Rural Human Services has found a new executive director in Teri McCune-Oostra, a long-time Del Norte County resident.

McCune-Oostra has been instrumental in many RHS programs, including the Harrington House, the only shelter for victims of domestic abuse in Del Norte.

RHS is one of Northern California's largest non-profit, community-based agencies, bringing in $2.4 million in grants to the area. RHS oversees the Del Norte Workforce Center, Independent Living Services, Natural Resources, Food Bank, Saturday Farmer's Market and the Harrington House.

Deputy Director Brian O'Callaghan said in a press release that McCune-Oostra's work with the Harrington House has given her the experience needed to run RHS.

andquot;All of this combined with the years she has spent working in the trenches at RHS, will make her an excellent executive director,andquot; he said.

In the 1970s, McCune-Oostra was the coordinator of mental health group programs for Harvard University's Community Health Plan. She returned to Crescent City in the 1980s to work for RHS.

Her work over the years in Del Norte and elsewhere has helped her rise to the top of the list for the RHS position, RHS Board President Ron Sandler said in the press release.

McCune-Oostra sits on multiple advisory boards, including the Northcoast Rape Crisis Team, Pelican Bay State Prison, the Department of Health's Cultural Competency Training program and Board of Directors of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

andquot;Teri has been an active member in all facets of our community for a very long time,andquot; Sandler said. andquot;We are very excited about having her on-board in her new position, and we know she will continue her focus on RHS and our community.andquot;