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:

  • thinks through the implications of risk in the carrying out of local government programs and services,
  • 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
  • mentors 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. The achievements of the finalists will be presented in front of their peers during the award ceremony, and one finalist will be selected to receive the Capstone Award.

The finalists for the 2017 Capstone Award were:

  • Debbie Bell, City of Laguna Niguel,
  • Amy Dallosta, City of Indian Wells,
  • Isaac Etchamendy, City of San Marcos,
  • Karen Johnson, City of Temple City, and
  • Kristen Petersen, City of Duarte.

The Capstone Award was presented to Isaac Etchamendy during a ceremony at the 2017 Forum at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California.
For questions about this award, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at (562) 467-8778.

The 23rd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum will be held from September 19 - 21, 2018 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.

Capstone Award Recipients

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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The 2016 Capstone Award finalists at the 21st  Annual Risk Management Educational Forum in Indian Wells. The finalists were Tony Moreno from the City of La Mirada, Karen Johnson from the City of Temple City, Susan Crumly from the City of Bellflower, Arabo Parseghian from the City of La Cañada Flintridge, and Roberta Greathouse from the City of Seaside.


California JPIA Assistant Executive Officer Norman Lefmann with the 2016 Capstone Award winner, Susan Crumly, Human Resources and Risk Manager for the City of Bellflower.