An alumna of CAVE’s Big Brother Big Sister program while an undergraduate at Chico State in the 70’s, Ann Schwab joined CAVE’s professional staff in 1999. Serving as Assistant Director, Program Manager, Ann became Program Director in 2015.
Ann embraces CAVE’s motto “Life is for Learning,” and looks for new opportunities for growth. Ann served as CSU, Chico Staff Council chair and participated in campus shared governance committees. Ann initiated CAVE’s Alternative Break Program, developed Adopt-a-Park, Community Outreach Ambassadors, the National Parks Weekend Immersion Programs, and CAVE’s Theme Floor and well as participated in the Faculty Mentor Program.
Believing in community service in her personal and professional life, Ann serves on the Chico City Council. First elected in 2004, she served two terms as Mayor and was recently re-elected for her fourth council term in November 2016. In addition, Ann is the President of Chico Velo Cycling Club and chairs the Rawlin’s Endowed Professor Advisory Committee.
Ann holds a BA in Psychology from CSU, Chico. After graduation, Ann was an Area Manager for Mervyn’s for 19 years. She is married to fellow Chico State grad, Budd. Together they own a downtown business, Campus Bicycles.
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.
Stephanie joined CAVE as Program Assistant in August 2018. She has worked in several non-profit organizations over the past nine years in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast. Before completing her Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Fresno State University, she served for one year as an AmeriCorps member in the rural and urban communities surrounding Fresno County. It was through this service year that she began her work with community-based organizations throughout California, including San Luis Obispo County. Stephanie comes to CAVE with the desire to encourage community involvement and a background in outreach and administration. She and her husband moved to Chico in 2018 from Morro Bay.
STUDENT PROGRAM DIRECTORS:
Juan Carlos Martir
Operations Program Director
Juan Carlos Martir is a first-generation student out of South Sacramento, CA. Juan joined the CAVE team in the summer of 2017 as a Front Desk Assistant (FDA). During his year as an FDA, Juan gained valuable communication and leadership skills. As a result, Juan was selected as the Operations Director and oversees most of CAVE’s day-to-day activities and supervises five FDAs who support the office. Juan is double majoring in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Family Relations. After graduation, Juan plans on getting his Law Degree and hopes to continue helping his community from a legal point of view.
Community Connection Program Director
Alexandra Wynter is a 4th 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 2018-2019 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!
Public Relations Director
Rosa-Lee Jimenez is a 5th year student, double majoring in Public Administration and Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. She began working for CAVE as a Front Desk Assistant (FDA) in the summer of 2016. During her time as a FDA, she also volunteered for the Animal Connection and Tutorial programs. This school year, Rosa-Lee is CAVE’s Public Relations (PR) Director. She oversees our Marketing, Events, and Weekend Wildcat programs in PR. She hopes to work for nonprofits, making a difference in the world, either working with at-risk youth or for environmental protection, after she graduates in May 2019. Rosa-Lee is really looking forward to this school year and the impact that CAVE can make to its community!
Kids Program Director
Jackie Miller was born & raised in the Bay Area and came to Chico State to pursue a degree in a Psychology. Jackie first became involved in CAVE as a volunteer for the Noon and After School Activities (NASA) program. She then joined staff as a Senior Circle Group Leader and became the NASA Coordinator. She is now the Kid’s Director. Jackie’s passions include working with kids, advocating for animal rights, and serving her fellow students and community through CAVE. In the future, Jackie hopes to continue to create positive change in whatever she does. “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”