Thursday, March 31, 2022

Mule Deer Foundation Expands Headquarters, Conservation Staff

Salt Lake City, Utah : The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) continues to grow its staff, adding five new staff members to the team since February. The new staff will provide administrative and accounting support for the organization as well as add to the conservation programs that MDF is leading. These new employees are helping the organization’s continued growth and ensuring MDF fulfills its mission of ensuring the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer, and their habitat.

“The Mule Deer Foundation has been actively engaged with our local chapters and with conservation projects throughout the West, and we are lucky to be able to expand our staff to become even more effective in our work,” commented Mule Deer Foundation President/CEO Joel Pedersen. “As we grow, it is essential that the organization efficiently administers our financial resources and supports our field staff as they work to implement our mission. It is exciting to be able to increase our staff with quality new employees that are passionate about our mission and excited to work hard for conservation.”

Three of the new MDF staff members joined the Headquarters staff in Salt Lake City supporting the overall operations of the organization. Kelly Taylor joined MDF in early February after 15 years with Hoyt Archery and will serve as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant. With two decades of corporate experience, Erin Kahle joined the staff in mid-February as MDF’s new Merchandising & Product specialist. Faun Hill brings 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry to MDF adding compliance and auditing capabilities in her position as Accounting Clerk.

In addition to the Headquarters staff, two new employees were added to support the conservation efforts of the organization and both will be based in Northern California. Sarah Deaton started in early February and is serving as the Conservation Program Associate. The most recent hire is forester Chris Daunt who is a partner employee with the U.S. Forest Service coordinating forest restoration activities on the Plumas National Forest.

“Together, our staff is allowing MDF to implement our mission more effectively than ever before in our history. With even more new staff in our immediate future, I am excited to build the future of the Mule Deer Foundation,” concluded Pedersen.

Full staff biographies and details of their positions are available on the MDF website.


About MDF
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and conserving mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of men, women and youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved at or call 801-973-3940.


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