The staff in spring 2019.

Tehama Group Communications aim to deliver top-notch, professional-quality work to our clients, while fostering a healthy learning environment for the members of our team. Client satisfaction and agency professionalism have been cornerstones of this organization since the program’s conception more than 20 years ago. Our commitment to quality has become synonymous with our agency’s name and it is with that same commitment we push forth today. We started small, but are always growing and we would love for you to join us. We take client relationships seriously. Take a look at our recent projects and to see how we maintain excellent client relations – 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.


Grace Gonzalez

Grace Gonzalez

General Manager

Grace Gonzalez is a first-generation college student pursuing a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in women studies. This semester she will be working as the general manager for Tehama Group Communications. She enjoys traveling, live music and her favorite place is the beach. In the future, she hopes to live and land a job in public relations abroad.

Kailey Gaffikin

Kailey Gaffikin

Public Relations Director

Kailey Gaffikin is a third-year at Chico State pursuing a journalism and public relations major with a minor in marketing. When she isn’t dedicating her time to Tehama Group Communications, she enjoys writing, traveling and reading. She is passionate about fashion and photography. After graduating, she sees herself living in a big city with a labradoodle.

Katya Villegas

Katya Villegas

Director of Accounts

Katya Villegas is a fourth-year majoring in public relations with a minor in Spanish. This is her second semester with Tehama Group Communications and she has opted to take on the adventure of being director of accounts. When she's not at school or working retail, she enjoys spontaneous trips with her friends and family, adorable dogs, flavorful food and chic fashion.

Kimberly Volkov

Kimberly Volkov

Art Director

Kimberly Volkov is a senior at Chico State and is majoring in communication design focusing on graphic design. She is the art director for Tehama Group Communications. She enjoys painting, drawing and computers. Graphic design allows her to use both art and technology that gives her fulfillment and allows the ability to make it into a life career. “Working as a graphic designer has one goal, to be able to visualize what type of message your clients want to convey to their targeted audience.” In her free time, her hobbies are watching anime, reading manga and relaxing at home with her two dogs.

Emma Matthews

Emma Matthews

Social Media Director

Emma Matthews is a third-year at Chico State majoring in public relations with a minor in marketing. Having attended high school in San Francisco, she loves the small college town feel of Chico. Emma loves the outdoors, dogs and meeting new people. She hopes to graduate in four years and earn a job at an in-house PR agency.

Natalie Matheny

Natalie Matheny

Editorial Director

Natalie Matheny is a third-year at Chico State majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. She is the editorial director at Tehama Group Communications. Natalie works part time at the Associated Students Conference Services office in the Bell Memorial Union. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and trying new coffee shops around town.

Martin Chang

Martin Chang

Online Communications Manager

Martin Chang is the online communication director for Tehama Group Communications. He has built and maintained websites for over five years. He was the web designer and web publisher on the Fall 2018 edition of the Building Bridges diversity newsletter. He is interested in how different kinds of people express themselves, as groups and as individuals.

Chase Victor

Chase Victor

Account Executive

Chase Victor is a fourth-year senior at Chico State majoring in public relations with a minor in nutrition. Chase operates as an account executive for Tehama Group Communications with hopes of landing a job in the Bay Area for a public relations agency. In his free time, he enjoys working out, dirt biking and if he can, to scuba dive.

Marisa Bearden

Marisa Bearden

Account Executive

Marisa Bearden is in her final semester at Chico State and can’t wait to be a part of Tehama Group Communications for the first time. In May she will earn her degree in public relations. She plans to move to San Francisco with her fiancé and start a career in public relations. She enjoys reading, petting other people’s dogs and keeping up with pop culture.

Lauren Battisti

Lauren Battisti

Account Executive

Lauren Battisti is a first-generation college senior graduating with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing. During her final semester, she is taking on the roles as an account executive and a social media assistant for Tehama Group Communications. Lauren enjoys road tripping, binge watching shows and cooking. Her career aspirations include working as a public relations agent in the entertainment industry and later as a magazine editor.

Shannon White

Shannon White

Account Executive

Shannon White is a third-year at Chico State majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing. Shannon is an account executive for Tehama Group Communications and is looking forward to learning more about leading a team and working directly with clients. When she’s not stressing over school, she can be found exploring Chico and trying new coffee spots with her friends.

Ashley Kainz

Ashley Kainz

Graphic Designer

Ashley Kainz is a fourth-year student at Chico State studying communications design, focusing on graphic design. She serves as a graphic designer for Tehama Group Communications this semester. When she's not going to class, she's helping residents, developing a sense of community and running a community council as a senior resident advisor for the residence halls. She also enjoys going on spontaneous car rides, facetiming her parents and exploring Netflix. She's not too sure what her plans are after graduation, she just hopes she gets a design job.

Kendra Clark

Kendra Clark

Graphic Designer and Photographer

Kendra Clark is a senior at Chico State and is set to graduate this spring. She is studying communication design with a focus on graphic design. This is her first semester with Tehama Group Communications working as a graphic designer and photographer. She looks forward to building her portfolio and meeting new people through the agency. Outside of school she enjoys reading, going on adventures with friends and spending time with family. As for the future, she hopes to travel and explore as well as find a job in the city.

Lauren Gomez

Lauren Gomez

Videographer

Lauren Gomez is a fourth-year at Chico State majoring in communication design with an emphasis in media arts and minoring in instructional design. In her free time, she loves to read and watch movies. Born and raised in Pasadena, she hopes to return home and get a job in video production.

Roberto Burgos

Roberto Burgos

Assistant Account Executive

Roberto Burgos is a first-generation college student at Chico State. He is a fourth-year majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in Spanish. This semester he will be joining Tehama Group Communications as an assistant account executive. In the future, he hopes to work with a professional soccer team and important soccer leagues around the world.

Itzel Cruz

Itzel Cruz

Assistant Account Executive, Assistant Social Media Executive

Itzel Cruz is a third-year at Chico State majoring in public relations and minoring in Spanish. She is currently an assistant account executive in her first semester with Tehama Group Communications. In her free time she likes to go shopping, hanging out with friends and spending quality time with her cat, Po. In the future she hopes to move to a big city and do public relations for the entertainment business.

Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

Assistant PR Director

Yaritza Ayon is a first-generation college student going into her last semester at Chico State. She’s pursuing a degree in journalism with options in both public relations and news. Yaritza is taking on the position of assistant public relations director. Her passions include fashion, coffee, going to concerts and new places. She plans to work in the fashion industry after she graduates.

Nick Denton

Nick Denton

Assistant Account Executive

Nick Denton is a senior journalism and public relations student with a minor in sociology. He’s an assistant account executive for Tehama Group Communications. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and playing video games. Nick wants to work for a PR agency or the government as a public information officer.

Noah Enns

Noah Enns

Assistant Account Executive

Noah Enns is a senior at Chico State. He is pursuing a degree in journalism and public relations with an emphasis in news and a minor in broadcasting. He is a first-generation college student and hopes to graduate in May. His dream job is to work as a public relations practitioner in the agriculture industry. Upon graduation, Noah looks to move out of California and explore different states in America.