Keith grew up in North Carolina and led expeditions for the North Carolina Outward Bound School and National Outdoor Leadership School before accepting a position with Adventure Outings in 2012 and moving to Chico. Keith became Program Director for CAVE in July of 2019.
Keith brought with him eight and a half years of transferrable skills and experience working in co-curricular student programs in the college setting – including six of those years as the current Program Coordinator of Adventure Outings. While with Adventure Outings, Keith has planned literally hundreds of events and programs, managed a large variety of resources, overseen and developed staff, found multiple ways to improve efficiency as well as increase safety.
Outside of his work with the Associated Students Keith is a volunteer member of Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team.
Keith holds a BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University and an MA in College Student Development from Appalachian State University.
Cathryn joined CAVE as Program Coordinator in January 2018 with a decade of experience working with youth and their families in community based organizations in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
In Philadelphia, Cathryn got her Bachelors of Social Work from Temple University and worked with an arts and culture center called Norris Square Neighborhood Project. There she fell in love with community work as she helped to run the after school program and summer camp and led a youth-led silk screening business called Prodigies.
Inspired by community based education models, Cathryn went to graduate school for Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco, where she concentrated on Ethnic Studies. She then worked with the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), a non-profit working with youth throughout the state on public health research, policy and campaigns. At YLI, she was the Youth Philanthropy Manager and led a youth to youth grant making program that annually gave out $60 to projects for social change in San Francisco.
Cathryn came to Chico in 2016 with her partner and her young son and is eager to work with CAVE connecting campus to community. She can also be seen around Chico with Pedal Press, a mobile silk screening community project she started with a friend.
STUDENT PROGRAM DIRECTORS:
Zoe Gunther is a 3rd year student, majoring in Music Education. She began working for CAVE as a Tutorial Group Leader in the spring of 2018. During her time as a Group Leader, she also traveled to Portland on the Alternative Spring Break trip, working with food and housing insecurity. Last year she worked as the Weekend Wildcat Coordinator, and is now this year’s CAVE Public Relations Director. Zoe has a passion for education and hopes to teach music to high school students after she graduates in May 2020. This year Zoe is excited to serve community needs, and provide opportunities for students to connect their community!
Community Connection Program Director
Alexandra Wynter is a 5th year student, majoring in Cell Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She began as a volunteer at CAVE in 2015 during her freshman year. Since then she has been a group leader and a coordinator for Kid’s programs. Alexandra is CAVE’s Community Connections Director for the 2019-2020 academic year. She oversees the five community connection programs: Animal Connection, Senior Circle, Adopted Grandparent, Community Outreach Ambassadors, and Adopt-A-Park. She has a passion for women’s health and civic engagement. She hopes to form a nonprofit organization to educate and practice women’s health in her local community and in developing countries. Alexandra is excited to grow with CAVE and give back to the community!
Operations Program Director
Rosa-Lee Jimenez is currently finishing her last semester at Chico State as a double major in Political Science and Public Administration. She began working for CAVE as a Front Desk Assistant (FDA) in the summer of 2016. Rosa-Lee has been working with CAVE for the past 4 years as our FDA, Public Relations Director, and now Operations Director. During her time as a FDA, she also volunteered for the Animal Connection and Tutorial programs. Rosa-Lee is a real nerd for policy formation and absolutely enjoys working for non-profits. She also has a strong passion for creating strong leaders who want to make a difference in their communities. In the future, Rosa-Lee would love to work with nonprofits that either focus on at-risk youth or environmental protection. Overall, Rosa-Lee is really looking forward to this school year and the impact that CAVE can make to its community.
Kids Program Director