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 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

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-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

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!

Office Manager – Alannah Smith

Alannah was born and raised in Humboldt County. Following high school, Alannah moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. She graduated in  2016 with a BA in International Development Studies and minor in Anthropology.  After living in LA for 5 years, Alannah decided to return home to Humboldt County and explore her passion of working with a nonprofit. She started working at CCRP as the Office Manager in Summer 2017. Alannah can be reached at (707) 826-3400 or

Research & Evaluation Associate – 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. DSC_0261She did 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 and evaluation associate at CCRP. Nicole can be reached at (707) 826-3406 or


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