New Advisor in Admissions

Photo of Devon Carlson in Christmas sweater

The Office of Admissions has hired new admissions transfer advisors. Devon Carlson is a Chico returnee who was born in Salinas and raised in nearby Hollister. Even though she has a sister and a brother, Carlson says she was raised as an “only child” because her siblings are 17 years older and not around as she grew up.

Carlson attended Brooks College in Long Beach, where she earned an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising. She went on to intern for a fashion designer for six months while finishing her associate’s degree, during which time she enjoyed creating window displays and selecting fashion pieces for the campus fashion show competition.

The desire to complete a four-year degree led her to Chico State in 2004. While working on her degree, she met her future husband, Paul Carlson, who was also attending Chico State. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in recreation, administration, report, and lodging managemePhotos of Carlson and Maya in front of fire trucknt, and he graduated in 2008 with a degree in studio arts.

Carlson had developed a desire to help people, and after working in Upward Bound while at Chico State, she decided she wanted to focus on a career in student services. The couple moved to the Bay Area in 2008. Carlson went to work in financial aid at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. To further her knowledge and ability to help people, she also started working on a master’s degree in counseling at Saint Mary’s College in 2009.

After completing her master’s degree in 2013, Carlson interned in the Center for Advising, Career & Student Success at CSU, Monterey Bay. This led to a position at Monterey Peninsula College as the coordinator of the Transfer Resource Center. She continued gaining experience in student services when she moved closer to home by accepting a counselor position at Gavilan College near Hollister.

When family members moved to Redding, the couple were presented with a reason to return to Chico. The admissions transfer advisor position at Chico State was a perfect fit for Carlson’s career plans and the couple happily moved back. Paul has found work with Cal Fire, and the couple recently purchased their first home here in Chico.

Photo of Carlson and Maya hikingCarlson enjoys a variety of activities, including “shabby chic” antiquing, traveling, visiting breweries and wineries, hiking, and decorating for holidays. Friends and relatives are never surprised when they get a Christmas card from the Carlson family that has a picture of the couple decked out in Halloween costumes—it’s a tradition they have no plans on changing.

The couple also have a 1-year old Australian shepherd-border collie mix named Maya who will also be included in future Christmas card photos.

Photo of Maya the dog“Maya is the love of our lives,” said Carlson. “We love to spend a lot of time with her outdoors.”

Stop by and welcome Carlson back to Chico. Maybe she can give you some tips on the best antique shops in the area.