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

COO

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 Coordinator

Alannah Smith was born and raised in Humboldt County. In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles where she received a B.A. in international development studies with a minor in anthropology from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 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. Since then she has transitioned to a program coordinator and works with multiple research and evaluation grants. Her roles include day-to-day office management duties, evaluation projects, and working with community partners.

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. 
 
Heidi Benzonelli

Heidi Benzonelli

Research Analyst

Heidi Benzonelli is the program director for the Westside Community Building Initiative, the president of the Board of the Westside Community Improvement Association, and she organizes and advocates for improved health and livability of Eureka’s Westside

Heidi is a Humboldt State alumna with degrees in Environmental Resources Engineering with an emphasis in energy, and an M.B.A. focused on strategic sustainability.

Westside Community Building Initiative efforts include collaboration with law enforcement, code enforcement, neighbors, the real estate community and others to address safety, blight and chronic conditions plaguing the Westside. The collaborators are known as the Westside Neighborhood Improvement Project and have addressed 30 chronic nuisance properties and 10 alleys in West Eureka. The initiative also organized neighborhood networks to address concerns and share common interests in their own neighborhoods. Relationship building among neighbors improves safety, sets common standards, and builds community. The Westside Alley Reclamation project addresses graffiti, drug epicenters, overgrown weeds, and trash dumping and is returning the unclaimed commons to the neighbors and the community. The Westside Community Building Initiative focuses deeply on developing residenteaders and engaging feedback loops so the neighbors experience not only the qualitative improvements but also the quantitative results of the collective effort across the whole community. Relationships among neighbors are also cemented planning larger community events such as a square dance, a safety fair, movie nights and more. Heidi is located at the Jefferson Community Center in West Eureka and more information about community events and happenings can be found at Jefferson-Project.org or facebook.com/Jefferson.project .

Devin Flynn

Devin Flynn

Research Assistant

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.