Our Team

Staff

Connie Stewart

Connie Stewart

Executive Director

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 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 six 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 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.

Dawn  Arledge

Dawn Arledge

Director of Health Research

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 Sharon was born and raised in Queens, New York.  In 2015 she completed her B..A in behavioral science with an emphasis in anthropology at Concordia University Irvine. Isadora is a world traveler, an avid researcher, an artist, and a human activist. She has volunteered in many projects for non-profit organizations, NGOs, and museum in multiple countries. She completed her M.A. in applied anthropology at Humboldt State University. She completed her study in the Philippines. Her thesis was on the issues of racism in ethnic tourism excursions in rural communities and the exploitation of farm labor in the commercial tourism industry of Ifugao Philippines. She specializes in examining how globalization impacts the economy, health and community wellness of rural communities. In August 2017, she started working fulltime at CCRP as a research analyst. She is very excited to be here at CCRP. She is currently finishing up her GIS certification at HSU. Her goal is to eventually obtain a Ph.D. in medical anthropology with a master's degree in public health. She geeks out over encyclopedias, web design, graphic design, technology, history, computer software programs, datasets, miniatures, and maps. She enjoys painting, spending time with her dog, dancing, and exploring.

Jan Bramlett

Jan Bramlett

Research Analyst

Jan was born in Tennessee and grew up in New York City, with family still in both places. She has a background in pharmaceutical advertising, qualitative research in rural and urban settings, peace activism and community mediation, and a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology.  She has volunteered as a teacher of English-as-second-language, served on a board for a domestic violence shelter and has done political organizing. She is also a singer, songwriter and musician, performing in various local projects. Jan has conducted research in rural Ecuador, urban Los Angeles, and New York City, focusing on transnational migration, community census and needs assessments, and white privilege and identity in multicultural educational settings. In 2003 she arrived in southern Humboldt with an MA, planning to write her doctoral dissertation and move on, but decided to stay here. She was a case supervisor at CASA of Humboldt for eleven years, coaching volunteer advocates for foster children in the child welfare system. Her long commitment to social justice and community-based, applied research has found perfect expression at CCRP, where she began working in March, 2018. She is currently the president of the Manila Community Services District. Call her at 707-826-3404, or email her: jb3140@humboldt.edu.

Molly Noble

Molly Noble

Research Analyst

Molly grew up in a rural town 2 hours east of Los Angeles. She moved away when she was 14, and lived in various other parts of Southern California. She eventually moved to Humboldt County in 2014 to attend HSU. She graduated with her B.A. in Sociology in 2016. That summer, she lived in The Netherlands for a study abroad program where she studied the Dutch criminal justice system. The program also explored how the Dutch handle social deviance and other social issues such as homelessness, prison reform, restorative justice, sex work, drug use/abuse, mental health and immigration. She then joined HSU's Public Sociology Master's program, where she graduated in the summer of 2018. While Molly originally joined the M.A. program to pursue teaching in higher education, the more she learned about research methods, the more she wanted to conduct research. Some areas of interest she wants to explore are religion, mental illness, drug use and abuse, life course, gender, race, sexuality, music festivals and subcultures, and the supernatural. Molly would like to teach in a college classroom someday and teach courses based on her interests. She started working at CCRP as a student research assistant, helping to transcribe interviews, administer surveys, data entry and analysis, and create data reports. Now she works as a research analyst and office manager. 

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 .

Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark

Research Analyst

Caitlin (Cat) Clark was born and raised in Sonoma County. She volunteered to support evacuees during the California wildfires and worked as a florist while going to school. She has a passion for biostatistics and the neuroscience of substance abuse. In 2017, Cat graduated from Humboldt State with her master’s degree in academic research in biological psychology. She joined CCRP in April 2018 as a quantitative research analyst. 

Student Research Assistants

Aubrey Pellicano

Aubrey Pellicano

Aubrey Pellicano is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s Academic Research program at Humboldt State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and spent two years working and volunteering for nonprofit organizations. Aubrey is a research assistant at CCRP where she helps enter data, transcribe qualitative interviews, analyze data, and prepare reports. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and is interested in studying cultural and social effects on performance and engagement in education. Her goal is to contribute to nonprofits and government agencies by improving the education services provided to populations in need.

Nicholas Ortiz

Nicholas Ortiz

Nicholas Ortiz is a first-generation college graduate. He is currently in the graduate program for academic research in social psychology. His thesis is focused on biological perceptions of schizophrenia as a threat to a layperson's belief in free will.