Board Members

Kate McCarthy

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Kate McCarthy is the mother of two Inspire students, class of 2016 and class of 2018.  She holds a BA from Colgate University, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union.  Kate has been a professor at Chico State for over 20 years and now chairs the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities. Her research interest in religious diversity and interreligious relations is expressed locally in her work with the Chico Area Interfaith Council and other local programs to improve religious literacy and understanding. She is an active volunteer with the Torres Community Shelter and enjoys travel, dog walks in Bidwell Park, and the comfort of knowing that teenagers will save the world.


David Zeichick

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David is the father of three Inspire students (Kaitlyn, Joy and Audrey) and the host father of 3 (and counting) foreign exchange Inspire students. David has been at Chico State since 2002.  First as a Masters student, then as a staff member in the Information Security Office, and now as a lecturer in the Computer Science department.  David has served on the Inspire Board since Fall 2016.

Evan Tuchinsky

Evan, the board’s Business/Community Representative, is the uncle of an Inspire student (Class of 2018). He’s a Stanford University alum who’s worked 30 years in journalism, including as Editor of the Chico News & Review. He is a communications management consultant with his firm, Idea Cultivators, and business manager for Dr. Amy Dolinar Tuchinsky, a pediatrician in Chico. Evan serves on the City of Chico’s Planning Commission and as the alternate on the Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board. He’s an active member of the Chico Noon Rotary Club. Previously he served on the Paradise Unified School District Superintendent’s Advisory Board and as Chair/CEO of the Civic Pioneers Institute (originally called the Butte Pioneers), a nonprofit foundation operating a regional leadership development program. Evan and Amy are parents to exchange students they host, and to their canine kids.

Kam Bull

Kam Bull is the mother of Natalie who is a freshman at Inspire this year. Kam is a Dean at Butte College and has served in this role for the past 10 years. For 12’years prior to becoming an administrator Kam was a faculty member and taught in the area of family and consumer studies at Butte. Kam Holds a Bachelors degree in child development from Chico State and a Masters degree in education administration from SFSU. She enjoys spending time traveling with her husband and two daughters. She and her daughters are members of the National Charity League and appreciate the  time they spend serving the community together through this organization.

Zack Kincheloe

Zack is a retired high school English and math teacher of 35 years, 33 at Chico High School.  While at Chico High, he served as English Department Chair, Literacy Coordinator, and Mentor Teacher.  Currently he works part time at Chico State as a supervisor for student teachers.  Also, he volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children.  Zack and his wife Laurie have three children and two grandchildren.


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