Research Assistants

Jessica Beckley

Research Assistant

E-mail Address: jbeckley@csuchico.edu

Jessica is a California State University, Chico graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She is from Kirkwood, California, located about 30 minutes North of Chico, and is the first in her family to graduate from college. She began working for the Center for Economic Development (CED) in January of 2019, where she spends her time making survey calls, and gathering data from various communities located in California. In her free time, Jessica enjoys being with family and friends, playing field hockey, reading, and kayaking.

Eduardo T. Carvalho

Eduardo-CarvalhoResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: ecarvalho1@csuchico.edu

Eduardo is currently an MBA student at Chico State. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with double emphasis in Finance and Project Management in 2017. Eduardo is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, playing sports, going to the gym, nature and hiking.

Karen C Hernandez

Amanda-Kabisch-HerzogSenior Research Assistant

E-mail Address: khernandez61@csuchico.edu

Karen graduated in December 2018 with a B.A. Physical Geography, Minor in Environmental Studies and Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning from CSU, Chico.  Before transferring to Chico State, Karen received her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts with a Science, Math and Engineering emphasis from De Anza College.  She began working for the Center for Economic Development (CED) in August of 2017, where spends her time working on various projects, making survey calls, and editing our website.  In her free time, Karen enjoys the outdoors, reading, spending time with family, and playing with her dog.  

Melissa Kovacs

Research Assistant

E-mail Address: mkkovacs@csuchico.edu

Melissa is a senior at California State University, Chico currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Most of her life has been spent as a Chico local, with minor life detours of living in both Uganda and Israel. Melissa began working at the Center for Economic Development in January 2019 and spends most of her time making survey calls on various CED projects. When she has free time, Melissa enjoys pottery, learning Arabic, drinking tea, and exploring Bidwell Park.

Patrick McLaughlin

Research Assistant

E-mail Address: pmclaughlin3@csuchico.edu

Patrick McLaughlin is a graduate student at San Jose State University currently studying for his master’s degree in Applied Economics. He is an alumni of California State University, Chico where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics. He began working for the Center of Economic Development (CED) in September of 2018, where he looks forward to all the projects he will have the opportunity to work on. In his free time, Patrick enjoys working on his car, dirt biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Cassie Miguel

Amanda-Kabisch-HerzogResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: cmiguel4@csuchico.edu

Cassie is a senior at California State University, Chico working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business with an Animal Science minor. She is originally from Davis, California, and gained an interest in agriculture when she joined her high school FFA chapter. Cassie started working for the Center for Economic Development (CED) in May 2018, and is excited to be gaining the skillset needed for her career. In her free time, Cassie enjoys reading, listening to music, and being with friends, family and animals.

Nicholas Moreau

Amanda-Kabisch-HerzogResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: nmoreau@csuchico.edu

Nicholas is a senior at California State University, Chico currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Nicholas started working for the Center for Economic Development in January of 2019, and is excited to expand his economic knowledge through his involvement with the CED. Nicholas plans on graduating in May of 2019 and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Economics after. He enjoys traveling, reading, and drawing in his spare time.

Raymond Santana

Charity-ZimmermanResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: rsantana4@csuchico.edu

Raymond is a Senior at CSUC, working towards a BA in Environmental Geography and a certificate for GIS. Hailing from Santa Ana in bustling Orange County, Raymond enjoys the small town culture of Chico. His hobbies include hiking, cooking, and board games.

Alyssa Stephenson

Alyssa StephensonResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: astephenson7@csuchico.com

Alyssa is a Junior at California State University, Chico working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing. She is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and became interested in Business from her father who has a degree in Business Finance. Alyssa started working for the Center of Economic Development in September 2018, and is excited to learn more about economic data analysis. In her free time, Alyssa likes to play soccer, go on runs, and spend time with her family and friends.

Will Uradzionek

Will-UradzionekSenior Research Assistant

E-mail Address: wuradzionek@csuchico.edu

Will graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. degree in Economics from California State University, Chico. Will recently graduated with his Master's degree at Chico State in Public Administration. Will is a Chico local, and has lived here all his life. He Joined the Center for Economic Development in February 2017, and expects that his time at the CED will continue to provide him with valuable experience, strengthening his knowledge of economics, data analysis and marketing outreach through the various projects that he will be working on. In his free time, Will enjoys hiking upper-park, golfing, and working on his car.