Staff Biographies

Joe Wills headshotJoe Wills


Joe has been director of Public Affairs and Publications since 1997. He was formerly associate director of University Relations at University of the Pacific and news editor of the zoned editions of the Sacramento Bee. He has an MA in communication from UOP and an MS in psychology from CSU, Chico.

Ashley GebbMichele Chandler

Communications Specialist

Michele prepares the Campus and Student Announcements, contributes to the University's social media presence, and oversees the Chico State Today blog. She writes about people and initiatives campus-wide. Previously, Michele covered the technology industry as a reporter at Investor's Business Daily in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she served as a business reporter at the San Jose Mercury News and worked as an assistant communications director at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Michele earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in College Park.

Ashley GebbAshley Gebb

Publications Editor

Ashley produces and edits Chico Statements, the signature magazine for alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. She also assists with newsletters, brochures and other campus publications. Ashley is a proud alumna of the CSU, Chico Department of Journalism, former managing editor of The Orion, and commencement student speaker for the Class of 2008. Previously, she worked as a reporter for the Chico Enterprise-Record and other daily newspapers.

Jason Halley head shotJason Halley

University Photographer

Jason is a CSU, Chico alumnus in communication design and former photo editor for The Orion. He also has an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Previously, he worked as a staff photographer for the Chico Enterprise-Record, where he won two first-place awards for his photos from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Among his duties are taking photos for Chico State publications and web pages, covering campus events, and managing a database of university images.

Sean Murphy head shotSean Murphy

Public Affairs Specialist

Sean is part of the Public Affairs and Publications team and helps manage Chico State’s many social media accounts. He also produces news releases and stories for Chico Statements magazine, Inside Chico State and the Chico State Today blog. For more than 20 years, Sean has managed social media and created content for the Chico Enterprise-Record, as well as in the home improvement, digital privacy, mobile application and tech startup industries. Sean earned his BA in English from Chico State in 1997.

Kate Post headshotKate Post

Digital Communications Coordinator

Kate produces and edits content for the University's home page and top-level sites, oversees the University’s social media program, assists with digital newsletters, and colloborates on a variety of campus-wide digital projects. Kate previously worked for University Communications at San Francisco State University. Prior to that, she was an associate editor at a bilingual English-Japanese newspaper in San Francisco. She earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MA from San Francisco State University, both in Japanese.

Photo of Nicole WilliamsNicole Williams

Advancement Writer

Nicole supports the communications needs of University Advancement by writing and editing various online and print publications. Among these is The University Foundation's Annual Report, which highlights the impact of giving on students, faculty, and the Chico community. Previously, she wrote a weekly column for The Sacramento Bee and evaluated student affairs programs at Stanford University. She is a proud 2009 alumna and former editor of The Orion and holds a master's in social policy and evaluation from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.