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LIEUTENANT JOHN KUHN

LIEUTENANT JOHN KUHN

Board Chair, Representative of the Public Sector

John is a representative of the public sector. He has worked at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office since 1987, ultimately achieving the rank of lieutenant. John was recommended for a position on the Board by Sheriff Kory Honea and joined the Board in September of 2017.

John is currently the chairman of the Board of Directors. During his time on the Board, he has acted as the secretary and vice-chair. Additionally, he is the chairmen of the Human Rights, Personnel, and Membership Committee.

John attended Chico State, Butte College, and numerous other universities as part of his continued training as a law enforcement professional. He has been living in Butte County since 1980.

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DEE HOFFMAN WILLS

DEE HOFFMAN WILLS

Board Vice-Chair, Representative of the Low-Income Sector

Dee Hoffman Wills, Vice Chair
Passionate about bringing hope and opportunity to all those who need a hand up, Dee joined the CAA of Butte County Board in 2021. She is an experienced administrator, having served on executive teams for more than 35 years in a variety of private and public non-profit settings, including higher education and children’s services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Simpson University, an MBA from California State University, Chico, and a master’s certificate in theology from Western Seminary. She and her husband, Rich, have been part of the Chico community since 2005.

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CESAR ALFARO

CESAR ALFARO

Board Treasurer, Representative of the Low-Income Sector

Cesar Alfaro, Treasurer of the CAA of Butte County, is the Branch Manager at Golden 1 Credit Union located in downtown Chico. Mr. Alfaro has provided financial workshops and guidance to the local community since 2004. Mr. Alfaro has been a proud member of the Chico community for over 30 years.

Mr. Alfaro attended California State University at Chico, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis on Production Operation Management and Management information systems. Mr. Alfaro went on to work in Silicon Valley for an IT firm before returning to his roots in Chico.

Mr. Alfaro has served on the Board since 2017 as a board member and now as a Board Finance-Chair.

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STEPHANIE POWELL

STEPHANIE POWELL

Board Secretary, Representative of the Private Sector

Stephanie Powell, is in Product Development at Klean Kanteen. Ms. Powell has been in the sustainability industry since 2008. Prior to this job title, she worked for ten years in the nonprofit industry across Northern California, helping low-income families pay their energy bills, making their homes more energy efficient, managing the VITA program- (which provides free tax assistance), and managing the outreach for nonprofit services/programs to the low-income community.

Ms. Powell attended California State University at Chico, majoring in Instructional Design and Technology with an emphasis in Environmental Issues.

Ms. Powell has served on the Board since 2020 as a board member and now as Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Program Committee.

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KATHY HAFER

KATHY HAFER

Representative of the Private Sector

Kathy Hafer is in her third year serving as a member of the CAA of Butte County Board of Directors, currently a member of the Program Committee.

She and her brother, Ray Wilson, have owned and operated Wilson Printing and Signs since 1988. Initially located in Paradise, they were able to relocate to Chico after losing their shop and homes in the Camp Fire in 2018.

Kathy is an active member of the Advisory Board for Chico-Paradise Rainbow Girls. She has served as District Governor for Quota International and as President for the Paradise club three times.

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SHELBY CHASE

SHELBY CHASE

Representative of the Private Sector

Shelby Chase is the founder of an HR firm in Chico and teaches at the College of Business at Chico State. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a focus in HR Management and an MBA focusing on Management and Leadership. She is the President of the ACLU of Butte County, Chair of the Human Relations Network of Butte County, a Mentor at Chico Start, the Chair of the Lecturers Council on the Academic Senate, and an active Rotarian. She is also the proud Mother of a Labradoodle, Gilbert Roverson, and a Corgi, Boris Getz.

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CARL WILKINSON

CARL WILKINSON

Representative of the Low-Income Sector

Carl has enjoyed a career in the Finance Industry with over fifteen years of experience. As a local Northern Californian, Carl enjoys helping out members who live in the region. He is passionate about the outdoors, enjoys hiking, exploring Northern California's many lakes and rivers, and spending time with his family.

Community Action Agencies are required to have governing boards to gain & retain designation as eligible entities & to receive CSBG funding. Effective tripartite boards reflect & promote the unique anti-poverty leadership, action, and mobilization responsibilities assigned by law to CAAs. Boards are responsible for assuring that agencies continue to assess & respond to the causes & conditions of poverty in their community, achieve anticipated family & community outcomes, and remain administratively & fiscally sound.