Glenn Kawaguchi, O.D. was appointed by Governor Brown as a professional member on August 10, 2012. Kawaguchi has been a managing optometrist at Eyexam of California since 2011 and was an eye care director at Sears Optical from 2006 to 2011. He worked in multiple positions at Eyexam of California from 1993 to 2006, including regional optometric practices manager and managing optometrist. Kawaguchi was an associate optometrist for David Sherman O.D. from 1992 to 1993. He earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. (Term: 8/2012 through 6/2015)

David Turetsky, O.D. was appointed by Governor Brown as a professional member on December 18, 2013. Turetsky has been vice president, optometrist and partner of Advanced Eyecare, A Professional Optometric Group since 2008. He was optometrist and coordinator at Physicians Network Services from 2005 to 2008 and held multiple positions at Pearle VisionCare Inc. from 1993 to 2005, including clinical director, director of doctor relations and area optometric coordinator. Turestsky was managing optometrist at Eyexam 2000 from 1987 to 1993 and an optometrist at Ronald Joelson, O.D. from 1981 to 1987. Turetsky earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Term: 12/2013 through 6/2017)

Kenneth Lawenda, O.D. was reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger on December 2, 2010 to the State Board of Optometry, where he has served since 2007. He obtained his Optometry degree at the Southern California College of Optometry in 1970 and was in private practice for 37 years and is presently associated with a group practice in Beverly Hills. He has been a member of the California Optometric Association (COA) since 1970 and has served on numerous committees including COA's Health Services, Legislative and Finance Committee. Dr. Lawenda was President of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society and was elected President of the Association in 2006 for the term 2006-2007. He also served in the LA community by being the founding eye Doctor of the LA Free Clinic in 1971. In addition, he was on the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Optometric Staff from 1971-2007, serving as Clinical Chief of Optometry and then Chief of Optometry from 2001-2006. Dr. Lawenda also served the American Optometric Association as Political Action Committee Director for Region 1 (California) from 2006-2010. (Term: 12/2010 through 06/2014)

Madhu Chawla, O.D. was appointed by Governor Brown on June 15, 2012 to the State Board of Optometry. Chawla has been an optometrist at Kaiser Permanente since 2008. She was a managing optometrist at Eye Exam of California from 2005 to 2008 and an optometrist at South Bay Eye Institute from 2004 to 2005. Chawla worked as an optometrist at the Office of Glenn P. Kimball from 2000 to 2004, Pearl Vision Center from 2001 to 2004, the Office of Lisa Travies from 1999 to 2000, the Office of Frederick Rose from 1999 to 2000 and the Dimock Community Health Center from 1997 to 1999. Chawla earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry. (Term: 6/2012 through 6/2015)

Frank Giardina, O.D., F.A.A.O was appointed by Governor Brown as a professional member on December 18, 2013. Giardina has been optometric director at Community Health Centers of the Central Coast Inc. since 2013. He was an area doctor at FirstSight Vision Services from 2007 to 2013, optometric director at Mission Medical from 1996 to 2007 and an optometrist in private practice from 1990 to 1996. Giardina was optometric director at El Progreso Del Desierto from 1987 to 1990 and a teaching fellow at Pacific University, College of Optometry from 1986 to 1987. Giardina earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University, College of Optometry and a Master of Science degree in health science from California State University, Northridge. Giardina is an adjunct professor of optometry at Western University, College of Optometry. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of Optometric Management, a monthly optometric journal. (Term: 12/2013 through 6/2017)