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!

Intern
Alycia Matz

Alycia began as a volunteer with NBS before coming aboard as an Intern. Between the commitment to community, the variety of tasks, and the Baylands’ beauty, Alycia quickly found herself at home. Alycia is newer to ecological restoration, having shifted out of a career in theatrical design. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and anticipates graduating in May 2023. Alycia is excited to continue developing her restoration skills and is equally thrilled to be establishing a docent tour program to help further NBS’ mission of connecting people with nature. Alycia also enjoys volunteering with Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed and leading elementary school tours at Sonoma State University’s Fairfield Osborn Preserve. 

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.

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