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.

Tyler Pitts

Tara Cornelisse

Programs Director

Tara joined CCNB in 2021 as the Director of both the Natural Resources and Career Pathways programs, bringing more than 15 years of experience in land conservation as well as in youth education and development. Prior to joining CCNB, Tara was a senior scientist a nonprofit as well as a biological consultant for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working on habitat conservation and land management, particularly for rare species conservation in California’s unique ecosystems.

Tara also served as an instructor and professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, Brooklyn College, and Canisius College, teaching ecological sciences to high school and college students, as well as providing academic support and career coaching. Specifically, Tara managed a research lab and mentored students in gaining applied field conservation skills to apply towards their chosen career. Tara holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, a MS in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Ecology from Boston University. She is committed to advancing CCNB’s mission of developing youth and conserving natural resources in the California ecosystems and communities that she knows and loves.

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

Sonoma Natural Resources Manager

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 and Senior Coordinator and now as a Natural Resources Manager.

Tyler Pitts

Anastasia Pryor

Director of Development and Communications

Anastasia works with her team to raise Conservation Corps North Bay’s private funding and to share CCNB’s work with its partners, donors, and community. She comes with more than 20 years of experience working in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Her “first career” working in advertising and marketing for local media outlets laid the foundation for her future work in community engagement and fundraising in the nonprofit sector.

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.

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.