Meet Our Staff

Our staff is a group of talented writers, editing experts, social media mavens and inspired designers, photographers and videographers who work together to fulfill the various requests of our clients. We want to help you communicate with your audience in the best way possible. 


Kailey Gaffikin

Kailey Gaffikin

General Manager

Kailey Gaffikin is a fourth-year student at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. This semester, she works with Tehama Group Communications as a general manager. She has worked with Tehama Group Communications in the past as a public relations director and as an account executive. In five years, she hopes to work in the entertainment and fashion industry as a public relations professional. In her free time, she enjoys weight lifting, thrift shopping and creating art. After graduation, she hopes to live in a big city where she'll be faced with new, challenging and diverse experiences.

Heather Oest

Heather Oest

Public Relations Director

Heather Oest is in her final year at Chico State, with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. She is excited to represent Tehama Group Communications as the director of public relations this semester. In her free time, she likes to cook, work out and watch lots of YouTube. Her dream is to live in San Francisco after graduation and do agency work before moving to in-house public relations for a lifestyle brand.

Casey Bell

Casey Bell

Art Director

Casey Bell is a fourth-year communication design major and instructional design minor with a certificate in web design and publishing. She is art director for Tehama Group Communications this semester. She likes to do yoga, hike and walk in nature. After her graduation this spring, Casey will attend grad school at CSU, Monterey Bay.

Olivia Nott

Olivia Nott

Online Communications Director

Olivia Nott is a fourth-year public relations major with a minor in marketing. She is pleased to work as the online communications director for her first semester in Tehama Group Communications. She dreams of moving first to Portland and then Seattle after graduation to pursue a career in public relations or marketing.

Kylie Nishite

Kylie Nishite

Public Relations Assistant Director

Kylie Nishite is a fourth-year student at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. This is her first semester with Tehama Group Communications as a public relations assistant director. Her interests include going to the gym, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to do in-house public relations for a beauty or lifestyle brand in San Diego after college.

Tiana Pena

Tiana Pena

Social Media Director

Tiana Pena is a fourth-year student at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. She is the social media director for Tehama Group Communications. When she is not in class or on campus, she likes to explore Downtown Chico with friends or go to the Wildcat Recreation Center. After graduation, in May 2020, she plans to move back to Southern California and land a job at a public relations agency that will allow her to form a career out of her passion for travel.

Val Sanchez

Val Sanchez

Editorial Director

Val Sanchez is a fifth-year public relations major at Chico State. Outside of her public relations major, she has a passion for history which drove her to pursue it as a minor. This is Val’s second semester at Tehama Group Communications where she is the editorial director. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, discover new places to eat and ride her bike around town. Upon graduation, Val plans to look for an agency job within the food and beverage industry in Southern California.

Kelsi Taylor

Kelsi Taylor

Account Executive

Kelsi Taylor is a senior at Chico State. She will graduate in spring 2020 with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. This semester she is an account executive for Tehama Group Communications. She is excited to gain experience that will contribute toward her future goals. Kelsi loves to spend her free time outdoors with friends, preferably ones with fur babies. Her plans after graduation are to move to San Francisco and work for an agency that focuses on lifestyle brands and special events.

Christina Cahill

Christina Cahill

Account Executive

Christina Cahill is a graduating senior at Chico State and an account executive at Tehama Group Communications. Her majors are public relations and French. She loves to spend time with her Yorkie mix, Kiwi. She also loves to try and cook intermediate recipes for her friends and roommates. She hopes to find a job that requires her to travel and creatively solve problems, preferably in the public relations sector. She will spend a month in Lyon, France this summer through Chico State's study abroad program.

Noah Andrews

Noah Andrews

Account Executive

Noah Andrews is a fourth-year journalism major with an option in public relations and a minor in marketing. When he’s not busy serving as an account executive for Tehama Group Communications, he can be found hiking the many trails of Upper Bidwell Park or confined in his room reading his favorite authors, Mitch Albom, Jack London and Bryce Courtenay.

Mikaela Bautista

Mikaela Bautista

Account Executive

Mikaela Bautista is an Account Executive and a graduating senior with a public relations major and a criminal justice minor. When Mikaela graduates she wants to work for an entertainment agency in Los Angeles with her end goal working as a spokesperson for the FBI. Some fun facts about Mikaela are that she has played piano for 14 years, has three tattoos and loves traveling.

Sam Rios

Sam Rios

Account Executive

Sam Rios is a fifth-year student at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. As an account executive, Rios is excited to take on a leadership role and hopes to guide his team in passionate collaboration. In his free time, Rios likes to practice yoga and listen to podcasts. After graduation, he plans to teach English in Madrid and reignite his travel blog.

Hannah Manoucheri

Hannah Manoucheri

Account Executive

Hannah Manoucheri is a third-year student at Chico State. Her major is public relations with a minor in recreation administration. She is excited to work as an Account Executive this semester with Tehama Group Communications. She hopes to use the skills she develops at TGC in her career goal of women’s sports media in Seattle after graduation.

Anthony Mendoza

Anthony Mendoza

Assistant Account Executive

Anthony Mendoza is a fourth-year student at Chico State. His major is public relations with a minor in communication design. He is an assistant account executive with Tehama Group Communications. In his free time, he enjoys going on road trips with friends and attending music festivals. His goal in the public relations field is to work for an agency in the music or fashion industry.

Katelyn Alegria

Katelyn Alegria

Assistant Account Executive

Katelyn Alegria is a fourth-year student at Chico State. She will be graduating this spring with a journalism degree with an option in public relations and a minor in Spanish. She is excited to be a part of Tehama Group Communications this spring as an assistant account executive. After graduation, she hopes to work in a public relations position in the entertainment or music industry in Southern California.

Amy Sprague

Amy Sprague

Assistant Account Executive

Amy Sprague is a senior at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in English. She is eager to be a part of Tehama Group Communications as an assistant account executive. She loves to write and participate in collaborative work to produce creative content. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in a public relations agency so that she can work with different clients and continue her passion for writing.

Brooke Martin

Brooke Martin

Assistant Account Executive

Brooke Martin is a third-year student at Chico State. Her major is public relations with a minor in marketing and gender and sexuality studies. She is grateful to have worked as the business manager for Chico State’s student-run newspaper, The Orion, for the past year. This semester she is pleased to join Tehama Group Communications as an assistant account executive. She hopes to return to the Bay Area after graduation and work for a public relations agency in San Francisco.

Sydney Oliva

Sydney Oliva

Assistant Account Executive

Sydney Oliva is a junior at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. She is thrilled to be a part of Tehama Group Communications where she will work as an assistant account executive. After Oliva graduates in May 2021, she hopes to work as a public relations specialist within the wine industry. Sydney was born and raised in Southern California. She enjoys playing '90s arcade games and the occasional match of competitive yet friendly soccer.

Mariela Marquez

Mariela Marquez

Assistant Account Executive/Social Media Assistant

Mariela Marquez is a fourth-year student at Chico State with a major in public relations and a minor in history. This is her second semester at Tehama Group Communications and she looks forward to working as an assistant account executive and social media assistant. She has yet to decide whether she wants to study abroad the summer after graduation or join the workforce as soon as she can. Check back later! Outside of TGC Mariela can be found napping, watching movies or reading a good romance novel.

Naomi Baker

Naomi Baker

Social Media Associate

Naomi Baker is a senior at Chico State University. She has a major in public relations and a minor in Psychology. Last year, during spring of 2019, Baker studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This year she will be an intern for Tehama Group Communications where she will work as a social media associate. Baker hopes to move to Hawaii after graduation.

Marisol Rocha

Marisol Rocha

Editor

Marisol Rocha is a fourth-year student at Chico State. Her majors are public relations and Spanish. This is her first semester with Tehama Group Communications on the editorial team. She looks forward to learning more about the public relations field and building relationships with her colleagues. Marisol has traveled to 15 countries and plans to visit Southeast Asia in the near future.

Jessie Chen

Jessie Chen

Graphic Designer

Jessie Chen is from Sacramento and is a third-year student at Chico State. He is pursuing a BFA degree in communication design with an emphasis in graphic design. He is the graphic designer for Tehama Group Communications and is excited to work in a new environment and to improve his communication skills. During his leisure time, Jessie loves to cook and develop new methods in the kitchen.

Zoe Salido

Zoe Salido

Graphic Designer

Zoe Salido is a fourth-year communication design major at Chico State. She is excited to be a graphic designer for Tehama Group Communications this semester. When she is not in school, she likes to paint, travel and be with friends. She hopes to pursue a career in the near future that involves creative directing in the fashion industry.

Christina Arias

Christina Arias

Photographer

Photographer Christina Arias is a senior at Chico State. After graduation she plans to move back home to Los Angeles and work for a creative agency. She has an associate degree in journalism. Her passion for creativity and writing led her to major in public relations and minor in photography. She loves a good cup of coffee and her chocolate Labrador, Remi.

Jordyn Moore

Jordyn Moore

Videographer

Jordyn Moore is a first-year student at Chico State. She will graduate in spring 2023, with a major in media arts production. This semester she will work as the videographer for Tehama Group Communications. After graduation, she hopes to move back to Southern California and work as a movie editor in Los Angeles.

Maria Ramirez

Maria Ramirez

Videographer

Maria Ramirez is a fourth-year student at Chico State. Her major is media arts and will graduate in May 2020. Her goal after graduation is to move to Los Angeles and work for an entertainment company. Her passion for visual storytelling grew after her dad gave her his old film camera.

Janell Bauer

Janell Bauer

Advisor

Janell Bauer is an associate professor of communication and public relations at Chico State and the adviser for Tehama Group Communications. Dr. Bauer has professional experience working in integrated marketing and employee communication for several Silicon Valley-based technology companies. She was the recipient of the College of Communication, Media and Education’s Inspirational Professor Award for 2017-2018. Her research explores social media and activism, feminist pedagogy and organizational policies such as bereavement leave. She has published a number of journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on this topic.