Lynn has been working with the Mountain Lion Foundation since 1989, first as a volunteer during the Proposition 117 Campaign. After moving to Sacramento in 1990, Lynn worked for Environmental Campaigns including Big Green, Forests Forever and Parks and Wildlife Bond Acts. After serving as Regional Director for the Archaeological Conservancy for nearly a decade, Lynn returned to the Mountain Lion Foundation in 2001. Lynn created MLF's cutting edge livestock protections programs, the community outreach efforts, and the design and coding of the Mountain Lion Foundation website. As Executive Director, she leads the organization's fight to end trophy hunting in 14 states and to reduce the number of mountain lions killed as a result of depredation, poisons, traffic, poaching and habitat loss.
Diana holds a Master's degree in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution from the University of Göttingen in Germany with an emphasis on carnivore field research, primarily in Africa. She also holds a B.Sc. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California Davis. Diana has taken on the Mountain Lion Foundation's research partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Cosumnes River Preserve Mountain Lion Study and the Sacramento Zoo and works as the local biologist for the Mountain Lion Foundation's Sacramento headquarters. She is excited to have joined the Mountain Lion Foundation to be an advocate for America's Lion and believes that the key to successful conservation is through community outreach, education, and collaboration between all stakeholders.
Denise Peterson is our Visibility Specialist. Denise has a strong background in wildlife science with a focus on mountain lions, is a talented photographer and videographer, is trained in the Adobe graphics suite, and has a GIS Certificate. She also has her Wildlife Chemical Immobilization certification and has worked in the Peruvian Amazon tracking radio collared ocelots. As we met Denise, she was working to map mountain lion mortalities across South Dakota, and readying herself to testify before the Utah Commission, asking them to reduce their lion hunt. Denise will represent us in the Rockies and Southwest.
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.
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.