Meet our Leadership Team
Marilee Eckert, Chief Executive Officer
Marilee 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.
Brandy Faulkner, Controller
Brandy Faulkner joined CCNB in 2017 and is responsible for the day-to-day financial management of the organization. She comes to CCNB with 15 years of experience in non-profit finance and accounting, with a background in grant making and contract compliance.
Brandy has long been interested in the role that conservation plays in solving the operational needs of people and the planet and has a particular interest in engaging youth in this process.
Prior to getting her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, Brandy worked for 13 years in the biotech and marine science industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology and a Certificate in Bioinformatics from UC Santa Cruz.
Kate Harper, Recycling Program Manager
Kate joined CCNB in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing CCNB’s recycling and waste reduction programs. Under Kate’s leadership, CCNB builds and maintains strong recycling programs in Marin and Sonoma Counties, with CalRecycle and other state agencies. Kate assesses community needs, initiates appropriate partnerships, and designs and implements programs that facilitate solutions for recycling and waste reduction.
Kate’s experience includes 12 years with the EPA as an Environmental Program Manager responsible for pollution prevention projects including recycling and 3 years as a foreign services officer with the Department of State as a Program Manager spearheading the development and implementation of a recycle and waste reduction program.
Since 2014 Kate has served on the Board of Directors of the Angel Island Conservancy, which works to raise funds and develop new educational programs, facilities, and recreational opportunities for the state park.
Kate has a Juris Doctorate degree from Golden Gate University School of Law with a certificate in Environmental Law.
Angel Minor, Chief Operating Officer
In her role as COO, Angel has the general authority of all aspects of CCNB’s internal administrative management, including financial and budget control, grant compliance, technology, and human resources. She works closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and senior management team to develop and assess strategies to achieve agency-wide goals.
Angel is a finance and accounting leader with verifiable accomplishments. Most recently, she acted as a financial and business consultant for The National Indian Justice Center, Inc., (NIJC) an Indian owned and operated non-profit in Santa Rosa, California.
From 2005 – 2016 she was with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, first as the company’s Senior Director of Accounting and later as its Assistant Vice President, Finance and Operations. Fireman’s Fund was an insurance company based in Novato, California.
Angel earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration, Accounting degree from Sonoma State University.
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 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.
Tyler Pitts, Natural Resources Program Manager
Tyler joined CCNB in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing CCNB’s natural resource projects. With a decade of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors, he collaborates with partner agencies in Marin, Sonoma, and beyond to design CCNB’s conservation field projects, which range from habitat restoration, to fire fuel reduction, to trail construction.
Tyler’s professional experience 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. He 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.
Tyler was awarded a BA with honors in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds the C-27 Landscaping Contractors License for CCNB and is also a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper.
Anastasia Pryor, Director of Development and Communications
Anastasia comes to CCNB with nearly 20 years of experience working in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Her “first career” working in advertising and marketing for local media outlets including The Marin Independent Journal and The Press Democrat laid the foundation for her future work in community engagement and fundraising in the nonprofit sector. Anastasia was most recently Director of Development at Bergin University of Canine Studies, where she significantly increased revenues while structuring a marketing and public relations plan that doubled social media followers in the first year and yielded 16 media opportunities by the end of her second year in the role. As Institutional Giving Officer at Yosemite Conservancy, Anastasia raised over $3 million for environmental restoration projects in one year by stewarding existing donors and building new relationships with corporate and foundation partners. Prior to that, she was Assistant Development Director at Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo where she developed her passion for helping young people lead healthy and successful lives.
Anastasia is a graduate of the Novato and Santa Rosa Chamber Leadership Programs, is a member of the Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Association, and has served as PR Committee Co-Chair for the Rotary Club of Oakland. She holds a BA from University of California at Berkeley.