Our Team at HNFRC
"I hope to follow a legacy of supporting our network's efforts to collaborate, mutually uplift one another, and collectively seek out ways to fill in the gaps and meet the diverse needs of Humboldt's residents from county line to county line." -Mark Weller
Mark began his tenure with HNFRC in 2016, when he served for 1 year as an AmeriCorps VISTA national service volunteer placed with the network. After completing his service term with AmeriCorps in 2017, Mark joined the team at Jefferson Community Center (one of HNFRC's member sites) and continued his involvement with the collaborative work at HNFRC as a representative of Jefferson. Mark presently serves as Deputy Director for the Westside Community Improvement Association (parent organization of the Jefferson Community Center), overseeing on-site programs as well as engaging in collaborative community projects. Mark is a graduate of the Cascadia Center for Leadership, and holds a degree in Finance.
In June 2018, HNFRC members nominated Mark to serve a 1 year term as Chairperson of the network. As HNFRC Chairperson, Mark is responsible for representing the needs, concerns, and interests of each and all of our member resource centers when it comes to our collective network partnering with other agencies and providers.
"My hope for the Humboldt Network of Family Resource Centers is to continue to engage with our community partners to work together on shared missions and goals. I enjoy being able to educate community members and agency partners on what the HNFRC represents and what services are available via it's varying members." -Sara Faught
Sara grew up in a Midwestern small town and always knew that she wanted to help people. Sara obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Pittsburg State University, where she also co-chaired a violence prevention group. Upon graduation, Sara accepted an AmeriCorps position that brought her to Humboldt County to work with homeless and at-risk families. She completed two service years with AmeriCorps and has since remained in the Human and Social Services field in Humboldt County. Throughout her professional career to date, Sara has built experience in case-managing a clean and sober facility for women, providing case management at a transitional living facility, facilitating support groups, working in numerous resource centers, providing home visiting services and designing and implementing training on Home Visiting. Currently, Sara serves as the Coordinator at the Rio Dell Community Resource Center.
"It is a privilege to serve on the HNFRC Executive Board. I have served as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer over the years. My goal as Treasurer this year is to make the HNFRC financials transparent, balanced and to make sure our budget meets the needs of the FRCs in Humboldt County." -Kay Chapman
Kay has been in education for over 40 years. She attended John Brown University and graduated with a teaching credential from Humboldt State. She taught 3-5th grades at South Fortuna Elementary for over 20 years before returning to HSU to attain her Masters in School Administration and attain a Psychologist/Counseling credential (PPS). After completing her Masters, Kay joined the FRC netwoork and became the coordinator of the Fortuna FRC where she continues to serve children and families today. Kay is a long-time advocate for families in the Eel River Valley.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve as Secretary for HNFRC this year as well as for the opportunity to participate in several internal and external committees focusing on supporting our collective family strengthening efforts in Humboldt County. " -Esther Hutton
Esther joined the HNFRC in January of 2016 in her role as Director of the Manila Community Resource Center. Living and working in the community of Manila, Esther is involved with organizations promoting the health and wellness of both her community and beyond.
"I am so proud to be working with HNFRC. The work our 17 member sites do in supporting and strengthening families throughout the County truly changes lives. I am honored to be able to support that work through our joint projects, grants and training." -Taffy Stockton
Taffy has been with the Network as their Coordinator since 2013. A 4th generation Humboldt County resident, Taffy has been working with Humboldt County non-profits since 2001. She has worked with dozens of Humboldt County non-profits, in her early days as a Fundraising Director and Executive Director, and for the last 9 years, a non-profit consultant.