Greenwood Staff

Greenwood Wildlife 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. Her accomplishments there included creating and implementing many new programs to save animals, expanding the staff from 18 to 50 and volunteers from 300 to 500, and growing the budget from $450,000 to $2 million. She has been at Greenwood since January 2009. She enjoys golf, travel and entertaining in her spare time.

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.

Development Manager: Chelsea Barrett

Chelsea moved to Colorado from California to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and obtained a double degree in Advertising and Sociology. After graduating, she worked as the Marketing Manager for Downtown Boulder, a nonprofit that promotes the vitality of the downtown business district in Boulder. Chelsea has always been passionate about animals, both domestic and wild. That passion for animals eventually led her to become involved with Greenwood’s Board of Directors in 2015. Needless to say, she thinks she’s found her calling. She loved serving on the Board of Directors and jumped at the opportunity to become even more involved as the full-time Development Manager. When she’s not spending time with her kitty sidekick, Mimosa, you will find Chelsea camping, hiking, fishing or enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors.

Volunteer & Outreach 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. Claudia has been a true animal lover for as long as she can remember but, after volunteering at the Montreal SPCA Emergency Shelter, she realized how immensely rewarding it is to care for animals. Shortly after, she decided to reorient her career towards animal protection, and began to work for the World Animal Protection (previously WSPA) 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. In 2018, Claudia joined Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as the Volunteer and Outreach Manager and couldn’t be more proud.

Claudia is a real social butterfly, always cheerful and willing to help. You can often see her showing pictures of her orange tabby cat Amber or teaching people a little bit of French! She loves going to the movies, snowshoeing, hiking, baking banana bread, playing board games, and meeting with her friends!

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.

Wildlife Educator: Alie Moreno

Alie’s path to Greenwood has been a journey full of amazing twists and turns. At Metro State University, she pursued a degree in Chicano Studies with a minor in elementary education. She spent more than a dozen years as the librarian at C.M.S. Community School, a low-income and culturally diverse public school in southwest Denver. Alie loved teaching students how to think rather than what to think. She started as an Animal Care Liaison at Greenwood in June, 2016 and was promoted to Front Desk Supervisor in July, 2017. She uses the skills she acquired working with kids to facilitate conversations about animal care between rehabilitators and the public to secure appropriate care for Greenwood’s patients and to educate the community on living peacefully with Colorado’s wild neighbors. Alie enjoys random adventures with her three children and checking out Denver’s comedy clubs.

Administrative Assistant: Georgia Jallo

A newcomer to Colorado in 2008, Georgia felt that volunteering at Greenwood would provide a great introduction to the state’s wildlife. She was first hired as a seasonal intake receptionist before being promoted to Administrative Assistant. Always interested in the vital connections between habitat and wildlife, she is now an apprentice master gardener with a focus on adding native plants to her new Colorado landscape. After receiving a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages from the University of California at Berkeley, Georgia spent 10 years in South America. She was an international banking officer and worked most recently in the medical field in California.

Communications & Marketing Coordinator: Mysti Tatro

Mysti is an animal ally with an immense love for wildlife and the environment. After moving around to every corner of the southwest United States, Mysti finally settled down in northern Colorado to pursue a degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.  She got her start at 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. She hopes to help Greenwood curate positive changes in her community.

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

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.