The Act requires each county in California to establish a Commission to oversee the implementation of the Act. The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance creating the San Joaquin County Children and Families Commission. The Board then appointed the Commissioners to serve on the Commission. In August 2003, the Children and Families Commission officially adopted First 5 as the Overarching Program Identity.
A nine member volunteer commission oversees the work of First 5 San Joaquin, which supports the health, development and well-being of our youngest children through their first five years. Commissioners are selected and appointed by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and includes representatives from the Board of Supervisors, County departments, and individuals who have an expertise in serving children and families.
The Children and Families Commissioners:
Tony Anderson, Commissioner - Executive Director, Valley Mountain Regional Center
Susan de Polo, Commissioner - Executive Director, A+
Michael Miller, Commissioner - Retired Director, Human Services Agency
Maggie Park, MD, Commissioner - CMS Medical Director, Public Health Services
Kay Ruhstaller, BS, RD, Commissioner - Executive Director, Family Resource and Referral Center
Carl Toliver, Commissioner - Retired Superintendent, Stockton Unified School District
Miguel Villapudua, Commissioner - District 1 Supervisor, San Joaquin County
Chris Woods, Commissioner - Director of Human Services Agency, San Joaquin County
Zienna Blackwell-Rodriguez, Commissioner - Public Health Director, San Joaquin County
Tony Anderson, Commissioner
Executive Director, Valley Mountain Regional Center
Tony Anderson entered the field of developmental services in 1987 and began his career as a direct support professional in group homes, respite and in home support services, schools and work-related programs. He has served as a case manager and resource development manager in a regional center, and was the Executive Director of a residential service agency that served over 120 people with developmental disabilities.
He worked in the leadership for the Napa County Department of Health and Human Services and was appointed to serve as Deputy Director for Governor Gray Davis responsible for Policy, Planning & Governmental Relations for the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and served as the principal lobbyist and association Executive Director for The Arc California from 2003 to 2017. Today he serves as the Executive Director for the Valley Mountain Regional Center which serves 14,000 people with developmental disabilities in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties.
He has served on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions and collaborated on many publications in the field. Tony received his BA in Research Psychology and an MA in Organizational Development both from Sonoma State University. He completed his graduate practicum at Stanford University and his Executive Training from the University of Southern California while an official of the State.
Susan de Polo, Commissioner
Executive Director, A+
Susan was born, raised, educated and lives in San Joaquin County. During the years she raised her three children she was a "stay at home" mom and community activist/ volunteer. She was extremely active in education and the non-profit worlds serving on multiple boards of directors, and founding new organizations. Her criteria for choosing a group to support was that its outcomes helped children.
Since 1986 she has been the director of an educational foundation. The mission of the foundation was the enhancement of public education in San Joaquin County. A ten day tobacco education and prevention curriculum, "Keys to Success and Good Health" was their first school based program for the county.
San Joaquin A+, founded in 1996, is a collaborative organization that supports and enhances the education of youth in order to create responsible, employable and productive citizens by identifying and engaging in methods of cooperation and collaboration among education, business and community based resources of our county.
When organizing an action group to make sure that all children in San Joaquin County will start school "ready to learn" it became evident that healthy families must be a part of the equation. The goals of this group are the same as the goals of proposition 10. When a seat on the newly established commission opened she felt her skills, knowledge and links to business, non-profits, schools and the community would be an asset. She feels it is an honor to serve on this commission and that her skills as a facilitator and consensus builder will help the progress of this group. She continues to serve on multiple boards of directors and advisory boards both on the state and local levels. The Act requires each county in California to establish a Commission to oversee the implementation of the Act. The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance creating the San Joaquin County Children and Families Commission. The Board then appointed the Commissioners to serve on the Commission. In August 2003, the Children and Families Commission officially adopted First 5 as the Overarching Program Identity.
Michael Miller, Commissioner
Retired Director, Human Services Agency
Michael Miller was the Director of the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency (HSA). As the Director, he was responsible for the administration of County social services programs including CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Children’s Services, Aging and Community Services, Mary Graham Children’s Shelter and First 5. HSA has approximately 1,300 employees and an annual budget of over $370 million.
Mr. Miller was HSA Deputy Director over the Employment and Youth Services Bureau for the past four years, and prior to that was Deputy Director for the San Joaquin County Employment and Economic Development Department. In total, Mr. Miller has had 34 years’ experience in the administration and operation of social services programs.
Michael Miller graduated from Stockton’s Lincoln High School and California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Government. Mr. Miller's favorite hobby is spending time with his granddaughter and watching his favorite sports team win.
Maggie Park, MD, Commissioner
Children's Services Medical Director, Public Health Services
Dr. Maggie Park is a pediatrician and is the Children's Services Medical Director for San Joaquin County. In this role, she serves as the medical consultant to the California Children's Services (CCS) program and oversees the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and the Foster Care Program for San Joaquin County Public Health Services.
Maggie was born and raised in Southern California and attended UCLA, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences. She earned her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, then did her pediatric residency at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. Maggie worked as an attending physician for San Joaquin General Hospital, as well as Ventura County Medical Center. Most recently, she practiced pediatrics in Stockton for Community Medical Centers and served as their Pediatric Associate Medical Director.
Maggie is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has a special interest in childhood obesity, literacy, and oral health. Maggie lives in Stockton with her husband and two children.
Kay Ruhstaller, BS, RD, Commissioner
Executive Director, Family Resource and Referral Center
Kay Ruhstaller has been the Executive Director for Family Resource and Referral Center (FRRC) since 2003. FRRC’s Mission is: To enhance and promote child development and family well-being in San Joaquin County. FRRC serves over 10,000 children and families annually and is uniquely linked to the child care professionals and early educators that serve them. Kay is committed to representing the needs of children and families. As a First 5 San Joaquin Children and Families Commissioner, she will work to establish policy that seeks the greatest return on investment of Proposition 10 (tobacco tax) funds for the children of San Joaquin County.
As a Registered Dietitian, Kay was the Director of Delta Health Care’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program for 10 years and served as the Deputy Director of the same organization. While at Delta Health Care WIC, she co-founded the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County which has continued to positively impact breastfeeding rates through community mobilization.
As a Sierra Health Foundation, Health Leadership Program Fellow (Class VI-2007), she is dedicated to improving the lives of the people she serves through non-profit leadership. She currently serves on the California Resource and Referral Network Public Policy Committee and the San Joaquin Delta College Early Studies Advisory Committee. Previous service includes: Local Child Care Planning Council; Children Services Coordinating Commission and the Fetal Infant Mortality Review-Community Action Team.
Kay was raised in the Midwest and holds a B.S. Degree with a Major in Dietetics from the University of Nebraska (Kearney). She completed a Dietetic Internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals (Minneapolis, Minnesota). After working for Omaha Public Schools for seven years, Kay relocated to Stockton in 1990, for a career opportunity as a corporate dietitian. She is married to Donald Ruhstaller, who is a businessman, former teacher and native of Stockton and together they have two daughters, Katie and Rebecca.
Carl Toliver, Chair
Retired Superintendent, Stockton Unified School District
Carl Toliver, was appointed Superintendent of SUSD on July 27, 2010. Mr. Toliver previously served in 2006 as Interim Superintendent of Stockton Unified School District. Prior to this position, he was Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendent and high school Principal. He has 34 years experience in all aspects of school operations, management, curriculum development, instructional leadership, district administration, and implementation of board of education goals.
Carl had a myriad of accomplishments while in the district, with student achievement centered goals at the apex. Under Carl’s leadership, numerous successful programs were implemented and are still in place. Some of his accomplishments include establishing the International Baccalaureate Program at Franklin High School; spearheading the Restructuring program, implementing a site-based management council and developing comprehensive plan resulting in Stagg High School receiving the California Distinguished School designation. He led the successful reconfiguration of K-8 schools. Carl provided the leadership that resulted in the passing of the $120,000,000 bond, Measure Q.
Carl received both his B.S in Social Science and M.A. – Educational Administration from UOP. He holds a California Administrative Clear Credential, California Standard Secondary Credential, and California Standard Teaching Credential. In addition, Carl has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2004 State of California Central Office Administrator by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).
Carl has served as a United Way Board member; served on the Stockton Mid-Town Revitalization Strategy Advisory Group; and the 2005 Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Crime Task Force Committee. He is on the Retired Administrators Committee for the Association of California School Administrators.
Carl was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is married to his wife, Marguerite, whom he has known since the first grade. He is an avid golfer but loves the freedom to travel and spend time with his wife and family, especially his grandson.
Miguel Villapudua, Commissioner
District 1 Supervisor, San Joaquin County
With a solid foundation under him, Villapudua applied hard work and determination to his work life. Having that mindset paid immediate dividends, as he became a successful realtor in the community. Looking for more challenges, he seized the opportunity to work with a new start up in the transportation business. He quickly rose to Branch Manager, and with his team, helped build McKinney Trailer into a West Coast giant.
Now, having enjoyed a long and successful career, Villapudua is continuing to look for more challenges that make a difference and bring positive change. He served on the San Joaquin County Planning Commission for eight years. As the San Joaquin County Supervisor for District 1, Villapudua intends to use those same principles of hard work, determination, responsibility and sound decision-making that he was taught at an early age and fight for the benefits of the people for District 1 and San Joaquin County. New higher paying jobs, fostering growth, higher education, public safety, and the overall cohesiveness of the Board and our community help to make our County one of the best in the State of California.
Supervisor Villapudua has one daughter, Tailer. She is a Registered Nurse residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Villapudua is an avid sports fan. He loves following local youth, college and professional sports. He has three large, beautiful Golden Retrievers, and has a passion for cooking.
Chris Woods, Commissioner
Director of Human Services Agency, San Joaquin County
Chris Woods is the Director of the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency (HSA). As the Director, he is responsible for the administration of County social services programs including CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Children’s Services, Aging and Community Services, Mary Graham Children’s Shelter, and First 5 San Joaquin. HSA has 1,282 employees and an annual budget of over $411 million.
Chris began his career in social services with HSA as an Eligibility Worker in 1997 after earning his Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Linfield College. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of the Pacific in 1999, Chris promoted within HSA to Management Analyst, Management Services Administrator, and Deputy Director of Administration. In 2015, he was promoted to the positon of Assistant Director of HSA. In September 2019, Chris was appointed Director of HSA by the Board of Supervisors.
Chris is committed to HSA, its mission, and the community. He believes HSA has a tremendous group of dedicated staff and is thankful to be a part of the HSA team.
Zienna Blackwell-Rodriguez, Commissioner
Public Health Director, San Joaquin County
Zienna Blackwell-Rodriquez became interested in the field of nursing after completing a combat medic training while serving on active duty in the Army. After receiving an honorable discharge, Zienna joined the National Guard and pursued a nursing degree. As a lifelong learner, Zienna eventually earned a doctorate in public health nursing leadership.
Zienna worked many years in various departments of hospitals, but finally realized her passion for public health. Zienna began her public health career as a front line public health nurse and worked her way up through the ranks in multiple state and county public health systems including Iowa, Alaska, and South Carolina, prior to becoming the public health director for San Joaquin County.
Zienna earned her Associates degree in nursing from Iowa Central Community College, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa, her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership from Allen College, and her Doctor of Public Health Nursing Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In her free time, Zienna enjoys making soap, flying hot air balloons, and blowing glass. Zienna enjoys living in San Joaquin County with her husband Henry and two dachshunds Lilly and Paisley.