Angel Minor, Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO
In her role as COO, Angel has the general authority of all aspects of CCNB’s internal administrative 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 a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Accounting degree from Sonoma State University.
Brandon Benton, Zero Waste Program Coordinator
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 Coordinator, 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.
Monique Brown, Career Pathways Manager
Monique is an Oakland native who has spent over a decade serving diverse families and at-risk youth throughout the 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 150 young women annually and focused on confidence building, skill development, college readiness, career exploration, and STEM skills like environmental engineering.
Monique also served on the Board of Welcome Ministry, a nonprofit that provides resources, support, and community for those struggling with homelessness.
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 non-profit finance and accounting, with a background in grant making 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.
Prior to getting her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, Brandy worked for 13 years in the biotech and marine science industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology and a Certificate in Bioinformatics from UC Santa Cruz.
Kristi Gray, Career Pathways Coach/EAP Support
Kristi Gray joined CCNB in 2018 and is responsible for supporting and assisting corpsmembers in developing their personal career pathways so that they may successfully transition to post training, employment and reaching their personal goals, as well as assisting to manage the AmeriCorps Educational Award Program.
Kristi has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit youth and program development, with a background in civil engagement and special needs education. She has long been interested in the role that conservation plays in the community, helping transitional youth find their place and purpose in life and in their own communities.
Earlier in her career, Kristi spent 15 years in community outreach as a service provider to the displaced and veterans of Sonoma County. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice: Intercultural Relations from California State University, Long Beach.
Michelle Honey, Career Pathways WIOA/YEES Coordinator
Michelle joined CCNB in 2017 as a part-time recruiter, then administrative assistant, and has since moved into the role of Career Pathways Coordinator. In this role, Michelle works with youth on case management, barrier removal/supportive services, career exploration, and job placement.
Michelle earned degrees in Native American Studies and Geography with an emphasis on Environmental Management and GIS from San Francisco State University in 2013. She has previous work experience in the food industry at the College of Marin’s Organic Farm (through Cultural Conservancy) as well as retail and non-profit experience. Michelle also completed successful internships with Landpaths, Golden Gate Botanical Garden, and The Cultural Conservancy. While working in youth development is a new career path, Michelle finds it extremely rewarding and something she looks forward to continuing to devote herself to.
Kyle LaRue, Zero Waste Programs Manager
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. Currently, as the Zero Waste Programs Manager, 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, Sonoma Natural Resources Crew Coordinator
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 was has continued to grow and is now to the Sonoma Natural Resources Crew Coordinator.
Tyler Pitts, Director of Environmental Programs and Contracting
Tyler oversees CCNB’s paid work experience programs within the Natural Resources and Community Recycling departments. He collaborates with partner agencies in Marin, Sonoma, and beyond to design projects in fire fuel reduction, habitat restoration, flood prevention, trail construction, material recovery and recycling, construction, and more. Tyler also leads the estimating, contracting, grant writing, and reporting processes that make these projects possible.
Tyler’s professional experience includes backcountry trail construction, environmental education, sustainability planning, and youth development. Before joining CCNB in 2015, 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. He 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 in 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. He holds the C-27 Landscaping Contractors License for CCNB, earned a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University, is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, and serves on the Board of Directors for FireSafe Sonoma.
Anastasia Pryor, 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.
Caitlin Quinn, Communications Coordinator
Caitlin joined the CCNB team in 2019 after honing her communications and development skills at Verity, Sonoma County’s nonprofit rape crisis center. She has a passion for developing leadership and community pride in youth; she is also a nature lover and lifelong environmentalist. Caitlin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and began her career in public service as a student government leader registering students to vote, expanding campus rights and representation for queer students, and organizing student support for the local labor movement.
Caitlin currently serves as a School Board Trustee for Petaluma City Schools, a Commissioner representing District 2 on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Chair of the City of Petaluma’s Animal Service Advisory Committee. Caitlin is a graduate of the Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities, avid reader, and active member of Sonoma County’s thriving community. She looks forward to engaging more with the community in Marin and growing CCNB’s potential as well as her own.
Matt Richter, Marin Natural Resources Crew Coordinator
Matt Richter joined CCNB in January 2019. He oversees and supports the daily operations of CCNB’s conservation crews throughout Marin County as the Natural Resources Crew Coordinator. He came to CCNB with 6 years of field experience working at the federal, state, and non-profit levels. He has worked as a corpsmember, a wildland firefighter, a trail crew leader and, most recently, a program assistant with the Student Conservation Association. He is passionate about building community through hands-on stewardship of the land. In his free time he loves cooking, rock-climbing, surfing, and engaging with the beautiful and diverse community where he lives in Oakland!
Terri Thomas, Natural Resources and Climate Resiliency Consultant
Terri has devoted decades to the earth’s protection. She is a natural resources manager, ecologist, and planner with 36 years of national park experience in management, science, monitoring, operations, policy, and regulation in the full breadth of natural resource disciplines. Since 1984 she led programs and projects in Bay Area national parks for Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio Trust. She has received both the National Park Service Director’s award for the best natural resources manager and the Regional Director’s award for the best natural resources manager. She has 26 publications, 31 achievement awards and has given 32 formal presentations to professional or public audiences.
Terri has a BS in Forestry from U.C. Berkeley and an MS in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington. She has served on the board of the Sausalito Community Boating Center, the Floating Homes Association and on the elected board of the Fallen Leaf Lake Community Services District.
Sheila Walsh, Evaluation Coordinator
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 while not overburdening staff.
Ted Young, Natural Resources Crew Program Manager
Ted grew up in Marin, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia. After high school, he joined CCNB in 1989, back when it was Marin Conservation Corps, working his way up the ranks to Assistant Crew Leader before joining the California Conservation Corps and then working in maintenance for GGNRA. Ted then served as a volunteer firefighter and grew his skills into becoming a firefighter and rescue EMT. He worked Yosemite National Park on the backcountry trail crew and dislocated his shoulder on the job, needing to be flown out on a fire helicopter. During the ride he asked the crew, “How do you get this job?” which led to him joining the prescribed fire crew for the Park the next year.
Ted dove headfirst into the world of wildland fires, becoming a Smoke Technician, a Fire Use Monitor, a Firing Boss, a Saw Boss, a Class C Faller trainee, Incident Commander Type 4, and a Crew Boss. In these roles he worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Forest Service, National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. He has worked at Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Big Bear USFS, Morongo Reservation, Pima Fire, and Fort Yuma Fire. Ted has over 16 years of wildland fire-fighting experience saving communities, protecting forests, and acquiring skills he can now share with corpsmembers.
Ted came back to CCNB after seeing an ad for a Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) position, bringing all his technical skills from trails and wildland fire leadership. After a season with SCYEC, Ted worked a couple of years with the CCNB Caltrans Crew. Ted then was promoted to the Lead Natural Resources Crew (NRC) Supervisor, then promoted to NRC Program Coordinator, and now works as the NRC Program Manager.