Our Team

Staff

Connie Stewart

Connie Stewart

Chief Policy Advisor

Connie Stewart was born in East Orange, New Jersey, and lived on the East Coast until she was eight. In the early 1970s, her family moved to San Jose, California. 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 their 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, serving as mayor for two 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.” 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 
 
Chris Coker

Chris Coker

Research Analyst

Chris Coker is a graduate student in the sociology program at Humboldt State University. He was born and raised in Anderson, California. From 2005 to 2015, Chris worked for the City of Anderson in the Recreation Department as a program coordinator, working with local youth and adults in a variety of capacities. Through a lot of hard work, high fives, and positive energy, Chris made a special impact on many children’s and families lives in his hometown. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Humboldt State University in 2015 and will receive his M.A. in 2018. Chris’s thesis is a seminal exploration of first time concentrated cannabis or “dab” users and is the first research project to apply social theory to this select facet of cannabis consumption and users experiences during first-time use. Chris plans to pursue a Ph.D. in public policy or public health and he looks forward to contributing to local rural communities through applied research done here at CCRP.

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.