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Patrick J. Shea, Ph.D.


Director/Executive Director

Dr. Patrick Shea was a principal research entomologist for 35 years at the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, before retiring in January 2000. Early in his career, his primary research responsibility was to investigate the … Read more

Lisa Williams


Business Manager

Ms. Williams joined WHF in May 2008, bringing with her many years of experience in office management, contract administration, human resource management, bidding and project support for the construction industry including experience working in commercial property management … Read more

Kelly Velasco


Program Development Manager

Kelly Velasco has worked in the California land trust community for nearly a decade. As Program Development Manager, she is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with WHF’s public agency and statewide community partners, assisting with … Read more

Gaylene Tupen


Senior Wildlife Biologist

Gaylene Tupen is a biologist with over 20 years of professional experience in natural resource management. She has a B.S. in Environmental and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ms. Tupen is experienced in wildlife … Read more

Amber Parmenter


Wildlife Biologist

Amber Parmenter is a biologist with over four years of experience in conducting biological research and fieldwork. She obtained a B.S. in Zoology in 2010 and an M.S. in Conservation Biology in 2013 from San Francisco State … Read more