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State of California Franchise Tax Board

Executive Staff Biographies

Selvi Stanislaus

Selvi Stanislaus was appointed Executive Officer of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on January 11, 2006. Selvi is FTB's fourth executive officer and is the first woman to hold the post.

Selvi oversees the second largest tax department in the nation, with more than 6,000 employees in California and its three out-of-state offices.

After graduation from the Sri Lanka Law College as an attorney at law, Selvi worked in the private sector, and thereafter in the Chambers of Sri Lanka's President's Counsel.

After establishing herself in Sri Lanka, Selvi and her husband chose to pursue the vast opportunities in the United States. They immigrated to California in 1986, where Selvi returned to law school, completing a J.D. degree with Honors and an LL.M degree in tax law. After another period in the private sector, she joined the State Board of Equalization's legal staff in 1996, to pursue her passion in tax law. In April 2005, Selvi was appointed the Acting Assistant Chief Counsel of the Tax and Fee Programs Division of the Legal Department, formulating legal policies affecting every tax and fee program in California administered by the Board, which collects nearly $53 billion annually in taxes and fees.

In her spare time, Selvi is actively involved in doing pro bono work in Northern California's large East Asian community. She is also a part-time professor at a local law school where she teaches tax law.

Chris Beach

Chris Beach is Chief of the Audit Division.

As chief of FTB’s Audit Division, Chris is responsible for audit program policy and operations which includes all aspects of individual and business audits, protests, and criminal investigations.

Chris has worked for FTB since 1986. He began his career in the Audit program. Over the past 16 years, Chris has held managerial assignments in the Audit, Filing, and Administrative Services Divisions. Additionally, Chris was a three-year member of the Federal Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC), serving as its chairman for the 2008-2009 term. As an ETAAC member, he conveyed the public’s perception of the IRS electronic tax administration activities, offered constructive observations about current or proposed policies, programs, and procedures, and suggested improvements through the committee’s annual report to Congress.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Chico.

Jozel Brunett

Jozel Brunett is FTB's Chief Counsel.

The Chief Counsel provides advice and counsel to the department with respect to tax matters in protest, appeals, bankruptcy, and settlement cases, the department's legislative program, tax forms, contracts, and general counsel matters, as well as the department's nontax programs. The Chief Counsel oversees the Legal Division attorneys who assist the Attorney General in court with respect to refund litigation cases, represent the department in personnel matters before the State Personnel Board, Victim's Compensation and Government Claims Board cases and other administrative proceedings, issue legal rulings and public notices, and who are responsible for the department's regulation program.

Jozel started her career at FTB in 1994, as a Tax Counsel. She has extensive experience in representing the FTB in Board of Equalization appeal hearings. She has actively participated in various key department and interagency teams. In her most recent assignment as Assistant Chief Counsel of the Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau, she represented and provided guidance to the department with respect to administrative and procedural law issues. Before joining FTB, Jozel worked in a private business litigation practice for seven years.

Jozel is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Cathy Cleek

Cathy Cleek is FTB's Chief Information Officer and Chief of the Technology Services Division.

Cathy develops information technology policy and formulates the department's vision and strategic direction for its use of technology. She represents the department's technology interest to the Government Operations Agency, the state's control agencies, and other departments.

Cathy started her career with FTB in 1983, as a tax auditor. Since that time she has held a variety of positions in the Audit, Collections, and Filing Divisions as well as leading major technology projects for FTB. She was also FTB’s Executive Sponsor of the Department of Child Support Services technology project, Child Support Automation System (CSSAS). She currently is Executive Sponsor of the Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) project to modernize FTB’s tax systems.

Cathy is a Certified Public Accountant and Project Management Professional. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a Master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and a Certificate from Harvard’s Senior Leaders in Government Program.

Jennifer Fowler

Jennifer Fowler is Chief of the Accounts Receivable Management Division.

Jennifer is responsible for collection program policy and operations for delinquent business and personal income tax. The division also collects various nontax debts referred from other departments including certain court-ordered fines, fees, restitution orders, and delinquent vehicle registration.

Jennifer has worked for FTB since 1988. She began her career in the filing program. Since then she has held a variety of positions in the Filing and Accounts Receivable Management (ARM) Divisions. She has led and managed large collection programs. She directed the recovery of delinquent business entity taxes, personal income taxes, and all nontax debts (referred from 400 state and local agencies). The programs recover over $800 million annually.

Jennifer graduated from the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Leadership for Government Executives. She continues to pursue her Organizational Communication Bachelor of Arts degree from CSUS.

Jeanne Harriman

Jeanne Harriman is Chief of the Financial and Executive Services Division.

As chief of FTB’s Financial and Executive Services Division, Jeanne oversees FTB’s financial, legislative, research, procurement, and enterprise planning and project oversight activities and works with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that FTB optimizes our operations.

Jeanne has worked for FTB since 1989. She began her career in the audit program and worked in all areas of the audit program as a staff member or manager. In 2009, Jeanne became the Financial Management Bureau Director and was responsible for addressing the department’s financial interests. She has successfully worked with internal and external stakeholders over the years, to address and resolve significant financial issues and related workload matters.

Jeanne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from California State University, Sacramento. Jeanne also is a Certified Public Accountant.

Denise Mellor

Denise Mellor is Chief of the Administrative Services Division.

As chief of FTB’s Administrative Services Division, Denise oversees all aspects of the human resource, internal audit, communications, executive and advocate services, and privacy and security programs.

Denise has been with FTB for over 26 years. She started her career with FTB as a student assistant. After graduating from college, Denise worked for KPMG (Peat Marwick at the time) for 3 years before she returned to FTB. For the past 12 years, she worked in the Administrative Services Division where she served as Chief Security Officer and Director of the Privacy, Security, and Disclosure Bureau.

Denise was also the Information Security Officer for the Government Operations Agency and the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.

Denise has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).

Marlene White

Marlene White is the Chief of Optimization.

Marlene has worked at FTB for over 27 years and has held a variety of positions including Director level positions in the information technology, processing, compliance, filing methods and budget areas of the department.

In her new governance council role, Marlene focuses on ways FTB can use its resources to optimize the tools and enhancements the Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) Project introduced. She will focus on meeting revenue targets and provide the highest level of service to the most taxpayers possible. This is in addition to her current responsibility as Chief Technologist – Planning Services, and Business Director for the EDR Project.

Marlene graduated from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She also holds a Labor Relations certificate from University of California, Davis (UCD) and completed CSUS’ Leadership for Government Executives.

Carol D. Williams

Carol D. Williams is Chief of the Filing Division.

Carol is responsible for filing program policy and operations, taxpayer services, and gaining compliance from nonfilers. In this role, Carol is leading the development and expansion of e-services and focusing on self-service applications for personal and business taxpayers.

Carol started her career with FTB in 1992, as a tax auditor. Since that time she has held a variety of positions in the Audit, Filing, and Accounts Receivable Management Divisions. Carol has led and managed large projects including the Court-Ordered Debt Statewide Expansion project and the department's very successful Tax Amnesty project generating over $700 million in 2005.

Carol earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from San Francisco State University.

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