Greenwood Staff

Executive Director: Linda Tyler

With a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado, Linda has been working for nonprofit organizations in Boulder County since 1977. After spending 21 years in human services, she was the Executive Director of the Longmont Humane Society from 1996–2008.  She has been at Greenwood since January 2009. Linda lives in Boulder with her husband, dog and two cats. She enjoys golf, travel and entertaining in her spare time.

Associate Director: Amanda Lau

Amanda came to Colorado in 2009 to pursue a graduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder. Her research focused on predator-prey relationships as well as ecological issues concerning several Colorado species, including prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, and a variety of native bats. She also excelled in teaching science curricula to undergraduates and local school children. After receiving her master’s degree, she joined the development team at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Her practical background in fundraising, operations, and project management and her academic background in ecology and wildlife biology make her a great addition to the Greenwood team. Amanda enjoys hiking, camping, spending time with her family, and board games.

Operations and Program Manager: Claudia Laprise

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, Claudia left her hometown to travel the world and learn new languages at a young age. Her studies in International Relations and Disaster Management led her to work for several non-profits including the CECI Montreal, UNICEF Quebec and the Canadian Red Cross. Shortly after volunteering at the Montreal SPCA Emergency Shelter, she decided to reorient her career towards animal protection and began to work for the World Animal Protection in Thailand and the Philippines. Since then, she completed a certificate program in Animal Welfare at the Thompson Rivers University and was privileged to work at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) as their Adoption Services Supervisor. Claudia joined Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in May 2018 as the Volunteer and Outreach Manager and was promoted to Operations and Program Manager in January 2022.

Animal Care Supervisor: Lea Peshock

Lea has been active at Greenwood since 2009. She started as a volunteer, became one of our seasonal Animal Care Technicians and was recently promoted to Animal Care Supervisor. Lea received an Associates Degree in Radiologic Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design 1988. She received her Colorado Provisional Wildlife Rehabilitation License in October of 2011 and became fully licensed in October of 2012. In her free time, Lea enjoys swimming and, of course, all types of animals.

Community Relations Coordinator: Mysti Tatro

Mysti is an animal ally with an immense love for wildlife and the environment.  She pursued a degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Throughout college, she worked for the City of Fort Collins and went on to work for Colorado Parks and Wildlife where she focused on diversity and inclusion efforts within the conservation field. Now she works as the Community Relations Coordinator for Greenwood, with the goal of curating positive changes in her community.

She also enjoys camping, hiking, photography, friends, and art.

Education & Front Desk Coordinator: MeLena Trujillo

MeLena is a Colorado native and has always had a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. She received a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and another in Anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She began her journey with Greenwood as an intern in the summer of 2019 following her graduation. From there, she was hired on as a seasonal animal care technician and front desk staff during the busy season. Now she works with Greenwood year-round as Operations Coordinator. Her goal is to help Greenwood spread its positive message and further educate the public on the local wildlife.

MeLena enjoys conversing and getting to know people from various backgrounds and cultures. She was also a martial artist for 11 years, and loves spending her free time hiking, weightlifting, reading and exploring pop culture.

Animal Care Technician: Amanda Manoa

Amanda’s experience spans the globe. She’s interned at Dolphin Quest in Hawaii where she trained Bottlenose Dolphins and Southern Brown Stingrays, took care of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles along with various tropical fish and invertebrates, and taught education programs to human animals of all ages. She also spent time at the Odense Zoo in Denmark where she worked with all of the animals in the collection, her favorites being the manatees and penguins. Back on the Front Range, Amanda interned at the Denver Downtown Aquarium, volunteered at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for seven years, volunteered for four years at the Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center, and trained a service dog for two years. She attended Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs where she studied Zoo Keeping Technology.

Amanda started as an intern at Greenwood in 2010 and is now a member of our year-round staff.

Animal Care Technician: Bob Nightwalker

Bob is a Colorado native, but spent some time in California where he interned at several notable facilities, including the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Jerry Thompson’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and the Gibbon Conservation Center. He moved back to Colorado in 1992 and worked for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. Bob also worked as a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator at WildKind in Fort Collins for 12 years before coming to Greenwood in January of 2013.

Bob is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and attended Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program in California where he earned an associate’s degree in Science.

Greenwood Wildlife Thrift Shop & Consignment Gallery Staff

Retail Manager/Director of Sales & Promotions: Diane McCarthy

What lured Diane to Greenwood Consignment Gallery and Thrift Shop? She has a love for the unique, retro and simply irresistible! After raising four daughters, this begins a new chapter of excitement in her life. Her advertising, sales and marketing backgrounds provide her with a chance to help customers locate these fabulous stores and to create exciting promotions to keep them coming back. “Our goal at Greenwood is to help consignors and customers find another home for preowned furniture, decor and jewelry…giving everything a second chance. It’s a lot of fun and supports such a great cause – and who doesn’t want to help rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife!”

Retail Sales Associate/Social Media Coordinator: Tamara Hampikian

Tammy Hampikian spent 26 years as an Electrical Engineer. A military move overseas with her husband broke her heart after seeing countless homeless animals living in the streets. She volunteered with the nonprofit AWL (Animals Without Limits) for a year, after which she continued to rescue street dogs on her own, paying for the cost of feeding, sterilizing, vaccinating, microchipping and transporting herself. She homed 85 dogs, driving and flying them across borders to deliver them to their carefully selected homes, many of which she maintains contact with. After returning (with 5 dogs), her husband retired and came to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado to pursue a second degree. Tammy began volunteering at the Greenwood Consignment Gallery in 2014, and shortly after was hired as a permanent employee.