Research Assistants

Stephen Butler

Stephen-ButlerResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: sbutlercedresearch18@csuchico.edu

Stephen is a sophomore at California State University, Chico currently studying for a Bachelor’s in Economics. He joined the CED in March 2018 and hopes to better understand the field he studies and the direction it will take him, and is very excited for the projects that he will be involved in. Before attending Chico State, Stephen lived on multiple Air Force Bases around the country, as well as overseas in Japan. He is developing his career skill-set across various internships as well as exposing himself to different work environments. He enjoys playing music, writing, and spending time with his friends and family.

Wyatt Calderia

Wyatt-CaldeiraSenior Research Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch2@csuchico.edu

Wyatt is a senior at California State University, Chico currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in Human Geography and Planning with a focus in GIS. He plans to graduate in May 2018. He is from Grass Valley, California which is located in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This is where he obtained his transfer degree in geography from Sierra College NCC. He moved to Chico in Summer 2016, began working for the CED in March 2017, and is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of GIS by using it with his work at the CED, as well as learning how to interpret and explain data. In his free time, Wyatt likes to hike, see movies, play basketball and be lazy at home.

Emilio Hernandez

Wyatt-CaldeiraResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: ehernandez84@csuchico.edu

Emilio Hernandez is a Junior at California State University, Chico currently studying Business Administration with an option in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and plans on graduating fall 2019. He started working at the Center for Economic Development in March 2018. Emilio is excited to learn and develop new skills through the various research projects taken on by the CED. Emilio enjoys working with business start-ups and has a couple ongoing projects he is currently involved in. In the future, he hopes to launch a business as well as a non-profit that would raise money to help kids living in underprivileged neighborhoods reach their full potential. 

Karen Hernandez

Amanda-Kabisch-HerzogResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch6@csuchico.edu

Karen is a senior at California State University, Chico currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies and is working on her certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning.  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 grew up in Gilroy, California, where she spent many summers at the Garlic Festival.  She began working for the Center for Economic Development (CED) in August of 2017, where spends her time making survey calls, managing our social medias and editing our website.  In her free time, Karen enjoys the outdoors, reading, spending time with family, and playing with her dog.  

Amanda Kabisch-Herzog

Amanda-Kabisch-HerzogSenior Research Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch18@csuchico.edu

Amanda is a junior at California State University, Chico currently studying for her bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Applied Statistics and is working towards her certificate in GIS. She is from Fairfield, California, which is located in the North Bay. She began working for the Center for Economic Development (CED) in November of 2016, and spends her time working on various projects including data research, the CED monthly newsletter, marketing, managing our social medias and editing our website. She hopes to expand her economic knowledge and experience through the projects she works on. In her free time, Amanda enjoys drawing, swimming, reading and playing chess.

Mizan Shaikh

Charity-ZimmermanResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch15@csuchico.edu

Mizan is a senior at California State University, Chico working toward his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Before transferring to Chico State in the fall of 2016, Mizan began his undergraduate studies at Shasta Community College. He began working for the Center for Economic Development (CED) in March 2017, and is looking forward to all of the projects he will soon be involved in. In his free time, Mizan enjoys playing tennis, video games, and spending time with friends and family.

Christina Taft

Will-UradzionekResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch4@csuchico.edu

Christina is a senior at California State University, Chico working towards a bachelor's in Business Administration with an option in Management. She plans to graduate in December 2019. She has lived in Paradise, California for almost 10 years. She obtained an associate's degree in Social Science in 2013 and an associate's degree in Business Administation in 2017 from Butte College. She began working for the CED in November 2017. In her free time, Christina focuses on initiatives, start-ups, social media projects and enjoys listening to music by artists such as Carrie Underwood. 

Will Uradzionek

Will-UradzionekSenior Research Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch9@csuchico.edu

Will graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. degree in Economics from California State University, Chico. Will is continuing to pursue his Master’s degree at Chico State in Public Administration. Will is a Chico local, graduating from Pleasant Valley High School. 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. 

Jordon Vernau

Jordan-VernauResearch Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch17@csuchico.edu

Jordon is a senior at California State University, Chico currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and minoring in Sustainable Management. He grew up in Chico, California where he attended Butte Community College and obtained an Associate degree in Business Administration. In June 2017, Jordon joined the Center for Economic Development’s (CED) event coordination team and is currently assisting in planning the 2018 Northstate Economic Forecast Conference. He is looking forward to furthering his knowledge of Project Management while working at the CED. In his free time he likes to hike, swim and play with his dog.

Ana Zepeda

Ana-ZepedaSenior Research Assistant

E-mail Address: cedresearch7@csuchico.edu

Ana is a senior at California State University, Chico majoring in Agricultural Business and Latin American Studies.  She was born and raised in Chico. Ana studied abroad in Brazil in 2016, where she took classes on economic development and natural resource management. She joined the Center for Economic Development in February of 2017. She looks forward to working on and learning from future CED projects.  Outside of work Ana enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.