Crittenton CEO Honored as a 2018 CSULB Distinguished Alumni

Crittenton CEO Honored as a 2018 CSULB Distinguished Alumni

Fullerton, CA – Crittenton Services for Children and Families is proud to announce that the agency’s CEO, Joyce Capelle, has been honored by California State University, Long Beach as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Health and Human Services.

The CSULB Alumni Association coordinates this prestigious honor that is presented annually to CSULB alumni who have an exemplary record of distinction and success in their chosen fields, have a proven record of impactful leadership and enduring service to their communities and society at-large, and have demonstrated pride and support for the university.

Among the seven distinguished alumni receiving the distinction this year is Capelle whose public service and advocacy efforts on behalf of system-involved youth are being honored by the CSULB Alumni Association and university.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the university’s highest honor bestowed on CSULB alumni that are considered worthy of the honor. Since the award’s inception, in 1985, there have only been of handful of alumni from all seven colleges that have received this recognition. Roughly less than 225 alumni, from all seven colleges, in a 31-year period have received this honor. An impressive feat by each of the honorees as this is a university that enrolls 35,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students from 44 states and 90 countries on an annual basis.

For those that know Capelle she is the first to tell you how proud she is of her Long Beach roots. As a girl she lived with her family in the City of Long Beach and is a product of the Long Beach Unified School District. As a young adult, still living in the Long Beach area, she attended Long Beach Community College and transferred as a Geography major to CSULB. Years later, as a seasoned career professional, she decided to go back to her alma mater and earn her graduate degree, an MPA, in Public Administration with a Public Policy focus. An educational route, she says, helped her navigate a professional career path that would eventually lead her to become the CEO of Crittenton Services a nonprofit that delivers an ever-expanding slate of child-welfare and mental health programming to roughly 2,000 clients, annually, in five Southern California counties.

To learn more about the 2018 CSULB Distinguished Alumni honorees and their contributions to their local communities please visit the CSULB Alumni Association website.


Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966 Crittenton has a highly trained workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive mental health services, shelter care, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a full array of short-term residential services, in-home, community-based programming, wraparound family services, outpatient mental health, transitional age youth programming, foster care, and adoption services with a service planning area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

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