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 20 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 also a long-time Executive Member of the California Association of Local Conservation Corps (Chair 2010-15).

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 small organization to a $7 million organization known for developing model programs.

Eileen Callahan, Director of Human Resources

Eileen Callahan, Human Resources ManagerEileen Callahan joined the Conservation Corps North Bay team in 2009. With 25+ years of diverse human resources, Investment Banking and Finance experience that spans non-profit, for-profit, start-ups and established organizations she brings to the table a unique combination of leadership perspectives and management competencies Eileen has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation planning, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.

Eileen received her BSW with honors from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She currently serves on the Board of Marin County Employer Advisory Council and is a Captain with the Sausalito Arts Festival for the past 11 years. Previously she served as a Director on the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce 2006-2009 and on numerous governing committees on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) from 1987-2001.

Eli Goodsell, Director of Program Development and Outcomes

Eli Goodsell, Recycling Program ManagerEli comes to us from CSU Chico, where he worked since 2008 as the Recycling Operation Coordinator and Sustainability Coordinator. In this role, Eli managed a staff of 50 student employees and interns, provided cost-benefit analyses for proposed projects, and managed a CalRecycle grant. In two years, he more than doubled the amount of material recycled on the campus.

In 2013 Eli became a CRRA Certified Waste Management Professional. As an independent waste management consultant, he has developed long-term planning documents to address waste, designed and operated recycling and waste collection for events with over 20,000 attendees, and established and reviewed contracts with waste haulers.

Eli has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Master in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of California, Chico.

Monique Hooks, Career Pathways Manager

Monique HooksMonique is an Oakland native who has spent over a decade serving diverse families and at-risk youth throughout the San Francisco 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 about 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 for Welcome Ministry, a non-profit which provides resources, support, and community for those struggling with homelessness. Monique now lives in Sebastopol and enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, white water rafting, and trying new foods.

James Ogden, Chief Financial Officer

James OgdenJim brings a broad accounting and finance background to CCNB including 10 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, leading in positions of Finance Director, Controller and Consultant. He received an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon and a BS in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has completed the Nonprofit Management Program at California State University-East Bay.

He is an active volunteer with 15+ years of service in the community, working with youth, Boy Scouts, performance arts and church, including over 8 years in executive and board-level leadership positions.
Prior to joining Conservation Corps North Bay, Jim’s nonprofit work included areas of education, career development, domestic violence prevention, hospice care and youth mentoring.

He currently serves as Treasurer and public board member of the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC).

Brenda Paulucci-Whiting, Program Development and Outcomes Manager

Brenda Paulucci-WhitingBrenda has 20+ years of non-profit fundraising experience 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 then  managing director of Foundation for Children and the Classics, a company that fosters literacy through the theatre arts for under-served New York City youth. She went on to work in a number of capacities supporting the development and impact of afterschool programs—including six years with the Robert Bowne Foundation, a small but instrumental foundation that helped to build and leverage resources to legitimize the field of afterschool education in New York City. 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 ventured West in 2005 to join the team of the Hoffman Institute Foundation in Marin County, CA as its director of development. Here she led growth efforts and achieved breakthrough results for the company, increasing annual giving by 55% for consecutive years. She joined Conservation Corps North Bay in 2009 as its on-staff grant writer; now, as program development and outcomes manager, she persistently and persuasively works to develop organizational capacity, increase impact and generate resources.

Tyler Pitts, Natural Resources Program Manager

Tyler PittsTyler comes to Conservation Corps North Bay with a decade of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors. His professional background includes backcountry trail construction, environmental education, sustainability planning, and youth development. Before his time with 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.

Laura Vernon, Recycling Program Manager

Laura VernonLaura joins the Corps with 30 years of recycling and zero waste experience.  After spending a bunch of years working in sustainability and toxics reduction in the healthcare sector, Laura became the founding Executive Director of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, a national non-profit dedicated to helping hospitals share best practices to reduce their collective environmental footprint in a multi-stakeholder, collaborative environment.

Laura is brings experience as a systems thinker, a sustainability enthusiast and change maker.  “While I look forward to sharing my skills and interests, I’m also absolutely certain that the strength of the CCNB comes from its Corps Members and I look forward to growing and learning with them!  I am totally psyched to be working with the Corps!”

Laura has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University.  When not working, she can be found outdoors on a bike (both road and mountain), hiking or gardening.

Greta Youngblood, Academic Manager

Greta YoungbloodA native of the small town of Floyd, Virginia, Greta Youngblood has been in working in education for over 12 years. Since getting her Master’s degree from Virginia Tech, she has taught science, math, health, and more. Before education she worked in endocrinology research at the University of Virginia. Now a resident of Sonoma County, she explores outdoors by climbing vertical rock, running, and hiking. She hopes to travel more to either very cold places to ice climb or very warm places to surf.