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, two kids and a dog. 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.
Cori comes to us from Michigan where she was working for the Salvation Army after graduating with a degree in English. Cori is the Family Strengthening Program Coordinator and supervises our case management team including social work interns and AFACTR AmeriCorps Members. She is a trainer of Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion and is passionate about social justice. She's also our staff librarian and a talented writer.
Outside of the office, you'll find Cori with a stack of books, a journal, and an impressive knack for creativity.
Angelica Lua, our Love Your Neighborhood Program Coordinator has been working with families for a couple of years and just 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 pass times are dancing and hiking.
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.
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.
Sandra Byrd is the Hospitality and Volunteer Program Coordinator at the McKinleyville Family Resource Center. She was born and raised in Humboldt County and enjoys serving the community. Sandi has a B.A. in Christian Studies, a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity. She is currently near the end of a doctoral candidacy in Organizational Leadership. Sandi is also an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon Theological Seminary, teaching master’s degree level courses.
In her personal time Sandi enjoys sewing, crocheting, and golfing when she gets the chance. She also loves pleasure reading books by fictional authors, John Grisham, Dan Brown, & Scott Turrow, however, prefers autobiographical themes. Sandi has two boys, a granddaughter, three brothers and one sister.
Cassandra Crawford is the Step Up Program Operator/Case Manager for the Northern Humboldt area, working from McKinleyville FRC. Cassandra moved from Southern California to Humboldt for schooling- and graduated from HSU with a Bachelor’s in Geography back in 2017. They have served at the center before, from 2018 to 2019 as an AFACTR AmeriCorps working with local families. Now, Cassandra is happy to be back, serving the community and working with young adults interested in gaining experience, employment, or furthering education.
Cassandra's downtime consists of plenty of reading, playing videogames, cooking/baking/fermenting, crafting and skating.