BAITS Support Staff


BJ Macfarlane.jpg
B.J. Macfarlane


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.


Chris Pope.JPG
Chris Pope


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.

Susan Schroth

I was born in Torrance, CA, and graduated from Mills College with a B.S. degree in Biology.  After living in San Diego for 12 years, we moved to Redding in 2003, where we love “country living”.  I have held a variety of positions in the education field, including Elementary School Librarian and Middle School Registrar.  Along with my husband, Steve, and our two sons, Alex and Brady, we enjoy sports and the great outdoors, including abalone diving.  I enjoy trail running with our mini Aussie Shepherd, Zyggy, reading and crafting.  I am thrilled to be part of the Shasta College BAITS division.



Raised in Sacramento, I ventured northwest to Humboldt State University where I earned my BS 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.