Meet Our Team

Angel Minor

Angel Minor

Chief Executive Officer

Angel joined the team as COO in 2017 and was appointed CEO by the Board of Directors in 2019. Angel has the general authority of all aspects of CCNB’s management, including financial and budget control, grant compliance, technology, and human resources. She works closely with the 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. Angel earned her BS in Business Administration, Accounting degree from Sonoma State University.

Directors and Managers

Brandi Faulkner

Kevin Amaral

People and Culture Manager

Kevin began his foray into Human Resources in 2004 while working for the City of Petaluma overseeing the Youth Employment Services program for Petaluma City Schools. In this role he helped teach high school students how to build a resume, conduct job searches, prepare for interviews, and their rights as a minor in the workforce. After this, Kevin began working for a local community bank in Operations before transitioning to a specialist role within their Human Resources department. After more than 8 years with the bank, he branched out to become the Human Resources Manager for another Sonoma County non-profit before joining our CCNB team.

In addition to his experience, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management from San Francisco State University, as well as associate degrees in Human Resources Administration and Psychology from Santa Rosa Junior College.

Brandi Faulkner

Brandon Benton

Zero Waste Program Manager

Brandon first joined CCNB in 2009 as a Natural Resources Crew corpsmember. After completing the program term, he left the Corps to enter in the work world and attend the Santa Rosa Junior College. Brandon rejoined CCNB in a staff role as a driver for the recycling department in 2012, and then grew into the position of Crew Supervisor for the Recycling Program. One of Brandon’s favorite parts about working with CCNB is the opportunity to pay his experience forward by assisting youth reach their career and educational goals.

In his current role as Zero Waste Program Manager, Brandon oversees the day-to-day projects and operations of the program, along with various aspects of grant management and reporting, state compliance requirements, and youth development for corpsmembers. He is also key in assisting with the advancement of  the program by helping to identify new avenues of growth and opportunities to serve the community.

Brandi Faulkner

Mimi Choudhury

Marin Natural Resources Manager

Mimi first joined CCNB in 2005 as an Americorps member and Regen assistant when the organization was Marin Conservation Corps. After leaving the program, Mimi worked with the Marin YMCA for 9 years as an associate director, leading before and after care and outdoor education summer programming. After returning from Asia, Mimi joined the Agricultural Institute of Marin where she worked as a Senior Farmers Market manager, farm education coordinator and Bounty Box coordinator. She received her BS in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and enjoys working in the intersection between environmental stewardship and education and youth development. She has returned to CCNB as a Natural Resource Manager where she continues to implement staff development and grow programming and partnerships.

Brandi Faulkner

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 nonprofit finance and accounting, with a background in grantmaking 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.

Kyle LaRue

Kyle LaRue

Director of Zero Waste and Compliance

Kyle joined CCNB’s Recycling Program as an Assistant Supervisor in 2016 and quickly gained a vast amount of experience in youth development, conflict resolution, compliance management, and the complex and ever-evolving recycling industry. After his tenures as the Assistant Supervisor, Supervisor, and then lead Lead Supervisor he was promoted to the position of Recycling Program Coordinator. In this role, Kyle ensured the efficiency and quality of the program’s operations, corpsmember development, data tracking, and collaborations with partner agencies. With Kyle’s leadership, CCNB has added 3 new recycling materials, mattresses, carpets and food recovery, and grown our grants and fee for service income.

Currently, as the Director of Zero Waste and Compliance, Kyle oversees all of the Programs operations, development, material compliance, grant reporting, and advancement of CCNB’s Zero Waste Events and Projects Portfolio.

Megan Meder

Megan Meder

Director of Natural Resources

Megan was first exposed to CCNB and its mission in 2012 when she worked alongside a crew as a Natural Resources Program Assistant for the Sonoma County Water Agency in their Stream Maintenance Program. She worked as a Consulting Utility Forester for PG&E for the next several years where she cemented her tree knowledge and also became an ISA Certified Arborist.

Megan joined CCNB in 2017 as an Assistant Supervisor wanting to expand her leadership skills and inspire others to become passionate environmental stewards. Her dedication to the corpsmembers was undeniable and she was soon promoted to Supervisor. She has continued to grow as a leader in the roles of Sonoma Natural Resources Coordinator, Senior Coordinator, and Natural Resources Manager before being promoted to Director in June 2022.

Tyler Pitts

Tyler Pitts

Interim Director of Natural Resources

Tyler has been with CCNB since 2015. After terms as the Natural Resources Manager and Environmental Programs Director, he served as CCNB’s Deputy Director for two years. After a brief hiatus, he’s now returned to the organization as the Interim Director of Natural Resources. In this role, he oversees program operations, contracting, grant management, and collaborates extensively with CCNB’s partner network. Before joining CCNB, Tyler worked in New Hampshire with the Student Conservation Association, managing outdoor service-learning programs for AmeriCorps members and high school volunteers.

Tyler manages a portfolio of more than 50 agency partners and has developed expertise in all aspects of the funding cycle, including research, development, writing, project management, and reporting for both grant and fee-for-service revenue streams. Focusing on issues of natural resource management, workforce development, and environmental education, his strengths are managing complexity and designing participatory processes for project development and implementation.

Tyler holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from UC Irvine, and is pursuing his MBA at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also earned a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University and previously served on the Board of Directors for Fire Safe Sonoma from 2019-2021.

Tyler Pitts

Anastasia Pryor

Director of Development and Communications

Anastasia works with her team to raise Conservation Corps North Bay’s contributed income and to share CCNB’s work with its partners, donors, and community. She joined CCNB in 2018 and comes with more than 20 years of experience working in Marin and Sonoma Counties. 

Prior to joining CCNB, Anastasia was the Director of Development at Bergin University of Canine Studies, where she raised funds and awareness for the school’s educational and service dog programs. As Institutional Giving Officer at Yosemite Conservancy, Anastasia worked with corporate and foundation partners to support environmental restoration projects throughout the park. Before that, she was Assistant Development Director at Sunny Hills Services 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 Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

Megan Meder

Sarah Rhodd

Director of People and Culture

Sarah joined CCNB in June 2021 as Human Resources Manager before moving into the role of Director in February 2022. Sarah joins CCNB with over 16 years of progressive leadership experience, specializing in Human Resources. She has a strong background in hospitality and is passionate about people. Sarah was lucky enough to live and work in Big Sur, CA for over 15 years where her love of people and nature combined to create an ideal environment that fostered her professional development.

Sarah moved back to Sonoma Valley, where she was raised, to be closer to her family and stayed in the HR industry until making her move to CCNB in 2021. In her free time, Sarah can be found with her husband traveling, camping, swimming, and listening to live music.

Megan Meder

Chris Speed

Career Pathways Manager

Chris Speed, born and raised in Cleveland, OH and now an Oakland resident, is the founder and president of Youth Mentoring and Sports — a nonprofit that provides young adults with mentoring through sports recreation and career development. The organization targets individuals with limited income and offers web training, career talks, and an online social service database connecting youth with a wide range of helpful resources.

Chris’ background reveals his strong passion for helping others. Prior to launching Youth Mentoring and Sports, Chris received his M.A. in counseling from Bowie State University and worked as a family therapist and clinical case manager specializing in mental and developmental disabilities.

To meet Chris as a youth you would have found him playing basketball, soccer, tennis, football and baseball — or even playing the piano and saxophone, along with singing on his high school’s award-winning choir. For his undergraduate education, Chris attended the University of Wisconsin and particularly enjoyed a semester abroad in Sicily, Italy, where he learned a great deal about the culture and wonderful food!

These days, when Chris isn’t helping youth, you’ll find him playing soccer, jogging through the Oakland streets, or jamming on his bass guitar — and always, always, smiling at everyone he sees.

Angel Minor

Sheila Walsh

Operations and Evaluation Manager

Sheila joined CCNB in 2018 to design and manage the organization’s data and evaluation systems. This helps CCNB use information about corpsmembers and their experiences in the program to better support corpsmembers on an individual level and for organization-wide decision making. Sheila also guides CCNB’s participation in external evaluation projects, such as the Listen4Good national study to help nonprofits gather feedback from their participants and use that data for program improvements.

Sheila previously spent 10 years as an external evaluator, providing consulting services to nonprofits and foundations in the Bay Area and around the nation. Through this work, she realized the importance of working within a nonprofit to develop strong data tracking systems that balanced gathering key pieces of information and making use of that information without overburdening staff.

A star () next to a staff title denotes that this staff member is a former corpsmember. We are proud to have so many former program participants among our staff!

Conservation Corps North Bay is the oldest local nonprofit youth conservation corps in the country. Serving Marin and Sonoma Counties since 1982, CCNB has helped thousands of young people achieve their goals through education and job skills, while serving the environment and community.