Geography and Planning Advisory Board

The Geography and Planning Advisory Board was established in 2012.  The mission of the board is:

  • to foster a dynamic link between the department and broader community,
  • to disseminate career and internships information,
  • to form partnerships between academics and practitioners,
  • to enhance student learning, and
  • to encourage recognition of the positive impact of geography and planning for the common good in meeting present and future challenges.

Meet the board’s members!


Andrea Redamonti

Project Manager and Planner

Pacific Municipal Consultants, Chico, California

I hope to share my professional experiences with Geography and Planning students to help prepare them for a career in either the public or private sector.



Armen Kamian-Carlon

Air Quality Planner

Butte County Air Quality Management District

I have had the opportunity to work with students on our farm, and I am interested in working with that demographic in the geography field.



Cathie Benjamin

Instructional Support Tech II, occasional geography lecturer

CSU Chico

As the geography department’s computer lab manager, I will serve as staff liaison for the advisory board.



Charles (Chuck) Nelson

Retired Director

Geographical Information Center, CSU, Chico

My goal is to help enrich and enhance the learning experience for Geography and Planning students through my long history with the Department, and to inspire students to go after their dream jobs.


Claudia Stuart

Claudia Stuart

Principal Planner

Butte County

I hope to use my professional experience to the students' best advantage by educating them about the broad array of professional opportunities in planning, as well as trends and challenges.



Dave Burkland

Retired City Manager

City of Chico

I hope to help provide students with opportunities to connect with professionals in their areas of interest.



Jacquelyn Chase

Faculty Liaison and Professor

Department of Geography and Planning, CSU Chico

I hope to be a supportive link between the board and our department, and in the short run work with the board to make our 50th Anniversary a success.



Jason Schwenkler


Geographical Information Center, CSU, Chico

As a board member, I hope to enhance and continue efforts to disseminate information, expand recruitment, and build opportunities for our departments current and future students.



Jeff Schwein

AICP, Owner

Green Dot Transportation Solutions

My goal is to expose the successes of our alumni through spatial and current position analysis. 
Additionally, I am working on recruiting techniques for incoming high school graduates and junior college transfers.


Drew Short

Drew Short

Student Member

Geography and Planning Advisory Board

My goal of being on the Geography and Planning Advisory Board is to help perpetuate student access to the knowledge base of professionals in the field. 



Jim Aranguren

GIS Manager

Butte County

My main goal is to help with the intern program for Geography students, specifically students interested in careers working with GIS.



Pam Figge

Advisory Board Chair

Planning Instructor and Owner

CSU Chico and Planning Focus

My goal is to help enhance the learning experience for Geography and Planning students through connection with working professionals in the fields of Geography and Land Use Planning.



Randy Cousineau

Geography Senior Lecturer and Chair

Butte Community College

I am happy to join the Advisory Board to assist in student learning between the two neighboring campuses of Butte College and CSU Chico.



Robert Christopherson

Textbook author and educator

I will assist in the 2014 50th celebration in some way.