Staff

To Gather. To Learn. To Be.

Jennifer Brown – Program and Outreach Manager

Jennifer moved to Humboldt County from the Bay Area in 2004 to attend Humboldt State University. She graduated in 2008 with a BA in Native American Studies and a minor in Philosophy, Values & Ethics. After years of retail management and civic administrative experience, Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of the GLC! As the Program and Outreach Manager, her roles include policy and program development, management, and implementation. Working with local agencies and sharing the heart of the GLC is the best part of her position. Jennifer serves as Chair of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce Art Committee and in her free time loves experiencing the beauty of Humboldt County with her partner and children, Elizabeth and Oliver.

Erin L. Cooper – Program Coordinator

Erin has worn many hats: mother, wife, artist, painter, teacher and traveler. She was an art major at Humboldt State, and has taught art at the Multi-Generational Center in the past as well as painting at her local church. Erin’s extensive work experience, from management in women’s clothing, furniture design, as well as bookkeeping, has provided her a broad array of perspectives. At the GLC, she looks forward to recruiting instructors and volunteers, scheduling programs, teaching art, managing social media, and marketing materials, including community outreach. Erin believes in “blooming where you are planted” and is excited about the community growing at the GLC.

Layla Richardson – First 5 Playgroup Leader & Admininstrative Assistant 

Layla moved to Humboldt County from the Bay Area in 2007 to Attend Humboldt State University. She graduated with a BA in Child Development. She has worked with children for over 10 years, and focused on Montessori education for 6 of those years. She took some time off to focus on her children, but she knew she wanted to get back to working. Finding a job that would allow her to balance time being with her children and work was crucial. She found the perfect place at the GLC for that. She is the First 5 Playgroup Leader as well as an Administrative Assistant. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, being a part of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, and enjoying all the beauty that Humboldt has to offer.  

Caroline Tashjian – Administrative Assistant

Caroline is thrilled to get to be a part of serving this wonderful community in the Eel River Valley. She grew up in Virginia, and graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2012 with a BA in Anthropology. Since then she has pursued her passions for animals, hospitality, food, and people in a variety of ways, from managing Bed & Breakfasts to being a caretaker on horse farms. Caroline, her husband, and their Great Dane have lived in five states, most recently moving to Fortuna from Kentucky. She loves getting to know the community, and will be using and growing her tech knowledge to help the GLC reach and serve as many of you as possible. Outside of the GLC, you may find her out hiking the trails, cooking up healthy food and baking sweet treats, riding horses, or traveling to see her family. 

Laura Weare – Administrative Assistant

Laura is a true lover of the Eel River Valley community, having made Humboldt her home for nearly the past 30 years. Actively involved in a multitude of philanthropic efforts and ministries through her church, she loves to serve and be involved in the community here. Laura is a wife of 32 years to her beloved husband (after a successful blind date!); a mother to two grown children; a retired college financial aid counselor; and a passionate gardener, beekeeper, and crafter. After 10 years in Eureka, her husband found his dream property about 17 years ago and the two began homesteading together on the Van Duzen River in Carlotta, raising everything from parakeets and canaries to rabbits, pigs, and chickens. At the GLC, you’ll find Laura to be a warm, welcoming presence eager to share a gardening tip, some local knowledge, and a good laugh. Ask her about fresh eggs when you see her around the GLC!

“Ollie” – The River Otter 

Say hello to the friendly face of the GLC’s “Ollie”, the River Otter! Sliding and wrestling, belly flopping, and somersaulting, river otters know how to play! We chose a river otter as our mascot because they prefer water bordered by woods with wetlands and marshes, and the GLC backyard is a wonderful home to these playful creatures!