BAITS Support Staff


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B.J. Macfarlane

Farm Lab Coordinator

I was born and raised on a cattle and sheep operation in Idaho, Nevada  and California. I attended California State University, Chico   where I received my B.S. degree in animal science. I worked as a   research assistant at Michigan State University for 3 years doing      research on bovine reproduction. I have worked on several cattle     ranches throughout California as well as being a sales rep for 2 years. My wife Melissa is also embedded into Northern California agriculture as she is a Nursery Supervisor for Driscoll’s Strawberries in Red Bluff. Together, we enjoy spending time with our two daughters taking care of our cattle as well as doing anything outdoors.


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Chris Pope

Instructional Paraprofessional- BAITS

I was born in Oakland, CA. I am the first in my family born here in the US, Father from Britain, Mother from Australia. We moved to Valdez, AK, in 1974 when my father took a job with Chicago Bridge & Iron on the Alaska Pipeline. I graduated from Valdez High in 78, moved back to the bay area then I did 2 years at Diablo Valley College, went on to spend a year at Contra Costa Community College. I worked as a journeyman tech for Toyota Motors for 20 years. I went back to school in '91 for classes in fire science and received my EMT card from Solano Community College. I have been at Shasta College for almost 4 years now.



KarIn Freiberg

Instructional Paraprofessional- BAITS

I recently graduated in May of 2017 from Shasta College with an AS
degree in Welding Technology while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. During my time here I was employed as a student worker, as well as being involved in many volunteer opportunities including the fabrication of a 14' tall metal sculpture of a Phoenix Rising. The sculpture was made from 100 year old metal that was recovered from the Sacramento River where it sat for the past fifty-plus years after accidentally being dumped there when the Henderson Free Bridge was dismantled. The Phoenix can be viewed in the Welding Department's metal scrap yard. I am looking forward to continuing my work here at Shasta College.

Rebekah Davis
Student Success Facilitator- CTE


​I grew up in Portland, Oregon, lived in New York for two years, and returned to the west coast to attend Seattle Pacific University in the heart of Seattle, Washington. There I earned my bachelor’s degree in English while working in a variety of on-campus positions and support roles. After graduating, I continued to serve as the Grant Program Assistant for the Seattle Pacific University Physics Department, overseeing and assisting in the implementation and organization of several National Science Foundation grants that funded their research into Physics Education. Simultaneously, I also worked as the Assistant Head Instructor for a successful martial arts studio that specialized in teaching Taekwondo to upwards of 150 children. I moved to Redding in August 2017 to be near family and for a change of pace. Eventually, I hope to pursue graduate work in English and continue working in higher education. I am excited to be a part of the Shasta College community. 


Jolene VanRaam
Instructional Paraprofessional
Agriculture/Natural Resources
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Nikki Espinosa
Administrative Assistant


Heidi Dias
Administrative Assistant

Raised in Sacramento, I ventured northwest to Humboldt State University where I earned my B.S. in Wildlife Management. In 1991, ​Redding was my next and final destination. Together with my husband and three children, I have enjoyed family, the outdoors, gardening, and sports (lots of sports). My previous work experience has been a mix in the educational, biological, and office administration fields, and includes wildlife biologist, museum curator assistant, activity coordinator, office manager/owner, and certified instructional aid. For the last five years I have worked at Shasta College and currently enjoy being a part of the Shasta College BAITS division. 

Equipment Technician - FIRE