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Darla Guenzler, Ph.D

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 nonprofit land … Read more


Kelly Velasco

Associate Director

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 the … 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


Veronica Griffiths

Veronica

Education Coordinator

Veronica Griffiths is our new Education Coordinator at Wildlife Heritage Foundation. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Biology. She holds a California Multiple Subject teaching credential from St. Mary’s … Read more


Connie Winterstein

Connie WHF

Project Compliance Manager

Connie Winterstein began working at WHF in November of 2017 as Project Compliance Manager. Connie has over 15 years of project management and operations experience, with a diverse background working at nonprofits, in the private sector, and … Read more