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 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 BA 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:
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