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.
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.
Having just graduated from The Met Sacramento High School, Elijah is a freshman at UC Santa Cruz majoring in Computer Science. Apart from being a Math Tutor, Elijah also spent time in the Outdoors Club at his school and through it found an increase for his love of the outdoors, always on the lookout for the perfect reading spot out in the wild.
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.