2019 Election Schedule2019 Election Procedures

CAPS Board of Directors Elections Candidates Announced

Nominating Petitions for the 2019-2021 CAPS Board of Directors were due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019. Below you will find the list of candidates in contested seats for 2019-2021 CAPS Board of Director positions. Per past practice, the candidates are presented in the order they were picked out of a hat – the same order that they will appear on the ballot:

Vice President
Stephanie Lewis DTSC – Chatsworth Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Daniel Ellis SWRCB – Sacramento Environmental Scientist
Kris Wiese CDFW – San Diego Environmental Scientist
Shana Rapoport LARWCB – Los Angeles Environmental Scientist
Itzia Rivera CVFPB – Sacramento Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Kelley Aubushon CDFW – Fresno Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
District I Director
Willard Garrett DTSC – Cypress Environmental Scientist
Jessy Fierro DTSC – Chatsworth Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Supervisory Director
Valerie Chenoweth-Brown DTSC – Sacramento Senior Health Physicist
Scott Bauer CDFW – Eureka Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor)
Director At-Large
Manjul Bose DTSC – Chatsworth Environmental Scientist
James Thomas CDPH – Sacramento Associate Health Physicist
Jimmy Spearow DTSC – Sacramento Staff Toxicologist
David Miller DTSC – Sacramento Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Jason Van Court DHCS – Sacramento Research Scientist III

Article 8, Section 3(j) of the CAPS Bylaws state “Any qualified candidate shall be elected by acclamation, without the need for balloting, whenever that candidate is the only qualified candidate whose name will appear on the ballot for that seat.” The following positions for the Board of Directors seats were unopposed. Thus, the following candidates have been elected by acclamation:

President Margarita Gordus CDFW – Fresno Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
District II Director Maureen Lee-Dutra CDFA – Tulare Veterinarian (General)
District III Director Justin Garcia CDFW – Sacramento Environmental Scientist
District IV Director David Rist DTSC – Berkeley Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
District V Director Monty Larson CDFW – Fortuna Environmental Scientist




CAPS Elections Next Steps

Candidate statements are due to the CAPS Elections Committee on Monday, August 12, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. The Elections Committee will ensure the received candidate statements abide by the rules set forth in the CAPS Bylaws and Elections Procedures. The statements will be reviewed and posted online on the CAPS website in the Elections section for the membership to view after the Committee has had the opportunity to meet.

Ballots will be mailed out to members on September 20, 2019. Voting will take place by secret ballot via U.S. mail, returned to a PO Box owned by MK Elections, the independent elections service administering the election.

Be sure you and your colleagues are CAPS members, as only members are able to cast a vote. If you are a member, be sure that your mailing address is up to date by contacting ! Ballots must be returned by October 7, 2019. The ballot count will be held October 14, 2019 in Sacramento. CAPS members are welcome to attend.