Our Staff

Executive Director
Christina McWhorter

With a life-long interest in plants, Christina loves working with volunteers to restore vital wetland habitats in the Bay Area. After earning a B.S. in Plant Biology at UC Davis and a Masters in Horticulture from the University of Western Sydney, Christina has enjoyed working with plants and people in botanical gardens, colleges, and environmental education organizations.

Christina has been propagating, outplanting and monitoring local native plant species for the Hamilton Bel Marin Keys Wetlands Restoration Project since 2012. Christina has cultivated strong relationships with community members and project partners. She also led staff and volunteer site stewardship. In 2019 she founded NBS, under the fiscal sponsorship of MarinLink, to ensure that community-based wetland restoration efforts in the Novato area can continue!

Christina McWhorter
Executive Director

With a life-long interest in plants, Christina loves working with volunteers to restore vital wetland habitats in the Bay Area. After earning a B.S. in Plant Biology at UC Davis and a Masters in Horticulture from the University of Western Sydney, Christina has enjoyed working with plants and people in botanical gardens, colleges, and environmental education organizations.

Christina has been propagating, outplanting and monitoring local native plant species for the Hamilton Bel Marin Keys Wetlands Restoration Project since 2012. Christina has cultivated strong relationships with community members and project partners. She also led staff and volunteer site stewardship. In 2019 she founded NBS, under the fiscal sponsorship of MarinLink, to ensure that community-based wetland restoration efforts in the Novato area can continue!

Restoration Operations Specialist 
Tatiana Manzanillo

Growing up in the Bay Area and enjoying the diverse parks and open spaces of California, Tatiana dedicated herself to a career in conservation. Tatiana earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies concentrated in Natural Resource Management and Conservation from San Francisco State University in 2015. She has worked with local organizations, including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin County Parks, and the Marin Municipal Water District, on conservation and restoration projects in Marin’s wildlands. Tatiana brings a wide-ranging skillset that includes experience with restoration and monitoring techniques and botanical knowledge of local flora. Her passion for environmental conservation continues with her role restoring and preserving the Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys wetlands for wildlife and future generations to enjoy.

Tatiana Manzanillo
Restoration Ops Specialist

Tatiana earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies concentrated in Natural Resource Management and Conservation from SFSU. She has pursued a career in conservation management and restoration, working with like the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Marin Municipal Water District, Marin County Parks, and the National Park Service. She has also worked on projects like the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project, Early Detection and Rapid Response surveys, and restoration with volunteers. Tatiana is experienced in various restoration techniques, GIS mapping applications, and botanical knowledge of local plants. Her passion for the environment continues with her role in restoring and preserving the Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys wetlands for wildlife and future generations to enjoy.

Restoration Operations Specialist 
Cricket Swannucci

Cricket grew up in Southern California and moved to the North Bay to work on farms and return to school. Her appreciation for environmental conservation motivated her studies. She has now lived and worked in the North Bay for more than 10 years. Cricket earned a B.S. in Ecological Management and Restoration at UC Davis. While in school she gained experience working with various labs in the plant science department. Professionally, she has worked with many natural resource agencies throughout the region while leading Ecology and Natural Resource crews with the Conservation Corps North Bay. Projects included ecological restoration, monitoring, surveys, reporting, outreach, and education. Cricket is passionate about connecting people to place and nurturing community through environmental action.

Cricket Swannucci
Restoration Ops Specialist

Cricket grew up in Southern California and moved to the North Bay to work on farms and return to school. Her appreciation for environmental conservation motivated her studies. She has now lived and worked in the North Bay for more than 10 years. Cricket earned a B.S. in Ecological Management and Restoration at UC Davis. While in school she gained experience working with various labs in the plant science department. Professionally, she has worked with many natural resource agencies throughout the region while leading Ecology and Natural Resource crews with the Conservation Corps North Bay. Projects included ecological restoration, monitoring, surveys, reporting, outreach, and education. Cricket is passionate about connecting people to place and nurturing community through environmental action.