Eva Jimenez, Dean
Economic and Workforce Development
Eva Jimenez currently serves as Dean of Economic and Workforce Development where she manages grant managers and is
responsible for the outcomes of numerous grants totaling close to $15 million.
Many of these grants involve partnerships with K-12 and community industry
partners. Ms. Jimenez began her journey at Shasta College as a business
instructor fourteen years ago. She delivered courses in business
management, marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership and other business-related
topics. Ms. Jimenez played an integral role in delivering customer service
modules to many community partners during her instructional years. For the past
six years, Ms. Jimenez has served as an instructional administrator, which
allows her to utilize her twenty years of private-industry management
Currently, Ms. Jimenez serves on several committees. She is a member
of the Redding Rotary, the Lassen Park Foundation, the Girls Inc. Executive
Team, and the Dignity Health North State Advisory Board. Additionally, Ms.
Jimenez is President-elect of the California Community College Association for
Occupational Education and President of the Shasta College Foundation.
Prior to Shasta College, Ms. Jimenez worked for a financial institution in
Sacramento, California where she managed over 180 employees. Ms. Jimenez
has earned her Master’s in Business Administration, which coupled with over twenty
years of experience in professional, organized, and customer-oriented
environments is a testament to her drive and passion for the promotion of
economic growth through high quality education and services that focus on
Darren Gurney is a Senior Project Coordinator for Shasta College in the Economic and Workforce Development division. Darren currently manages the Pathways 2 Possibilities (California Trust) grant, connecting the community college system with local K-12 districts. Darren has been part of the EWD division for the past five years and has managed a number of different grant programs.
Darren Gurney, Senior Project Coordinator
California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT)
Darren has a strong background in banking and finance and has earned his Master's in Business Administration from CSU Chico. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship from CSU Chico. Raised in an entrepreneurial family and from the Redding area, Darren has a passion for entrepreneurship, collaboration, education, and leadership that will enhance the well-being of the community he lives in.
Chelsea Hendershot, Deputy Sector Navigator
Chelsea graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business. Throughout college, Chelsea worked for a non-profit organization that coordinated summer programs for middle school and high school students that allowed them to gain valuable work experience. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority as well as Chi Alpha. After college, she spent eight years working for corporate America in pharmaceutical sales. She worked the majority of her career at Pfizer with some time spent at Glaxo Smith Kline as well as Sanofi Aventis.
Chelsea is delighted to be a part of the EWD team as the DSN for Small Business and looks forward to partnering with industry and education to improve and expand business and entrpreneurial curriculum so we better deliver a job-ready workforce and entrepreneurial leaders.
Heather Kelnhofer, Deputy Sector Navigator
Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technologies
Heather Kelnhofer is the DSN of Agriculture, Water and Environmental
Technology. As the DSN, Heather works diligently to create pathways from high schools to colleges. Working with industry partners to identify skill gaps and industry needs, she plays a vital role in developing a strong workforce. Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resource
Management. Prior to coming to Shasta College, she was a Program Supervisor at
the Smart Business Resource Center, and she has over eight years’ experience in
workforce development and grants management. Heather was nominated for the 2011
Spotlight of Distinction Award, as well as the 2013 20 Under 40 Award. She is
currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Redding Elementary School
District. Heather also serves as a co-lead for the Northstate STEM Career Day committee, as well as serves as a member of the Prosperity Initiative for Shasta County.
Rick Osbrink, Deputy Sector Navigator
Rick was born and raised in Southern California and relocated to the Redding area in 2006. Pulling from his years of industry and grant management experience, Rick currently holds the position of Deputy Sector Navigator of Advanced Manufacturing for the Far North Region. Helping to drive manufacturing in the north state, Rick has assisted in developing new manufacturing programs ranging from industrial automation to machining and mechatronics. Having experience as both an industry expert and part-time instructor, Rick brings a unique perspective to building and implementing programs.
Julia Ann Neal, Administrative Secretary
Julia Ann Neal grew up in Redding, CA. She received her Bachelor's degree in English from UC Irvine in 2013 and her Master's degree in English from UC Davis in 2015. Previously, Julia worked with California State Parks and the University of California. With EWD, Julia supports Dean Eva Jimenez and Senior Project Coordinator Darren Gurney in their duties and assists with the coordination of several community and high school events. She is delighted to be part of EWD at Shasta College and enjoys furthering educational opportunities for her community.
Sandy Rodina, Administrative Assistant
Sandy Rodina has been employed at Shasta College since June 2001. She has been the Administrative Assistant for the Economic and Workforce Development division since July 2011. She is currently supporting three Deputy Sector Navigators responsible for their designated grant (Advanced Manufacturing; Small Business; Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology). Prior to supporting the DSNs, she was the Administrative Assistant fro the Small Business Development Center and Community Education. Prior to working for EWD, she worked for the Business, Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences division (BTFC S) as an Administrative Assistant for ten years. She enjoys working at the college. Her hobbies are quilting and reading.