Meet our Leadership Team

Marilee Eckert, Chief Executive Officer

Marilee EckertMarilee Eckert has been the Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Corps North Bay since 1992. Marilee has been a leader in the corps movement both nationally and in California for over 25 years. She served for 12 years as a Board Member of The Corps Network (Chair 2003-05), the national association of conservation corps, receiving their Corps Legacy Achievement Award in 2013. She is a long-time Executive Member of the California Association of Local Conservation Corps (President 2010-15). (Vice President for Legislation and Policy, Northern California, current).

Marilee is a Trustee of the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation. She has served on the Marin County Economic Commission, the Marin County Disaster Council and the Sonoma County Youth Council. She has been a Board Member of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin, Environmental Education Council of Marin, Fire Safe Marin and Human Rights Roundtable on Hate Violence.

Other special recognitions include Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee (2010), Environmental Hero of the North Bay (2011) presented by Assemblymember Jared Huffman, Congressional Record remarks by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (2007), Hannah Creighton Environmental Justice Award by Sierra Club Marin (2004).

Under Marilee’s leadership, Conservation Corps North Bay grew from a $1.3 million organization to a $7 million organization.

Angel Minor – Profile Coming Soon

Terri Thomas, Director of Natural Resources

As the Director of Natural Resources, Terri oversees all the field programs and projects at CCNB including building out projects in trail building and maintenance; recycling bottle, cans, tires, and e-waste; maintaining waterways; habitat restoration and landscaping, and more.

Terri has devoted decades to the earth’s protection. She is a natural resources manager, ecologist, and planner with 36 years of national park experience in management, science, monitoring, operations, policy, and regulation in the full breadth of natural resource disciplines. Since 1984 she led programs and projects in Bay Area national parks for Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio Trust. She has received both the National Park Service Director’s award for the best natural resources manager and the Regional Director’s award for the best natural resources manager. She has 26 publications, 31 achievement awards and has given 32 formal presentations to professional or public audiences.

Terri has a BS in Forestry from U.C Berkeley and an MS in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington. She has served on the board of the Sausalito Community Boating Center, the Floating Homes Association and on the elected board of the Fallen Leaf Lake Community Services District.

Monique Brown, Career Pathways Manager

Monique HooksMonique is an Oakland native who has spent over a decade serving diverse families and at-risk youth throughout the Bay Area. Through her work at Urban Services YMCA and Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, she gained invaluable experience in program management, grant compliance, program evaluation, and supervision. During her tenure at Girls Inc. she oversaw their Teen Achievement Program which served 150 young women annually and focused on confidence building, skill development, college readiness, career exploration, and STEM (environmental engineering). Monique also served on the Board of Welcome Ministry, a non-profit which provides resources, support, and community for those struggling with homelessness.

Brandy Faulkner – Profile Coming Soon

Brenda Paulucci-Whiting, Program Development, and Outcomes Manager

Brenda Paulucci-WhitingBrenda joined CCNB in 2009 as the organization’s on-staff grant writer; now she serves as the program development and outcomes manager, working to develop organizational capacity, increase impact and generate resources.

Brenda has more than 20 years of non-profit fundraising experience, mostly on behalf of low-income youth and families in the areas of literacy, mentoring, job readiness, environmental conservation, and the arts. She began her nonprofit career in 1995 as a volunteer, grant writer, and the managing director of Foundation for Children and the Classics, a company that fosters literacy through the theater arts for under-served New York City youth. She went on to support the development and impact of after-school programs—including six years with the Robert Bowne Foundation. Brenda joined mentoring organization Unlocking Futures in 2002 as its director of institutional giving, where she secured a 3-year, million dollar contract to launch its Fatherhood Program for teenage dads. She was the director of development for the Hoffman Institute Foundation starting in 2005, where she achieved breakthrough results, increasing annual giving by 55% for several consecutive years.

Tyler Pitts, Natural Resources Program Manager

Tyler PittsTyler comes to CCNB with a decade of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors. In his role as Natural Resources Program Manager, he collaborates with partner agencies to design CCNB’s conservation field projects and manages the staff teams that perform on-the-ground implementation. His professional background includes backcountry trail construction, environmental education, sustainability planning, and youth development. Before joining CCNB, he most recently worked in New Hampshire with the Student Conservation Association, where he managed outdoor service learning programs for Americorps members and high school volunteers.

Tyler has also served as the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus Coordinator at UC Santa Cruz, where he oversaw the annual grant-making, planning, and implementation processes for student sustainability projects on campus and in the local community. In addition, he has held leadership roles with nonprofits such as Ecology Action, The Real Food Challenge, and the California Student Sustainability Coalition. He is a certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper.

Tyler was awarded a BA with honors in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

Bryn Van Alstyne, Senior Program Manager

Bryn VanAlstyne brings 15 years of youth work and non-profit experience to her role as CCNB’s Sr. Program Manager. In this role, Bryn is responsible for the overall corpsmember experience, including implementing new initiatives, policies, and procedures that foster a positive climate and culture for corpsmembers.

Bryn has an extensive background in youth development, program implementation and staff management, and a strong interest in creating social change. She received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University.