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.
 
 

Eileen Robinson

CUSD Board Representative (Term November 2014 through November 2016)

Eileen Robinson first became a parent volunteer and PTA leader in 1972 at Chapman Elementary School.

From 1973 to 2002 Eileen was a classified employee and union officer where she spent 25 years as an attendance clerk at Pleasant Valley High School. As a union activist Eileen worked for pay equity and worker rights and as a parent/student advocate she supported programs that met the various student needs from Special Education, Continuation, Vocational Education and college pathways. Eileen was first elected to the Board of Education in 2010.

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