Meet Our Development and Communications Team
Director of Development and Communications
Anastasia works with her team to raise Conservation Corps North Bay’s private funding and to share about 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 including The Marin Independent Journal and The Press Democrat laid the foundation for her future work in community engagement and fundraising in the nonprofit sector.
Anastasia was most recently Director of Development at Bergin University of Canine Studies, where she significantly increased revenues while structuring a marketing and public relations plan. As Institutional Giving Officer at Yosemite Conservancy, Anastasia raised over $3 million for environmental restoration projects in one year by stewarding existing donors and building new relationships with corporate and foundation partners. Prior to that, she was Assistant Development Director at Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo 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 BA from University of California at Berkeley.
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.
Bryan Chavez Castro
Bryan joined CCNB in 2023, and he brings over four years of experience in various writing and editing roles. He worked at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Public Relations Department as a Communications and Marketing Intern and at SRJC Petaluma’s Intercultural Center creating collateral for cultural events to foster diversity and inclusion. He also served as Staff Editor of the Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal at UC Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in comparative literature with honors in 2021. Born and raised in El Salvador, he wrote an honors thesis about the creation of a transnational Salvadoran identity by examining the cultural production of the postwar years. Before joining CCNB, he was Customer Experience Intern at Torch Leadership Labs, a start-up delivering professional development to all leadership levels.
Bryan is excited to bring his bilingual writing expertise and his design and digital content creation skills to CCNB’s development and communications efforts. He is particularly passionate about CCNB’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and he hopes to bring that same dedication to the team. In his free time, Bryan likes to play soccer, go thrift shopping, and go on nature hikes in the North Bay (and take lots of pictures!).
Oona joined the CCNB Development Team in late July of 2023. She grew up exploring the natural beauty of Sonoma County and the Bay Area while helping her uncle with construction and restoration projects across the county.
She received her BA in Medieval History from UC Santa Cruz, worked as a school tour guide for an Egyptian Museum, and spent the last 10 years as the Equestrian Director, Office Manager and Fundraising Coordinator for a non-profit summer camp in the Sierra Foothills. What do these experiences have in common? A passion for youth development and a love for the natural world.
In her free time, Oona enjoys going on walks, reading all things Jane Austen, testing her coordination skills with aerial arts, and connecting with horses in a natural and holistic way.
Elizabeth Barron-Stolcz, Evaluations Associate
CJ Pendergast, Senior Grant Writer
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.