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Benzion Lew

Rabbi Lew began his term in January of 2018. He has been working as a Chaplain at Calipatria State Prison since 2003, and also serves as a Rabbi at a local synagogue. Since becoming a Rabbi, in 1999, he has lived all over the world helping people in all walks of life, irrespective of their religious or spiritual beliefs.


Edwin Santiago

Bio coming soon.


Wynona Majied-Martinez

Bio coming soon.


Ted “Bear” Jackson

Bear is Western Shoshone, is the chair for CDCR and is the NASL Representative. He has been with CDCR since 2008. He has worked for many years in various Native American communities as a traditional healing provider and counselor.


Sadiq Shoaib

Sadiq fills the board's DJJ chair and is also the representative for the Muslim faith group. Chaplain Shoaib works with the youth at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center (NCYCC). His passion is to bring comfort and healing to the people in need.


Steve Gomez

Steve Gomez is the DHS representative. He works at Patton State Hospital since 2014. Before that, he was apart of the DJJ.  His ministry experience includes pastoral work in youth ministry, teaching and many years of volunteering in detention ministry.


Dedric Burks

As a Vice President, Dedric represents the CalVet department. Since 2012 he has been working as a state chaplain in the Calvet Home system.  He also serves as the Director General of Western Baptist State Convention Christian Education Department.