Meet the Board Members


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Charles Alexander,
Ph.D.
Charles Alexander has been reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Physician Assistant Board, where he has served since 2013. Dr. Alexander has been associate vice provost for student diversity and director of the academic advancement program at the University of California, Los Angeles since 2006. He was associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry from 1996 to 2006 and director of multicultural concerns and assistant to the dean of the Marquette University School of Dentistry from 1990 to 1996. He served as associate dean of the college of arts and sciences at Brandeis University from 1989 to 1990 and director of multicultural affairs at Milwaukee Area Technical College from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Alexander earned a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate degree in the sociological foundations of education from Marquette University. (Term: 8/17/2020 – 1/1/2024)

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Juan Armenta, Esq.
President
Juan Armenta has been reappointed to the Physician Assistant Board by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, where he has served since 2018. After earning his law degree in 1990, Mr. Armenta’s Los Angeles area practice focused on tort litigation including municipal liability defense. He formed his own firm in 1994 in Rancho Mirage, where he practices focusing on areas that overlap with medical care delivery including workers’ compensation and insurance fraud. He has been on the litigation team or lead appellate lawyer on numerous appellate opinions in the area of fraud against governmental entities and insurance companies. Besides serving on the Physician Assistant Board, his other public service includes youth athletic coaching and sponsorships and service on various boards including a water utility. Mr. Armenta has also lectured in mandatory continuing education classes for attorneys in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury law. (Term: 2/25/2021 – 1/1/2025).

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Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C
Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C, has been reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Physician Assistant Board, where she has served since 2016. Ms. Carlquist is a physician assistant and has worked at the Central Coast Cardiology since 2011 and at the Salinas Valley Hospital in the emergency room since 2008. Ms. Carlquist worked at Dr. Robert Wlodarczyk Cardiology, Inc. from 2005 to 2015 and at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula as an emergency room physician assistant from 2013 to 2020. (Term: 8/17/2020 – 1/1/2024)

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Sonya Earley PA-C
Vice President
Sonya Earley, PA-C has been reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Physician Assistant Board, where she has served since 2013. Earley has been a physician assistant and certified diabetes care and education specialist at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group since 2007, clinical associate professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California since 2004, and assistant professor at Southern California University of Health Science Physician Assistant Program since 2016. She was a pediatric physician assistant at Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital from 1996 to 2004. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Bachelor of Science Degrees from University of California, Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and will commence her doctoral studies in the Global Executive Doctoral Program at University of Southern California in Winter 2020. (Term: 8/17/2020 – 1/1/2024)

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Jed Grant, PA-C
Jed Grant, PA-C began his medical career as a US Army medic and received his PA training at the Interservice (US Military) PA Program in 1999. He has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Nebraska and a Doctorate of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg. He has practiced in primary care, urgent care, military, occupational, and emergency medicine, working in both clinical and management roles. He has also served as clinical and didactic faculty at PA Programs since 2003, and is a prior program director. Dr. Grant was appointed to the Physician Assistant Board in 2013 by Governor Brown. He is currently an assistant professor and admissions director for the PA Program at the University of the Pacific, working clinically in urgent care, and serving in the California Army National Guard where he works as an aeromedical physician assistant. (Term: 11/20/2019 - 1/1/2023)

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Randy W. Hawkins, MD
Randy W. Hawkins, MD was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Physician Assistant Board on August 17, 2020. Dr. Hawkins has been assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science since 2014 and a physician and surgeon in private practice since 1985. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine. Dr. Hawkins is a member of the Golden State Medical Association of California, the National Medical Association, the Charles R. Drew Medical Society and the Food and Drug Administration Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee. Dr. Hawkins earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann Medical College. (Term 8/17/20 - 1/1/2024)

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Diego V. Inzunza, PA-C
Diego V. Inzunza, PA-C was appointed to the Physician Assistant Board by Governor Gavin Newsom on August 17, 2020. Mr. Inzunza has been a physician assistant at VEP Healthcare, Patterson Urgent Care, and Primary Care at Home since 2019. He was a group supervisor for the San Mateo County Probation Department from 2015 to 2019, a medical translator for Santa Clara County from 2012 to 2016 and a community outreach coordinator for the City of San Jose Vice Mayor from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Inzunza is a member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He earned a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Samuel Merritt University. (Term: 8/17/2020-1/1/2024)

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Vasco Deon Kidd, PA-C
Vasco Deon Kidd, PA-C was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Physician Assistant Board on August 23, 2021. Dr. Kidd has been Associate Clinical Professor in the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery since 2021 and Director of the Advanced Practice Providers Program at UCI Health since 2019. Dr. Kidd was Director of Advanced Practice Providers and Director of the Physician Assistant Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship Training Program at Arrowhead Orthopedics from 2016 to 2019. He was an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator at Moreno Valley College from 2013 to 2015 and at the University of Texas Health Science Center from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Kidd was as a Physician Assistant at Kaiser Permanente from 2003 to 2010. He earned a Doctor of Health Science degree with concentration in global health from A.T. Still University, a Master of Science degree in health professions education from Western University of Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. (Term: 8/17/2021-1/1/2023)