Daniel Felizzatto – Chair
Daniel Felizzatto has been a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office since 2005. Mr. Felizzatto has worked as a trial deputy in Los Angeles where he prosecuted domestic violence cases, drug prosecutions, gang crimes, illegal weapons offenses and a variety of other felony and misdemeanor crimes, and in the District Attorney’s Sacramento Legislative Unit.
Prior to his appointment as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Felizzatto served as deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Gray Davis where he was responsible for advising the Governor on all legislative matters involving public safety. In addition, he served as a liaison to local police and sheriff’s departments, district attorney’s offices and to local police officer associations, deputy sheriff associations and victim’s rights organizations. Mr. Felizzatto has also served on the senior staff of three former California Assembly Members.
Mr. Felizzatto grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attending City College of San Francisco and San Jose State University where he graduated with Highest Honors with a B.A in Political Science (Public Policy Emphasis) and a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration. He eared his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law.
Mr. Felizzatto is a member of the California District Attorneys Association, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys and the California Narcotics Officer Association. Mr. Felizzatto is actively involved in the victim’s rights movement. In addition to his work with CVAA, he serves on the Executive Board of the Crime Victims Assistance Network I-CAN and Citizens for Law and Order. Mr. Felizzatto is also a Governor’s appointee to the California Italian-American Task Force. Daniel is married to his wife Tina.
Michael Saragosa – Treasurer
Michael Saragosa has over 13 years of increased responsibility in the State Legislature and Executive Branch, government relations industry and political management of campaigns. Prior to Quintana-Saragosa Public Affairs, Micheal was Coalitions Director for the Meg Whitman for Governor Campaign and oversaw the campaign’s ethnic, gender, youth, trade association, and Central Valley outreach programs, staff and consultants.
A veteran of state government, Michael served in a variety of high-level positions within the Schwarzenegger Administration. He was Undersecretary of State and Consumer Services ensuring that the programs and activities of Agency’s 17 departments and 17,000 employees are properly planned, operated and coordinated. Prior to his appointment as Undersecretary, he was appointed as Executive Director of the Employment Training Panel (ETP). ETP is a joint business and labor program that allocates over $100 million annually in workforce training dollars.
Michael served as the main liaison between the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Governor’s Office. Prior to his position in Cabinet, he served as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary and was responsible for the daily operations of the Appointments Unit managing the recruitment, interviews and recommendation of candidates to the Appointments Secretary, Chief of Staff and Governor.
Michael has been Chief of Staff and has served several State Legislators. Michael is widely recognized for his expertise navigating government entities and being able to deliver results in complex situations. Michael is the unique consultant who can traverse the halls of government and provide political management and coalition building expertise for his clients.
Jill Klinge – Secretary
Jill Klinge began her prosecutorial career in 1987 as a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County and is currently head of the Parole Revocation Unit.
During her tenure with the Alameda County DAs office, Ms. Klinge worked on cases involving sexual assault, homicides, career criminals, drug prosecutions and all other felony and misdemeanor crimes. She has also been a charging deputy and has handled felony arraignment and probation revocation assignments.
In addition, Ms. Klinge is a seasoned educator, providing trainings on a variety of topics. Most recently she developed and presented seminars on conducting Life Parole Hearings and the implementation of Marsy’s Law in the life hearing process to members of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA).
Wayne Strumpfer is currently the Chief Counsel for the California State Auditor. In this role, Wayne provides legal support to the California State Auditor as the office promotes the efficient and effective management of public funds and programs by providing California independent, objective, accurate, and timely evaluations of state and local governments’ activities.
Prior to joining the Auditor’s office, Wayne was the Chief Counsel and Legislative Director for the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims board from 2009 to 2016. While at the Board, Wayne led a project to make legislative changes to modernize the law in regards to victim compensation.
As the former prosecutor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Wayne has worked with crime victims and victim advocates most of his 25-year legal career.
In his spare time, Wayne coaches a high school mock trial team and writes for the Society of American Baseball Researchers.
Christine Ward – Executive Director
Christine Ward created I-CAN to help victims of violent crime and connect them with additional services in their communities. She has been assisting victims of crime and advocating for victims’ rights for over two decades. She began her career in victim assistance/advocacy answering the crisis hotline at her local domestic violence center and providing accompaniment to sexual assault victims. Ms. Ward has since worked for centers across the country, developing and managing programs that assist victims of violent crimes.
Ms. Ward is an accomplished trainer and speaker and presents on a variety of topics including victim support/assistance, victim advocacy, and professional and personal development. Ms. Ward has created outreach tools to improve awareness, and encourage activism, around issues pertaining to victims of crime, crime prevention and victims’ rights. She is the co-creator of the internationally recognized “Watch Your Drink – Watch Your Friends” drug facilitated sexual assault educational program and has presented on this program across the US and Canada.
Ms. Ward has also worked extensively with various law enforcement agencies to improve communication with and assistance to victims of crime.
Ms. Ward has received several awards and recognition for her work assisting victims and in advancing victims’ rights. In 2006 Ms. Ward was honored with a special recognition award from the Trenton, New Jersey Police Department for her service and dedication to victims of domestic violence and for her commitment to the training of the Trenton Police Officers. In 2008 she was honored with the California Governor’s Crime Victim Advocacy Award for her dedication to serving victims of violent crime. In 2009 she was appointed by the Governor to the Domestic Violence Program Advisory Council under the California Emergency Management Agency.
Ms.Ward holds a BA is psychology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on non-profit management. Ms. Ward is a survivor of violent crime.