Bill Davidson is the General Manager for CALPIA. Mr. Davidson has nearly 23 years of fiscal and administrative experience in state government. Much of his career has been spent at the Department of Motor Vehicles, serving as the department’s Chief Budget Officer, Deputy Director of Field Operations and Chief Deputy Director. Mr. Davidson also served as the Deputy Secretary for Administration and Finance at the California State Transportation Agency. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Davidson spent eight years as a member of the California Prison Industry Board.
Mr. Davidson is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting).
Assistant General Manager, Facility Operations, Operations Division
Nicole Collins is the Assistant General Manager of Facility Operations of the Operations Division for CALPIA. Ms. Collins has over 23 years of state service, which 21 years of service are with CALPIA. Ms. Collins started her career at Mule Creek State Prison as an Office Assistant (T). She advanced her career with a variety of appointments including warehouse positions at Mule Creek and On-time Delivery. She was the Prison Industries Manager of manufacturing enterprises for eight years. Ms. Collins most recently served as the Branch Manager in Operations for the past year at Central Office.
Assistant General Manager, Facility Support, Operations Division
Jeff Sly is the General Counsel for CALPIA. Mr. Sly began his legal career in 1991 as a member of the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General. Following his time in the Navy, Mr. Sly entered private practice as managing partner of a civil/family law practice. Mr. Sly began State service in 2001. He served as Commission Counsel with the Fair Political Practices Commission and Staff Counsel with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation before joining CALPIA in April 2006 as General Counsel.
Mr. Sly is a graduate of the California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Science Degree Business Administration/Finance; a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and Michigan.
Assistant General Manager, Marketing and Regulatory Compliance Division
Raymond Meek is the Assistant General Manager of the Marketing Division for CALPIA. Mr. Meek has over 33 years of sales and marketing experience, specializing in business development, strategic planning and management.
Mr. Meek began his career at the Pepsi Bottling Group/PEPSICO and worked for over 20 years in a variety of sales management roles, serving as the Director of Foodservice and as Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining CALPIA, Mr. Meek served for six years as the Vice President of Member Development for the California Restaurant Association.
Mr. Meek graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication.
Assistant General Manager, Workforce Development Branch
Rusty Bechtold is the Assistant General Manager of the Workforce Development Branch for CALPIA. Mr. Bechtold has more than 27 years of training, teaching, and directing career development programs in a correctional environment. He began his career as an Agriculture Manager for a Joint Venture Program at Avenal State Prison.
Mr. Bechtold advanced his career with a variety of promotions including Industrial Supervisor, Superintendent II, and Administrator. He was also the Prison Industries Manager of CALPIA’s Food and Agriculture Enterprises and then the Branch Manager of Consumables in Operations. Mr. Bechtold also served as the Chief of Workforce Development for three years prior.
Mr. Bechtold received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and his Vocational Teaching Credential in Agriculture Education from University of California, Davis.
Assistant General Manager, Administration Division
Debi Kamakani is the Assistant General Manager of the Administration Division, which encompasses Human Resources, Labor Relations, Staff Development, and the Business Services Section. Prior to this role, Ms. Kamakani served as CALPIA’s Chief of Human Resources. Much of her career she worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) where she served as Assistant Personnel Officer, Personnel & Payroll Services.
Ms. Kamakani has been the recipient of three Director’s Awards during her 15-year tenure with the State of California for outstanding achievements. She has also been honored by the California Department of Human Resources, California Public Employees Retirement System, and the California Government Operations Agency.
Assistant General Manager, Office of External Affairs
Michele Kane is Chief of External Affairs for CALPIA. Previously, Ms. Kane worked for the California State Legislature and served as Deputy Director of Communications for a State Senator and Deputy Director of Communications for the caucus. Prior to working at the Capitol, Ms. Kane served as a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Ms. Kane has 19 years of experience in broadcast media including anchoring and reporting for CBS-13, CW31’s Good Day Sacramento, WKMG Orlando Florida, KCOY Santa Maria/Santa Barbara and KIEM Eureka.
Ms. Kane is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications.
Chief Information Officer
Suzie Changus is the CIO for CALPIA. Ms. Changus has worked in the fields of vocational education, technology, government and healthcare and has two decades of information technology and project management experience. In addition to private sector and non-profit work she also co-founded a technology consulting firm providing IT services to businesses in Northern California. Her primary project management experience has involved portfolio management, post-secondary college accreditations, county employment and training initiatives, Salesforce application implementations and multiple strategic planning efforts.
Ms. Changus is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Master of Business Administration degree and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.
Chief Financial Officer
Natalie McCorkle is the Chief Financial Officer for CALPIA. Ms. McCorkle brings over 23 years of experience with CALPIA, working in both Fiscal and Operations divisions. Previously, she served as CALPIA’s Financial Controller overseeing Accounting, Inventory Management and the Enterprise Resource Unit (ERU). She has extensive knowledge and experience with financial accounting principles, cost accounting and manufacturing processes, budgeting, and CALPIA’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
Ms. McCorkle is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management and Marketing as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Accountancy.