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Amy Christianson 

Amy is Trustee to Area 1 (Chico), living in Chico since 1985 when she began attending California State University Chico. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from CSU Chico and a Masters in Teaching and Learning with Technology from Ashford University in 2011. She is currently an Executive Director of California Community Colleges Association for Occupational Education, member of the CA Rural Advisory Council and in the past has participated on advisory boards, steering committees, local boards and as a volunteer. Amy is the co-owner of a management consulting business and lives in Chico with her two children who attend Chico State, Jacob and Grace.


Term expires: 2020


Contact: Amy Christianson

Portrait photo of Mike WalshMike Walsh

Mike is a Trustee of Area 2 (Oroville). He, along with his three sons are graduates of Las Plumas High School. He and his wife are business owners and have worked in education since 1992. Mike is also currently completing his Master's degree in Organizational Management.
Mike sits on the California School Boards Association [CSBA] Executive Board and will take office as President-Elect for 2017.

Term expires: 2022

Contact: Mike Walsh

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Brenda J. McLaughlin

Brenda is the Trustee of Area 4 (Biggs, Durham and Gridley). She has been on the Board of Education since July,1980. Brenda is married and has one son Noah. Brenda served as President for CCBE for the 1988-89 school year.

Term expires: 2020

Contact: Brenda J. McLaughlin

Portrait photo of Roger SteelRoger Steel

Roger is Trustee to Area 1 (Chico). Roger, a Pleasant Valley High School 1967 graduate, spent a year studying at UC Davis, majoring in pre-med. After a transfer to UC Berkeley, he switched majors and earned a degree in Conservation of Natural Resources, where he also earned his elementary teaching credential. His master's degree in education came while he was working in Lassen County and attending Chico State University. He has worked at Forest Ranch, John McManus, Chapman and Sierra View elementary schools, and became Superintendent/Principal at Gerber Union Elementary. Before retirement he was Superintendent of Nevada City School District. He retired in 2009 after being named Nevada County Superintendent of the Year in 2008-09. He is married to Suzanne, also a teacher, and they have two children, Barbara and Zachary.

Term expires: 2020

Contact: Roger Steel

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Alan White

Alan is the Trustee of Area 3 (Paradise). 


Term expires: 2022

Contact: Alan White

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M. Karin Matray

Karin serves as a BCOE Board Trustee for Area 1 (Chico). Karin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Teaching from Lake Forest College and a Master’s of Education degree in Leadership from the University of Virginia. She has been an educator for over forty years in Virginia, West Virginia, New Mexico and California. Since moving to Chico in 2003, Karin has worked in Tehama County as Assistant Superintendent for Red Bluff Union Elementary School District and, most recently, as Associate Superintendent of the Tehama County Department of Education. Karin is married to James Matray, professor of history at California State University-Chico. Together, they have two children, Benjamin of Chico and Amanda of Albuquerque.

Term expires: 2020

Alastair Roughton BCOE Board Trustee Area 2

Alastair Roughton

Trustee to Area 2 (Oroville ).

Term expires: 2020

Contact: Alastair Roughton