California JPIA Capstone Award

At California JPIA's Annual Risk Management Educational Forum in 2013, the Authority awarded its first ever Capstone Award, recognizing an outstanding individual who best exemplified the practice of risk management in the public sector. Since then, the Authority has continued to honor a deserving person each year.

An individual nominated for the Capstone Award can be a person who works at any level within a member agency and ideally, would be someone who:

  • works to support traditional or enterprise risk management efforts for the member agency,
  • develops, implements, and administers loss prevention and loss control programs to mitigate risk exposures for the member agency,
  • coordinates support systems that serve the member's risk management goals and needs, and
  • influences others in developing quality risk management programs for the member agency. 

The nominees judged to be the most worthy of recognition will be selected as finalists and invited to attend the Authority's Risk Management Educational Forum. A brief presentation will introduce each of the finalists during an award ceremony, with the announced winner receiving the Capstone Award.

Nominations are currently closed. Finalists will be announced in August.

For questions about this award, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at (562) 467-8778.

The 24th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum will be held from October 9-11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, California.

Capstone Award Recipients

2018 - Teri Davis, City of Moorpark

2017 - Isaac Etchamendy, City of San Marcos

2016 - Susan Crumly, City of Bellflower

2015 - Nikki Salas, Town of Apple Valley

2014 - Rayna Ospina, City of San Gabriel

2013 - Debra Garcia, City of Pismo Beach

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Capstone finalists 2018 edit-White Balance-Q1v1

The 2018 Capstone Award finalists at the 23rd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum in Carlsbad. From left to right: Karina Bañales from the City of Palos Verdes Estates, Sarah Siep from the City of Big Bear Lake, Brad Stewart from the City of San Dimas, Isaac Etchamendy from the City of San Marcos (2017 Capstone Award winner), Norman Lefmann from the California JPIA, and Teri Davis from the City of Moorpark

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California JPIA Assistant Executive Officer Norman Lefmann with the 2018 Capstone Award winner, Teri Davis, Program Manager for the City of Moorpark