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 2019 Elections for the CCAPP Board of Directors

CCAPPs election of members to the board of directors began September 3, 2019 with an open nomination process. Nominations closed on September 18, 2019. There are two different categories for board members. Category A individual members and Category B program members. See the category columns below for details.

The election voting will open on October 18, 2019 and will close on December 17, 2019. Election results was announced January 1, 2020 by email and social media.

Voting details will be sent to all eligible members via email by 11:59 PM on October 18, 2019 and by postcard. Please be sure to add votenet.com to your safe senders list and check your spam folder for messages from votenet.com. Those eligible to vote are current memebers as of September 3, 2019. Anyone not current on that date are not eligible to vote in this election.

2019 Elections for Category A: Individual Members

Voting

There are three districts that have individual board seats available. These districts are one, two, and five. Individual board members will represent each specific district and their needs, but all CCAPP members are eligible to vote for these individual board members, regardless of which district you, the voter, resides.


The voting system will ask you to enter your Username and Password which you will
receive by both email and postcard. Online voting should take you less than 10 minutes. Note the online ballot can be accessed from any smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet. All of your choices are held in a secure database. Only CCAPP election officials have access to the choices you make. The system will give you a confirmation number. This number is proof to you that your vote has been successfully transmitted to Votenet’s secure database.


If you have any problems voting or receiving your login details for the online voting system, please contact [email protected] If you would like to receive voting information through email, please provide the office with an email address. You may update your membership record by calling membership at 800-564-5927.
Thank you!

District 3 Candidates

female.jpgChelsie Gordon


Zac Headshot.jpgZachary Spowart

It has long been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to give back in a meaningful manner in the treatment industry beyond the direct client care and management I have experienced to date. I have over 12 years clean and sober myself, with legitimate treatment and care being a big part of my story and my success. For that I am grateful and I have a strong desire of preserving that for those who struggle and their opportunities to succeed in their future.
I am presently a LAADC and have provided direct clinical care to clients around the country (Florida, Minnesota, Texas, and California) for the past 8 years. I received my first Masters in addiction counseling-advanced practice degree in co-occurring disorders, from Hazelden in Center City Minnesota: My practicum afforded me wonderful opportunities to be exposed to ethical, evidence-based services and cutting-edge education in this field first hand. I participated in practicums for adult females in residential, adolescent males in residential, and adult male and females in outpatient services. Beyond this, I pursued further education by obtaining my Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine's Fully Employed MBA Program. I was actively employed in the industry while also going to school full time so my business education applied directly to the field in my practice.
I have served as a Program Director and was the chief project manager for building and launching a 64-bed detox and residential program in Texas. I have served locally as a case manager, provided clinical services to clients, and have provided clinical training to Master's level clinicians. I was also the Director of Compliance/Operations at Northbound Treatment Services, where I learned further details on how to be compliant with the associated standards for the DHCS as well as Joint Commission. Most recently I have created and built a small, client-centered outpatient treatment program in Huntington Beach, where I presently operate as CEO.
While none of these experiences guarantee me to be the best possible candidate, I do firmly believe they speak to my dedication to remain hard working, ethical, responsible, organized, and serving of those in this field. I appreciate your time spent on the review of my candidacy and look forward to working with you in the future.

District 4 Candidates

barnes.jpgMichael Barnes


I, Michael R. Barnes, am a candidate for election to CCAPP's Board of Directors.
Michael Barnes currently serves as a Category A District 4 (Los Angeles) individual member to CCAPP's Board of Directors. As an active, working Board member, he has attended every
meeting since he was elected to the seat. During his tenure, Michael has been appointed to
serve on several committees including the Addiction Recovery Communities of California (ARCC), Membership, Elections and the Ethics Committee where he meets weekly to review, investigate and provide recommendations on potential ethical violations and code of conduct complaints.
Michael has more than 23 years' experience in the field of Addictions. He is former Program Director of the Royal Palms Recovery Center, a licensed {all-male) residential treatment facility in central Los Angeles, one of Social Model Recovery Systems' 12 direct treatment services locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He has a B.A. in Mass-Media Communications and is a proud 2004 graduate of the CAARR Institute where he was initially certified as a CASI Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Today, he is a CADC-11, ICADC and has completed 21 hours of
LGBTQUIA2 training.
He is a strong believer that recovery must include more than meetings, the Big Book and the 12 Steps. Throughout his AOD career, he has specialized in providing Adult Education, Occupational Training and Life Skills as part of recovering individuals' treatment plans. He has worked closely with the California Department of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, Abram Friedman Occupational Skills Center and the Consortium of Community Colleges to provide basic (GED) and Occupational skills certifications and credentials to recovering men and women re-entering the workforce.
Michael is proud to have served on the CAARR/CAADAC Transition Committee, the CAARR Board as an individual member and as a Category B member of CCAPP. He will continue to advocate for all of our hard-working Counselors in District four and throughout the state.
If elected, I am willing to continue to dedicate the time and effort necessary to serve as a contributing, hard-working member of CCAPP's Board and any committees of CCAPP to which I am appointed.


guy.jpgGuy Simms

Being a survivor of this life threatening disease, I have a deep concern for those also afflicted with it. Because of my own recovery of over thirty four years (with the support of a therapeutic setting), I know the importance of treatment and recovery in the lives of alcoholics/drug addicts and their families.
I have worked and trained extensively in inpatient and outpatient dual diagnosis rehabilitation in medical model as well as social model settings for over thirty two years. I have developed, instituted and facilitated school based consultant positions and held contracts with several school districts. I have also directed, supervised, coordinated, developed and maintained multiple programs in Southern California, including but not limited to managing the Addiction Medicine Intensive Outpatient Program at Cedar Sinai and Aurora Charter Oak Hospital.I have taught at several southern california college campuses, teaching Drug and Alcohol studies to those seeking certification as Alcohol and Drug Counselors, providing CEUs on ethics and disease model.. I held positions on the Oral review board as an Oral examiner for CAADAC prior to it’s transition to CCAPP. I am an avid member of several 12-step programs.
My goal is to continue to assist in the growth and professionalism needed within the Addiction Medicines field. I believe my experience, expertise, natural abilities. and my certification through CCAPP as a LAADC (CA), Licenced Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor will make me an excellent candidate for regional professional member and an asset to CCAPP and its members.

District 7 Candidates

maryhead.jpgMary Crocker-Cook

My name is Mary Crocker Cook, and I have been a CCAPP member for many years. I have been working in the addiction field as a counselor, clinical director, program owner, and educational instructor for 30 years this year. While I am invested in client care, I am passionate about counselor wellness. I developed the San Jose City College Alcohol and Drug Studies program and recently hosted our 5th Addiction Treatment Works awards ceremony in San Jose to celebrate the clinical work of the local addiction counselors.
Addiction treatment has,been life, and supporting the increasing professionalization of our field is my priority. I have a desire to participate in a direct way with the Board in hope of contributing my experience as both a clinician and educator as CCAPP continues to develop new certifications and increases our legislative participation. I am cohost of the podcast, Atypical hosted on Podbean, and have a ridiculous amount of energy that I will dedicate to the CCAPP Board. SJCC has been hosting the District 7 community meetings over the last year, and we would continµe this service regardless of winner if requested. Please vote for me and give me a chance to be of service!


10-11-2019   P.Cusimano2019.jpgPeter Cusimano

Peter Cusimano is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LAADC) from the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).  

Qualifications: Peter previously served on the CAADAC Board of Directors during the consolidation in 2014 and remained steadfast to CCAPP - District 7 (SF Peninsula, South Bay Area and Monterey Bay Areas) as a committed volunteer since that time.  

Mr. Cusimano has been actively involved with, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the UC Berkeley Extension Program for AOD Studies with the syllabus and curriculum designed to aid in the requirements for students pursuing CCAPP Credentialing.  

Peter has continued to provide CEU (continuing education seminars), workshops and presentations in the Northern California areas over the past several years, and during 2014-16 worked collaboratively with Cal State University East Bay and San Jose City College alcohol and drug studies programs respectively to provide additional student education and training.   

Peter is currently a Substance Abuse Counselor at Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley a division of CAMINAR (Palo Alto). Peter has a "Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist" (MATS) endorsement from CCAPP and was previously the Supervising Counselor/Assistant Program Director at BAART San Mateo Clinic (Menlo Park, CA). Mr. Cusimano also has a current private practice in San Jose California, "CADC Services - Cusimano Alcohol & Drug Counseling Services", providing Department of Transportation substance abuse assessments (DOT - SAP), as well as Out of State DUI Assessments and documentation in partnership with National Traffic Safety Institute. He is also on a DOT “Preferred SAP Provider Status” with Hawaiian Airlines, Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority, ND EAP, BPFC Southern California, and two short line railroads in the Central Valley and the SF Bay Area.

Mr. Cusimano has a expressed a defined commitment to represent District 7 on the CCAPP Board of Directors, a desire to represent our community of Counselors in Distract 7 to bring up to date information back to the local membership, as well as a profound willingness to provide monthly and regularly scheduled CEU workshops for CCAPP Professionals (Counselors and Students) in the Region.

"Please support my candidacy and vote for me to represent YOU - Thank You, Peter"

Nominations

Nominations are closed.

California has been divided into nine districts with approximately equal populations.  The 2018 election will be held for board members in Districts 1, 2, and 5.

There are three (3) ways in which a person may be nominated:

  1. Each district must nominate at least one candidate;  
  2. Any CCAPP member living within the district may nominate a candidate to represent that district, and may even nominate him/herself;
  3. The current board’s election committee will nominate at least one additional candidate who lives in each of these three districts IF only one candidate has been nominated from within the district.

The only requirement for making a nomination is that the person making the nomination and the person being nominated must both be members of CCAPP in good standing. As per CCAPP bylaws, certified individuals who are not members cannot run for office.

All nominations must be received in the CCAPP office no later than
September 12, 2018.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Members residing in Districts 3, 4, or 7 are invited to participate in the nominating process this cycle. Members who do not reside in one of these districts, cannot participate in the nomination process, however you WILL be able to vote for one candidate from each of these three districts pursuant to CCAPPs bylaws.

 

CCAPP District Map

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2019 Elections for Category B: Program Members

Voting

There are three program board seats available. As a program voting representative are able to cast your vote for three of the eligible candidates.

The voting system will ask you to enter your Username and Password which you will receive by both email and postcard. Online voting should take you less than 10 minutes. Note the online ballot can be accessed from any smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet. All of your choices are held in a secure database. Only CCAPP election officials have access to the choices you make. The system will give you a confirmation number. This number is proof to you that your vote has been successfully transmitted to Votenet’s secure database.


If you have any problems voting or receiving your login details for the online voting system, please contact [email protected] If you would like to receive voting information through email, please provide the office with an email address. You may update your membership record by calling membership at 800-564-5927.
Thank you!

Nominations

Nominations are closed.

Every year there will be SEPARATE elections for three Program Board Members.  CCAPP Member Programs’ Authorized Representatives participate only in the election for Program Board Members.

Nomination Process

There are two (2) ways in which a person who is the Authorized Representative of a CCAPP Program Member may be nominated:

  1. Any CCAPP Program’s Authorized Representative may nominate another CCAPP Program’s Authorized Representative Member from anywhere in California;
  2. Any CCAPP Program’s Authorized Representative may nominate him/herself.

All nominations must be received in the CCAPP office NO LATER than
September 12, 2018.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

To nominate someone to the CCAPP Board, simply fill out the nomination form below and mail it to CCAPP, Post Office Box 214127, Sacramento, California 95821 or via instructions on the nomination form.