Lynn Cullens grew up on ranches in Nevada and California's Central Valley, and within in the small rural communities that served them. She has been working with the Mountain Lion Foundation since 1989 when she collected signatures as a volunteer during the campaign to pass Proposition 117. After moving to Sacramento in 1990, Lynn worked for a series of environmental ballot initiatives and parks and wildlife bond acts. She served as Regional Director for the Archaeological Conservancy for nearly a decade, returning to the Mountain Lion Foundation in 2001. She created MLF's cutting edge livestock protection programs, community outreach efforts, and the design and coding of the Foundation website. As Executive Director, Lynn leads the fight to end trophy hunting in 16 states and to reduce the number of mountain lions killed as a result of depredation, poisons, traffic, poaching and habitat loss.
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 Wildlife Board, asking them to reduce their lion hunt. Located near Salt Lake City, Utah, Denise will represent us in the Rockies and Southwest.
As Mountain Lion Foundation's Conservation Specialist, Korinna helps to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts throughout the state of California, partnering with state and federal agencies to reduce the number of mountain lions killed on depredation permits. Throughout the years Korinna has worked on a variety of wildlife projects that include species such as black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, river otters, and Roosevelt elk. She is currently leading our mountain lion human dimensions survey in Southern California. She is a passionate science communicator and a frequent speaker at community events, professional conferences, and manages Mountain Lion Foundation's television and visual media requests. Korinna has been employed with the Mountain Lion Foundation since 2016.
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.
Membership Liaison Julie Wolfenden joins the Mountain Lion Foundation with an impressive background in organizational administration. When she is not assisting our wonderful members with their needs, she is enjoying her family and Papillion mix dog Bella. Notable accomplishments are; a career as a former ballerina with the Sacramento Ballet, a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications, and the distinction of LEED AP.