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Darla Guenzler, Ph.D

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Director / Executive Director

Guenzler has worked in the land conservation field for nearly twenty years, and her leadership is recognized throughout the state and nation.  In 2005, she founded the California Council of Land Trusts, a statewide association of … Read more


Patrick J. Shea, Ph.D.

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Director of Lands

pshea@wildlifeheritage.org

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 … Read more


Lisa Williams

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Business Manager

lwilliams@wildlifeheritage.org

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

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Program Development Manager

kellyvelasco@wildlifeheritage.org

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

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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