Board of Directors
Andy Holcombe, Chair, has a long-standing connection and commitment to CHIP and its principles. Andy was a VISTA volunteer attorney through a joint Legal Services and CHIP self-help housing program in 1978 and has been involved in CHIP activities ever since. Andy served as a longtime associate member and helped CHIP and its clients for many years as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California. He was also a founding member of the Chico Community Shelter Partnership, which built and operated the Torres Shelter, Chico's emergency shelter for men, women, and children. In 2004 Andy was elected to the Chico City Council, including a term as mayor. As mayor and a council member, Andy consistently supported low-income housing programs, inclusive planning, and support services for CHIP's clientele and the community at large. Andy became a CHIP board member in 2015.
Fong Lo serves as the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors. He has served as a board member since 2004 and has an extensive background in public service. He is a financial consultant and works in the federal government sector, assisting with disability and retirement claims. Fong has received recognition from the federal government for outstanding public service. He co-founded the Butte County Hmong Association, Inc., which helps alleviate poverty in the community. Fong serves on the Chico Police Advisory Board and volunteers on the "Love Chapman" coalition and helped implement the diversity plan for the City of Chico. He supports affordable housing communities because he knows that people living with poverty often times have no one to turn to and he wants to be their voice. Fong wants to build substantial diversity and cultural awareness in Chico and elsewhere. Fong says he is happily blessed with a lovely wife and four beautiful children, three of whom are in college and one is a high school senior.
Dave Burkland, former Chair, has served on CHIP's board of directors since 2013, but his relationship with CHIP is far from new. He started working at CHIP in 1983. Dave is a Chico State grad, earning a degree in geography planning and later receiving a master's in planning. He worked in construction during and after college, then spent nine years working for CHIP as the corporate contractor and managing the housing rehabilitation program. Dave worked for the City of Chico and retired as city manager. He returned to CHIP as a board member in retirement. He is passionate about helping CHIP remain financially stable to continue its mission to develop affordable self-help housing and provide housing-related and social services to residents living at our rental properties.
Joe Feist, former Vice Chair, is a practicing attorney in Sacramento and Butte Counties and has served as a member of the CHIP board since 2009. Originally from Indiana, Joe has called California home since 2001 and is an active member of the community who enjoys hiking and cycling when possible. Joe has been focused on assisting and representing Camp Fire survivors since the tragedy.
David Goodson is a retired Student Services Manager with twenty-three years of service assisting students at Butte College achieve their educational goals. David serves the community of Oroville as a local Church Pastor. He is the Chairperson for the local Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee in Oroville. While at Butte College, David’s Program, Student Success Services was responsible for providing housing opportunities for students that were housing insecure and homeless. This Program sparked his interest to continue to make affordable housing opportunities available to individuals and families. As a Board member with CHIP, David is committed to helping CHIP continue its mission to develop affordable self-help housing.
Katie Fowkes grew up on a walnut and prune orchard in Los Molinos and moved to Chico after completing her BS in Electrical Engineering and MA in Business Economics at UC Santa Barbara. Her experience with business management and extensive training in math was an excellent foundation for her career in the commercial business market. She has been a board member since 2015. Katie worked at Tri Counties Bank for five years as a commercial relationship manager and has been vice president, senior commercial relationship manager at Banner Bank for 11 years. This position includes analysis and monitoring of multi-phase construction projects, which introduced her to the CHIP organization and expanded her interest to support CHIP's goals in the community. In addition to construction lending, Katie works with businesses in industries, from manufacturing to agriculture, in all realms of financing needs. She lives in Chico with her husband, Don, and their four kids.
Vanessa Haro joined the board in late 2016. She is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments and has a passion for helping people and problem solving. Originally from Siskiyou County, she moved to Chico in 2002 and graduated from California State University-Chico with a bachelor's degree in business finance. She worked her way through college in the banking industry before moving into property management. She managed a large college apartment complex in Chico, nicknamed "The Zoo" from 2007-2016. Since joining the Edward Jones firm in 2016, she has received the Spirit of Partnership Award for 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she received the AAMS® professional designation. She is currently Woman Inclusion Leader for her region with Edward Jones. As a board member for CHIP, she completed Neighborhood Reinvestment Training in 2017. She is the Rotary President for the Corning Rotary Club for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. She has two active kids who keep her busy. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, travel, golf, and help out in the communities where she lives and works.
Mark Hooper grew up in rural New York and attended Denison University receiving a BA in Biology and Chico State for a BS in nursing. He has worked as a nurse at Enloe Medical Center for 40 years, 38 of those as a Cardiac rehabilitation nurse. In his spare time, he built his own home and remodeled four other houses, which he keeps as rentals. Before joining the CHIP board in 2006, he spent eight years working with community development in Chico's Chapmantown neighborhood. His experiences have taught him that affordable housing and a place one can call home is fundamentally important in the education and health of the individual and the development of a community.
Earl Jessee was born, raised, and currently resides in Chico, CA. He is a Senior IT Consultant at Matson & Isom Technology Consulting, with a focus on web design, development, and Internet technology. Earl grew up in and around the CHIP organization and housing projects, as his father, Jim Jessee, was a founder and long-time president of the board. Earl has a 20-year history of non-profit leadership and community involvement on the boards of the Downtown Chico Business Association and Chico High School Foundation, and he currently serves on the board of directors executive team for the North Valley Community Foundation. Earl and his wife have two young children in the Rosedale Two Way Immersion program, and try to spend as much time in the mountains, traveling as their busy lives afford. Earl is a graphic design graduate of CSU, Chico, and loves fly fishing, playing his guitar, and cooking.
Ed Mayer currently serves as public housing director and affordable housing developer, a position held since 2008. He has 30 years’ experience in the affordable housing industry, serving housing authorities in Missoula, MT, and Santa Cruz County, CA. An architect and planner by training, Ed found his way to affordable housing through property development work. He now represents affordable housing industry interests in the development of housing programs and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. He has served on CHIP’s Board since 2011. A graduate of Yale University, Ed is recognized for his affordable housing expertise and administrative excellence.
Joy Murphy is a large part of CHIP's history. Her late husband Bill helped establish CHIP through CAVE (Community Action Volunteers in Education) at CSU, Chico, and Murphy Commons Apartments was named after him. Joy serves on the fundraising committee and enjoys planning events and helping out wherever she can. Together, Joy and Bill have two children and six grandchildren, and Joy now lives on the same farm where she grew up in Orland. She also graduated from Chico State with a bachelor's degree in art, took courses towards her teaching credential, and enjoys painting. A board member since 2004, she also teaches weekly math, science and art class to resident children at Rancho De Soto, CHIP's apartment community in Orland.