Capstone Award

2023 Capstone Award Winner with California JPIA Leadership

Left to right: California JPIA Chief Executive Officer Alexander Smith, Finance and Risk Manager Audrey Cray with the City of Pacific Grove, California JPIA Executive Committee President Margaret Finlay

2023 Capstone Award Winner with Finalists

Left to right: California JPIA Chief Executive Officer Alexander Smith, Raylette Felton with the City of Lawndale, Audrey Cray with the City of Pacific Grove, California JPIA Executive Committee President Margaret Finlay, Linda Reid with the City of Buellton, Alexa Davis with the City of Rolling Hills Estates, Heather Reiter with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District


The California JPIA presents the Capstone Award each year to an individual whose efforts promote risk management and minimize workplace exposure. The Capstone Award is open to all employees, at a member agency, who promote positive improvements in risk management for their agency and, ideally, would be someone who:

  • Works to support or improve risk management within their agency
  • Influences others in developing or maintaining positive risk management efforts in the work environment
  • Coordinates support systems that serve the member’s risk management goals and needs
  • Exhibits positive risk management

The nominees judged to be the worthiest 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.

The finalists for the 2024 Capstone Award are:

  • Alexa Davis, Assistant City Manager, City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • Dorna Farhadi, Human Resources Manager, City of Laguna Niguel
  • Manuel Enriquez, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Duarte
  • Mary Kingman, District Arborist, Rossmoor Community Services District

For questions about the Capstone Award, contact Administrative Services Director Nikki Salas by email or at (562) 467-8700.

The 29th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum will be held October 9–11, 2024, at the Hyatt in Indian Wells, California.

Capstone Award Recipients

2023 – Audrey Cray, City of Pacific Grove
2022 – Shannon Buckley, City of Lake Elsinore
2021 – Arabo Parseghian, City of La Cañada Flintridge*
2019 – Stephen Y. Aryan, City of Palm Desert
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

* The Capstone Award was not presented in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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