Lasara Firefox Allen – Executive Director
Lasara’s work in harm reduction stretches back to the early 1990s. Much of Lasara’s focus in the arena of harm reduction has been in HIV transmission prevention, reproductive health, and sex positive safer sex education. This has prepared them well for their position at HACHR where she works in HIV and HCV testing, referral to treatment, and transmission prevention.
In addition to their work with HACHR, Lasara is a full time student in the Humboldt State University social work program, an intern at the student health center, and a research assistant in the social work department. They are a mom to two amazing young folks, and is married to the love of their life.
Wil Gibson – Director of Programs
Wil Gibson is a poet and activist from the midwest. It took him too long to get to California. He likes people and loves dogs a lot. He would like to pet your dog, and maybe talk to you a few minutes about lighthouses or random historical facts.
Jasmine Guerra – Syringe Services Program Coordinator
Jasmine graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology in 2020. Her first introduction to HACHR was when Jessica Smith (former HACHR ED) presented in one of her classes at HSU, where she later volunteered as part of a Service Learning Project. What she realized is that harm reduction fit into her values and philosophy before ever having the term for it. Many of her family members are active or former drug users, and currently or formerly incarcerated. Before finding harm reduction life was difficult to navigate. She witnessed how the system treated people who use drugs and formerly incarcerated people first hand. In the midst of the War on Drugs, painful stigmas and old-school expectations of what “recovery” looks like, harm reduction has given her a chance to fight for the rights and dignity of people who use drugs through compassion, healing, education and research.
Kenny Boyd – Community Clean-Up Coordinator
Kenny is a dynamic, determined individual and a model staff. He is a Navy Veteran and obtained employment with Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) in early 2018 after moving through the peer leadership program. He is now responsible for keeping our community clean, often responding to calls from individuals and businesses. Beyond clean-up, Kenny is responsible for building bridges between HACHR and other businesses and community members; he is well known and respected around town. Kenny is a leader in the Harm Reduction Movement in Humboldt County and a valuable member of HACHR.
Christina Donnell – Peer Lead Case Manager
Christina, who also made her way through the peer leadership program, works diligently to ensure not only the well being of herself and her family but also the people she works with as the Lead Case Manager/Navigator for Humboldt Area center for Harm Reduction. She is also a member of their Peer Advisory Committee where she uses her knowledge and lived experience as a way to ensure more and more people can successfully accomplish goals, and work to get out of the criminal justice system as well as take charge of their own health and wellness.