FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 1999
Contact: Ellen Cox Call
Board Appoints Two
to Prop 10 Commission
Santa Ana, Calif. (August
3, 1999) - The Board of Supervisors this morning appointed
Dr. Alberto Gedissman and Dr. Peter Hartman as at large
members to the Orange County Children and Families First
Commission. The appointments and term lengths comply with
requirements set out in Proposition 10, the voter-approved
Tobacco Tax Initiative and concludes the appointment process
bringing the Commission to its full compliment of nine
Supervisor Cynthia Coad appointed Alberto Gedissman, M.D.,
a pediatrician. Gedissman served as past president of
the California Chapter for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Presently, Gedissman is chair of a youth violence committee
and is involved with drug abuse and prevention campaigns.
He is a Clinical Professor for the University of California,
Irvine College of Medicine. Gedissman has served as chairman
for a number of organizations including: the Dept. of
Pediatrics for Western Medical Center, Maternal and Perinatal
Health for the Orange County Medical Association, and
the International Health Committee for the American Academy
of Pediatrics. He has also been member of the Ethics Committee
for the Orange County Medical Association.
Peter Hartman, Ph.D., Superintendent in the Saddleback
Valley Unified School District, was appointed to the commission
by Supervisor Tom Wilson. Hartman presently serves as
instructor of school finance, personnel, leadership of
instruction, and school governance at the California State
University, Fullerton. Hartman is a Corporate Member of
Blue Shield of California and serves as both Trustee and
Finance Committee Member for the St. Joseph Health System.
Hartman presently belongs to a number of associations
including: the American Association of School Administrators,
Suburban School Superintendents, National School Boards
Association, and the California City School Superintendents.
These appointees join three mandatory and four at-large
members of the Commission: Board Chairman Chuck Smith,
Social Services Agency Director Larry Leaman, Health Care
Agency Interim Director Julie Poulson, Attorney and child
advocate Hugh Hewitt, Children's Hospital CEO Kimberly
Cripe, pediatrician Maria Minon and school trustee Crystal
The Commission is expected to convene for its first meeting
in early to mid September.