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.
Jessica is a recent graduate from Humboldt State University, where she got her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology. She works seasonally with the Foundation during the winter months. During the summer, she works in Colorado with the Forest Service as a Wildlife Technician. She has worked as a wildlife rehabilitator during her undergrad years at the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center. In Colorado, she provides education outreach to hikers and campers and works to mitigate conflicts with black bears and other wildlife. Jessica has also radio-collared deer with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as a part of a bi-annual management study. She plans to conduct a joint human dimensions study for the Foundation in cooperation with CDFW. The study will analyze human perceptions towards mountain lions and livestock protection tools in the Sierra Nevada foothills, before and after education outreach.
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.
Korinna is a transfer student at Humboldt State University (HSU) where she is obtaining her bachelors in Wildlife Management & Conservation Biology. Throughout the years she has worked on a variety of wildlife projects that include species such as black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, river otters, and Roosevelt elk. Since 2016, she has been mitigating wildlife conflicts with the Mountain Lion Foundation, working with state and federal agencies on ranchettes to reduce the number of mountain lions killed on depredations. Korinna is passionate about communicating science through various outreach initiatives to the public, students, and online. She managed the Know Your Neighbors campaign, an educational initiative in the state of Nevada that focuses on black bears, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions. She is also the HSU Education & Media Coordinator for The Wildlife Society Student Chapter. While at community college she launched her own undergraduate research in the Verdugo Mountains studying urban carnivores in order to inform city officials of wildlife activity in recreation areas through noninvasive and inexpensive trail camera methodologies.
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.