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2018 Distinguished Alumni

Joyce Capelle

Joyce Capelle

CEO, Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California
1973 Associate of Arts, Long Beach City College
1976, Bachelor of Arts, Geography, CSULB
1983, Master of Public Administration, CSULB
1999, Juris Doctor, Pacific West College of Law

Described as “a catalyst for goodwill” and a relentless advocate for youth in crisis, Joyce Capelle has strived for more than 35 years to make life better for some of our most vulnerable — and misunderstood — populations. 

This year, Capelle marks her twentieth year serving as CEO of Crittenton Services, a non-profit agency that works with local, state, and national organizations to empower system-involved children, youth, and families.  The agency has grown steadily under Capelle’s leadership and now employs more than 500 people who each year deliver an ever-expanding slate of child-welfare and mental-health programs to roughly 2,000 clients in five Southern California counties.  Envisioning Crittenton Services as a “teaching institution,” Capelle has also led an effort to establish the agency as a training ground for college students who are aspiring mental health, social work, and human services professionals. 

Capelle is a sought-after speaker on human trafficking and other social justice issues, and she has served on numerous boards and commissions that advocate for healthier communities, juvenile justice, and children’s mental health.  Honors include the “2016 Diamond Award in the Fight Against Trafficking” from Vanguard University and the 2013 “Women of Distinction Award” from California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. 


2017
Susan Aramesh Price
Susan Aramesh Price, '94, '96

2016
Chrisopher F. Rohrbach
Christopher F. Rohrbach, '95

2016
Peter James Gravett
Peter James Gravett, '69

2015
Pamela Macdonald Regnier
Pamela Macdonald Regnier, '69

2015
Naeema Aziz
Naeema Aziz, '00

2014
Thomas Salerno
Thomas Salerno, '80

2014
Charlie Beck
Charlie Beck, '07

2013
Steve Molina
Steve Molina, '79

2013
G. Lorain Brault
G. Lorain Brault, '72, '76

2012
Samuel R. Ward
Samuel R. Ward, '97

2012
Cynthia Mirsky
Cynthia Mirsky, '96

2011
Vivianne P. Lokken
Vivianne P. Lokken, '93

2011
Nancy L. Beard
Nancy L. Beard, '77, '87

2010
David L. Maggard Jr.
David L. Maggard Jr., '97

2010
Pauline Bich-Phuong Le
Pauline Bich-Phuong Le, '94, '98

2009
Alan D. Nitake
Alan D. Nitake, '70, '74

2009
Misty E. May-Treanor
Misty E. May-Treanor, '02

2008
Patricia S. Ploehn
Patricia S. Ploehn, '89

2008
Judy K. Montgomery
Judy K. Montgomery, '73

2007
Joanette L. Lima
Joanette L. Lima, '80

2007
Jack R. Brick
Jack R. Brick, '61, '73

2006
Paul D. Pursell
Paul D. Pursell, '72

2006
Ronald R. Arias
Ronald R. Arias, '71

2005
Linda Moulton-Patterson
Linda Moulton-Patterson, '82

2005
Joanne E. Driggers
Joanne E. Driggers, '73

2004
Michael J. Montgomery
Michael J. Montgomery, '68

2004
David J. Armijo
David J. Armijo, '01

2003
Pamela M. Mokler
Pamela M. Mokler, '97

2003
Modesto E. Ellano Jr.
Modesto E. Ellano Jr. , '90

2002
Bill Wood
Bill Wood, '68

2002
James E. Fassel
James E. Fassel, '73

2001
Susumu Yokoyama
Susumu Yokoyama, '71, '77

2001
Jami E. Goodman
Jami E. Goodman, '96

2000
Betsy G. Wells
Betsy G. Wells, '86

2000
H. Brent Coles
H. Brent Coles, '79

1998
Abigail Roddie-Hamlin
Abigail Roddie-Hamlin, '80, '88

1998
Carole A. Bennett
Carole A. Bennett, '65, '72

1997
Denise L. Austin
Denise L. Austin, '79

1996
Janet M. Riedman
Janet M. Riedman, '70

1995
Ronny J. Coleman
Ronny J. Coleman, '94

1994
Oliver Cagle
Oliver Cagle, '71

1993
Debra Lee McGinty-Poteet
Debra Lee McGinty-Poteet, '82

1992
Larry E. Crabtree
Larry E. Crabtree, '76

1992
Frank I. Benest
Frank I. Benest, '78

1991
Larry G. Manly
Larry G. Manly, '61

1991
Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown, '84

1990
Randall M. Ward
Randall M. Ward, '76

1990
Edward G. Linhart
Edward G. Linhart, '74, '76

1989
Murphy McCalley
Murphy McCalley, '81

1989
Linda Sheryl Greene
Linda Sheryl Greene, '70

1988
Marjorie L. Chitwood-Burri
Marjorie L. Chitwood-Burri, '66

1988
Elizabeth S. Barber
Elizabeth S. Barber, '79

1987
Jon H. Regnier
Jon H. Regnier, '77

1987
Richard V. Loya
Richard V. Loya, '68, '77

1986
Vala J. Stults
Vala J. Stults, '64, '69

1986
Robert C. Dunek
Robert C. Dunek, '78

1985
Jack E. Whitehouse
Jack E. Whitehouse, '71

1985
Rodney L. Patterson
Rodney L. Patterson, '84

1984
Cathy J. Ferguson
Cathy J. Ferguson, '70

1984
William F. Ensley
William F. Ensley, '64

1983
Norman D. Lean
Norman D. Lean, '56

1976
James A. Herman
James A. Herman, '57, '58

1974
Richard D. Keelor
Richard D. Keelor, '61, '64

1967
John B. Rambo
John B. Rambo, '67