Meet the GoHumCo Team
Scott AdairDirector of Economic DevelopmentPhone: (707) 445-7745
Scott Adair is the Director of Economic Development for the County of Humboldt, California. Scott also presently serves as the Executive Director to Humboldt County’s Cannabis Micro Grant and Loan Advisory Committee. Scott is a former Planning Commissioner, Trainer, Business Owner, and Commercial Real Estate Agent. He also remains an active community volunteer.
Scott possesses over eighteen (18) years of experience in real estate asset management and public/private economic development. Scott completed his basic economic development certification through BEDC (in partnership with Colorado State University) and he recently graduated from Oklahoma University's prestigious EDI (Economic Development Institute) program.
Scott and his spouse live with their two dogs in a home overlooking the Eel River Valley. They enjoy spending their weekends tending to their orchard and tinkering in their workshop.
Kenneth SpainExecutive Director, Headwaters Fund BoardPhone: (707) 445-7745Kenny serves as the appointed Executive Director to the Headwaters Fund Board. Kenny brings over 30 years of Economic Development experience to the team. Most recently, Kenny worked in Economic Development for Mendocino County and prior to that, the State of Washington. Kenny is a past recipient of the State of Washington Governor's Award for his contributions to economic development.
Peggy MurphyEconomic Development SpecialistPhone: (707) 599-0125
Peggy Murphy joined the County's Economic Development Team as an Economic Development Specialist to provide oversight to Project Trellis.
Prior to working with the County, Peggy spent over 3 years as the manager of the North Coast Small Business Development Center where she helped all kinds of businesses pursue their goals. Peggy's primary focus was on art businesses and Ecommerce businesses. In addition to supporting businesses, Peggy was tasked with making sure office functions ran smoothly from both a financial and an operational perspective. Peggy’s work history also includes Google Maps, The University of Washington and MediCann. Additionally, she owned the Hat Rac Fine Art Gallery in Oakland, CA. Peggy brings to the Economic Development Department lessons learned from both the public and private sectors.
In her free time, Peggy is a silversmith, a gardener, and is an active participant in her husband’s art career. She also loves to spend time with her family, dogs, chickens and bees.
Ryan HeitzEconomic Development SpecialistPhone: (707) 476-4804Ryan is a graduate from Humboldt State University with a degree in Business Administration and currently serves the County's Economic Development Department as an Economic Development Specialist. Ryan works on a number of special projects ranging from administering grant programs to supporting the Headwaters Fund.
Dan PambiancoEconomic Development Grants SpecialistPhone: (707) 445-7745
During a 25-year career at Humboldt State University, Dan served as Assistant Athletic Director, Communications Specialist, and Journalism Instructor. Following his tenure at HSU, Dan worked as Senior Grants Specialist for St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County, generating funding for a variety of medical initiatives, equipment, and community benefit initiatives.
Dan graduated cum laude from Utah State University, earning B.A. degrees in Journalism and Photojournalism, with a Minor in Health Education. He relocated to Humboldt County in 1989 and volunteers in support of a variety of community outreach programs.
Cristina (Cris) PlocherAdministrative Analyst IIPhone: (707) 445-7745
Cris joins the GoHumCo team as an Administrative Analyst II and plays an integral role in the department's success. She is excited to be a part of the Economic Development Team and back to more her roots in her area of interest. In college, Cris pursued Economics and Urban Regional Planning degrees at the University of Iowa (Hawkeyes). Though she is new to the Economic Development Team, she is not new to working for the County. Cris started working for Humboldt County DHHS in August 2006 as resource development coordinator working with grants and later on as administrative analyst working with database management, system improvement planning, and quality assurance for Children and Family Services.
Cris and her husband Orrin moved to McKinleyville over 20 years ago to be able to live in an area they loved to vacation and do the things they enjoy, like biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, and exploring rocks (a particular interest of her husband, the geologist). Their son, Alex, who is 9 years old also enjoys this beautiful area and more recently particularly likes four-wheeling at the Samoa sand dune trails (something to do during COVID).
Cris is excited about the opportunity to work with the Economic Development Team and assist with endeavors and projects that help the county thrive in its economy, community, and environment.
Cara OwingsExecutive Director, HC-WDB
Cara Sue Owings is an enrolled member of the federally-recognized Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. She is committed to community service through the realms of mental health advocacy, economic development and the promotion of arts and culture. Cara completed her Masters of Business Administration program in Strategic Sustainability at Humboldt State University in 2016. Cara also graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Native American Studies, minors in Sociology and Business Administration with Honors Cum Laude. Cara has over 12 years work experience in varying industries. Aside from her professional and educational background, Cara is a traditional Tolowa Basketweaver, home-based chef, crochet artist, and redwood hiker.