About Us

Our purpose is to promote and support learning and reciprocal connections among students, faculty, and community members through academic coursework integrated with community partnerships; and to encourage the development of socially and environmentally responsible citizens through Service Learning and Academic Internship courses.

Our staff is committed, both personally and professionally, to infusing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into our work. We continue to build upon the efforts our Center has made through bi-annual strategic planning and reflection. Center for Community Based Learning 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

Meet our Staff

Stacy Becker Community Partner Coordinator



As Community Partner Coordinator, I network with community organizations and support faculty and students engaged in Service Learning and Academic Internship courses and practices. I am a California State Service Learning Certified Trainer.  I also hold two teaching credentials from Humboldt (Elementary Multiple Subjects; Secondary Single Subject – Art), and a third Credential in Cross Cultural & Language Development.  I completed my B.A. in the Humanities Field Major at U.C. Berkeley, which meant I was able to focus on the fields I’m passionate about: arts, cultures, languages, environmental issues. Previous to my work at Humboldt, I worked with the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods for 10 years, after many years teaching language and fine arts with an emphasis on environmental and cross-cultural education, to all ages and in many venues. In my spare time, I enjoy the arts, hiking and volunteering. As the coordinator for the Hammond Volunteer Trail Stewards project, I’d like to invite you to join our group on the first Saturday of each month for volunteer work on the Hammond Trail- newcomers always welcome!

Shannon Berge Administrative Support Coordinator



As an alum of Humboldt with a Master’s degree in Education, I feel fortunate to live, work, and play in such an amazing place. I love to utilize my skills and creativity for special event coordination, advertising, and finding ways to help our center run more efficiently. When I’m not on Humboldt’s beautiful campus, you can usually find me at one of our local beaches or forests, taking photos and getting exercise, or at home gardening, cooking, and doing craft projects.

Kelly Fortner Student Support Coordinator



As the Student Support Coordinator with the Center for Community Based Learning, I am, first and foremost, here to support, listen, and advocate for you, the Humboldt student. You are brilliant and inspirational and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to work with you in my role! Thank you for all that you do. Through my position, I provide direct and programmatic support for students involved in community-based learning practices at Humboldt. I strive to find and create opportunities where students can build community, discover their strengths and values, and pursue their personal, professional, and academic goals and dreams. I graduated from Humboldt with a double major in Religious Studies and Geology and these experiences, together with my time as a leader at Youth Educational Services (YES), fueled my passion for community-based learning and leadership. Since graduating from Humboldt, I have stayed on-campus to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, work as a Career Advisor, and begin the Environment and Community M.A. in Social Science Program. These academic and professional experiences have strengthened my commitment to social and environmental justice and the liberation of all through solidarity, self-reflection, and action. When I’m not at Humboldt, you can find me spending time with my partner and our two dogs, going to the beach, talking with friends and family, working on projects with Zero Waste Humboldt, and watching the Lord of the Rings.

Kathy Thornhill Director



As an Humboldt alum, it is my privilege to work on campus to help develop and implement programs to help students achieve their goals. Throughout my career, I have created numerous workshops and programs aimed at developing leadership skills, increasing awareness and commitment to diversity and social justice issues, and fostering academic success. I am fortunate to work with an amazing group of people committed to helping students make the most of their college experience.  I recently returned to the area after living and working across the country, most recently in Colorado where I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I love sports, and am an avid baseball fan. My bucket list includes going to all the Major League Baseball stadiums (I am about half way there). I have two wonderful dogs, Hannah and Jake. Like me, they loved the mountains of Colorado but have fallen in love with the beaches of Humboldt County.

Britt AmeriCorps STEM Vista


As a STEM VISTA I focus on enhancing underserved student’s experience on campus. My goal is to increase student’s sense of belonging and overall success, especially for BIPOC students in STEM. I myself am a chicanx first generation college student. I am also a community college transfer, and earned my bachelor's degree in psychology here in Humboldt State. I am currently working on my masters in academic research for social psychology. Humboldt and the surrounding counties are beautiful and unique places, and I am super grateful to call it my home. When i’m not working i’m riding my bike, playing and listening to music, and cooking meals to share with friends.

Ines Morales AmeriCorps STEM Vista


As a STEM Student Success Advocate, I focus on enhancing underserved student’s experience on our campus by working on equity-focused programs. My goal is to increase retention for BIPOC and first generation students in STEM. I, myself, am a first generation college graduate. I earned my degree in Envirornmental Studies here at Cal Poly Humboldt, formerly known as Humboldt State University, in May of 2021. When I'm not working, you can find me going on long runs, hiking, gardening and listening to podcasts. I enjoy spending my time with friends and connecting with our local community through volunteer events and developing close relationships with the new people I meet. I enjoy being surrounded by the comforts of the Redwoods and the Northern California coast.