MEET OUR STAFF

Shawna Bell, MFT
Shawna Bell, MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
 

Shawna Bell, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Jane Brown
Jane Brown
IPA Quality Improvement Manager
 

Jane Brown

Jane Brown, Quality Improvement Manager, earned her bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration in 1997. She has held various management positions for the past 30+ years in healthcare. Before joining the Humboldt IPA in 2015, Jane worked in healthcare organizations in Orange County, including Greater Newport Physicians IPA, MemorialCare and Hoag Memorial Hospital. Jane enjoys analyzing and improving processes to create a better environment and experience for patients and staff. When not at work, Jane loves to play pickleball, practice yoga and spend time with her grandson.
Maura Buckley, PA
Maura Buckley, PA
Priority Care Center PA
 

Maura Buckley, PA

Priority Care Center PA
Joe Burkett
Joe Burkett
IT manager
 

Joe Burkett

IT manager
Danielle Cook
Danielle Cook
Credentialing Manager
 

Danielle Cook

Credentialing Manager
George Cristino
George Cristino
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

George Cristino

George Cristino, Youth Intervention Specialist, is a graduate from Cal Poly Humboldt with a degree in Criminology and Justice Studies. Recently having joined the School Based Wellness Center team as a Youth Intervention Specialist, he is set on bringing positive change to the youth around him through the use of social learning and the teaching of life skills through Young Men's Councils.
Chris Davis
Chris Davis
Project Manager
 

Chris Davis

Project Manager
Mell Davis
Mell Davis
Primary Care Manager
 

Mell Davis

Primary Care Manager
Rosemary Den Ouden
Rosemary Den Ouden
Chief Executive Officer
 

Rosemary Den Ouden

Chief Executive Officer
Ariana Dustin
Ariana Dustin
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Ariana Dustin

Ariana Dustin, Youth Intervention Specialist, is a current student at Cal Poly Humboldt in the Master of Social Work Program and a Youth Intervention Specialist thriving in aiding our county’s youth in social-emotional wellness in schools. Before working in Humboldt, Ariana served the scholars of Sacramento County through mentoring, teaching and connecting youth and families with necessary services. Ariana has a lifelong connection to social work through a multitude of lived experience and a drive to further advance the field. In pursuit of their LCSW, Ariana plans to incorporate their robust experience and passion to better support and include all those they are in contact with.
Kristyn Edwards, RN
Kristyn Edwards, RN
Medical Management Department Manager, Intensive Care Coordinator

Kristyn Edwards, RN

Medical Management Department Manager, Intensive Care Coordinator
Eric Eichelberger
Eric Eichelberger
Programmer
 

Eric Eichelberger

Programmer
Kerri Escudero
Kerri Escudero
Project and Implementation Manager
 

Kerri Escudero

Kerri Escudero is NCHIIN’s Project and Implementation Manager and has been with the Humboldt IPA since 2014. She is a graduate of Cal Poly Humboldt (BA, English Lit) and has worked in a variety of sectors before planting herself firmly in the soil of community health improvement projects. Kerri has had a range of roles since working with the IPA such as supporting population health initiatives, practice coach, and managing workshops to empower those with chronic health conditions. Kerri’s current focus is supporting care coordination amongst various community partners, encouraging collaborative work across the breadth of the human experience. She particularly enjoys the intersection of using data and technology to support the well-being of the community and knowing that NCHIIN ‘s work positively impacts the quality of life in Humboldt County.
Irina Estes
Irina Estes
Care Coordinator
 

Irina Estes

Care Coordinator
Juliet Ferri
Juliet Ferri
Wellness Coach
 

Juliet Ferri

Juliet has a MS in Exercise Physiology from West Chester University, is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-EP) and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). She has been in the field of health promotion for close to 20 years and has a passion for helping people take the small steps to better health so they can more fully enjoy their lives.
Jenifer Flores
Jennifer Flores
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Jennifer Flores

Jennifer Flores, Youth Intervention Specialist, earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology, completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, is an integration coach and a certified breath work facilitator. Her mission is to power individuals on their journey to holistic health and wellness fostering their inner growth and transformation. Seeking to understand the interconnectedness of emotion and Trauma within the body Jennifer aspires to further her education by pursuing a Graduate Studies to become a Somatic therapist in the future.
Lisa Green
Lisa Green
Executive Assistant
 

Lisa Green

Executive Assistant
Roberto Gomez
Roberto Gomez
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Roberto Gomez

Roberto Gomez, Youth Intervention Specialist, earned his Associates Degree in Social Work, and Certificate in Addiction Studies from College of Redwoods. He has lived experience from being a system impacted youth, and becoming a father at a young age.
Carrie Griffin, DO
Carrie Griffin, DO
PCC Medical Director
 

Carrie Griffin, DO

PCC Medical Director
Riley Heffernan
Riley Heffernan
Network Administrator
 

Riley Heffernan

Network Administrator
Haley Hicks
Haley Hicks
PCC Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist
 

Haley Hicks

PCC Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist
Riely Hollinger
Riely Hollinger
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Riely Hollinger

Riely Hollinger, Youth Intervention Specialist a dedicated and professional individual, is committed to ensuring and supporting students and families through our wellness centers and empowerment groups. Riely will have her BA in Psychology from Cal Poly Humboldt in December 2024. They’re looking to pursue a career in counseling. Through their work at the IPA, they have gained valuable experience and certification that continues to prove dedication to growth and expansion of knowledge. Their lived experience and education background places Riely in a position to support and foster an enriched and inclusive education environment.
Hannah Inman
Hannah Inman
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Hannah Inman

Hannah Inman, Youth Intervention Specialist, is a graduate from Cal Poly Humboldt who majored in Sociology with an environmental focus. She has earned many certificates through her work at Humboldt IPA in topics like mental health first aid, trauma responsive care, and suicide prevention. She has experience working with youth in preschool programs and outdoor youth camps. For her long-term goals through her work, she would like to provide a space of healing through nature in an outdoor setting. She’s excited to have an opportunity to create this vision through her outdoor empowerment group at Blue Lake elementary and she’s eager to see what the future holds as she continues to learn and grow professionally.
Saimie Koontz
Saimie Koontz
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Saimie Koontz

Saimie Koontz, Youth Intervention Specialist, graduated Cal Poly Humboldt in 2018 with a BA in Criminal Justice Studies and has been working with community-centered organizations ever since. She has received training in leading empowerment groups, Brief Intervention, Cultural Inclusiveness, Trauma Informed Practices, Substance Use Intervention, Conflict Mediation, Suicide Prevention, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and more. From planning community gardens to hosting public listening sessions to leading youth as a soccer coach and kayak guide, Saimie has the real-life experience and skills to work alongside youth in finding their own path to health and wellness.
Justin Loch
Justin Loch
Network Administrator
 

Justin Loch

Network Administrator
Leanne McKellar
Leanne McKellar
Claims Analyst
 

Leanne McKellar

Claims Analyst
Keri Meza
Keri Meza
Claims Manager
 

Keri Meza

Claims Manager
Carol Nelson
Carol Nelson
Accounting Manager
 

Carol Nelson

Accounting Manager
Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes
Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes
Grants/Program Development Director
 

Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes

Grants and Program Development Director
Autumn Ossello
Autumn Ossello
IPA Customer Service Representative
 

Autumn Ossello

IPA Customer Service Representative
Sade Perez
Sade Perez
SBWP Education Coordinator
 

Sade Perez

Sade Perez, Education Coordinator, is a queer educator and local artist, is passionate about sharing knowledge with youth in meaningful & creative ways. With a background in Sociology (B.A.), lived experience serving this community as a Pharmacy Technician (PTCB), and training in sexual & reproductive health education (SHE), they have extensive knowledge of the systems that often challenge youth. He is uniquely positioned to support our team with his skills in data analysis, community organizing, and pedagogical praxis to provide well-rounded learning experiences and holistic approaches to supporting the diverse community within Humboldt County.
Glenn Siegfried, MD
Glenn Siegfried, MD
UM Medical Director
 

Glenn Siegfried, MD

UM Medical Director
Jett Stebbins
Jett Stebbins
SBWP Family Worker
 

Jett Stebbins

Jett Stebbins, Family Worker is a Humboldt County local with extensive experience as a school social worker, brings a wealth of expertise to our team. Holding a PPS-SSW credential, MSW, and an ASW license, Jett is dedicated to continuous growth, currently pursuing licensure as an LCSW to expand their capacity to provide clinical therapy within the public school system. Their lived experience and educational background uniquely position them to offer comprehensive support to students, families, and staff alike, enriching our commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive educational environment.
Vanessa Vrtiak
Vanessa Vrtiak
SBWP Program Director
 

Vanessa Vrtiak

Vanessa Vrtiak, SBWC Program Director, received her Masters Degree in Public Sociology in 2017. Vanessa founded the first Open Door Teen Clinic in McKinleyville as a Teen Peer Educator. She has worked in leadership roles in a variety of systems such as the YWCA Women’s Center, Head Start, the Multiple Assistance Homeless Shelter, and the Raven Project for Runaway and Homeless Youth. Vanessa was awarded a California County Challenge Award by the State of California for her work supporting formerly and currently incarcerated people. In addition, Vanessa has received the Ruby Award in 2023, The Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2019, and Activist of the Year for Cal Poly Humboldt in 2012. Vanessa has a long history of speaking engagements from leading a national webinar on talking to youth about substance use, to sharing her story on a TedX talk.
Taylor Watson
Taylor Watson
Programmer
 

Taylor Watson

Programmer
Ian Yeo
Ian Yeo
SBWP Youth Intervention Specialist
 

Ian Yeo

Ian Yeo, Empowerment Group Coordinator grew up in Humboldt County and attended elementary school through college in Arcata, culminating in a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Humboldt in general Social Science with an emphasis on Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and History. Professionally Ian has spent years in wrap around social services working with foster and adopted youth as a Child and Family Specialist before joining the School Based Wellness Program. As the Empowerment Group Coordinator, Ian affectively integrates his skills as a local recording and performing spoken word poet and hip-hop artist into the social/emotional curriculum of empowerment groups. With the goal in mind of incorporating hip-hop, poetry, and creative writing to utilize artforms as a powerful tool for self-reflection, connection, and self-expression.
Rachel Zizza, FNP
Rachel Zizza, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
 

Rachel Zizza, NP

Family Nurse Practitioner