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Sean Wallentine

Sean Wallentine Email: Sean.Wallentine at boe dot ca dot gov
Chief Deputy to the Board Member

Sean Wallentine is the Chief Deputy to Board Member Runner. He is responsible for ensuring Mr. Runner's constituents receive the highest level of service and assistance from the State Board of Equalization.

Like Board Member Runner, Sean is a dedicated "taxpayer advocate." Knowing that businesses and individual taxpayers must abide by complex and confusing tax laws, he directs support staff and experts who regularly help Mr. Runner's constituents remain in compliance with the law, which leads to business success.

From day to day, Sean oversees Mr. Runner's staff and offices in northern and southern California. He advises the board member on matters including, but not limited to: general tax administration, tax appeals, tax policy changes, legislative measures, board policy and process, executive level personnel matters, interacting with the business community, communicating with the media and the resolution of constituent inquiries.

Sean is a California native and a UCLA graduate. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 to 1994 and was on active duty in 1990 and 1991 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Since beginning his career as a political adviser in 1994, Sean has worked for numerous elected leaders in the State Legislature as well as in the private sector as a campaign consultant.

Over the years Sean served as Legislative Director to Assembly Member Jim Morrissey and Chief of Staff for three members, including State Assembly Member Roy Ashburn, State Senator Bob Dutton and State Senator George Runner. Sean assisted these legislators with various public policy initiatives, emphasizing private sector job creation; welfare reform; enhancement of criminal penalties, especially for child predators; state budget development; government accountability; streamlining bureaucracy, and cutting government waste.

Sean is married to Doria (Morrison) Wallentine, who is a former staff member for Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte, State Senator Tim Leslie and Assembly Member Tom Bordonaro. They have three sons and reside in Sacramento.


Sue Blake

Sue Blake Email: Sue.Blake at boe dot ca dot gov
Senior Tax Counsel

Sue began working at the Board of Equalization in 2007 for Board Members Bill Leonard and Barbara Alby as a Senior Tax Counsel and continues on in that capacity for Board Member Runner.

Sue came to the BOE after having served more than a decade as a staffer in the State Capitol. She worked as a consultant for State Senators Maurice Johannessen and Colonel William J. "Pete" Knight. She also worked in Governor Schwarzenegger's administration as the Legislative Director of the Office of Planning and Research. As is common with most legislative staffers, her issue areas in the Senate and Governor's Office varied widely, including criminal justice, elections, tax/fee disputes, Indian Gaming, transportation and natural resources. Prior to the BOE, Sue also worked several years as a private attorney and served as the Public Policy Director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, an organization dedicated to just enforcement of the death penalty.

Sue is married to Doug Haaland, a retired Assembly Republican Caucus consultant, and is active in local Republican politics. She is widely traveled, having been to more than 20 countries and is conversant in both French and Spanish. In her free time, Sue is an avid reader, likes to play guitar and engages regularly in outdoor activities, specifically running, biking and hiking.

Sue was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area and is a graduate of Cedarville University in Ohio and McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.


Michele Brown

Michele Brown Email: Michele.Brown at boe dot ca dot gov
Legal Advisor

Michele began working at the Board of Equalization in August 2013. As a Legal Advisor, she counsels Board Member Runner on a number of tax matters including property tax and franchise and income tax issues.

Michele came to the BOE after working more than a decade in private practice representing corporate and individual taxpayers before the California Franchise Tax Board and California State Board of Equalization with disputes in a variety of complex state tax areas.

Born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area, Michele is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Michele and her husband, Eric, have three children.


Barbara Buus

Barbara Buus Email: Barbara.Buus at boe dot ca dot gov
Constituent Affairs

Barbara Buus began working for Board Member Runner in November 2011 at the Southern California office. Barbara helps constituents resolve both individual and business tax problems.

Previously, Barbara worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California for 38 years. She filled a variety of positions involving research and administrative duties relating to customer's requests. She has also assisted in several of campaigns over the years, ranging from local mayor and judge campaigns, to state assembly and state senate campaigns.

Born in Whittier, California, Barbara now resides in Lancaster with her husband of 35 years, Douglas. They have two adult children, Adam and Trena, and son-in-law, Waseem. Barbara was chosen as a 2014 Honorary Commander at Edwards Air Force Base for the 445th Flight Test Operations. Outside of the office, Barbara leads a women's Bible study and enjoys quilting.


David Duran

David Duran Email: David.Duran at boe dot ca dot gov
Communications Director

As Communications Director, David Duran serves as a media liaison for Board Member Runner and manages his communications to taxpayers.

David's professional career began when he was selected to the prestigious California Senate Fellows program. During his Fellowship he served in the office of Senator Bill Morrow.

Since then he has served as a staff member in the State Capitol for three other legislators including Assembly members Patricia Bates and John J. Benoit, and Senator Bob Dutton. He also served as the director of communications for a national non-profit.

David was born and raised in Minnesota. He moved to California to attend college at Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics, philosophy, and economics.

In addition to working for Board Member Runner, David serves as a deacon and teaches Sunday school at his church. He is also the founder of CalOpinion.com. David and his wife, Christina, have seven children.


Alan Giorgi

Alan Giorgi Email: Alan.Giorgi at boe dot ca dot gov
Tax Compliance Consultant

After working more than 30 years for the Board of Equalization, Alan was appointed to serve as an advisor to Board Member Runner in April 2012.

His background is in compliance, including return processing and collections. During his tenure with the board, Alan implemented and administered several use tax programs. He was also instrumental in the implementation and administration of the Board of Equalization’s Penalty & Interest Reprieve Program and its Amnesty Program. Because of his extensive compliance background, Alan specializes in matters pertaining to collections, policy, and procedure.

A native of Sacramento, Alan is a US Air Force veteran and a graduate of California State University Sacramento.


Rebecca Hanohano Email: Rebecca.Hanohano at boe dot ca dot gov
Executive Secretary

Rebecca Hanohano has worked as Executive Secretary for Board Member Runner since March 2012. In this role, she performs a wide variety of administrative and staff support tasks including assisting with Boardroom preparations for staff meetings, and the review and analysis of Board policies as they pertain to individual taxpayer's casework.

Prior to joining the Board of Equalization, Rebecca served in the Office of the Governor for a decade during the Davis and Schwarzenegger administrations. Her work for the Governors included a variety of roles within the Constituent Affairs Department and the Governor's Transition Office.


Mai Harvill

Mai Harvill Email: Mai.Harvill at boe dot ca dot gov
Assistant Deputy

Mai joined Senator Runner's office in January 2011 when he was elected to the Board of Equalization. As Assistant Deputy to Board Member Runner, Mai manages the day to day operations in conjunction with the Chief Deputy. She has more than 20 years of administrative, management and leadership experience in the government industry.

Mai served in the same position at the Board of Equalization from 2003-2010 for Board Member Bill Leonard and Barbara Alby.

Prior to coming to the BOE, Mai spent a decade working in the state legislature for Assembly Republican Leader Jim Brulte, Assemblyman Jim Battin and Assembly Republican Leader Bill Leonard. She started her career in Assemblyman Brulte’s district office while she was in college and moved to Sacramento upon her graduation. Mai worked her way up from receptionist to senior assistant gaining valuable experience along the way before joining the BOE.

She is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona earning a bachelor's of science degree in Business Administration. She majored in management and human resources and has a minor in public administration.

Born in Vietnam, Mai came to California with her family growing up in the Imperial Valley. Outside the office, she enjoys travel, photography, reading and caring for her two rescue dogs.


Lynne Kinst

Lynne Kinst Email: Lynn.Kinst at boe dot ca dot gov
Policy and Legislative Affairs

Lynne joined Board Member Runner's office in February 2011, after serving as the administrator at Aprea & Micheli, a government relations firm specializing in representation before the legislature and state agencies. Along with overseeing Senator Runner's policy and legislative agenda, Lynne also coordinates educational events throughout the district and assists taxpayers with various concerns.

Previously, Lynne spent eight years as director of administration with a non-profit, where she supported ministry leadership in establishing ministries, partner development, event coordination and human resources. Prior to working at the non-profit she had four years of political experience working for state elected officials in a variety of capacities.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Lynne attended the University of California, Davis earning a bachelor's degree in political science, with minors in human development and religious studies.

Lynne also has a master of arts in biblical counseling from The Master's College and is a certified counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. She and her husband David have two children. They enjoy family activities, and Lynne enjoys hiking and running in her free time.


Kendra Kruckenberg

Kendra Kruckenberg Email: Kendra.Kruckenberg at boe dot ca dot gov
Deputy Communications Director

Kendra Kruckenberg joined Board Member Runner's office in August 2013. As the Deputy Communications Director she assists with print and electronic communications and serves as a media liaison.

Prior to joining Board Member Runner's team, Kendra spent several years as a staff member in the State Capitol. She began her career as a member of the California Senate Fellows program, placed in the office of then-Senator George Runner. She went on to serve as a Communications and Legislative Assistant for Senator George Runner and Senator Sharon Runner. Most recently, she worked as the Press Secretary for Assemblymember Rocky Chávez. While in college she completed a prestigious internship in the White House Office of Communications for President George W. Bush.

Born and raised in Orange County, Kendra attended the University of California, Davis where she earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Communication.

Kendra resides in Sacramento with her husband David, a former legislative employee and current student at the UC Davis School of Law. In her free time she enjoys keeping up her childhood passion of ballet and volunteering at her church.


James Kuhl

Jim Kuhl Email: James.Kuhl at boe dot ca dot gov
Tax Consultant Expert

Jim started his career with the Board of Equalization as a Field Auditor in the San Diego District Office. He was promoted to Associate Tax Auditor (in Sacramento) in the Information and Advisory Unit as a Tax Opinion Expert in 1997. In 2011, he joined the office of Board Member Runner as a Tax Consultant.

Jim serves on a number of multi-state groups such as the Border States Caucus, the Multistate Tax Commission and the Federation of Tax Administrators.  Jim is also leading an effort to form "audit best practices" coalitions nationwide.

He is very active in the community, serving as founding President of the CSUSM Alumni Association and with numerous charitable activities including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Toys for Tots, and the Lion’s Club.

Jim started as a youth baseball coach in 1998, and eventually served on the Cal Ripken Youth Baseball Board of Directors as President and Secretary and the Elk Grove Youth Sports Association. Jim was also Vice-President/Treasurer of Elk Grove Sting Youth Baseball, a year round baseball organization.

Originally from Long Island New York, Jim came to California via the United States Marine Corps in 1985. After his discharge in 1988, Jim attended San Diego State University and graduated in 1992 from Cal State San Marcos with a degree in accounting.

Jim and his wife Nina have three teenage children, Meghan, James, and Matthew.


Drew Mercy

Drew Mercy Email: Drew.Mercy at boe dot ca dot gov
Senior Advisor

Drew Mercy serves as Senior Advisor for Taxpayer Advocacy to Senator Runner in his southern California office. In this capacity he assists the Senator on tax policy, taxpayer services and outreach. Drew previously served in Senator Runner's Senate office starting in 2004 as a Field Representative and later as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Prior to 2004, Drew served in the State Capitol as Legislative Director to Assemblyman Ray Haynes and in the office of Senator William J. "Pete" Knight. He has worked in and out of government on many aspects of state politics.

Drew attended the University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in political science, with a minor in history. Drew serves as a City of Lancaster Architecture and Design Commissioner. He is a past President of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, a regional non-profit focused on economic development. He sits on the Measure R Bond Oversight Committee for Antelope Valley College, the Advisory Committee for the State Prison in Lancaster and is a member of Lancaster West Rotary.

Drew and his wife, Lauren, have been married since 2011 and live in Lancaster.


Tanya Vandrick

Tanya Vandrick Email: Tanya.Vandrick at boe dot ca dot gov
Policy and Legislative Affairs

Tanya began working for the Board of Equalization in March 2013, as Regional Outreach Manager assigned to BOE District 2. She joined Board Member Runner’s staff in January 2014 to oversee Senator Runner's policy and legislative agenda, coordinate educational events throughout the district, and assist taxpayers with various concerns.

After working in the travel industry, Tanya’s legislative career began when she was selected for the California Senate Fellows program in 2000, placed in the office of Senator Bob Margett. Following the fellowship, she served as Legislative Assistant to Assemblyman John J. Benoit, and Legislative Director to both Senator George Runner and Senator Sharon Runner.

A California native, Tanya is a graduate of University of California, Davis and California State University, Fresno where she earned degrees in International Relations. Outside the office, she enjoys traveling, cycling, and reading.


Lee Williams

Lee Williams Email: Lee.Williams at boe dot ca dot gov
Senior Analyst

Lee came to the Runner staff with eight years of prior Board of Equalization experience under Board Members Bill Leonard and Barbara Alby. Lee is the lead staff member for sales and use tax matters and works on other taxes as needs dictate. Lee primarily works on appeals hearings and regulatory and policy review and development.

Lee enjoyed a 25+ year private sector finance and accounting career before beginning his Board of Equalization career. To date, Lee has not met anyone who has "paid" more types of taxes the Board of Equalization administers than he has, but Lee is looking forward to the day he does.

Lee is a Certified Public Accountant. Lee's educational background includes a Master's degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor's degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.