Executive Staff Biographies
- Executive Officer: Selvi Stanislaus
- Division Chiefs: Chris Beach, Jozel Brunett, Cathy Cleek, Lisa Garrison, Debbie Langsea, Anne Miller, Carol D. Williams
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 is the chief of the Administrative Services Division.
As chief of FTB’s Administrative Services Division, Chris oversees all aspects of the human resource, investigations and internal audit, communications, privacy and security, and Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate programs.
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 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 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.
Lisa Garrison is FTB's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and chief of the Finance and Executive Services Division.
As CFO for the department, Lisa has executive level responsibility over FTB’s $682 million operating budget and accounting of over $71.2 billion in corporation and personal income tax revenues administered by the department. Lisa oversees the internal and external financial, legislative, economic research, procurement, strategic planning, performance measurement, business continuity and project management areas that help FTB function.
Lisa began her FTB career in 1980, as an auditor. Rising through the ranks, Lisa held a variety of audit positions before moving to management where she held specialist positions in the Audit Division, Legal Settlement Bureau, and Financial Management Bureau.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration from Humboldt State University and her Master's degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Debbie Langsea is FTB's chief of the Audit Division.
Debbie directs the nationwide examination of 300,000 income tax audits of individuals and businesses.
Since joining FTB in 1980, Debbie has held a variety of assignments, including directing the e-filing activities and program development for the Electronic Processing section. She served as audit manager, responsible for tax audits, protests, and policies for the $3.5 billion Protective Claims Program in 2005, and the $1.4 billion Voluntary Compliance Initiative in 2004.
Debbie has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on California's efforts to combat the tax gap and tax shelters, and has spoken on tax compliance issues to federal, state, and local agencies, including tax groups.
Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the California State University, Sacramento, and volunteers for nonprofit organizations involving children.
Anne Miller is FTB's chief of the Filing Division.
Anne is responsible for filing program policy and operations, taxpayer services, and gaining compliance from nonfilers. In this role, Anne is leading the development and expansion of e-services and focusing on self-service applications for personal and business taxpayers.
Previously, she held a variety of positions including director of the Audit Technology and Support Bureau and director of the Financial Management Bureau.
Anne is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.
Carol D. Williams
Carol D. Williams is FTB's chief of the Accounts Receivable Management Division.
Carol 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.
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.