Diana M. Nisbet of Woodland, Calif., the current president of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) is the new president of CURES, the Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship.

Nisbet joins CURES executive director Parry Klassen of Clovis, Calif., as part of the non-profit organization's management team.

Nisbet brings to CURES more than 30 years of experience in agricultural production, governmental and public affairs. Nisbet, whose family has farmed for four generations, has been a licensed Pest Control Adviser (PCA) since 1975 and is beginning a two-year term as president of California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA). Nisbet was recognized as CAPCA Member of the Year in 1999 for playing a key role in organizing an outreach campaign for crop advisors.

She has been featured as a keynote speaker, appeared on a variety of television programs, published outreach and volunteerism articles as well as testified at local hearings on the benefits of integrated pest management strategies. In 1997, Nisbet was honored as Ambassador of the Year by the Western Plant Health Association, formerly Western Crop Protection Association and is an active member of the National Speaker's Association.

Joined CURES

Nisbet joins CURES from Crompton Corp., formerly Uniroyal Chemical Co., where she was senior technical sales representative responsible for marketing and sales in greenhouse and field grown nursery crops, turf and mosquito/midge pest management in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. She has a B.S. in animal science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

CURES was founded in 1997 to support educational efforts for agricultural and urban communities focusing on the proper and judicious use of pest control products. Central to this goal is developing and implementing projects that advance stewardship practices when storing, handling or applying these products. A key area of CURES activities is working with local and regional collaborators to study and promote best management practices for protecting water quality. CURES has offices in Sacramento and Clovis.