Rawlins Advisory Committee

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Members

JoAnn Bettencourt

Dan Bosch

Robyn Defalco

Tom DiGiovanni

Bill Loker

Jessica Lundberg

Ed Masterson

Liz Metzger

Laurie Norton

Jim Pushnik

Jack Rawlins

Ann Schwab

Katherine Suhay Pickard

Tom Thomson

Mike Ward

JoAnn Bettencourt

JoAnn Bettencourt

Jo Ann has been an educator since 1998. After teaching for twelve years she became an Assistant Principal at Parkview Elementary in 2010 and was promoted to Principal in 2011. Parkview is a school of choice in the Chico Unified School District which houses the only Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program as well as the Gifted and Talented program. STEM is a school-wide program and is offered to all students. AS the principal of a STEM school Jo Ann is dedicated to growing the STEM opportunities for her students  through building partnerships with community agencies throughout the Chico area.   Jo Ann is a North Valley Native growing up in Orland, CA. She attended CSU Chico where she received a BA in Liberal Studies, Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and MA in Education Administration. She enjoys spending down time with her husband and two boys. Some of their favorite family activities include water skiing, golfing, swimming, cycling, and roller skating.  Many people don’t know that Jo Ann was a roller figure skater growing up and coached skating for many years in Chico.

Dan Bosch

danbosch Dan Bosch is a Realtor with RE/MAX of Chico and has lived in Chico since coming to CSU, Chico in 1996. He is a member of the Chico Noon Exchange Club and the Sustainability Committee of the Chico Association of Realtors.  Mr. Bosch has always had a great love and appreciation for the environment. He is local proponent of organic agriculture and local foods initiatives as well as educating children on necessity of preserving our natural surroundings. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, photographing nature, hunting and fishing as well as gardening and keeping up to date on environmental matters.

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Robyn DiFalco

robyn difalcoRobyn was hired as the Executive Director in February 2012 and comes to BEC from the Chico State campus where she was the Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students since 2006. In that position she oversaw the AS Recycling Program, the Environmental Action Resource Center (E-ARC), the AS Sustainability Fund with $80K annually awarded to student-driven projects, as well as the Recycling And Rubbish Exhibit (RARE), a grant-funded program serving Butte County schools. In addition to program management, she also has valuable experience as a grassroots organizer, working on political and advocacy campaigns. Prior to returning to her alma mater (BA Geography & African Studies, 1998), Robyn was a Recycling Consultant for J. Edwards & Associates in San Mateo and prior to that she was the Recycling Coordinator for Allied Waste in San Carlos. Robyn lives in Chico with her husband, Peter and their two daughters. She enjoys gardening, camping, children's literature and music festivals.

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Tom DiGiovanni

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 Bill Loker

bill lokerWilliam Loker is Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Undergraduate Education at California State University, Chico.  As an anthropologist, Loker’s research focused on applied cultural anthropology, particularly environment and development issues in rural Latin America.  Loker’s research focused on sustainable development practices related to agriculturally-induced environmental change in tropical forest regions and low input, sustainable agricultural practices for small-scale agriculturalists in tropical montane ecosystems.  As dean, Loker has oversight responsibility for the General Education program at Chico State. Together with faculty and staff colleagues, Loker provided leadership for the design, implementation and ongoing operation of the nationally recognized Pathways program in GE, including the incorporation of sustainability as a learning outcome across GE as a contributor to environmental literacy for all students.  Sustainability is the focus of one of ten General Education Pathways and associated minors that can be pursued by students through their general education.  Undergraduate Education also supports civic engagement across the curriculum, including efforts to involve students in sustainability related activities in the local community and beyond.

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Jessica Lundberg

Jessica LundbergJessica Lundberg chairs the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms, the United State’s leading producer of organic rice and rice products. A member of the Lundberg family’s third generation, she also manages the seed nursery, overseeing the maintenance, purity and development of proprietary rice varieties such as Wehani®, Black Japonica and California Arborio.

The Lundbergs have practiced sustainable farming techniques since 1937 and today the company leads the eco-positive agricultural movement with a commitment to organic production and renewable energy. Under Jessica’s leadership, the company installed solar collectors to provide 20% of its electrical needs, and purchases the remaining 80% as certified green energy supplied by wind power to the California grid.

A pre-med student in college, Jessica’s interest in business, ecology and agriculture inevitably drew her back to the farm, where, in addition to organic and eco-farmed rice, she cultivates the bedrock values of respecting the land, honoring tradition, and producing the highest quality products.  Jessica holds a degree in Biological Sciences from California State University at Chico and a certificate in Plant Breeding from University of California at Davis. She makes her home in Chico, California near the family farm.

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Ed Masterson

ed mastersonEd Masterson is a retired university and charitable foundation administrator who has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and in the formation of several charitable foundations.  His 37 years of experience in higher education include administrative responsibilities in all aspects of fundraising, foundation, alumni, public relations, advancement services, and publication programs.  He has also consulted with several nonprofit boards and charitable foundations."

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Liz Metzger

Liz Metzger is a grant developer and former teacher for the Chico Unified School District. Born and raised in Chico, she received her BA and MA in English, as well as her elementary and secondary teaching credentials from CSU, Chico. She has taught in a variety of settings, from K-3 English as a Second Language in Willows to film and literature at Chico High School to private students in Barcelona, Spain. As a teacher, she received the Classroom Excellence Award from the California Association of Teachers of English, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year nominee.  As a grant writer, she has brought more than $12 million into the Chico Unified School District in the past ten years. She has also served as an evaluator for grant-funded programs, a grant peer reviewer, and a consultant for the US Department of Education on a grant review facilitators' training manual.

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Laurie Norton

Laurence (Laurie) Norton was born in London, England. His father worked as a tradesman, building exhibition stands for a Graphic Design Agency. Laurie grew up watching his father materialize, from a set of plans, a complicated design. After leaving school he entered into the English apprentice program, where young people learn a trade from the ground up.  The early 80's in England held little promise for a young man. Travel and adventure enticed him to leave his country and see more of the world.  He came to California in 1984. By the next year he had married and was working as a laborer on a building site. Within two years, eagerness to learn and a willingness to work hard earned him a promotion to job site superintendent of an apartment complex being built in Chico. The next five years were incredibly successful as he became superintendent of a large Chico subdivision, building of over 250 homes. It was during this period that he realized that it was time to go out on his own. He went on to start Norton Construction. Laurie has done everything in construction, from custom homes to complicated remodels, always with an eye to quality. Twelve years ago he foresaw that conserving our energy and natural resources in conjunction with building was going to be of prime importance. The building industry offered opportunities to reduce waste and conserve energy and Laurie was up for the challenge and wanted to make difference.  building energy efficient homes, using advanced framing techniques, emphasizing energy efficiency and sustainable building practices, while using as many locally sourced materials as he can find is what Norton Construction is all about.

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Dr. James Pushnik

jimpushnikJim spends his time at CSU, Chico as the Jack Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy, the Director of The Institute for Sustainable Development, and as a professor in the College of Natural Sciences. Since receiving the Jack Rawlins Professorship in 2006 Jim has worked to promote the advancement of environmental literacy in educational settings from elementary school curriculum to Doctoral theses. Dr. Pushnik has overseen the creation of sustainability minor at CSU, Chico, the implementation of a sustainability theme in bachelors degree curriculum, and the creation of a masters degree in sustainability through the College of Natural Sciences.
As the recently appointed Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, Dr. Pushnik ensures that the growth of CSU, Chico incorporates the University’s Sixth Strategic Priority by integrating and giving focus to broad University sustainability efforts, serving as a point of contact for regional sustainability issues, and seeking resources to support the University’s sustainability work. Personally selected by Jack Rawlins as the first Jack Rawlins Endowed Professor, Dr. Pushnik has played a critical role in recognizing CSU, Chico as one of the leading sustainable universities in America.

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Dr. Jack Rawlins

Jack RawlinsMr. Rawlins attended CSU, Chico for three years of undergraduate studies before transferring to UC Berkeley to complete his formal education, where he earned his Business degree. Following his collegiate years he became a very successful local business leader, initiating numerous entrepreneurial activities throughout Northern California. Jack recently received an honorary doctorate degree from California State University, Chico.

For the past several years, Mr. Rawlins has turned his attention to the education of future generations. His commitment to developing leaders among today's students who can be advocates for sustainability in the future is manifested in Mr. Rawlins' philanthropic initiatives. His philanthropic contributions to CSU, Chico include the establishment of the Rawlins Endowed Professorship of Environmental Literacy, the establishment of the Jack Rawlins Ecology and Conservation Awards, and the establishment of the Rawlins Environmental Awards.

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Ann Schwab

Ann SchwabAnn Schwab is serving her third term on the Chico City Council and has been influential in distinguishing Chico as an environmental leader, overseeing the completion of the City’s Climate Action Plan in 2012 while serving as Mayor. She is the chair of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Board.

In addition to her work on the Council, Ms. Schwab is the program manager at CSU, Chico’s Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), encouraging university students to serve our community while gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Along with her husband, Budd, she owns Campus Bicycles, a downtown business.  Ann is a President of Chico Velo Cycling Club, and volunteers as a Bidwell Park Watch member and for KCHO radio. A graduate of Chico State, Ann has made Chico her home for over thirty years.

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Tom Thomson

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Mike Ward

Mike WardDr. Mike Ward joined CSU, Chico 25 years ago as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.   He has served as a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.  He has also served as Interim Dean of the College of Business, and now serves as Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.  Mike has played a leadership role with regard to program assessment and engineering and regional accreditation to name a few.  He maintains a passion for teaching excellence and student success, as well as his work to support regional economic development, entrepreneurial ventures and partnerships that benefit our community.

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