Meet Our Staff

Program Director


Charles Carter 

CC Carter is a graduate of California State University, Chico and has been working at Chico State since 1980. He is married and a proud father of three boys. CC has worked in the Student Activities Office, Office of Judicial Affairs, Department of Athletics, and is currently the Director of the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center and Student Life and Leadership. CC’s passions are his family, helping students to succeed, and playing sports. His ultimate goal in life is to build a Center that creates opportunities for student to make a true impact in the lives of other students.

Charles can be contacted at

Program Coordinator


Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson entered the field of student affairs with the intention to advocate for social justice, community engagement and provide a space for students to explore their identity and purpose. As a first generation college student Katie Peterson attended the University of Washington and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Geography with an emphasize in International Studies. While attending the University of Washington Katie spent much of her time traveling oversees contributing to foreign relief work and volunteering locally. While pursuing her Masters degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University, Katie worked within the Student Activities, Community Engagement Center, and Career Services and the Residence Life department. Upon graduation Katie worked as a full-time Residence Director at Pitzer College in Southern California until she served for one year as Residence Community Coordinator for Whitney Hall at Chico State. Katie is now ecstatic for the opportunity to be the Program Coordinator in the CCLC because it provides her with the ability to combine her passion for mentorship and social justice education. When Katie is not working in the CCLC, she enjoys hiking, thrift store shopping, traveling, crafting and hanging out with friends!

Kaite can be contacted at

Assistant Program Coordinator 


Krystle Tonga

Krystle Tonga was raised in Reno, NV and is currently a graduate student at CSU, Chico. As a student in the masters in Public Administration, Krystle is preparing to continue her work as an activist and hopes to start non-profit organization that helps advocate for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. By getting involved on campus, Krystle was able to obtain great leadership opportunities. After working with the Educational Opportunity Program, and being involved with various student organizations on campus, Krystle has continued her journey as a assistant program coordinator at the CCLC.

Krystle can be contacted at

Assistant Program Coordinator


Egypt Howard 

Egypt Howard graduated from Chico State in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural and Gender Studies and a Minor in African-American Studies. Egypt’s hometown is Davis, CA the city of Bikes. Egypt hopes to be able to create true change in the world through empowering marginalized communities to use their voice and speak up for their rights. Egypt enjoys cooking, watching basketball, and deep conversations about the issues our world faces.

Egypty  can be contacted at ehoward3@csuchico.ed

Inclusion Coordinator


Alexis Butcher 

Alexis Butcher is from Yuba City, CA, and is a fourth year student majoring in Psychology. She is a twin and  Biracial Ghanaian American. Alexis hopes to one day have a career in diversity and inclusion. Alexis is passionate about people of color. She wants to help other people of color feel more comfortable in their current work environment, in addition to increasing diversity and inclusion in a company or on a campus. Alexis is excited about being one of the new Inclusion Coordinators. She hopes to provide the same welcoming environment that made the CCLC feel like a second home to her.  

Alexis can be contacted at

Inclusion Coordinator 


Kimberly Gomez

Kimberly Gomez is from Long Beach, California. She is a second year student at Chico State and is double majoring in Psychology and Chemistry. Kimberly has been involved in Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO), LeadCat, Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), and Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs (REACH). Kimberly admires the positive and welcoming atmosphere of the C.C.L.C. and hopes to continue the legacy of diversity and inclusion of C.C.L.C. as an Inclusion Coordinator. She is ecstatic to carry on the love, dedication, and accepting environment that the C.C.L.C. stands for in the 2016-2017 school year!

Kim can be contacted at

Inclusion Coordinator

Kelley Lee

Kelley can be reached at

Empower Para-Professional

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Samantha Bautista

Samantha Bautista is from San Diego, California. She is a second year student majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Samantha quickly involved herself on campus by joining the Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO) program and Community Council (COCO). Although, her home is many miles away from here, Chico has earned a special spot in her heart. She is grateful for her FLO family and the CCLC staff for welcoming her with open arms and hopes to do the same for incoming students. As a young Latina she wants to inspire other Latinas to pursue higher education. Samantha is thankful to have found the CCLC a place where she feels connected and respected. As a CCLC Intern she wants to impact the lives of students by helping them find their voice on campus. Creating a diverse environment for future wildcats is one of her goals that she is determined to accomplish. On her spare time she enjoys meeting new people and will not be shy to ask you on a coffee date.

Samantha can be contacted at

Empower Para-Professional


Maikhou Thao

Maikhou Thao is a third year student from Oroville, California. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an Ethics, Justice, and Policy pathway minor. She is excited to be a part of the CCLC family for another year and is determined to create and educate the campus about diversity and leadership. Not only is she passionate about serving underrepresented students, but continues to strive towards academic success in building a more respected and connected community. She seeks to help Wildcats embrace diversity with integrity by reaching their true potential and discovering their passion.

Maikhou can be contacted at

Empower Para-Professional

Meshia Wade

Meshia can be contacted at

Ignite Para-Professional


Davion Johnson

Davion can be contacted at

Ignite Para-Professional


Amasha Lyons-Clark

Amasha Lyons-Clark is from Oakland, Ca and a second year student at Chico State. She is undeclared but very passionate about African American Studies. Amasha enjoys dancing and anything that involves nature! She also has a passion for stand up comedy and someday wishes to combine humor with activism, providing a new perspective while articulating her experience as a black woman. Living authentically is very important to Amasha and as a new IGNITE Paraprofessional she wants to hone in on self-discovery through student success with her future mentees. 

Amasha can be contacted at

Ignite Para-Professional


Moncia Ayala

Monica Ayala is from Mentone, California. She is a third year student at Chico State and majoring in Business Administration with a focus in project management. Monica loves and has been involved in many different programs including different committees hosted by the CCLC, Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) Conversational Program, Stop Trafficking Of Persons (STOP), and R aising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs ( REACH). Monica is stoked to be working for the CCLC as a paraprofessional and can’t wait to develop and help bring change on campus and within the community. One of her goals is to bring a safe environment and positive energy for everyone who walks into the center and to empower them. She is excited to expand on her leadership skills, meet new, amazing people and be a part of the CCLC family. 

Monica can be contacted at

Pipeline Lead Mentors

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Samuel Akinwande

Samuel Akinwande is a first year student from Lagos, Nigeria majoring in Psychology with a minor in Children Development. Upon graduating from Chico State he wishes to attend grad school and one day hopes to work with children. During his free time he likes to eat, sleep, cook and play soccer. He also wishes to develop into a great and effective leader to motivate and inspire others to be great.

Samuel can be contacted at

Pipeline Lead Mentors


Ana Taukolo

Ana can be contacted at

Pipeline Lead Mentors


Tyrell"Rex" Bell

Hello all! My name is Rex, like the dinosaur, and I am 4th year Multi-Cultural and Gender Studies major. I am fueled by my passion for equity and peace, and I am not shy about making new friends. I love to rap and am open to having deep discussions whenever available. I BIG ON HUGS so when you see me feel free to show me some love! 

Rex can be contacted at

Graphic Design Coordinator

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Nicole Gutierrez

Nicole is from Woodland, California. She attended Butte Community College where she received her AA in Graphic Design. Nicole will be a senior at Chico State and is majoring in Communication Design Option Graphic Design with a minor in Photogenic Studies and a certificate in Web Design and Publishing. Nicole is president of the AIGA design club here on campus. Nicole’s career goals are to work for companies such as JibJab and Storybots where she can use her graphic design skills to help teach kids. Nicole’s hobbies include hiking, running, Do-It-Yourself arts and crafts, and spending time with her friends and family.

Nicole can be contacted at