Advisory Council

The Council is comprised of representatives of consumers, public members, and representatives from the upholstered furniture, bedding and thermal insulation industries. The Council will serve as an invaluable resource to the Bureau in fulfilling its consumer protection mandate.

Council Membership

  • Pascal Benyamini, Public
    New member, biography to follow.
  • Sharron Bradley, Industry
    For 13 years, Ms. Bradley has served as the CEO of the North American Home Furnishings Association and the Executive Vice President of the North American Retail Service Corporation, providing leadership, advocacy, and education to owners and managers of home furnishing companies. Ms. Bradley holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.
  • Burt Grimes, Industry
    Mr. Grimes started his company, Pacific West Furniture Manufacturing, in 1979 and continues to successfully grow his business, including acquisition of Royal Mattress Manufacturing in 2010. Mr. Grimes currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California, and has also served as president. Mr. Grimes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Judy Levin, Public
    Ms. Levin has worked in the non-profit arena for 25 years and for the last 7 years has led the Center for corporations, and governmental, health care, and higher educational organizations to move the market towards safer products. Ms. Levin has recently been awarded the 2015 International Interior Design Association Leadership Award of Excellence. Ms. Levin holds a Master of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
  • Michael Lipsett, Public
    New member, biography to follow.
  • Donald Lucas, Public
    Dr. Lucas currently works as a Combustion Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on combustion byproducts and has led to the development of diagnostic methods for the measuring of toxic combustion. Dr. Lucas holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Stephen McDaniel, Industry
    New member, biography to follow.
  • Antoinette Stein, Public
    New member, biography to follow.
  • Brandon Wilson, Public
    New member, biography to follow.
  • David Yarbrough, Industry
    Dr. Yarbrough has been active in the field of thermal insulation for over 35 years and is the author of over 150 technical documents on the subject. Dr. Yarbrough is the founder of R&D, Inc. Dr. Yarbrough holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a registered engineer in two states. Please note: The Bureau holds a testing contract with Dr. Yarbrough’s company.

Council Responsibilities

The Council's primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing perspective and advice on consumer and market issues
  • Researching and recommending creative solutions to consumer and industry problems
  • Advising the Bureau on outreach efforts to consumers, the general public, licensees, and industry
  • Providing information and comments to the Bureau Chief on a broad range of policy issues including consumer education, industry outreach, and regulatory compliance.

Point of Contact

For questions regarding the advisory council, please contact Dale Chasse at (916) 999-2062 or


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