Rawlins Advisory Committee

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Members

JoAnn Bettencourt

Dan Bosch

John Carlon

Robyn DiFalco

Tom DiGiovanni

Jesse Dizard

Bill Loker

Jessica Lundberg

Ed Masterson

Steve Price

Dr. Jack Rawlins

Ann Schwab

 

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

Dan Bosch is a Realtor with RE/MAX of Chico and has lived in Chico since 1996. In addition to his membership on the Rawlins Advisory Committee, he is also on the Board of Directors for Cast Hope – an organization dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities to underprivileged youth in the North State area – and also a co-chair of the Good Guys Charity Golf tournament committee.  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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John Carlon

John obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Horticulture from C.S.U. Chico and a Masters of Science in International Agricultural Development from C.S.U. San Luis Obispo.  After completing college, he worked five years in Saudi Arabia developing and managing private farming operations.  He also worked at the Agricultural College in Khartoum Sudan for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.  After returning home, Mr. Carlon purchased land in Northern California and started Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm, which he and his family still farm today. 

Mr. Carlon has worked protecting and restoring rivers in California since 1991.  For six years he worked for The Nature Conservancy on their Sacramento River Project.  In 1998 John and another local farmer, Barney Flynn, started River Partners, which has grown to 30 full-time employees and a 7 million dollar annual budget.  Over the last 15 years, Mr. Carlon has overseen the implementation of over $95 million dollars of habitat protection and restoration in California.

Mr. Carlon is a board member of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, and chair of the Central Valley Joint Venture.

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Robyn DiFalco

robyn difalcoRobyn is the the Executive Director of the Butte Environmental Council, a local nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and advocacy through action.  She previously worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students at CSU, Chico where 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. She also has experience as a grassroots organizer, working on political and advocacy campaigns. After graduating from CSUC in 1999 (BA, Geography & African Studies) Robyn worked as a Commercial Recycling Coordinator with Allied Waste Industries and BFI, Inc. in San Carlos, CA and was later as a Recycling Consultant for J. Edwards & Associates at the City of San Mateo. 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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Jesse Dizard 

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Jesse came to Chico in 2007 after serving as Research Director for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Subsistence Division. Areas of specialization include natural resource management, Native North Americans and Circumpolar peoples, Ethnic Studies, Tourism, Peace and Conflict, the Islamic world, and North African studies. Current research projects include local ecological knowledge in Northern California, and the history and politics of water in California. 

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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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Steve Price

Steve Price has been a teacher since 2000.   Prior to teaching he was an economist with the U.S. Department of Labor and was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department.  Steve received his BA from CSU Chico and his MA in Economics at University of San Francisco.  He currently teaches economics full time at Butte College in the Business Education Department.  In addition to traditional undergraduate economics courses, he designed and teaches a course in the Butte College Sustainability Certificate program on Environmental Economics. 

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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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