Hillarie has been our Executive Director since 2010. Since then, she's significantly grown our organization. Hillarie's work focuses mostly on helping organizations and people work better together, most recently as the lead for The Center at McKinleyville, a service integration project.
Hillarie has a husband, three kids and two dogs. Her favorite activity is reading at home with a cup of tea during a rainstorm.
Our Chief Financial Officer, Rebecca, has been with the Family Resource Center since 2015 after six years at the Department of Health and Human Services. Rebecca manages the budget, supports the Board of Directors in Fundraising and maintains our policies and procedures. She has a keen eye for detail and is a great asset to the executive team.
Rebecca was born and raised in Humboldt and received her degree in Business Administration and Economics from Humboldt State. Outside of the office Rebecca spends her time playing with her two sons and tending her heirloom orchard.
Aristea joined the MFRC team in 2020 as the Prevention Programming and Community Outreach Project Manager. She is responsible for building connections between community members and the agencies of The Center at McKinleyville, including facilitating community meetings, educational sessions, and online engagement. She is currently acting Interim Co Executive Director.
Aristea has had an eclectic career with the common thread of helping communities become stonger. She has a BA in History and an MA in Organizational Leadership and Change. The bulk of Aristea’s career was spent in early childhood education, followed by several years of project management and racial equity consulting. The position at MFRC brings together all of her passions and skills. As an added bonus, she is also able to serve the community she lives in with her family.
In addition to being one of the Co Interim Executive Directors, Robin manages Humboldt Income Program, our Guaranteed Income Pilot. Robin has worked as a Case Manager, Chief Operations Officer, and as a Program Director in Healthcare settings. She has a BA in Sociology and a certificate in Climate Change and Health. Robin is passionate about equity, public health, and climate justice.
Outside of work, Robin enjoys reading, being active outdoors, and spending time with friends.
Cori is the Program Manager for our Elevate Youth: On the Verge leadership development program. This program brings together a group of transitional age youth (aged 21-26) who are BIPOC, Queer, and/or Disabled and combines project work with leadership development. This cohort is tasked with working on a local project that prevents substance use disorder in youth. Cori is a trainer of Racial Equity and is passionate about social justice. She's also our staff librarian.
Outside of the office, you'll find Cori reading, writing, crafting, snuggling with her cat, or playing in the water on summer days.
Angelica Lua, our Love Your Neighborhood Program Coordinator, joined the team in April 2019. Angelica is passionate about using her skills and resources in order to better serve the community and advocate for peoples needs and bridge gaps.
She is originally from Orange County and stayed in Humboldt County after graduating college because of the people and atmosphere. Angelica's favorite pastimes are dancing and hiking.
Nani Villa is the Lead Case Manager at MFRC. She has a Masters of Social Work from Cal Poly Humboldt. One of her primary focuses in her role is providing Spanish speaking services to MFRC clients and engaging with her bilingual team to focus on the importance of language justice in the social work field.
Nani was born and raised in Humboldt County and loves giving back to her community. Outside of work, Nani enjoys going for walks, exploring nature, and spending time with family and friends.
Cassandra Crawford is our Young Adult Workforce Development Program Coordinator. They moved from Southern California to Humboldt for school- and graduated from HSU with a Bachelor’s in Geography in 2017. They are back at Cal Poly Humboldt this year for their Masters in Social Work. Cass has served at the Family Resource Center before, from 2018 to 2019 as an AFACTR AmeriCorps working with local families, which introduced them to the realm of social work. Now, they are happy to be back, serving the community and working with young adults interested in gaining experience, employment, or furthering education.
Michael Rice moved here from Michigan in 2017. He is our Volunteer Coordinator and oversees our Pantry, Hygiene and Volunteer programs. Michael has spent numerous years in the service industry, specifically working and training café employees for 15 years. He is passionate about providing proper training, and ensuring people have the tools they need to succeed in the work field.
Outside of the office, Michael spends most of his time with his cat, music equipment, and studying computer programming.
Linaya Dinoto joined the McKFRC team in 2022 as the Office Manager. Linaya moved to Humboldt in 2016 from Sonoma County to pursue a degree at College of the Redwoods and moved on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English from HSU. She has been an active member of the McKinleyville community for close to five years and is honored to work supporting her neighbors throughout Humboldt County. Linaya has an extensive background in office management, clerical work, and the service industry.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her two dogs, partner, and cat.
Eric moved to Humboldt in 2016 from Southern California to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Humboldt State University. He will be working as the Front Desk Receptionist and is very excited to be a part of the team. He has been an active member of the Humboldt community volunteering with Centro Del Pueblo for over a year and is honored to continue providing community resources. Eric has an extensive background in agriculture, and community outreach. In his spare time he enjoys working on his farm Granja Del Alma, a farm focused on cultural resilience through culturally significant crops; and cooking for his friends and family.
Elizabeth joined the MCKFRC team in July of 2023 as the Guaranteed Income Case Manager. Elizabeth moved to Humboldt County in 2017 to pursue higher education at Humboldt State University. She has lived and worked in Humboldt for the last 6 years, serving the community as a teachers aid and special education teacher. She is excited to continue serving McKinleyville families through her work at the McKinleyville Family Resource Center. On her free time, Elizabeth enjoys gardening, painting, crafting, and reading. She can often be spotted yardsaling with her partner or walking her pups around town.
Our Chief Privacy Officer, Vladimir, is our newest addition to the Family Resource Center Team. He’s new to the biz but ambitious and eager to learn all there is to know about document shredding. Originally from Riverside, Vladimir recently moved to Humboldt County for the cool coast climate and beautiful scenery. When off work Vladimir enjoys snacking, napping, chewing on shoes and an occasional run through the yard.