Lynn has been working with the Mountain Lion Foundation since 1989, first as a volunteer field representative for California's Central Valley during the Proposition 117 Campaign. After moving to Sacramento in 1990, Lynn worked on Environmental Campaigns including Big Green, Forests Forever and several Parks and Wildlife Bond Acts. After serving as the Western Regional Director for the Archaeological Conservancy for nearly a decade, Lynn returned to the Mountain Lion Foundation as Director of Conservation Programs in the year 2001. Lynn has received the California Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. She was responsible for MLF's cutting edge livestock protections programs, the community outreach effort called "On the Edge", and the 2012 design and coding of the Mountain Lion Foundation website.
Fred started his environmental career in the mid 80's with Californians Against Waste working on the Bottle Bill. After a few detours, which included writing software for Viacom/Paramount, a law practice and developing business processes and software for a startup company that was acquired by Lexis, Fred returned to environmental work with the Mountain Lion Foundation in 2004.
Much like evolution, Amy's early research and conservation interests began with marine biology, crawled up to amphibians, branched off to reptiles and birds for a bit, and eventually settled on large land mammals. Amy graduated with honors in Zoology and a minor in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy and Law from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Amy joined the MLF team in 2008, first as an AmeriCorps member serving Central Sierra Nevada communities to help reduce pet and livestock conflicts with mountain lions. Then in 2009 Amy accepted a full time position as MLF's biologist and outreach coordinator. Today she uses her training to help translate lion research into practical solutions for residents and wildlife managers.
Leslie comes to the Mountain Lion Foundation with a variety of nonprofit management skills and over 20 years of experience. She previously worked for World Learning and The Experiment in International Living focusing on international education and sustainable development programs. Leslie spent several summers leading field programs to Kenya and Botswana where she worked with Habitat for Humanity and other independent organizations to build homes, schools, and women's health centers. More recently she has spent time in Zimbabwe and Myanmar leading women's economic development programs and education infrastructure. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Sahaya International and the Myanmar Children's Foundation. Her position with the Mountain Lion Foundation stirs a new passion in her to preserve ecosystems that include America's lion and protecting healthier and cleaner wild places for all of us to enjoy.
Lou Galgani joined the Mountain Lion Foundation team in the fall of 2015. She has a background in animal care and a biology degree from California State University Sacramento. Her experience in office administration and organization skills are proving to be valuable assets to MLF. Lou runs the front desk and you'll likely hear her cheerful wit when you telephone our office.