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Meet Our Staff

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Get to know the staff that makes up Business Student Advising and Services. While any of our staff can help you, they also specialize in areas that students often need more assistance, planning, or information.

Kristina Brown, Accounting Option Advisor

Kristina Brown

Undergraduate Advisor - Accounting Option Advisor

Kristina holds a Master's Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in student services and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSU, Chico. While working on her degrees Kristina interned for the Academic Advising office and the Career Center at CSU, Chico. After graduating in 2007 she worked for River Valley High School in Yuba City where she ran their Career Center. She has worked as an academic advisor in the College of Business since 2011. Kristina loves working with students in all of the business options but specializes in the accounting option. Outside of work Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and son and being outdoors as much as possible.

Jenn Duggan, Lead Advisor

Jenn Duggan

Lead Undergraduate Advisor

Jenn was born in northern California and has called Chico her hometown for over 20 years. She received both her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Master's Degree in Education from CSU, Chico. She is very proud to work for the College of Business and help students thrive at Chico State. She is a first generation re-entry college student, earning her bachelor's degree at the age of 32 with three children. She loves encouraging non-traditional college students and is committed to helping you feel at home not only at Chico State but within the College of Business family. Her goal is to have every student leave her office with an understanding of degree requirements and a strong belief in themselves to achieve their individual aspirations!  

Billy Harkness, Business Student Success Center Coordinator

Billy Harkness

Coordinator - Business Student Success Center

Billy was born and raised in Chico. After high school, he moved to southern California to attend CSU, Long Beach where he received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration. During his tenure in southern California, Billy was the Assistant Director of Club Sports and Recreation at CSU, Long Beach. After moving back to Chico in 2013, he began working on campus as the Student Programs and Events Coordinator for the Associated Students before joining the College of Business team in 2017 as the Business Student Success Center Coordinator. He enjoys working with students and guiding them toward success and has a passion for student involvement and leadership development. Outside of work, Billy enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, discovering new music, traveling, and drinking 8-10 cups of coffee per day. 

Jennifer McKee, MBA Advisor

Jennifer McKee

Undergraduate Advisor - MBA Advisor

Jennifer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science and recently completed her Master's Degree in Political Science at CSU, Chico. She joined campus in 2009 and worked for the Office of Admissions for six years before transitioning to the College of Business. She advises for the undergraduate business program and is the advisor for the MBA program. She enjoys helping students find their fit and path to success at CSU, Chico. She loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, is an avid sports fan, enjoys a good book with a Dutch Bros' iced tea, and any excuse to try new foods.

Christine Ponce

Christine Ponce

Administrative Support Coordinator

Originally from the Bay Area, Christine has lived in Chico for 18 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, option in Studio Art with emphasis in Printmaking, from CSU, Chico. In 2014 she joined campus working for Accounts Payable, then University Housing, before moving to Business Student Advising in 2019. Christine is your first point of contact within Business Advising and will help you schedule a meeting with an advisor. Interacting with and guiding students as they move toward adulthood is a passion of hers. She and her husband are high school sweethearts and have two daughters. When they are not working on their screen-printing business, attending music festivals and camping, they love to entertain friends and family, and explore the nature and beauty the north state has to offer.

Jill Rice,Undergraduate Advisor

Jill Rice

Undergraduate Advisor

Jill grew up in northern California and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from CSU, Chico. She started on campus in 2001 and has worked in the College of Business Dean’s office and the Department of ACCT & MIS before transferring to the Business Student Advising office in 2011. She loves working with business students and watching the growth that students make as they prepare for graduation.  Jill and her husband met while attending Chico State and are currently raising their two teenage boys in Paradise.  When she’s not attending one of her boys' sporting events, she is spending time on the lake, reading a good book or vacationing with her family. 

Kylee Sharp, Undergraduate Advisor

Kylee Sharp

Undergraduate Advisor - Retention Specialist

Kylee completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Career and Life Planning here at CSU, Chico while serving as an intern in the Academic Advising Office. After graduation, she transitioned to Sacramento State to begin her professional career. She gained experience in the Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising Center, while also completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Kylee recently returned to Chico State to join the College of Business as an academic advisor and retention specialist. She is passionate about student success and the developmental opportunities a university experience has to offer. Outside of work, Kylee loves to spend time with her family as they grow and thrive in the beautiful community and natural scenery of Chico.