Meet SCERA's New Trustees

Published:  February 18, 2015

SCERA is pleased to introduce three new members of the Retirement Board. One is an elected active general member, one is an elected retired SCERA member, and one is an appointed member of the public. All began three-year terms in January.

Christel Querijero has served as an administrative manager for Sonoma County since 2008. She currently oversees a team of fiscal analysts and the accounting staff at the Sheriff’s Office and is the budget lead for the law enforcement division. Prior to her County experience, Ms. Querijero worked at information technology companies as a business process consultant most recently on projects for the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Ohio State University.

Neil Baker practiced law in the public sector for over 41 years. He began his career representing the City of Los Angeles as a prosecuting attorney, and he later specialized in civil rights compliance, employment and labor relations law, and police and fire services. In 1982, he joined the Office of the Sonoma County Counsel, and during his tenure there he was involved in both advisory and litigation work covering virtually every type of substantive matter within the jurisdiction of the County. He also served as the Assistant County Counsel responsible for the overall administration of the Office. As part of his duties, he provided legal support and representation to SCERA. Since his own retirement in 2005, Neil continued to provide contract special counsel services to SCERA as he pursued his interest in public sector retirement issues. Neil received a degree in history from the University of California Santa Barbara, and his law degree from the University of Southern California.

Joe Tambe is one of four Trustees appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Joe is currently retired after a career that included Organization Management, Real Estate Development and Administration, Litigation Management, and co-ownership of a private Arbitration/Mediation service utilizing retired Judges. He has an extensive community service background including Chambers of Commerce and long-time membership in the Rotary Club; and has served on many non-profit Boards. He has served as a public member of the California State Board of Accountancy, and as a Referee of the California State Bar Court.

All SCERA Board and Committee meetings are open to the public. You may view the schedule of upcoming meetings on SCERA’s Meeting Calendar page.

Read about all nine Trustees on the Board of Retirement page.