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 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 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.
Jim Chayka, Director of Natural Resources
Jim Chayka has been working in the field of Watershed Management for the last 13 years. Jim started his career in environmental stewardship in 1999 as an AmeriCorps member at the CivicCorps (formerly the East Bay Conservation Corps), where he then went on to serve as a Supervisor and Project Coordinator for a range of environmental and education programs. He subsequently worked for the Student Conservation Association both as a seasonal trail crew supervisor and as project coordinator for SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps in the West Mojave Desert. Jim has also worked for Watershed Sciences, Urban Creeks Council, and Sonoma Ecology Center- managing and implementing a variety of stream and watershed restoration projects.
Jim holds an MS degree in Applied Geosciences from San Francisco State University and joined the Conservation Corps North Bay team in 2013.
Eli Goodsell, Director of Program Development and Outcomes
Eli 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.
Mark Green, Development Director
Mark Green has held leadership positions in Bay Area nonprofit organizations since 1991. He was founding Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action, which he developed into the largest environmental organization on the North Coast of California, and a founding director of the Friends of the Russian River (now Russian RiverKeeper), and has served on the boards of a variety of conservation and arts organizations in addition to his professional public interest work. He was recognized as the Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year in 1997, and was appointed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Community Advisory Committee. He has consulted to a wide range of nonprofit and public agencies on organizational development, fund development and public policy strategy.
Monique Hooks, Career Pathways Manager
Monique 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.
Tyler Pitts, Natural Resources Program Manager
Tyler 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.
Tyler was awarded a BA with honors in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Laura Vernon, Recycling Program Manager
Laura 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
A 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.