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

Staff

The Mountain Lion Foundation has always achieved results with a small, energetic and dedicated staff. We work as a team to support Mountain Lion volunteers and local activists across the nation. Please, contact us with your questions, ideas and insights. Staff are available by phone on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time. If you are redirected to voice mail, press 0 to be directed to front office staff. Please leave a message, and we will return your call. You are a voice for mountain lions, and we value your communications. Join us as a Mountain Lion Foundation member, volunteer, and take action today. Together, we can Save America's Lion.

Tim Dunbar


Executive Director
916-442-2666 ext. 105
tdunbar @ mountainlion.org

Tim started his environmental career in 1990 as a volunteer collecting signatures for California's Proposition 117 - the Mountain Lion Initiative. He spent the next few years working for numerous environmental political campaigns (Big Green, CALPAW, Forests Forever, etc.) before joining the American Farmland Trust as a Field Assistant in 1994. During his tenure with AFT, Tim wrote or co-authored several publications dealing with development issues in California's Central Valley (The Central Valley New Towns: Destiny or Disaster, Ranchettes: The Subtle Sprawl, and Alternatives for Future Urban growth in California's Central Valley). Tim joined the Mountain Lion Foundation in August 2000 as their Development Director, and has subsequently been instrumental in creating many of MLF's ongoing conservation and educational programs. Tim became MLF's Executive Director in November of 2008, and is currently helping to shape the organization's vision of itself for the 21st Century.





Lynn Cullens


Associate Director
916-442-2666 ext. 103
lcullens @ mountainlion.org

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 Hull


Legal Counsel
916-442-2666 ext. 102
fhull @ mountainlion.org

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.





Amy Rodrigues


Biologist & Outreach Coordinator
916-442-2666 ext. 107
amy @ mountainlion.org

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 them 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.





Melissa Brown


Office Assistant
916-442-2666 ext. 100
mbrown @ mountainlion.org

With her strong interest in wildlife and conservation, Melissa was very happy to be invited to join the Mountain Lion Foundation team in January of 2011. Her career in office support for more than 20 years is proving invaluable in organizing the office and keeping things running smoothly. Melissa especially enjoys learning more about lions and chatting with members. It's likely you'll hear Melissa's cheerful voice when you telephone our office.





Lion walking in snow.