Executive Director – Connie Stewart

Connie Stewart was born in East Orange, NJ, and lived on the East Coast until she was eight. In the early 1970s her family moved to San Jose, CA. She comes from a family that is very passionately involved in the political Picture5process. Volunteering for local non-profit causes was also at the center of  everyday lives. In high school she ran blood banks, food drives and tutored children with one or more parents in jail. Connie moved to Arcata to attend Humboldt State University 30 years ago and has never left. She graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in speech communication. After graduating, she got a local job at the Northcoast Environmental Center, where she worked for 14 years until she was recruited by former Assemblymember Patty Berg to work for the state legislature covering one of the largest rural districts in the lower 48. She was elected to the Arcata City Council in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000 and served as Mayor for 2 years. Her personal passions are cooking, gardening and watching sports. She’s the kind of woman who might make a man complain, “Honey, you never talk to me during half-time anymore.” Connie is hoping to hear from you at (707) 826-3402 or


COO – Barbara Browning

Barbara has spent the past 10 years running her own business, OrderWithin, offering training and consulting to help people to be more organized, focused and productive in the workplace, and organized enough to functionPicture4 creatively at home. Prior to that she was an Operations Director in the non-profit sector for 6 years. Before that she enjoyed a 20-yer career as a massage therapist. She brings her love of creating order and effective systems to CCRP to help us be even more effective at what we do. Barbara has a BA in Psychology from HSU and graduated in 1988. Some of her hobbies are gardening, studying Romance languages, and creating large-scale community service projects. You can reach Barbara at (707) 826-3409 or


Director, Evaluation & Community Services – Terry H. Uyeki, MSEd

Terry joined CCRP in September 2006, moving from Colorado where she was evaluator for a prevention research center focused on health behavior interventions in rural communities. She completedPicture7 her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Kansas; her graduate work was in educational psychology and research. Her research interests include community-based participatory research methods in health, rural health care, and chronic disease prevention. Other interests are in graphic facilitation used for community assessment and planning, and equity issues in education and health care. Terry can be reached at (707) 826-3404 or

Director, Health Research – Dawn Arledge

Dawn was born and grew up in Colorado, south of Denver, in a very rural setting. She has three brothers; two of them are twins. Her parents and all three of her brothers still live in Colorado. She has a BA inPicture1 Sociology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and an MA in Sociology from HSU. She lived in Durango for four years while going to school and then she moved to Arcata for graduate school in 1998. After graduate school she worked for four years as a Research Analyst at the Center for Applied Social Analysis & Education (CASAE), which was run by Jerry Krause, a professor in the sociology department at HSU. She worked on evaluation and research related to multiple probation programs and several of the local AmeriCorps programs. In 2006 she accepted a position with the Public Health Branch of the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, where she worked for the next seven years. She worked on multiple grants and projects while at Public Health, including youth traffic safety, youth alcohol and other drug prevention, and injury prevention. She is very excited to be here at CCRP. She lives in Arcata with her husband Jason and her cat Suki. Jason is a teacher with the Humboldt Regional Occupational Program out of HCOE. She loves to jog, ride bikes, and hike around our beautiful area. She also loves to read. Feel free to come and chat with her anytime. Her office is upstairs, her number is (707) 826-3420, and her e-mail is She’s looking forward to working with all of you!


Epidemiologist/Biostatistics, Data Mapping Coordinator – Brian Davis, MPHBrian Davis1

Brian has spent his career working in public health and safety, beginning as one of the original Paramedics to work in Santa Clara County. After ten years in the field, Brian became an Emergency Public Safety dispatcher (9-1-1) while he attended San Jose State University, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. Upon graduation, Brian volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving as a Community Health Worker in Eastern Sierra Leone until forced to leave because of an armed insurrection that became a violent, ten-year rebellion.
Returning to San Jose State University, Brian earned a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on Epidemiology and Health Education. In 2002, Brian was appointed to the position of Public Health Epidemiologist for Humboldt County’s Public Health Branch.In his role as Epidemiologist Brian learned to use a geographic information system, using maps to illustrate health events in Humboldt County to support data-driven decision making. In 2005, Brian was asked to establish a health and human service program evaluation unit for the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he continued in until his retirement in 2011.
Brian has volunteered his knowledge and skills to CCRP since its inception and currently coordinates health population mapping activities.


Health Policy Analyst – Melissa Jones, JDmj croppedkb

Melissa is an attorney with a passion for health care reform and policy. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University, and her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis and Clark, she focused on health care and policy issues from a legal standpoint. In addition to her JD, she obtained a certificate in Public Interest Law. She is a member of the California State Bar.

She spent a summer interning for Northwest Health Law Advocates in Seattle Washington, where she focused on health law issues from a policy prospective for the low income residents of Washington State. She is currently directing the Aligning Forces for Quality work in Humboldt County.


Aligning Forces Humboldt Project Co-Director & Patient Engagement Specialist  – Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes

Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes is the Project Co-Director and Patient Engagement Specialist at Aligning Forces Humboldt, a project of the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University.  Picture1Jessica’s primary focus is working on consumer engagement efforts, collaborating with patients and community partners to ensure that patient needs and perspectives are addressed across the continuum of care.  She is the co-creator and coordinator of the “Patient Partner Project” which incorporates patients into ambulatory performance improvement teams.  A native of Humboldt County, Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Quality from George Washington University and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Please contact her at (707) 445-2806 ext. 2, or


Aligning Forces Humboldt Operations Coordinator  – Judy Sears

Judy Sears received her BA in Fine Art from HSU in 1991 focusing on graphic design and drawing. Before returning to school in 2009 she was the administrator for the national office of Servas Inc., Picture2an international peace and travel network. She was responsible for moving the USA Servas office from New York City to Arcata in 2006. She is a trained professional organizer and completed her MA in Environment and Community Dec. 2012 with an emphasis on individual strategies for disaster preparedness in rural areas. Her best job ever was raising her two kids Halley, 27 and Rob, 32. She’s crazy about hiking and backpacking and continues to work towards developing personal disaster preparedness through a monthly article in the Mad River Union. Judy has recently moved to Blue Lake. Judy can be reached at (707) 445-2806, or


Research Associate – Laura McEwen, MS, RD

Laura has over 30 years work experience in food systems, health improvement, and community development. She holds a Master Degree in Nutrition and Food Science and is a Registered Dietitian. Picture14She has worked for celebrity TV chefs, done product development for the Dole Food Company, hosted TV cooking shows, and taught nutrition at the collegiate level. For the last decade, Laura has focused on improved health, healthcare, and developing community systems to achieve these goals. She was the Project Director for Humboldt’s Aligning Forces for Quality, A Robert Woods Johnson Foundation national initiative. Currently, she works part-time as a Food Systems Analyst for the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University and coordinates the Humboldt Food Policy Council. She also spends time with her 11-year old daughter and family. She loves to cook, is a Master Food Preserver, and volunteers as a Board member for several local organizations.


Office Manager – Kristina Bollmann

Picture6Kristina came to CCRP in the fall of 2007 after working for seven years at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood in Eureka, California. She received her bachelor’s in English from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her master’s in English from the University of California, Irvine.  She is an active volunteer in the Humboldt County community.



Sarah Williams – Research Assistant 

Picture8Sarah currently is working on CCRP’s quantitative data intermediary team for The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, working with 14 communities to assist with cross-site evaluation efforts. Her research interests include the examination of health and nutrition from an anthropological viewpoint with the hope of bettering communities, especially in rural areas.   Sarah’s Bachelors of Arts degree is in Anthropology concentrating in Evolutionary Medicine at Humboldt State University. You can reach Sarah at 707-826-3405 or


Alissa Leigh – Research Assistant

Alissa has been a CCRP researcher since 2008. She grew up in a tribal community in Northern California, completed her BA in Psychology at Humboldt State University in the Spring of 2009, and is Picture9attending the University of California, Berkeley for her Master’s in Public Health. She then plans to pursue her Doctorate. Alissa has assisted on research projects in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, on environmental, food, Native American, poverty, suicide, and substance abuse issues. She uses Atlas.ti for qualitative and SPSS (PASW) for quantitative research. Currently she is coordinating a large Del Norte Youth project for CCRP in partnership with The California Endowment. Alissa can be reached at (707) 826-3408, or


Nicole Chappelle – Student ResearcherPicture10

Nicole is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at Humboldt State University. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Sacramento State University. Growing up in rural Del Norte County has influenced her decision to study sociology in college. Her primary research interests are in food security and nutrition, with the hopes of improving the overall health of members in rural communities.


Hanna Menefee – Student ResearcherPictur11

Hanna is an East coast native, but spent the last year and a half traveling throughout Latin America before moving to Arcata in August to start the sociology graduate program at HSU. Her area of focus involves food systems and social determinants of nutritional health, with her ultimate goal being to increase access to healthy foods and awareness of the importance of proper nutrition. She started working for CCRP in October, 2013 as a research assistant to improve her research skills and become more involved with the community.


Michael Griffey – Student Researcher

Michel’s emphasis is on Public Sociology and Teaching Sociology.  His Education and Career Goals: Finish M.A. at HSU, then pursue a PhD. He would then like to work at a public policy and possibly teach Sociology on the side.Michael2 Michael graduated from HSU in May 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology.  His senior capstone project was about rural sociology, with a focus locally here in the Redwood Coast Region. He was able to do a very rewarding internship at the Eureka Veterans’ Center. Since transferring to HSU in my Junior year, he has been working at the California Center for Rural Policy. Prior to coming to HSU He held many jobs in many fields and also served in the U.S. Navy aboard a nuclear submarine. Michael intends to do a systems analysis of suicide prevention and mental health treatment options in the Redwood Coast region.  Favorite Places in Humboldt County: Moonstone Beach and Swimmers’ Delight.


Stephanie Martinez – Student ResearcherPicture12

Stephanie was born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Participatory Action Research from the University of Puerto Rico. In Fall 2013 she started her Master’s Degree in Sociology in Humboldt State University. Her interests are social justice, community empowerment and health.