Meet Our Staff

The talent of our staff and our commitment to each account shines through every time. Contact us and we guarantee it will be the start of something special.


Natalie Matheny

Natalie Matheny

General Manager

Natalie Matheny is a fourth-year at Chico State majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. This semester she will be working as the general manager for Tehama Group Communications. She is looking forward to spending her last year in Chico preparing for her future in public relations and enjoying every moment she has with her friends. This last summer she studied abroad in Turin, Italy and hopes to travel more after she graduates.

Itzel Cruz

Itzel Cruz

Public Relations Director

Itzel Cruz is a fourth-year student at Chico State majoring in public relations and minoring in Spanish. She is currently public relations director in her second semester with Tehama Group Communications. In her free time, she likes to go shopping, hang out with friends and spend quality time with her cat, Po. In the future, she hopes to live a glamorous life in a big city and do public relations for the entertainment or fashion industry.

Eddie Aldrete

Eddie Aldrete

Art Director

Art Director Eddie Aldrete is a fourth-year student at Chico State. Photography is his passion; he seeks to find a career where he can shoot and edit photos everyday. Before Eddie joined Tehama Group Communications he was on his school's Speech and Debate Team traveling across the nation presenting speeches on important issues affecting our world today. He is eager to use his visual and linguistic communication skills to create compelling media for his clients.

Casey Bell

Casey Bell

Online Communication Director

Casey Bell is a fourth-year communication design major and instructional design minor with a certificate in web design and publishing. She is an online communication director for Tehama Group Communications. She enjoys doing yoga, hiking and walking in nature. Following her graduation this spring, Casey hopes to live with her fiancé and get hired as an instructional designer in the Bay Area.

Audree Hernandez

Audree Hernandez

Public Relations Assistant Director

Audree Hernandez is a fourth-year and first-generation student pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish. She is excited to work with the fall 2019 team. This is her first semester with Tehama Group Communications as the public relations assistant director. She enjoys photography, traveling, and volunteering. With her present and previous experiences, Audree hopes to work with other public relations agencies that emphasize retail.

Tiana Pena

Tiana Pena

Social Media Assistant Director

Tiana Pena is a fourth-year student at Chico State majoring in public relations with a minor in marketing. She is currently the social media assistant for Tehama Group Communications. When she is not getting involved on campus, she is out with friends exploring Downtown Chico or taking classes at Chico State’s recreation center. After graduating in the spring, Tiana plans on moving to Southern California and land a job at a public relations agency that will allow her to continue her passion for travel.

Emma McDermott

Emma McDermott

Editorial Director/Account Executive

Emma McDermott is a fourth-year majoring in journalism with an emphasis in both public relations and news. She is pursuing a minor in women’s studies. This will be her first semester at Tehama Group Communications where she will be working as an account executive and as a member of the editorial team. Her passions include rowing for Chico State’s crew team, going to concerts and thrift shopping. Emma dreams of landing a public relations career at an in-house agency or in the music and entertainment industry.

Heather Oest

Heather Oest

Account Executive

Heather Oest is in her final year at Chico State, majoring in public relations with a minoring in marketing. She is an account executive for Tehama Group Communications and is very excited to get her feet wet in the public relations world. Her dream is to live in San Francisco after graduation and do in-house public relations for a lifestyle brand.

Lizzie Hawkins

Lizzie Hawkins

Account Executive

Lizzie Hawkins is a fourth-year student at Chico State pursuing a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing. This semester she will be working as an account executive for Tehama Group Communications. She loves traveling, animals and trying new things. In the future, Lizzie hopes to work for a PR agency near the beach.

Patrice Berry

Patrice Berry

Account Executive

Patrice Berry is a fifth-year and first-generation college student at Chico State. As a public relations and musical theatre double major, she is thrilled to be working as an account executive with Tehama Group Communications this semester. Outside of the office, you’ll find her enjoying a documentary or spending time with loved ones. Following her time in Chico, Patrice hopes to travel and seek public relations work abroad.

Callie Ross-Smith

Callie Ross-Smith

Account Executive

Callie Ross-Smith is a fourth-year student at Chico State majoring in public relations with a minor in German. She is an account executive for Tehama Group Communications. She transferred to Chico in 2017 from a community college located in the Bay Area. Callie grew up in Las Vegas and is looking forward to moving to Germany after she graduates in 2020.

Alan Chavez

Alan Chavez

Assistant Account Executive

Alan Chavez is a fourth-year student at Chico State majoring in public relations with minors in marketing and Spanish. This is his first semester at Tehama Group Communications and will be working as an assistant account executive. After college, he plans on entering the workforce in either public relations or marketing/sales. Outside of TGC, he enjoys exercising at the WREC, hanging out with friends and being the vice president of his fraternity.

Mariela Marquez

Mariela Marquez

Assistant Account Executive

Mariela Marquez is a fourth-year student at Chico State majoring in public relations and minoring in history. This is her first semester at Tehama Group Communications and she looks forward to working as an assistant account executive. 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.

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

Assistant Account Executive

Lauren Davis is a Chico local and a fourth-year at Chico State. Lauren is majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing. Within Tehama Group Communications, Lauren is an assistant account executive as well as part of the social media team. Davis hopes to work in-house for a lifestyle or makeup brand one day in the San Diego area.

Kelsi Taylor

Kelsi Taylor

Assistant Account Executive

Kelsi Taylor is a senior at Chico State majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. This is her first semester doing Tehama Group Communications working as an assistant account executive. When Taylor graduates in the spring, she plans to pursue special events in a big city. In her free time, she likes to explore nature with her dog.

Kaylie Lewis

Kaylie Lewis

Assistant Account Executive

Kaylie Lewis is in her last semester at Chico State, majoring in public relations with a minor in marketing. She serves as an assistant account executive for Tehama Group Communications, with a passion for writing and editing. When she’s not in the office, she’s with her poodle Jojo. Her plan for the future is to work for a public relations firm near the beach and grow her poodle farm.

Lauren Meichtry

Lauren Meichtry

Graphic Designer

Lauren Meichtry is a Chico local and third-year student at Chico State. She is pursuing a visual communications degree with an emphasis in graphic design. Serving as a graphic designer for Tehama Group Communications she is excited to meet new people and improve her collaboration skills. In her spare time, Lauren loves to learn new things, watch movies and draw every chance she gets.

Sophia Morrow

Sophia Morrow

Graphic Designer

Sophia Morrow is currently a third-year at Chico State. She is pursuing a BFA in media arts design technology with the option in graphic design. She works as a graphic designer for Tehama Group Communications. Sophia is the treasurer for the Chico Women’s Club Soccer team and a member of the wakeboard team as well. She does freelance artwork, and also loves traveling, hiking, dirt biking, writing, making music, videography and going on trips with friends and family. Sophia aspires to fulfill a life of happiness.

Valeria Sanchez

Valeria Sanchez

Editor

Valeria Sanchez is excited to start working as an editor for Tehama Group Communications. She is currently a fourth-year student majoring in public relations with a minor in history. Outside of school, Valeria enjoys watching history documentaries, biking on nature trails and reading mystery novels. After graduation she is looking to stay in Northern California and work for an outside PR agency.

Sam Rios

Sam Rios

Editor

Sam Rios is a fifth-year student at Chico State studying public relations with minors in marketing and Spanish. As part of the editing team, Rios enjoys creating written content and helping his peers become better writers. In his free time, Rios likes spending time outdoors, staying active and listening to podcasts. He aspires to create professional work that relates to his personal interests.