Brandon Benton, Programs Coordinator. Brandon got his start with CCNB as a Corpsmember in 2009. After completing the program, Brandon left the organization for about a year, and returned as a Staff Member for the Recycling Program. Over the course of 4 years, Brandon worked his way up and held several positions within the Recycling Department, including Staff Driver, Crew Supervisor, and currently Programs Coordinator.

In his time working with CCNB, Brandon continues to shape himself as a professional, and sharpen his skillset. He believes that the work CCNB is involved with is truly worthwhile, and it is a privilege to be able to pay his experience forward, by helping young adults that are going through a similar process that he went through. He aspires to eventually become a Probation Officer, and is currently enrolled in courses to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice.

Erik Matisek, Community Education and Events Supervisor. Erik joined CCNB with a passion for the three E’s of sustainability – economy, ecology and equity.  After receiving his Environmental Economics degree from UC Santa Cruz, he worked for several years as an Environmental Health & Safety Representative for a large corporation in Santa Rosa, meanwhile accepting a Board Director role for the locally renowned Leadership Institute for Ecology & Economy.  Eventually, he left the private sector to accomplish his dream to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, and upon completion he returned to Sonoma County with the energy to protect our community in its entirety.  “It is now more important than ever to reconnect our society with the natural environment, to provide opportunities for all young adults to fully experience what is out there and to recognize our own direct influences on this planet.”

Kyle LaRue, Community Recycling Crew Supervisor (Novato). Kyle joins Conservation Corps North Bay with a wide array of previous work experience. He spent time optimizing main and 3rd party websites as the online business manager for a family car dealership in Healdsburg, Ca. He was also a delivery driver in snowy Oregon and even a Christmas tree lot attendant in San Rafael.

“The work we do here at CCNB is so fulfilling because we are changing the world on both a personal and global scale by bringing education and work experience to Corpmembers and by keeping a massive amount of materials out of landfills. I feel incredibly fortunate to work here.”

Jimmie Thornton, Assistant Crew Supervisor. I’m in charge of driving the trucks for routes, and to supervise core members in picking up toters (recycling bins)

I’m at CCNB because I want to make a difference and have an impact in this world by doing my part. Learning and teaching other good traits for our environment.

Michael Anderson, Recycling Program Lead Supervisor. Responsible for training and supervising Staff and Corps Members. Scheduling daily recycle routes and other projects such as tire clean ups, e-waste collections, and litter abatements. Also supervises and assists with major seasonal events like the Sonoma Raceway NASCAR, NHRA, Indy Car races, and other local fairs and festivals.  Previously worked for nearly 20 years with at risk youth in Los Angeles. Oversaw daily operations of the treatment program for 15 adolescent males. Enjoys working with CCNB because it is rewarding in many ways. Offering opportunities to help make a difference in a young person’s life as well as making a difference with our environment.