Executive Director - Connie Stewart
Connie Stewart, Executive Director of the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University, is a former Mayor and City Councilwoman of Arcata, California. She worked as the Senior Field Representative for California Assemblywoman Patty Berg. As Berg’s representative, Stewart took an active role in addressing major public policy issues—including health care, economic development, infrastructure and the environment. Stewart has dedicated her entire career to civic service and leadership with a broad array of organizations: the California Coastal Commission (former Alternate Commissioner), Hospice of Humboldt (former board member), Redwood Coast Rural Action, Community Health Alliance, Humboldt Energy Task Force (co-founder), Redwood Coast Energy Authority (former chair and co-founder), the Northcoast Environmental Center (employee), Arcata Community Recycling Center (former board member), North Coast Big Brothers/Big Sisters (former board member) and the KHSU-FM community advisory panel (former chair). She is a former President of the Local Government Commission--an organization that focuses on educating elected officials on “Smart Growth” principals.
Director, Health Research - Jessica L. VanArsdale, MD, MPH
Jessica was born and raised in rural northern California. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Medical Degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a residency in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and concurrently completed a Masters in Public Health at Portland State University. Her training focused on health administration and policy, population based medicine and epidemiology. Her research interests include health disparities, access to healthcare in rural communities, preventive medicine and environmental and global health.
Director, Evaluation & Community Services - Terry H. Uyeki, MSEd
Terry joined the CCRP in September 2006, moving from Colorado where she was evaluator for a prevention research center focused on health behavior interventions in rural communities. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kansas; her graduate work was in educational psychology and research. Her research interests include community-based participatory research methods in health, rural health care, and chronic disease prevention. Other interests are in graphic facilitation used for community assessment and planning, and equity issues in education and health care.
Epidemiologist/Biostatistics, Data Mapping Coordinator - Brian Davis, MPH
Brian has spent his career working in public health and safety, beginning as one of the original Paramedics to work in Santa Clara County. After ten years in the field, Brian became an Emergency Public Safety dispatcher (9-1-1) while he attended San Jose State University, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. Upon graduation, Brian volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving as a Community Health Worker in Eastern Sierra Leone until forced to leave because of an armed insurrection that became a violent, ten-year rebellion.
Returning to San Jose State University, Brian earned a Master's in Public Health, focusing on Epidemiology and Health Education. In 2002, Brian was appointed to the position of Public Health Epidemiologist for Humboldt County's Public Health Branch.In his role as Epidemiologist Brian learned to use a geographic information system, using maps to illustrate health events in Humboldt County to support data-driven decision making. In 2005, Brian was asked to establish a health and human service program evaluation unit for the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he continued in until his retirement in 2011.
Brian has volunteered his knowledge and skills to CCRP since its inception and currently coordinates health population mapping activities.
Health Policy Analyst - Melissa Jones, JD
Melissa is an attorney with a passion for health care reform and policy. She completed her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University, and her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis and Clark, she focused on health care and policy issues from a legal standpoint. In addition to her JD, she obtained a certificate in Public Interest Law. She is a member of the California State Bar.
She spent a summer interning for Northwest Health Law Advocates in Seattle Washington, where she focused on health law issues from a policy prospective for the low income residents of Washington State. She is currently directing the Aligning Forces for Quality work in Humboldt County.
Office Manager - Kristina Bollmann
Kristina came to CCRP in the fall of 2007 after working for seven years at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood in Eureka, California. She received her bachelor's in English from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her master's in English from the University of California, Irvine. She is an active volunteer in the Humboldt County community.