Board Of Directors
President D. Chapin
Born in Watsonville, CA. October 20 th 1952 of Donald D. and Grace Chapin. Has one older sister, Marilyn, and three younger sisters, Janet, Carol, and Sharon. Graduated from Mora Central Catholic High School in 1970 and attended Cabrillo College studying Architecture. Married to wife Barbara, Don has three children. Caroline, age 32 and a civil engineer, Donald III, age 29 and a graduate of civil engineering at Fresno State University, and Erin, age 18. Don was raised in Watsonville and moved to the Prunedale area in 1972. Don and his family still reside in North County
Don began his career in the construction industry at an early age. His father
began his business in Salinas in 1963 with partner Bob Clark. The business
known as Chapin and Clark was focused primarily on underground work and
septic systems. Don began working with his father at a young age while still
attending school. In 1971, Don began a full time career at Chapin and
Clark. On May 5 th 1975, Don left Chapin and Clark and began his own
business. He started with a single dump truck and started as “Don Chapin
Jr. Trucking”. In 1977, Don purchased his first tractor and began his own
construction business. In 1978, his father left Chapin and Clark and the two
started what today is still known as “The Don Chapin Co.”.
Today the company employs approximately 400 people and has a range of
services from engineering, construction, trucking, ready mix concrete
supply, aggregate quarries, recycle operations, retail landscape supplies and
develops properties into residential subdivisions. Don is the President and
CEO of the Don Chapin Co., and has a hand in the management of all of its
affiliates. Yet Don’s real passion is service to his community. Among the
organizations he is involved with are:
- Past President and 18 year Board member of the California International
- Member of Madonna Del Sasso Church
- Board President of Lagunita School District for 28 years
- President and Member of the Board of Directors for North County Fire
- Protection District for 12 years
- Board member and Chair of the United Way Finance Committee
- Founding member of the United Way Alexis de Toqueville Society
- Founding member of Common Ground Monterey County
- Founding member of the Salinas Valley Leadership Group
- Founding member of Hartnell College Construction Technology Task Force
- Council Vice President of Monterey Area Council of Boy Scouts
- Past Chair of the Boy Scouts “Building Future Leaders” committee
- Vice President of the Board of Directors for Rancho Cielo Youth Campus
- Board member and incoming Chair of Palma School Board of Directors
- Board Member of the Panetta Institute for public Policy
- Past Member of Board of directors, Community Bank of Central Calif. Member of trade organizations including the Builders Exchange of Salinas Valley, Associated General Contractors of California, Associated Builder and Contractor of California, Construction Mining Association, and many others.
Don believes in giving back to his community and has been committed to
that goal. He supports many local schools and projects that focus on serving
the youth of our community. To that end, Don developed an endowment
fund at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that provides scholarships to local students
seeking a higher education in the engineering fields.
Don has received numerous awards for his efforts including Citizen of the
Year, Construction Person of the Year, two State awards for Construction
Excellence, the Boy Scouts Building Future Leaders Award and the Silver
Beaver Award, the National Pope John the XXIII Humanitarian Award, and
was most recently he was inducted into the Monterey County Business Hall
Don’s favorite pastime is traveling with his family in their motor coach
during the summer and snow skiing in the winter.
Vice President F. Ballesteri
Director J. Simon
Ms. Jacqueline C. Simon, President and CEO of JCS Ventures, a business development consultant group, and Founder of Transitions for Recovery and Re-Entry Program, Inc., received her Masters Degree in Pupil and Personnel Administration and Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Community Corrections and a Bachelor of Arts, from San Jose State University. In addition, Ms. Simon is credentialed and has received multiple Training and Certifications in the Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Motivational Interviewing/Assessment and Healthy Transitional Life Skills Development.
Ms. Simon has provided administrative, educational, and support services to ex-offenders in the Federal Probation System, Monterey County Probation, Santa Clara Juvenile Hall & County Sheriffs' Dept., and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1979 to the present. She has worked with the Contra Costa Office of Education's Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery (STAR) program for 5 years and generated the highest statewide graduation statistics of all Parolee Education STAR site locations for 52 months. Moreover, Ms. Simon was elected to the Board of Directors for The Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) and is an active supporter and member of the Monterey County Peace Officer Association. She is currently working with the Veterans Administration to develop a Veterans Drop in Center where she will teach "Life Skills" cognitive behavioral seminars.
Congress member Dianne Feistein selected Ms. Simon as Woman of the Year for her dedication and involvement in Entrepreneurial and Community Commitment to non-profits working at the grassroots level. Through out her work with the Transitions for Recovery and Re-Entry, Ms. Simon has received acknowledgements from Chief of Police Kelly McMillin, Senator Bill Monning, Major Joe Gunter, and from Congressman Sam Farr, on her achievements with graduation of the program, reduction of recidivism, and her perseverance in disengaging youth from the destructive lifestyle of those before them. Ms. Simon is also an International Rotarian and on several Board of Directors.
Additionally, Ms. Simon is a service provider for the youth in Juvenile Hall & the Monterey County Juvenile Center, working with her brother, Gene Simons' Real Choices program, where she teaches life skills training, as well as, contributes mentor ship and entrepreneurship to the youth at risk. Ms. Simon gives these youths an opportunity to see their own potential, while building their social and team-building skills, irrefutably vital components to reduce criminal activity among the community and crucial to breaking the cycle of violence and gang involvement.
Ms. Simon's understanding of and sensitivity to the wide range of needs held by individuals and organizations has been essential to her 28 years of experience and expertise. It has been apt to her title as elected official, as well, and has helped her keep the needs of the under served communities a priority in her agenda. Ms. Simon has used her knowledge and practice to buld a vision and that vision is emulated in Transitions Recover and Re-Entry Program, Inc.
Ms. Simon is so very proud to say that, like her late father, Jack C. Simon, she has been an elected official with the North Monterey County Fire Protection District for the past 7 years and was re-elected on November 5th, 2013 for additional 4 year term.
Director D. Champion, PhD
The number of calls to the North County Fire District (NCFD) to extinguish fires, render emergency services, provide extrication and aid at vehicle accidents, search and rescue, or to give, needed care at medical emergencies has increased dramatically in recent years. The number of calls have increased along with the serious nature of them. The most notable contributing factors to the increases are:
- A much drier and longer, year round burn season;
- A huge increase of people using Highway One, 101, and 156 to go to more and bigger events on the peninsula;
- The ever aging baby boomers in need of medical assistance.
The increase in the number and seriousness of responses require an ever greater use of resources, personnel and equipment. The result is that equipment wears out faster, more people are needed to respond, and new technologies must be added so that service levels can remain current. All this is very expensive. The tax money which pays for this is a limited resource. Every year the cost of goods and services increases resulting in less and less bang for the buck. The NCFD Board of Directors has, in the past, been able to remain debt free. However, increases in expenses, e.g., Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) has increased costs so that the relatively stable tax base upon which the District depends, cannot be sustained. This situation has caused the District to incur debt and an increase in unfunded liabilities. To meet these fiscal challenges has meant sacrifice and evermore creative fiscal solutions to not only keep NCFD afloat financially but has presented almost insurmountable impediments to the district remaining at the forefront of fire service. Without a high level of service, training, equipment and personnel, the District could see the same devastating impacts as occurred in Napa and Ventura counties. We don’t want that! The current Board and administration has a broad range of knowledge skills and abilities to use as the creative basis of entrepreneurial management to assure that citizens do in fact receive the highest service. But the fact is that many personal and organizational sacrifices are made to accomplish this.
My years as an NCFD Board member provides me with a depth and breadth of the day to day operations and the strategic needs of this organization. This theoretical and practical experience is coupled with my education including:
- Master’s Degree Public Administration, San Jose State University
- Master’s Degree Psychology, CSPP
- Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, CSPP
The knowledge, skills and abilities from my education, professional and life experience along with a culture of collaboration among Board members, Administration, Staff and fellow citizens is exciting. It has given me an opportunity to contribute to the discovery, and putting into place creative ideas based on data, along with solid solutions to fulfill the NCFD mission, it’s goals and strategic plan. I feel grateful and privileged to serve as your representative at NCFD.
Director A. Silva