Board Members

Rob Reddemann

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Rob is the parent of an Inspire grad and appreciative of the unique culture and exceptional learning environment of the school.  By day, he is the VP of Finance at Allevity HR & Payroll.  He has over 25 years of financial management experience and represents the business community on the Inspire board.  Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from CSU, Long Beach and has been a resident of Chico since 2000.  Rob is also active in Rotary, the Inspire Foundation, and a board member of the Torres Community Shelter.

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.

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.

Deborah Travers

Board Member/Faculty Representative (Term November 2009 through November 2013)

Deborah Travers has taught World History, Geography and US History at both Chico High and Pleasant Valley High Schools for 13 years which includes working closely with Stanford University and the World Affairs Council in San Francisco to pilot the Contemporary World History Project (a UN style approach to teaching World History) at Chico High. She is also the Project Director for CUSD's federally funded Smaller Learning Communities Grant for both comprehensive high schools and an original member of the District Advisory Council. She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Thailand, teaching English and Agriculture in a rural community high school and has twice volunteered with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Deborah returned to San Francisco to work for both the Institute of International Education and with the Peace Corps again as a Recruitment Specialist for all of northern California. Wanderlust led to a return to Asia with her husband, teaching English in Kathmandu, Nepal, and leading treks throughout the Nepalese and Indian Himalaya for three years. With a profound desire to 'bring the world home,' she received a full Social Studies Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University in 1996 and immediately moved to Chico. She is an outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler who lives with her husband and three sons next to Bidwell Park. 
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