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2021-22 Public Policy Committee (Updated 11/3/2021):

The Public Policy committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on legislation introduced within a legislative year, as well as taking positions on the state budget. The CAPPA Public Policy Committee and CAPPA staff review each piece of legislation and decide whether or not part or the entire bill could have an effect on subsidized child care, Alternative Payment Programs, low-income families, child care centers, CalWORKs, non-profits, business issues such as independent contractor issues, licensing, children, etc. If a bill is identified with an impact, the CAPPA board and public policy committee are asked to review the bill.  Once reviewed and based on the approved policy principles decision will be made for CAPPA to either support, oppose or remain neutral on a bill.   

Click here to see the most current bills we are tracking.

Members: Joie Owen, Glenn County Office of Education (Co-Chair)Leslie Reece, Family Resource & Referral Center (Co-Chair)Gina Fromer, Children’s Council of San Francisco; Martin Castro (Advisor), Mexican American opportunity Foundation; Karen Marlatt, Valley Oak Children's Services;  Beth Chiaro, Child Care Resource Center; Floyd Alcutt, Child Care Resource Center; Mindy Brown, Valley Oak Children's Services; Jolie Buberl, Child Development Associates; Tina Barna, Catalyst Community; Lupe Castillo, Supportive Services Inc.; Jeanne Fridolfs, Napa County Office of Education; Ricardo Diaz, Child Development Resources  of Ventura County; Marco Jimenez, Central Valley Children's Services Network; Ludie Montoya, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Community Connection for Child Care; Cheryl Nelson,  Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Community Connection for Child Care; Rick Richardson, Child Development Associates, Inc.; Teri Sedrick, North Coast Opportunities; Eileen Calderon, Child Development Associates, Inc.; Jennifer Villa, Child Development Associates, Inc.; Jessica Kranz, Go Kids, Inc.; Donna Sneeringer, Child Care Resource Center; Mike Michelon, Siskiyou Child Care Council; Christina Acosta, Pomona Unified School District; Kelly Dulka, Hively, Inc.; Susie Bravo, Crystal Stairs, Inc.; Sandra Herrera-Gonzalez, Children's Home Society of California; Jennifer Johnson, Child Action, Inc.; Talia Jacobson, Children's Home Society of California; Kirsten Krause, Solano Family & Children’s Services; Ana Sanchez, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Community Connection for Child Care; Michelle Mortenson, CocoKids; Patrick MacFarlane, Child Care Resource Center; Mira Djuric, 4Cs of Alameda County; Heidi Keiser, Child Action, Inc.; Kerry Venegas, Changing Tides Family Services; Tanisha Hughes, 4Cs of San Mateo; Phillip Warner, Children's Council of San Francisco; Naeemah Charles, Children's Council of San Francisco; Tracey Strack, Child Action, Inc.; Myshanae Grant, Crystal Stairs, Inc.; Candy Meade, Options for Learning; Melodee Mitchell, Del Norte Child Care Council; Kendall Hirai, Crystal Stairs, Inc.; Courtney Baltiyskyy, YMCA Childcare Resource Service; Gina Azevedo, CocoKids; Jody Stamps, Marin Child Care Council; Janelle Willis, Santa Barbara County Education Office; Lisette WarthChild Development Resources of Ventura County; Bronwyn Kennedy, Solano County Office of Education; Christine Nguyen, Child Action, Inc.; Sara Pfeffer, Curaesoft; Trisha Landoni, Controltec 

The vast majority of the committee and subcommittee work is done via conference call and email.  The members also have the opportunity if available to come to Sacramento wherein CAPPA staff will connect you with meetings to educate legislators and/or testify at hearings.

Finance Committee:

CAPPA's Finance Committee reviews all financial statements and accounts on a routine basis, assures the fiscal integrity of CAPPA, Assists in development of the annual budget and evaluates requests for major expenditures and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Members: Beth Chiaro (Chair), Child Care Resource Center; Mike Michelon, Siskiyou Child Care Council; Tracey Strack, Child Action, Inc.; Tina Barna, Catalyst Community  

Membership Committee:

CAPPA's Membership Committee will support the continued development of securing member benefits.  Additionally, this committee will help develop and identify the trainings, best practices and materials needing to be put together to help our agencies.

Members: Jeanne Fridolfs (Chair), Napa County Office of EducationTina Barna, Catalyst Community; Marco Jimenez, Central Valley Children's Services Network; Leslie Reece, Family Resource & Referral Center of San Joaquin County; Jessica Kranz, Go Kids, Inc.; Mika Buchanan, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County; Eddie Bell, Controltec, Inc.

CAPPA Staff:
Danielle Metzger
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Nominating Committee

It is the responsibility of the committee to secure Board candidates for the ballot and present a slate of qualified, acceptable candidates to the board for approval and to the membership for a vote.

Members: Leslie Reece (Chair), Family Resource & Referral Center of San Joaquin County; LaVera Smith, Supportive Services, Inc.

2021 Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the Annual Conference. The committee ensures that the program will reflect the goals of CAPPA and The Network and contributes to the overall dynamics and success of the conference. The Committee presents ideas and establishes timelines and agendas. The Committee coordinates conference committee activities, establishing a high level of communication between and among the committee, the association coordinator and others.

Members: Members: Nita Navarro, Child Development Resources of Ventura County; Heather de la Ripa, Catalyst Community- Alpine and El Dorado Counties; Maria Contreras Llamas, Community Resources for Children- Napa County; Jennifer Friesen, City of Norwalk- Los Angeles County; Arica Nears, Solano Family & Children's Services- Solano County; Tiffany Phovixay, Family Resource & Referral Network- San Joaquin County; Andrea Cervantes, Central Valley Children's Services Network- Fresno County; Niki VonHundley, Child Care Resource Center- Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties; Kenya Ruiz, Options for Learning- Los Angeles County; Sheri White, Human Response Network- Trinity County

Danielle Metzger
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Kelly Graesch
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