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.
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 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.
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.