Meet Our Mentors

The volunteers of Greater Chico Area SCORE have rich and varied business backgrounds. Counselors share their business expertise and knowledge in all aspects of small business. In addition, all counselors have specific areas of expertise, which are listed below:








Ken Albright - Chico
Experience:  Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing; Consulting - Research & Busness Services; Education Services; Construction - Industrials & Utilities; Government Contracting; Homeowner Services; Home Improvement
Skills:  Technology & IT Services; Government & Regulations; Business Operations; Business Strategy & Planning


Alicia Anderson - Chico

Experience/Skills: I have been a Californian since 1972.  After college at Boston University, I moved to the Bay Area and began a career in commercial real estate and stayed with the field in various positions for the rest of my career.   It started with hands on experience (property management) and moved into various areas of commercial real estate finance, including insurance, packaging commercial loans for the secondary market, direct loan sales, negotiating legal documentation of construction and tax credit financing, managing loan portfolios and finally managing troubled loans for various lenders.   Over my career I worked for companies such as Consolidated Capital, Wells Fargo Bank, GMAC and Atherton Capital (a lender to the franchise industry) and Bank of the West. In 2009, I moved to Chico for Butte Community Bank but quickly moved to Tri Counties Bank. While with Tri Counties my focus was entirely on trying to resolve small business loans with and without real estate collateral. I retired from Tri Counties in August 2018. 

To understand where a business has gone wrong, you have to understand what it does right as well.  I became familiar with aspects of various industries and specialties, including construction and construction trades, health care, retail, marketing, franchises, small agriculture, hospitality and restaurants, service providers and more.  It has been a genuine pleasure over the years to help businesses identify and, usually, resolve problems and watch them become successful.   





Gary Bright - Chico
Experience:  Recreation & Travel; Restaurants & Hospitality 
Skills:  Business Operations; Business Finance & Accounting; Business Strategy & Planning



Mike Burson - Chico
Experience: Construction - Industrials & Utilities; Nonprofits, Public, and Professional Organizations; Transportation & Warehousing; Waste Management
Skills: Business Finance & Accounting; Business Operations; Business Strategy & Planning; Human Resources & Internal Communications; Non-profits


B.T. Chapman - Chico 
Experience:  Consulting - Research & Business Services
Skills:  Business Finance & Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy & Planning


Dan Irving - Chico
Experience: Banking, Financial Services & Insurance; Health Care & Life Services; Marketing, Advertising & Creative Services; Real Estate, Rental Services & Leasing; Retail & Wholesale Trade
Skills: Business Finance & Accounting; Business Operations; Business Strategy & Planning; Legal Services; Sales, Marketing & Public Relations.




Jackie McClain - Chico
Experience:  Nonprofit Public & Professional Organizations; Educational Services; Arts & Entertainment
Skills:   Legal Services, Human Resources & Internal Communications, Nonprofits, Government & Regulations


Todd Shelton - Chico
Experience:  Agriculture & Farming; Banking, Financial Services & Insurance; Construction, Industrials & Utilities; Government Contracting; Homeowner Services/Home Improvement; Manufacturing & Mining; Personal Services & Wellness; Recreation & Travel; Retail & Wholesale Trade; Transportation & Warehousing.
Skills: Business Financing & Accounting; Business Strategy & Planning; Human Resources & Internal Communications; Legal Services; Non-profit; Supply Chain Management.




David Waters - Redding 
Experience:  Manufacturing & Mining; Production Management 
Skills:  Business Strategy & Planning; Manufacturing & Product Development; Business Operations


Blake Werner - Redding 
Experience:  Banking and Financial Services & Insurance; Retail & Wholesale Trade; Restaurants & Hospitality; Agriculture & Farming; Consulting - Research & Business Services  
Skills:  Business Strategy and Planning; Business Operations; Business Plans & Start-Ups; Business Finance & Accounting