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Governor makes SCIF appointment

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday appointed a Bakersfield executive of Goodwill Industries to the governing board of the embattled State Compensation Insurance Fund.

Sheryl Chalupa, 52, chief executive of Goodwill Industries of South Central California, joins the board in the midst of an investigation and possible management overhaul of the state's largest workers' compensation insurance carrier. Currently, investigators from the state Department of Insurance and an outside law firm are looking into possible financial mismanagement, fraud and conflicts of interest.

Last fall, two board members resigned over conflict-of-interest concerns centering on fees paid to organizations controlled by them. The quasi-public State Fund was further rocked by a management shake-up in March, which included the firing of president Jim Tudor.

Chalupa has spent two decades working with nonprofits. Before joining Goodwill Industries, she was executive director of the Girl Scouts' Joshua Tree Council. The Kern County Democrat fills one of two vacancies on the State Fund board. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

She also is a member of the Public Policy and Administration Advisory Board at California State University, Bakersfield, and secretary/treasurer of the California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research.