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 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.

Sarah Langford headshotSarah Langford

Public Affairs Coordinator

Sarah is editor of Inside Chico State, an online faculty and staff newsletter, and serves as a media contact for the University. She moved to Chico in 2012 after serving for four years as communications specialist for the Association of California Water Agencies in Sacramento. She has also served as magazine editor for the California Building Industry Association and editor/reporter for The Loomis News. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Long Beach.

Kate Post headshotKate Post

Digital Media Specialist

Kate manages the day-to-day operations of the University’s social media program, assists with digital newsletters, edits the Campus and Student Announcements, and provides web content management and tech support for several department websites. 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.

Nicole William head shotNicole 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.