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.
Veronica is a carnivore biologist whose work focuses on mountain lion ecology and human-carnivore conflict mitigation. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, and has spent the last 10 years studying carnivore species in diverse land use settings across the American West. Her experiences have repeatedly illustrated the importance of keeping livestock safe so that both ranchers and predators can remain a part of the West's working landscapes. Veronica joined the Mountain Lion Foundation to help build coalitions among diverse stakeholders and implement practical, field-tested techniques that protect both livestock and wildlife. She is committed to public outreach, education, and engaging local media to expand awareness of the crucial role that both mountain lions and humans play in sustaining healthy ecosystems.
Korinna is a transfer student at Humboldt State University where she is obtaining her B.S. in Wildlife Management & Conservation Biology. In 2016 she launched her own undergraduate research in the Verdugo Mountains studying urban carnivores using remote sensing cameras. Korinna's goal is to contribute to the scientific body of knowledge in order to help people, communities, the environment, and especially animals. Korinna loves to explore the natural world by backpacking, camping, and scuba diving. She hopes to go on to be a field biologist working with large carnivores.
Aaron Huelsman is a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara, with a Bachelors of Science in zoology. He has been interning with the Foundation as a Know Your Neighbors writer throughout 2017. Aaron served as president of the student chapter of The Wildlife Society at the university, leading field excursions and wildlife presentations, and focused primarily on the conservation of native flora and fauna during his time in Santa Barbara. He has a background in film and graphic arts and has produced a short documentary about the decommissioning of oil rigs off the coast of California and the controversial Rigs-to-Reef program. Aaron hopes to one day follow the footsteps of his heroes, Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin, and produce engaging wildlife filmography for a global audience.
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.
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.