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Meet the ALJs

The State Personnel Board Administrative Law Judges.



Teri L. Block


Teri L. Block joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in July of 2010. Prior to joining the State Personnel Board, Ms. Block worked in private practice specializing in employment law for 9 years. She also served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, Government Law Section, and clerked for two years for Judge Consuelo M. Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Ms. Block graduated from the University of California at Davis, and received her J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law.


Gregory Brown


Mr. Brown joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in March 2006. Prior to joining the State Personnel Board, Mr. Brown worked as a Deputy State Public Defender at the California Office of the State Public Defender, and as a Senior Counsel on the Administrative Litigation Team at the California Department of Health Services. Mr. Brown graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.


Mary Cote


Ms. Cote has been an Administrative Law Judge with the State Personnel Board since February 2006. Ms. Cote received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and her J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Cote has completed the required training necessary to conduct mediations and administrative hearings.


Eileen Deimerly


Ms. Deimerly joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in January 2009. Prior to joining the State Personnel Board, Ms. Deimerly was an attorney in private practice, principally in the civil defense arena representing clients against lawsuits involving general tort liability claims, professional liability, and products liability. Ms. Deimerly received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received her J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law.


Amy Friedman


Amy Friedman joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in February 2015. Before joining the State Personnel Board, Ms. Friedman was a Deputy Attorney General with the Correctional Writs and Appeals section of the Attorney General’s Office. In that capacity, Ms. Friedman litigated habeas corpus petitions, civil rights actions, petitions for writ of mandate, and various law and motion matters in state and federal trial court. Ms. Friedman also litigated appeals in the California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Friedman earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall), after earning Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Studio Art.


Lori A. Green


Lori Green joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in April 2016. Prior to joining the State Personnel Board, Ms. Green worked for two and one half years as a Special Assistant Inspector General with the Office of the Inspector General, eight and one half years as a Labor Relations Counsel for the California Department of Human Resources, and four and one half years as a Certified Mediator in Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer Court for the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission. Ms. Green received both her Master of Arts Degree in History and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University Sacramento, and a JD from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.


John G. Johnson


John G. Johnson joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in May of 2016. Prior to joining the State Personnel Board, Mr. Johnson was a partner at the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, now known as Dentons, first in their Chicago office, then in their San Francisco office. During his fifteen years at Sonnenschein, Mr. Johnson litigated cases in state and federal courts across the country, specializing in class action defense and environmental coverage actions. Mr. Johnson additionally handled a variety of other matters, including contract disputes, government contract actions, and tort claims, among others. Mr. Johnson graduated with a B.A. from the University of Chicago and graduated Order of the Coif from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a Berkson Merit Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Mr. Johnson is admitted to the bars of California and Illinois. Prior to going to law school, Mr. Johnson was employed by the University of Chicago as a financial analyst and in publishing.


Jason Krestoff


Mr. Krestoff joined the State Personnel Board in January 2009, as an Administrative Law Judge. Prior to joining SPB, Mr. Krestoff spent thirteen years as a civil litigator in private practice with the Law Offices of Daniel J. Sullivan, three and half years at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – primarily dealing with inmate initiated civil litigation, ten years as a Judge Pro Tem /Small Claims Court/ Sacramento County Superior Court, and eight years as an Arbitrator for the Sacramento County Superior Court. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of San Francisco, and a J.D. from the University of Arizona, College of Law.


Mark Kruger


Mark Kruger joined the State Personnel Board as an Administrative Law Judge in April of 2014. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Kruger worked in the private sector representing employees and employee labor associations in all facets of employment law including administrative hearings, and proceedings in state and federal court. During the last 14 years of Mr. Kruger's practice in the private sector, his practice focused primarily on representation of employees before the State Personnel Board. Mr. Kruger graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and received his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law.


Bruce Monfross


Bruce A. Monfross was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the State Personnel Board during December 2011. ALJ Monfross received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis, and his J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior to joining the SPB, Mr. Monfross was in private practice where he represented both employees and employers in employment litigation before state administrative agencies, as well as in state and federal courts. He subsequently was appointed as Staff Counsel for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation where he represented the department in employment-related matters. Mr. Monfross thereafter served as Staff Counsel for the SPB for a number of years. He most recently served as Staff Counsel for the Office of the Inspector General.


Douglas Purdy


Mr. Purdy joined the State Personnel Board in January 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside, and his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall). Prior to joining SPB, he worked for a labor union in which he represented employees in SPB hearings, represented school districts and charter schools at a firm that emphasized education law, and was a Staff Counsel for a state agency in which he represented the agency in SPB hearings and other employment law matters.