MVCAC Committees

Executive Jeremy Wittie Coachella Valley MVCD (760) 399-6941
CalSurv  Chris Barker UC Davis CVEC (530) 752-0151
Information Technology

Mark Daniel

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (562) 758-6540
Integrated Vector Management Jamesina Scott Lake County MVCD (707) 263-4770 ext 102
Laboratory Technologies Eric Haas-Stapleton Alameda County MAD (510) 783-7744
Legislative Conlin Reis/Jared Dever Fresno Westside MAD/San Gabriel Valley MVCD (559) 659-2437 ext 201

Public Relations Megan Sebay San Mateo County MVCD (650) 344-8592 msebay@SMCMVCD.ORG
Regulatory Affairs  Jennifer Henke Coachella Valley MVCD (760) 342-8287
Reeves New Investigator Award Jamesina Scott, Ph. D. Lake County VCD (707) 263-4770
Training & Certification Daniel Wilson Alameda County Vector Control (510) 567-6826
Trustee Council Donna Rutherford San Mateo County MVCD (650) 344-8592
Vector and Vectorborne Disease Marcia Reed Sacramento/Yolo MVCD (916) 685-1022
Vector Control Research J. Wakoli Wekesa East Side MAD (760) 342-8287

Executive Committee

Chair President Peter Bonkrude, Shasta MVCD

President, Peter Bonkrude
President Elect, Truc Dever
Vice President, Ken Klemme
Past President, Jeremy Wittie
Donna Rutherford, Trustee Council
Executive Director, Bob Achermann

Google Group

CalSurv Steering Committee

Chair Chris Barker, UC Davis DART

Tina Feiszli, CDPH
Dan Fisher (IT Committee rep)
Eric Haas-Stapleton (Research Committee rep)
David Heft (Exec Committee rep)
Vicki Kramer, CDPH
Bill Reisen, UC Davis
Mary Sorensen (Vector/Vector-Borne Disease Committee rep)
Nola Woods (PR Committee rep)

Google Group n/a
2020 Charges Develop and prioritize annual goals for CalSurv Gateway development

Information Technology Committee

Chair Mark Daniel, Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District

Peter Bonkrude, Shasta MVCD
Mark Dynge, Delta VCD
Robert Ferdan, Alameda County MAD
Dan Fisher, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
Aaron Ho, Santa Clara County VCD
Luan Ngo, Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Rudy Serrano, Greater LA County VCD
Jody Simpson, U.C. Davis
Michael Tran, Santa Clara County VCD

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Continued development of Visual Gateway project with educational training for agencies in collaboration with DART.
  2. Create information sharing forums for all districts to learn about Enterprise level Hardware, Software and Security.
  3. Create and maintain partnership with MISAC & MS-ISAC (Municipal Information Systems Association of California).
  4. Continue outreach to member agencies to educate and connect staff that support technology for information security best practices and other topics.
  5. Continue IT survey, discuss and report actionable items.
  6. Explore listserv requirements with CSDA like functionality.
  7. Explore project management software for use by committee chairs to homogenize and share project progress. Present options, features and price to the executive board.

Integrated Vector Management Committee

Chair Jamesina Scott, Lake County MVCD

Elizabeth Andrews, CDPH/VBDS
John Busam, Alameda Co. MAD
Mark Daniel, Greater L.A. Co. VCD
Bobbye Dieckman, Coachella Valley MVCD
Debbie Dritz, Sac-Yolo MVCD
Jake Hartle, Placer MVCD
Jacob Jones, Fresno MVCD
Laura Krueger, Orange Co. MVCD
Eddie Lucchesi, San Joaquin Co. MVCD
Marco Metzger, CDPH/VBDS
Mark Nakata, Delta MVCD
Mike Saba, Orange Co. MVCD
Marty Scholl, Sac-Yolo MVCD
Amber Semrow, Orange Co. MVCD
Steven Su, West Valley MVCD
Bill Walton, UC Riverside
Wakoli Wekesa, Eastside MAD
Joel Buettner (Board Liaison)
Bob Achermann, AMG

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Emerging Technologies in Mosquito Control

  2. Develop recommendations on pesticides and their use, and on their registration status and related issues.

  3. Pesticide Resistance Monitoring and Management
    1. For 2020, I recommend that the Committee review and update the Resistance Monitoring document

  4. Report on environmental issues that may affect the members of the MVCAC. 

  5. Report on the prevention of vector sources by means of planning, public education, and interagency cooperation.  [Marty and/or Amber]

  6. Develop information on the availability, use, and impact of biological control organisms. [Mike Saba]

  7. Administer the PESP survey for MVCAC [Mark Daniel]

  8. Annually review CDPH guidance documents, including Guidance for Surveillance of and Response to Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes and Locally Acquired Exotic Mosquito-Borne Infections Transmitted by these Mosquitoes in California and The Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Mosquito Control in California and recommend updates as necessary.  [Marco] 

  9. Provide support to other committees as needed. 

Laboratory Technologies Committee

Chair Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda County MAD

Chris Barker, DART, UC Davis
Sutapa Biswas, Alameda VCD
Jesse Erandio, Delta VCD
Ying Fang, DART, UC Davis
Carrie Fogarty, Orange County VCD
Saran Grewal, San Diego DEH
Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda County MAD
Shaoming Huang, San Joaquin County MVCD
Kim Hung, Coachella Valley MVCD
Kara Kelley, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
Chris Kilonzo, CDPH
Susanne Kluh, Greater LA County VCD
Kelly Liebman, Marin-Sonoma MVCD
Kimberly Nelson, San Gabriel Valley MVCD
Steve Schutz, Contra Costa MVCD
Phillip Spinks, Placer MVCD
Steven Su, West Valley MVCD
Noor Tietze, Santa Clara County VCD

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Revise the MVCAC publication “Identification of the Mosquitoes of California” to include Aedes notoscriptus.
  2. Report the results of the comparison of commercially available magnetic bead-based RNA extraction kits to MVCAC members.

Legislative Committee


Conlin Reis, Fresno Westside MAD

Jared Dever, San Gabriel Valley MVCD


Bob Achermann, AMG
Ed Manning, KP
Matt Ball, Butte County MVCD
Gary Goodman, Sacramento/Yolo MVCD
Andrew Cox, Tehama County MVCD
Tamara Davis, Marin-Sonoma MVCD
Paul Binding, Santa Cruz County MVCD
Rick Howard, Orange County MVCD
Michelle Brown, West Valley MVCD
Eddie Luchessi, San Joaquin Co. MVCD
Rick Howard, Orange County MVCD
Bryan Jackson, CDPH/VBDS Liaison
Jeremy Wittie, Coachella Valley MVCD (Board Liaison)

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Pursue appropriations to assist vector control district/agencies with invasive aedes prevention, control, and public education efforts.
  2. Seek clarification from USDA/CDPR on the use of mosquito control products over organic crops, including commercial cannabis.
  3. Explore regulatory enhancements to provide vector control agencies unencumbered inspection and treatment authority of public and private utility vaults.
  4. Protect public health pesticide exemptions from legislation targeting their elimination, municipal control, or reclassification

Public Relations Committee

Chair Megan Sebay, San Mateo County MVCD

Allison Bray, San Diego VCP
Erika Castillo, Alameda County MAD
Aaron Devencenzi, San Joaquin County MVCD
Meagan Luevano, Placer MVCD
Anais Medina Diaz, Greater LA County VCD
Allyx Nicolici, CDPH
Luz Robles, Sacramento Yolo MVCD
Levy Sun, San Gabriel Valley MVCD
Dan Wilson, Alameda County VCSD
Nola Woods, Contra Costa MVCD
Lora Young ,Orange County MVCD
Lisa Yarbrough (KP)
Jared Dever, SGVMVCD (Board Liaison)

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Implement third party outreach strategy including speaking and exhibiting opportunities at relevant conferences, providing content to industry partners for newsletters and social media, and identifying and recruiting subject matter experts for issues related to MVCAC.
  2. Develop public-facing materials to highlight CalSurv’s current and potential capabilities and support efforts to secure long-term funding.
  3. Develop public education materials to increase awareness of invasive Aedes and their impact in collaboration with the Integrated Vector Management, Vector & Vectorborne Disease and Vector Control Research Committees.

Reeves New Investigator Award Committee

Chair Jamesina J. Scott, Lake County VCD

Bruce Eldridge, UC Davis Emeritus
Rhiannon Jones, Merced MAD
Kerry Padgett, CDPH-VBDS
Steven Su, West Valley MVCD
Rachel Hickerson, AMG

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Evaluate Reeves Award applicants and determine awards.
  2. Review & update Reeves Award Policy
    1. Change changing the annual deadline to accommodate conference planning to November 1 (requires board approval) beginning November 1, 2020.
    2. Review and simplify application and instructions.

Regulatory Affairs Committee

Chair Jennifer Henke, Coachella Valley MVCD

Sarah Billeter, CDPH VBDS Ontario
Peter Bonkrude, Shasta MVCD
Erika Castillo, Alameda County MAD
Samer Elkashef, Sac-Yolo MVCD
Mark Hall, Greater Los Angeles County, VCD
David Heft, Turlock MAD
Wes Maffei, Napa MAD
Ryan McNeil, Fresno MVCD
Mark Novak, CDPH VBDS Elk Grove
Brian Olson, CDFW
Bob Achermann, AMG
Ed Manning, KP
Brian White, KP

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Review existing and new devices proposed to capture trash in storm water structures.
  2. Monitor issues around the re-use of storm water and irrigation run-off collected.
  3. Evaluate the impact of mosquito management practices as employed at wetlands managed by CDFW.
  4. Work with agencies and partners to ensure access to electric utility vaults
  5. Assist with permitting for Sterile Insect Releases for vector control
  6. Provide resources to districts for their environmental compliance with CEQA
  7. Engage in the NPDES renewal process (CA permit expires June 2021).

Training and Certification Committee


Daniel Wilson, Alameda County Vector Control


Eric Ballejos, Northwest MVCD
John Fritz, San Joaquin County MVCD
Michael Niemela, CDPH-VBDG
Katherine Ramirez, Consolidated MAD
Daniel Wilson, Alameda County VCSD
Rhiannon Jones, Board Liaison

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Produce original content or secure approval of existing content to provide a sufficient number of webinars to complement live, in-person programs to fulfill the continuing education unit requirements for the current training cycle.
  2. Begin planning and production of webinars for the succeeding training cycle.
  3. Support MVCAC members in webinar hosting to facilitate production of webinars on a statewide basis.
  4. Work with AMCA/CDC Trainers in the effort to use “Best Management Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management Manual” as a basis for Regional Live CEU Programs.
  5. Committee members were tasked to prepare at least on Category D webinar over the next year as this is typically the most difficult category to fill.
  6. A Zoom Webinar guide produced by the IT Committee will be distributed to Committee Members to assist in production.
  7. Make sure herbicides training materials are part of the curriculum.

Trustee Council

Chair Donna Rutherford, San Mateo County MVCD
Members Vice Chair: Doug Hassett, Coachella Valley MVCD, Member and Representative for the Southern California Region
Tom Anderson, Butte County MVCD, Member and Representative for the Sacramento Valley Region
Lynn Apland (Turlock MAD) Member and Representative for the Northern San Joaquin Valley Region
Dan Munk, Consolidated MAD, Member and Representative for the Southern San Joaquin Valley Region
Donna Rutherford, San Mateo County MVCD, Member and Representative for the Coastal Region
Google Group
2019 Charges
  1. Donna – Work with the Trustee Council and Executive Committee to define the role of and set clear charge(s) for the Council by the spring 2019 quarterly.

Vector & Vectorborne Disease Committee

Chair Marcia Reed, Sacramento/Yolo MVCD
Members Chris Barker, UC Davis
Lark Coffey, UC Davis
Bruce Eldridge, UC Davis
Tina Feiszli, CDPH/VBDS, Richmond
Susanne Kluh, Greater LA County VCD
Angie Nakano, san Mateo MVCD
Monica Patterson, Turlock MAD
William Reisen, UC Davis
Steve Schutz, Contra Costa MVCD
Jamesina J. Scott, Lake County VCD
Mary Sorensen, Placer MVCD
Steven Su, West Valley MVCD
Kim Hung, Coachella Valley MVCD
Mir-Bear-Johnson, Delta VCD
Conlin Reis/Mike Cavanaugh, Board Liaison
Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Develop comprehensive Emerging Vectorborne Disease Response Plan to control and contain potential outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya or Zika virus.  Include in this plan details as to control techniques and recommended equipment, control products, etc…

Vector Control Research Committee

Chair J. Wakoli Wekesa, East Side MAD

Chris Barker, University of California, Davis
Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda County MAD
Jennifer Henke, Coachella Valley MVCD
Melissa Doyle, San Gabriel Valley MVCD
Shaoming Huang, San Joaquin County MVCD
William Reisen, University of California, Proceedings Editor
Mary Sorensen, Placer MVCD
Steven Su, West Valley MVCD
Noor Tietze, Santa Clara County VCD
Bill Walton, University of California, Riverside
Sarah Wheeler, Sacramento/Yolo MVCD
Jeremy Wittie, Coachella Valley MVCD (Board Liaison)
Sarah Billeter, CDPH/VBDS, Ontario
Trinidad Reyes, Madera County MVCD
Angela Caranci, Northwest MVCD
Rachel Hickerson, AMG

Google Group
2020 Charges
  1. Continue with collaborative research investigations at the District level to improve the efficacy and efficiency of IVM programs, and encourage member districts to join such collaborative efforts.
    1. Continue with collaborative project evaluating the role of structural pesticide applications in increasing resistance to our common pesticides in urban breeding mosquitoes.
    2. Evaluation of the efficacy of hand held and back sprayers among member districts operations with a goal of establishing guidelines for their use.
  2. Collaborate with other MVCAC Committees such as Vector Borne Diseases, IVM, PR, and regulatory affairs to determine research needs and work with them for appropriate solutions.
  3. Champion the 2020 list of the research priorities among researchers at the UC Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, state, and local agencies, and encourage partners to collaborate.
  4. Encourage member Districts to collaborate with UC Researchers, submit joint projects to UC Center of Excellence for funding to help fill local research gaps, and provide opportunities for internships to train young researchers.

MVCAC Representatives

CSDA – Ryan Clausnitzer, Alameda MVCD
CCLHO – Jeremy Wittie, Coachella Valley MVCD
VCJPA – Tamara Chapman, Marin Sonoma MVCD
AMCA – Gary Goodman, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
2020 Proceedings Editor – William Reisen, University of California