Sarah Kerr – Chair & Founding Board Member
Sarah Kerr is the Northern Region Administrator with Open Door Community Health Centers, responsible for operational oversight of six health centers. Sarah has worked in community clinics for the past 13 years in a variety of roles and settings. Her experience includes health care services administration, harm reduction program development, quality improvement program oversight, staff supervision and development and HIV patient services. Sarah has also worked as a health care consultant developing learning content for the California Primary Care Association and as a practice coach helping health care providers in both the private and public sectors to make improvements in clinical quality and operations. Her commitment to harm reduction principles is rooted in her work experiences running both Planned Parenthood clinics and a large Needle Exchange Program.
Sarah believes that harm reduction is an absolutely vital component in any successful public health endeavor. She also sees harm reduction as a social justice issue, “by respecting people for who they are and honoring their life choices we come a step closer to achieving equity within our society.”
John Earl – Board Member
John Earl is a local resident of Eureka and lives with his two year old son Shasta, his son Micheal, and his wife Elizabeth. John is in the Social Work program at Humboldt State University.
John has been employed with Redwood Community Action Agency in a number of programs and in several positions, as a Client Services Specialist for the Multiple Assistance Center (a rapid rehousing transitional living environment for the chronically houseless), as Residential Support Staff at Waterfront Recovery Services (a medical detox facility and residential treatment program), and most recently as Community Recovery Programs Case Manager working at Humboldt Recovery Center (residential treatment program). He has also volunteered in multiple organizations that attempt to address the underlying causes of drug use and houselessness.
John has worked with some of our most vulnerable populations, and has became an ardent and outspoken advocate of harm reduction because of both his professional and personal experiences.
Vernon Price – Board Member
Bio Coming Soon!
Rachel Waldman – Treasurer & Board Member
Rachel Waldman is an alumni of Humboldt State University where she graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work. During her time at HSU she volunteered with The Ink People, North Coast Veteran’s Resource Center, Open Door’s Mobile Health Services, Arcata House Partnership and the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR). She quickly developed a passion for harm reduction and working with folks who are living without the privileges that we often take for granted.
Rachel’s masters project consisted of intensive research on the topic of injection drug use, harm reduction methodologies, and syringe exchange programs. With this project, Rachel had the pleasure of interviewing harm reduction advocates and learning about the active syringe exchange programs in our community.
Today, Rachel works as a case manager for Open Door Community Health Clinics where she works one on one with individuals to overcome personal and systemic barriers. She believes in treating all individuals with respect and equality, while striving to make our community better through advocacy, policy, and social and environmental justice.