Tuolumne Lake, California.
Photo Courtesy of Sathish Jothikumar
 
Text: Board of Directors.

MOUNTAIN LION FOUNDATION:

Board of Directors


Toby Cooper


Chair
Eastsound, Washington

Financial Advisor, Former Program Director of National Issues, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington DC; Former Staff, National Parks and Conservation Association, Washington DC.; 1968 U.S. Olympian; Former Board Member, California Center for Wildlife (now Wildcare), Vivamos Mejor, Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (now Acterra).






Steve Harris


Santa Monica Mountains, California

Retired President and Executive Director, and an original Board member of the Mountains Restoration Trust which was formed in 1981. First co-chair and board member of the California Council of Land Trusts. A businessman for more than thirty years. Mr. Harris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern California Open Space Council, a member of the Park Advisory Board to the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, past member of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) for Central Business District to the Community Redevelopment Agency (LA), and past member of the PAC Committee to the County of Los Angeles for the California Coastal Commission Land Use Plan.





Dr. Joseph M. Hurwitz


Hollywood, Florida

Rabbi, Temple Isaiah, Palm Springs, CA (retired); Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, Jewish Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Family counseling, Claremont School of Theology; Founding Chairman of the Palm Springs Human Relations Commission; Founding President of the Palm Springs Clergy Association. Recipient of several 'Man of the Year' awards.





Bob McCoy


Issaquah, Washington

Bob started researching Puma concolor and joined the Mountain Lion Foundation in 2009. The following year, he testified against the Washington Cougar Hounding Pilot Program, formed the Washington Cougar Coalition (WA Cougar), and became the Foundation's Washington State Field Representative. Since then, he and volunteers have repeatedly stopped bills that would have harmed cougars. In 2013, Bob represented the Foundation on a panel at the 13th Mountain Lion Workshops in Utah. In 2015, Bob spurred WA Cougar to appeal the Washington Commission's failure to follow proper procedure in setting cougar hunting guidelines. Led by HSUS lawyers, we achieved the first overturn of a citizen commission ruling by a governor in state history. The Commission returned in 2016 to the prior hunting quota. Bob is now working to keep the state from taking measures against cougars in retaliation for the successful return of wolves to Washington. Bob McCoy became a member of the Board of Directors in July 2016.






Donald Molde, M.D.


Secretary
Reno, Nevada

Donald Molde is a retired psychiatrist; former board member, Defenders of Wildlife, 20-year board member, Nevada Humane Society; and long-time Nevada wildlife activist defending carnivores and opposing fur trapping. Don developed the initial brief and served as the Nevada plaintiff in WildEarthGuardians lawsuit against Nevada Wildlife Services, which was settled to great advantage to wildlife in 2016. Don is currently suing the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to protect non-target species, including mountain lions, from fur trappers. Don is the co-founder of the Nevada Wildlife Alliance, and is widely regarded as the expert on mountain lions in the state. Dog owner, bird-watcher, and Nevada back country enthusiast, Don has endless energy for wildlife and the environment.






Jonathan Naimon


Seattle, Washington

Jonathan Naimon is president of Light Green Advisors (LGA), a Seattle-based asset manager that specializes in environmentally responsible investing. LGA clients include environmental foundations, educational and health care organizations, and various types of trusts. Previously, Mr. Naimon was a visiting professor at the Norwegian School of Management and directed the environmental program of the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in Washington,D.C. He has held economic and environmental analysis positions with ABB Environmental Services, ICF Kaiser, and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.






Elizabeth Sullivan


Vice Chair
Cotati, California

Wealth Management Advisor for private firm; Attorney; 18 years in Financial Advisory for Financial Consulting firms like Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Advisors, including planned giving and legacy consulting to non-profits and individual estates. As an attorney, formerly practiced in environmental litigation and toxics litigation including cases involving mitigation of several EPA Superfund sites. Spent time as pro-bono counsel on habitat and land use issues. Her lifetime concern about loss of species has led to involvement/ volunteer efforts on behalf of wildlife ranging from cleaning local marshes at age 6, penguin behavioral studies at S.F. Zoo in college, to feeding orphaned chicks at wildlife rehabilitation centers. "Every Individual counts!"





John Taft


Lima, Montana

Former Board Member, Humane Society of the United States; active in wildlife conservation efforts in California and Africa. Property owner and conservation advocate in the Centennial Valley of Montana. Benefactor of the University of Utah's Taft-Nicholson Center, providing unparalleled opportunities to explore, study and create in a singular wilderness area with diverse ecosystems.





Dr. Chris Tromborg


Davis, California

Professor of Psychobiology and Animal Behavior at Sacramento City College and lecturer in Psycho-Physics and Animal Cognition at the University of California, Davis. Member of the Board of Directors of African Wild Dog Conservancy. Research interests include: captivity and behavior, focusing on behavioral enrichment through environmental engineering.




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