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 process. 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 31 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 paper crafting, 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 email@example.com.
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 function 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-year 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 Barbara.Browning@humboldt.edu.
Director, Evaluation & Community Services – Terry H. Uyeki, MSEd
Terry Uyeki has directed evaluation and community services at CCRP since September 2006. Prior to moving to the North Coast, she worked in educational, non-profit, and research settings in rural southern Colorado, with a focus on drug and alcohol prevention, equity issues in K-16 STEM education, creating systems change in a Hispanic-serving institution, and evaluation of nutrition and physical activity interventions for the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Kansas; her graduate work was in educational psychology and research. Terry’s work at CCRP has drawn from her training in qualitative and community-based participatory research methods, as well as facilitating collaborative planning processes and using graphic facilitation. Her evaluation and facilitation work at CCRP has ranged from working with such diverse community partners as the Breast and GYN Health Project, First 5 Humboldt, Dell’Arte International, United Indian Health Services, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, and the Humboldt Community Corrections Partnership; to working with regional initiatives such as Building Healthy Communities, the Klamath Basin Monitoring Program, and Redwood Coast Connect. She is proud of her 4 adult children (in geographic order) – Robin in Maui (& HSU marine biology graduate); Brooke in Ukiah (& HSU-trained school psychologist); Sarah in Spokane (visual artist & baker) and mother of only grandchild Miles; and Sean in Denver (environmental protection champion). When not at work, Terry can be found walking the trails with her 4-legged companion Bosco, listening or dancing to live music, or playing with her ukulele kindred spirits, the (Shameless) Ukeamigas. Terry can be reached at (707) 826-3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 in 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 email@example.com. She’s looking forward to working with all of you!
Epidemiologist/Biostatistics, Data Mapping Coordinator – Brian Davis, MPH
Brian’s career spans diverse areas of public health and safety, beginning as an EMT/Paramedics in Santa Clara County. After ten years in the field Brian became an Emergency Public Safety dispatcher (9-1-1) while attending San Jose State University where he earned 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 when an armed insurrection began ten-years of violent rebellion. Returning to San Jose State University, Brian earned a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on Epidemiology and Health Education. Moving to Eureka with his family in 2001 he began working for Humboldt County, first as a Dispatcher for the Sheriff’s Department, then in the Public Health Branch. 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 Geographic Information System and began using maps to illustrate health events in Humboldt County in support of 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 – Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes, MSHS, CPHQ
Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes is the Health Policy Analyst and a Patient Engagement Specialist at the California Center for Rural Policy. In these roles she researches best practices and policies related to rural healthcare topics, and provides leadership and strategic direction for agency patient engagement efforts. Jessica is the co-creator and coordinator of the “Patient Partner Project” which incorporates patients into ambulatory performance improvement teams, and currently serves as the project manager for Humboldt County’s Accountable Care Community and Shared Decision Making projects. She has received training to become a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop leader.
Formerly the Project Director at Aligning Forces Humboldt, Jessica provided oversight of the day to day implementation of the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative in Humboldt County, in addition to serving as the project’s consumer engagement lead. A native of Humboldt County, Jessica graduated from George Washington University in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Quality and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. You can reach Jessica at (707) 826-3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Analyst – Katie Schoenfield
Katie Schoenfield joined CCRP in September 2014. She moved to Humboldt County almost 20 years ago. Since living on the North Coast she has been involved in community health. She has taught at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods in the biology, health occupations and sociology departments. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has been providing primary care health care for almost a decade within the community. Prior to moving to the area she had been engaged in physiologic research with San Diego State University and a Federal facility. She has bachelor’s degrees from University of Southern California and Humboldt State University and master’s degrees from San Diego State University and Sonoma State University. She has a PhD from Washington State University. Her research interests include community health, rural issue in health care, and chronic disease prevention. Katie can be reached at (707) 826-3427 or email@example.com.
Office Manager – Kristina Bollmann
Kristina 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.
Research Associate – Alissa Leigh
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 attending 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Research Analyst – Larissa May Wilcox, MS
Larissa comes to CCRP with a background in both biology and epidemiology. She grew up in rural Nevada County, completed her BS in biology at the University of San Francisco in 2010, and received her MS in epidemiology from Tulane University in 2014. Larissa has previously worked on research projects concerning both environmental and human health as well as the interaction between the two. At CCRP Larissa is analyzing data, writing reports, designing and managing surveys, and much much more. You can reach Larissa at 707-826-3401 or email@example.com
Research Associate & Co-Office Manager – Nicole Chappelle, MA
Nicole started working at CCRP as a research assistant in Fall 2013, right after she started graduate school at Humboldt State University in the Public Sociology program. She ended up doing her program internship with CCRP, looking quantitatively at food security among HSU students in the thesis “Food Security at Humboldt State University.” After earning her Master’s degree in Spring 2015, Nicole became a research associate and also assists in administrative tasks. Nicole can be reached at (707) 826-3405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research & Evaluation Associate – Stephanie Martínez-Ramírez, MA
Stephanie Martínez-Ramírez received her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Participatory Action Research from the University of Puerto Rico. In Fall 2013, she decided to move from her natal Puerto Rico to Humboldt County in California in order to pursue her Master’s Degree in Sociology with the mission to find innovative methods to advocate for social justice and change. She collaborated with a local theater school and company to discover how community-based arts could be used as a method to promote social justice and change. In Spring 2015, she received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University.
Stephanie began working at CCRP in October 2013 as a Graduate Research Assistant. In addition, from February 2015 until April 2015 she was assigned to work with Aligning Forces Humboldt. Beginning January 2016, she will be a research and evaluation associate for the California Center for Rural Policy. Her research interests include participatory action research methods, community empowerment and advocacy, social justice, social change and arts research. Stephanie can be reached at (707) 826-3405 or email@example.com.
Research & Evaluation Associate – Rebekah Becker
Rebekah received her BA in Psychology at Humboldt State University in 2012. She is currently finishing a Master’s degree at HSU in Research Psychology with an emphasis in developmental psychopathology and psychometrics. Her specialties include research design, quantitative methods, and survey development. Rebekah is currently working as a data analyst for The Rural Breast Cancer Survival Study and as part of the evaluation team for The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative. You can reach Rebekah at (707) 826-3405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.