Board Elections

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June 2018 CAPIC Board Elections:  

VOTE by June 30th for your CAPIC Board representatives!

Vote online or by traditional paper ballot.
See our June 11th email for details or contact the CAPIC Office.

We are a small but active board, working to ensure that quality, diverse psychology training continues to enhance the profession and serve the needs of diverse, often-underserved California communities.

For this June, the following nine (9) board positions are open for election:

Northern California
NoCA Doctoral Academic Program Representatives (2)
          NoCA Student/Intern Representative (1)

 Southern California
SoCA Doctoral Academic Program Representatives (2)
          SoCA Internship Program Representative (1)
          SoCA At-Large Representatives (2)
          SoCA Student/Intern Representative (1)

Review the criteria and procedures below for more details.


And thanks in advance for considering serving on the CAPIC Board!


CAPIC Board Election Process:  

The CAPIC Board is elected by its CAPIC Program Members on a rotating basis and serve 3-year* terms. (* Note:  Intern/Student reps serve only 1-year terms.) Elections for open positions are held each Spring, and with terms beginning on July 1st, the start of CAPIC’s fiscal year.   

There are fourteen (14) positions on the CAPIC board, split evenly between Northern and Southern California.  These positions are for Doctoral Academic, Internship, At-Large and Intern/Student representatives.  

Below are the criteria for serving on the CAPIC Board:

Criteria to serve on the CAPIC Board  (For all Board representatives)
Student Criteria to serve on the CAPIC Board  (Supplement for Student/Intern rep)

The CAPIC Board meets quarterly, rotating its meetings between Northern (NoCA) and Southern California (SoCA) locations.  For meeting dates and locations, go to the Board of Directors page.

Go to the Board of Director page for more info and the full list of CAPIC Board members.

For additional information, please contact the CAPIC Office (925-969-4550 or  Thanks!

CAPIC Board Nominations & Elections Schedule:

  • May 15: Formal Call for Nominations sent to CAPIC Program Members from CAPIC Office.
    • May 15 –  May 31: Nomination Period for CAPIC Board positions
    • May 31: Nomination Period closes.
  • June 2:  Board reviews any outstanding nominations and approves the slate of candidates on the election ballot
  • June 11: Election ballot for open CAPIC Board positions sent to CAPIC Program Members from CAPIC Office.
    • June 11 – 30: Election Period for CAPIC Board positions.
      • Each Active CAPIC Program Member (i.e. Doctoral Academic, Internship & Postdoctoral Programs) is authorized one vote/ballot.  
      • Inactive CAPIC programs are not eligible to vote. 
      • Students are not CAPIC program members and are therefore also not eligible to vote.  
  • June 30:  Election period closes. CAPIC office tabulates election results.
    • early July: CAPIC Board certifies the election results.
    • mid July: CAPIC Office announces election Results. 
    • Terms begin effective July 1, 2018.
    • First board meeting is in September (Exact Date TBD).


CAPIC Board Officers were elected by the Board on December 3, 2016:  

The CAPIC Board Officers for 2017 are:

Board Chair: Kendra Nickerson, Ph.D.  
Vice-Chair:  Melodie Schaefer, Psy.D.  
Secretary:  Megan O’Banion, Psy.D.
Treasurer:  Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D.  

CAPIC Board Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) are elected annually by the CAPIC Board of Directors themselves.  Their terms run on a calendar year cycle (Jan 1 – Dec 31).  Congratulations and thank you for your leadership!    

2016-17 CAPIC Board Election Results:

June 2017 CAPIC Board Election Results:  

Board members are elected on a rotating basis each June. The following four individuals were recently elected to the CAPIC board:

Northern California (NoCA)
          NoCA Internship Program Representative:- Carol Kirshnit, Ph.D.
          NoCA At-Large Representative: – Priscille Schwarcz-Besson, PhD Candidate 
          NoCA Student/Intern Representative:- Sebastian Sheldon, MA

Southern California (SoCA)
          SoCA Student/Intern Representative:- Nancy E. Withers, MFT

Congratulations and welcome — or welcome back! — to the CAPIC Board!

Many thanks also to our two departing board members for their years of service!
          –  Valerie Jordan, PhD, who has served on our board for over ten years. 
          –  Nadia Thalji, PsyD, who has served as our SoCA Student Rep the past two years.
          We wish you both much success — and happiness — with your next adventures!


Northern California
         NoCA Doctoral Internship  Representative:
             – Jorge Wong, Ph.D., at Asian American for Community Involvement

         NoCA Intern/Student Representative:
             – Sebastian Sheldon, MA, at John F. Kennedy University

Southern California      

         SoCA Internship Program Representative:
             – Rebecca Eberle-Romberger, Psy.D., at Whittier College Student Counseling Center

         SoCA At-Large Representative:
             – Linda Holder, Ph.D., Adjunct Graduate Professor, at Cal Lutheran University

         SoCA Intern/Student Representative:
             – Nadia Thalj, MA, at Pacifica Graduate Institute 

The 2016 election period for the CAPIC Board closed on June 30, 2016.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and to everyone who ran to serve on the board. The ballots were counted by the CAPIC office and the results were certified by the CAPIC Board Secretary and Executive Committee in mid-July.   

Congratulations to everyone!