Tuolumne Lake, California.
Photo Courtesy of Sathish Jothikumar
Text: Board of Directors.


Board of Directors

Toby Cooper

Eastsound, Washington

Financial Advisor, Former Program Director of National Issues, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington DC; Former Staff, National Parks and Conservation Association, Washington DC.; 1968 U.S. Olympian; Former Board Member, California Center for Wildlife (now Wildcare), Vivamos Mejor, Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (now Acterra).

Dr. Joseph M. Hurwitz

Hollywood, Florida

Rabbi, Temple Isaiah, Palm Springs, CA (retired); Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, Jewish Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Family counseling, Claremont School of Theology; Founding Chairman of the Palm Springs Human Relations Commission; Founding President of the Palm Springs Clergy Association. Recipient of several 'Man of the Year' awards.

Bob McCoy

Issaquah, Washington

Bob started researching Puma concolor and joined the Mountain Lion Foundation in 2009. The following year, he testified against the Washington Cougar Hounding Pilot Program, formed the Washington Cougar Coalition (WA Cougar), and became the Foundation's Washington State Field Representative. Since then, he and volunteers have repeatedly stopped bills that would have harmed cougars. In 2013, Bob represented the Foundation on a panel at the 13th Mountain Lion Workshops in Utah. In 2015, Bob spurred WA Cougar to appeal the Washington Commission's failure to follow proper procedure in setting cougar hunting guidelines. Led by HSUS lawyers, we achieved the first overturn of a citizen commission ruling by a governor in state history. The Commission returned in 2016 to the prior hunting quota. Bob is now working to keep the state from taking measures against cougars in retaliation for the successful return of wolves to Washington. Bob McCoy became a member of the Board of Directors in July 2016.

Donald Molde, M.D.

Reno, Nevada

Donald Molde is a retired psychiatrist; former board member, Defenders of Wildlife, 20-year board member, Nevada Humane Society; and long-time Nevada wildlife activist defending carnivores and opposing fur trapping. Don developed the initial brief and served as the Nevada plaintiff in WildEarthGuardians lawsuit against Nevada Wildlife Services, which was settled to great advantage to wildlife in 2016. Don is currently suing the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to protect non-target species, including mountain lions, from fur trappers. Don is the co-founder of the Nevada Wildlife Alliance, and is widely regarded as the expert on mountain lions in the state. Dog owner, bird-watcher, and Nevada back country enthusiast, Don has endless energy for wildlife and the environment.

Elizabeth Sullivan

Vice Chair
Cotati, California

Wealth Management Advisor for private firm; Attorney; 18 years in Financial Advisory for Financial Consulting firms like Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Advisors, including planned giving and legacy consulting to non-profits and individual estates. As an attorney, formerly practiced in environmental litigation and toxics litigation including cases involving mitigation of several EPA Superfund sites. Spent time as pro-bono counsel on habitat and land use issues. Her lifetime concern about loss of species has led to involvement/ volunteer efforts on behalf of wildlife ranging from cleaning local marshes at age 6, penguin behavioral studies at S.F. Zoo in college, to feeding orphaned chicks at wildlife rehabilitation centers. "Every Individual counts!"

Dr. Chris Tromborg

Davis, California

Professor of Psychobiology and Animal Behavior at Sacramento City College and lecturer in Psycho-Physics and Animal Cognition at the University of California, Davis. Member of the Board of Directors of African Wild Dog Conservancy. Research interests include: captivity and behavior, focusing on behavioral enrichment through environmental engineering.

Fauna Tomlinson

Lake Tahoe

For 30 years I've been fortunate to call Tahoe my home along with my husband and our two talented adult kids. I'm in real estate for a living but my passion is the big cats of the world. I started with the Indian Bengal tiger, the Snow Leopard with many trips to India and Nepal. It's a privilege to work on native lion and coyote issues. Being on the board of Mountain Lion Foundation is an honor for me, giving me a chance to make a difference on behalf of America's lion in a new and exciting way. Keeping it wild!

Lion walking in snow.

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