Our Team

Staff

Dawn  Arledge

Dawn Arledge

Executive Director

Dawn was born and grew up in Colorado, south of Denver, in a rural community. She received her BA degree in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and her M.A. in sociology from Humboldt State University. After graduate school she worked for four years as a senior research analyst for the Center for Applied Sociological Analysis & Education (CASAE), a research and evaluation institute at Humboldt State University. She worked on evaluation and research for the Humboldt County Probation Department and several of the local AmeriCorps programs. In 2006 she joined the Public Health Branch for the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, where she worked for the next seven years. She worked on multiple grants and projects, including youth traffic safety, injury prevention, and alcohol and other drug prevention. She then joined CCRP in 2014 as the Director of Health Research. At CCRP has worked on multiple research and evaluation projects that focus on the health and well-being of rural populations. She is the evaluator for multiple community-based and university-based projects. She is focused on topic areas such as children’s oral health, tobacco and other drug prevention, suicide prevention, building healthy communities, access to healthy food and physical activity, preventing adverse childhood experiences, promoting resilience, and improving service delivery to vulnerable populations. 

Barbara Browning

Barbara Browning

Associate Director

Barbara has been with CCRP since 2013 and since then has been involved in a variety of projects, and has been trained in Collaborative Innovation to help facilitate projects that bring about significant community change. Prior to joining CCRP she spent 10 years running her own professional organizing, training and facilitation business, OrderWithin. Her background also includes serving as Operations Director in the non-profit sector, and before that she enjoyed a 20-year career as a massage therapist. She brings her unique blend of skills together to help keep operations flowing smoothly at CCRP, as well as lead and facilitate projects with our community partners.

Barbara has a B.A. in psychology from HSU and graduated in 1988. Some of her hobbies are gardening, studying Romance languages, and creating large-scale community service projects....and since COVID 19, making face masks.

Alannah Smith

Alannah Smith

Program Manager

Alannah Smith was born and raised in Humboldt County. In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles where she received a BA in International Development Studies with a minor in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles, graduating in spring of 2016. Alannah worked with the Dean’s Office at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies during her time as an undergraduate and following her graduation. She returned to Humboldt County in the summer of 2017 and joined CCRP as an Office Manager. Her role has since transitioned to a Program Manager as she manages multiple research and evaluation projects, oversees the day to day operations of the organization, and works closely with community partners and grant funders. 

Outside of her work with CCRP, Alannah is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration, serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Humboldt, and volunteers as a core staff member North Star Quest Camp. Some of her hobbies include hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Alannah can be reached at (707) 826-3400 or Alannah.Smith@humboldt.edu.

 

Connie Stewart

Connie Stewart

Executive Director of Initiatives for HSU & Chief Policy Advisor for CCRP

Connie Stewart is the Center's former Executive Director, but stepped down in 2020 to take on a new role at HSU.  She now serves as the Executive Director of initiatives for the University but remains involved with CCRP as serves as Chief Policy Advisor.  Connie moved to Arcata to attend Humboldt State University 37 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, serving as mayor for two years. Connie received the 2017 Rural County Representatives of California President’s Award, for her work to bring broadband to rural California communities. She also was honored with the 2014 “Nonprofit Leader Achievement Award” from the Northern California Association of Nonprofits and the 2014 “Innovations in Networking Award for Gigabit/Broadband Applications” from the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). State Senator Mike McGuire named Connie "2016 Humboldt county Woman of the Year."

Connie is currently a member of Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group’s Rural Development Innovation Group – a leadership group of seasoned rural economic development practitioners from across the country. Connie also serves on the Board of Directors of Redwood Acres Fairground and the Open Door Community Health Center’s Board of DirectorsHer 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.” 

Isadora Sharon

Isadora Sharon

Research Analyst

Isadora possesses highly developed research, qualitative, quanitative, GIS and analytical skills with a capacity to connect research to policy and collaborate with communities. She has volunteered and worked on many projects for non-profit organizations and NGOs locally and in multiple countries. 
Isadora is a HSU alumni (MA in Applied Anthropology). Her academic background/training is in Applied Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, GIS and Public Health. Isadora is a current Public Health grad student at Portland State University-Oregon Health and Science University. Isadora is a board member at the Dream Quest Teen Center in Willow Creek. She also teaches Cultural Anthropology at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka CA and Hoopa CA. 
 
Devin Flynn

Devin Flynn

Research Analyst

Devin Flynn was born in Walnut Creek, California. Before moving to Humboldt County, he worked closely with his local high school’s special education program as a special education assistant. In 2018, he moved to Arcata and received his B.A. in psychology with highest honors from Humboldt State University. During his time as an undergraduate, he joined CCRP as a student research assistant before joining the team as a full time assistant. His hobbies include cooking, board games, and discovering new music.