Staff Biographies

Patti WaidPatti Waid

Executive Director of Public Affairs and Publications

Patti oversees the public affairs team, works closely with senior administrative management in coordinating comprehensive communications and media strategies for the University, leads campus crisis communications, supports University branding and marketing efforts, serves as chief spokesperson, and oversees media relations and outreach. A Fresno State alum, Patti has been dedicated to California public higher education, serving 15 years at University of California, Merced, most recently as the assistant vice chancellor for university communications and previously as the executive director of communications. She is also fluent in Spanish and has extensive knowledge of Hispanic culture and Spanish-speaking media.

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 Coordinator

Sean specializes in media relations and storytelling about the Chico Experience. He produces news releases and stories for Chico Statements magazine, Inside Chico State and the Chico State Today blog. With his wide array of digital skills, Sean also works to further Public Affairs' reach and engagement on social media. 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 directs content for the University's homepage and top-level sites, oversees the University’s social media program, manages digital newsletter projects for campus, and collaborates on a variety of University-wide digital projects. She also serves as liaison to external departments and committees, as well as writing and editing for Public Affairs and Publications websites and publications. 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

Manager of Campaign Communications and Foundation Relations

Nicole serves as a liaison between University Development and Public Affairs. She creates and manages the production of various online, print, and multimedia materials that support Chico State’s philanthropic activities. Among these is the University Foundation Annual Report, which highlights the impact of giving on students, faculty, staff, and local communities. 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.