As a Joint Powers Authority public transportation agency, sponsored by the California Vanpool Authority, CalVans comprises a number of local transportation planning agencies. Each of the agencies appoints a representative to sit on the CalVans Board and represent their area. Board members serve as local representatives, providing input and direction to the Agency.
Board of Director Bio’s
For 15 years Steve was the owner and general manager of McShane’s Nursery & Landscape Supply. He has worked in farming, organic fertilizers & state government. Steve is a third-term Salinas City Councilman, with 20 years of public service experience. Steve is a member of the Downtown Salinas Rotary Club and also serves on the boards for the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and local Cal Poly Alumni Association. Steve is married to Danielle. They have one son, Patrick, and one daughter, Molly. https://steve-mcshane.com/ When not working he enjoys hiking, gardening, and travel.
Current Civic Organizations/Elected & Appointed Offices
– Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) Policy- Chair
– Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG)- Director
– California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) Board of Directors- Chair
– Central Coast Community Energy (3CE)- Vice Chair
– Hartnell Community College Board of Trustee Member
– Meals of Wheels Board Member
– Habitat for Humanity Board Member
Robert Poythress is currently serving his second term in office as a Madera County Supervisor of District 3. Robert was first elected to the City Council in 2004, reelected in 2008, and reelected again in 2012 to serve as Madera’s first elected Mayor for 4 years.
Robert has served previously as Mayor of Madera during 2006 and again during 2011.
Robert is a native Maderan who graduated from Madera High School in 1974. After high school, he attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California and in 1978 graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Agricultural Business Management; and in 1998 he earned his graduate degree from Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington.
Robert was in the banking industry for 39 years, last serving as Vice President and Manager of Citizens Business Bank in Madera, California. He is also a partner in Teco Hardware and Poythress Farms.
Currently Serving on:
- Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
- Madera County Transportation Authority and Commission (MCTC)
- Madera County Economic Development Commission (Chair)
- Madera Community Hospital
- San Joaquin Regional Policy Committee, Chairman
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Board of Directors
- Madera Compact
- State of California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee member
- California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG)
- Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
- Mores, Inc. – Board of Directors
- California Vanpool Authority (CalVans)
- Madera County Local Child Care and Development Planning Council (LPC)
- Madera County Action Agency
- Madera Chamber of Commerce
- Madera-Ilan Sister City Corporation board of directors
- Sherman Thomas Charter School, Board of Directors
- West African Vocational School, Board of Directors
- Madera Kiwanis Club
- Workforce Development Board
Paul has a total of twenty years in law enforcement. Paul continued his education from various institutes of higher education, along with becoming a certified instructor in various emergency preparedness fields from The Department of Homeland Security. In 2010 he started a small business called Knowledge Saves Lives Inc., which has grown to become one of the largest emergency preparedness training and consulting firms in the State. He has managed safety and security projects for insurance companies, fortune 500 companies, large and small businesses, County, State and Federal agencies, utility companies and more than 250 California school districts. In 2019, Paul was the only nominee selected from Merced County to participate in the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program. He graduated the program with special recognition from Congress. In 2021 he was recruited and appointed as the Interim Director of Public Safety for The Peralta Community College District in Alameda County. Paul continues to serve his local community as an unpaid level one reserve police officer as well as the current President of the Los Banos Rotary club.
“I want to thank the citizens of the great city of Los Banos. I look forward to being your voice and representing you. I want to thank my amazing wife Brooke for being by my side every step of the way…who put in the effort this election to make a difference for our City and County. Special thank you to our campaign volunteers who helped with signs, meetings and calls. And finally, to the city staff, a positive change in work culture begins very soon. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed and I look forward to working alongside each of you very soon.” Mayor-elect Paul Llanez, City of Los Banos
At the age of 5, Bob and his family moved to Orcutt, where his father worked as a minister and his mother worked for the county. After his father’s passing, Bob quickly learned to shoulder responsibility and found ways to help his family, and has since used his work ethic to serve the region — first, as a teacher and coach, and later as a public servant and current Supervisor for the County of Santa Barbara.
He attended Ernest Righetti High School, becoming a decorated swimmer and water polo captain, student representative to the school board, and writer for the school paper. This is also where he met his wife, Jamie, who is a fifth-generation resident of the Santa Maria Valley.
Bob left the community for a short time to earn a degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University and simultaneously founded a real estate management company in Southern California, which permitted him to afford the cost of his education and housing.
After graduation, Bob returned to Santa Maria in pursuit of his passion — serving the community in which he has always called home. Starting as a teacher and youth mentor, he taught high school, middle school, and special education programs. In 2003, he was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Santa Maria Sun. Bob later became the Manager of the Business Department at Pioneer Valley High School and the Chair of the District’s Technology Committee.
Following his time in teaching, Bob re-focused his attention to local government, becoming the Chief of Staff for former Supervisor Peter Adam in 2012, a capacity in which he served for eight years prior to running his own race for Supervisor, where he ran unopposed and was elected in 2020.
As Supervisor, Bob serves on a number of boards and commissions, and over the last four years he has been focused on: enhancing public safety, ensuring government accountability, protecting rights for taxpayers and property owners, and improving educational and recreational opportunities.
Bob Nelson lives in Orcutt with his wife, Jamie and their family.
Raised with humble upbringings, Miguel Villapudua grew up on a farm just on the outskirts of Stockton. The youngest of 5 children to parents Armando and Rosalva Villapudua. Feeding livestock, caring for the family crops and other outside chores was a daily routine. Since at an early age, a strong work ethic was instilled along with strong family values. Miguel participated and excelled in organized sports as a youth while attending local schools, graduating from Franklin High School in East Stockton and attending San Joaquin Delta College.
Prior to election as County Supervisor, Miguel Villapudua worked many years in the trucking industry, served 8 years on the San Joaquin County Planning Commission and now serving his second term as Supervisor, currently the Vice-Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors for 2023, an honor which he was selected and voted by his peers for the second time since being elected in 2016. He also is an active board member of the Latino Caucus of California Counties.
Miguel and his fiancé, Lisa “soon to be” Villapudua together have one daughter, Tailer (Son-in-Law Nick) and 2 beautiful granddaughters Emma & Ella. He has one dog, Duke, a Golden Retriever and loves cooking, a passion that was passed down by his late mother which he has gained a great reputation for his wide variety of savory dishes including his famous pozole which the Stockton Record Newspaper named him the “Pozole King”
|Aviation Advisory Committee||Alternate Member|
|Behavioral Health Board||Alternate Member|
|Children and Youth Task Force||Member|
|Children & Families Commission||Member|
|City/County/Port/Union Liaison Committee||Alternate Member;|
|City/County/Transit District Liaison Committee||Alternate Member|
|County Facilities Review Committee||Member|
|Economic Development Association||Member|
|Health Care Services Review Project||Alternate Member|
|Health Commission – Health Plan of San Joaquin||Member|
|Integrated Waste management Plan Task Force||Member|
|Local Agency Formation Commission||Member|
|Medical Executive Committee||Member|
|San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency (SJAFCA)||Member|
|San Joaquin Council of Governments||Alternate Member|
|San Joaquin Partnership||Member|
|Stockton Parks & Recreation Commission||Member|
AD HOC COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
– Stockton/County – Member
– Education Committee – Member
About Mayor Lopez
The Lopez and extended family has lived and worked in Ceres since the 1970s. Born in Los Angeles, California on October 8, 1983, his family returned to Ceres where he attended elementary, middle and high school in the Ceres Unified School District (CUSD). He owns a sports and athletic apparel business, and continues to coach freshman football at Central Valley High School.
He began his career early on in his life in the fire industry and now has over 18 years of experience leading teams and training apprentices.
Mr. Lopez was elected November 3, 2020 as Mayor of Ceres. He begins his first political position and is set to serve the community for the next four years.
“I began this journey to inspire and bring a positive change to the community. The future of Ceres requires vision that begins with our families and traditions combined with public safety, education and growth.” -Javier Lopez
Council Committee Assignments
- Christmas Festival Committee
- California Vanpool Authority JPA – CalVans
- City-Schools Committee
- Concerts in the Park Committee
- County-City Selection Committee (Mayors)
- Executive Committee, Central Valley Division, League of California Cities
- Economic Development Committee
- Local Emergency Planning Committee
- Opportunity Stanislaus, formerly the Alliance
- StanCOG Policy Board
- Stanislaus Homeless Alliance
- Surface Water Joint Powers Authority Board
- Tuolumne River Regional Park Committee
- Volunteer Firefighter Length-of-Service Qualification Review Committee
- Whitmore House Preservation Committee
- West Turlock Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (JPA)
Our Mission, Vision and Core Values
Our Mission and Vision statements are guided by the adaptation in our great state’s workforce transportation needs and the evolving goals to evolve into a zero-emission fleet.
The Mission of the California Vanpool Authority is to provide sustainable, clean, safe and reliable mobility options to workforce groups.
To provide zero-emission, sustainable, telemetric-driven mobility options for primarily rural essential workforce groups.
► CORE VALUES
Core Values describe how we approach our mission internally and externally and guide this agency in how we treat each other as well as how we interact with our communities, partners, vendors and stakeholders.
Our Core Values provide clear guidance and represent what we should expect of ourselves as well as our colleagues:
- Innovation: We consistently look for opportunities to go beyond the status quo and are committed to ongoing learning and development.
- Integrity and Accountability: We believe in always doing right, for the right reason and align our policies and practices to provide genuine opportunities to participate and thrive.
- Respect, Equity and Inclusion: We value and celebrate each other and our differences with equal worth.
- Service-Focused Teamwork: We exist to serve our community.
With a growing fleet and continued expansion across the state of California, the fleet of 1,590 vanpools transporting over 113 million passenger trips annually, CalVans operates one of the largest public transportation programs in the state of California. The fleet includes 403 eTransit vehicles deployed in October 2023. CalVans is committed to securing an efficient zero-emission fleet by 2035.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The California Vanpool Authority (d.b.a. CalVans) is governed by a Board of Directors. Each of CalVans’ member agencies appoints one elected official from its governing body to serve on the Board of Directors and a second member to serve as an alternate. The Board of Director’s meet monthly on the second Monday of each month at 10:00 A.M.. The meeting are public and staff is happy to have the community visit one of our California locations.