Penny put down roots in the wilds of Wyoming in 1992 and immediately started volunteering for conservation organizations on top of her government day job because, as she put it, “living as I do in the most complete ecosystem in the lower 48 comes with an enormous responsibility, and the privilege of living here comes with a mandate to value and protect that precious gift of beauty and wildness.”
When The Cougar Fund was founded in 2000, Penny was eager to offer her help as a volunteer. By 2013 she was ready to take on the role of Executive Director. With an academic background in human sciences, and graduate certification in natural resource collaboration Penny is able to embrace and further the ecological and educational mission of The Cougar Fund. It is a dream job, where every day is a new opportunity to share the story of mountain lions and other large carnivores and the immense value they have for the environment.
Penny remains active in the outdoors and loves to hike, kayak, walk her beloved four-legged companion. She has volunteered as a backcountry ranger in Grand Teton National Park for the past 20 years.