Wolf Connection is truly blessed to have attracted the most amazing team of people one can wish for. These are the people that make Wolf Connection possible. Please take a moment to meet them.
CEO and Founder
Originally from Argentina, Teo moved to California in 1999. He comes from a family lineage of educators and legislators who have supported youth development in his native country. Embracing those values, and in line with his own caring nature, Teo developed a passion to reach out to young people in need of mentoring and guidance.
After three years in the army, Teo became a rock climber and adventurer. As such, it was natural that his first mentoring experiences involved young people joining him on mountaineering and outdoor exercises. The goal of these programs was to offer a rite of passage experience that would help kids and families gain a sense of confidence and accomplishment.
Once in California, Teo simultaneously spent 10 years under the tutelage of senior instructors at Cleargreen, Inc., and 4 years with Mind Works, Inc. under the mentorship of its founder Master Business and Personal Coach Larry Pinci, PhD. Teo is part of the Cleargreen, Inc. team conducting self-discovery seminars around the world. He is the visionary of various youth and education programs designed to support teens and young adults in their mid and long term goals, creating a community of inspired young men and women… a new generation of leaders. Over the years, he has been a court advocate with the CASA program, a registered foster father, a trainer for the Safe School Ambassadors program, a mentor and a life coach for adolescents and young adults.
In his private coaching practice, Teo has specialized in working with boys from various social backgrounds, guiding them into a constructive dialogue in order to express themselves and find ways to deal with their personal life challenges.
Teo has been working with young men and women, and their families, since 1996, and with captive exotic animals since 2002.
Lead of Programs
Giulia started out with Wolf Connection by coming to the monthly community hikes. When she learned that the organization’s mission was primarily centered on nurturing the development of youth/adults while integrating the animal and nature experience, she knew that she had found her heart’s desire. Finding her heart and her soul through her connection with nature, the wolves and giving to the clients in need, Giulia is privileged to bring her MFT training to lead the Program Department and Human Services Department.
Lead of Foundation and Donor Relations
Cate came to Wolf Connection through her search for community and family in her new home of Los Angeles. After spending a majority of her adult life traveling and moving from place to place, Wolf Connection was the anchor that Cate was looking for and she’s been part of the pack ever since. Wolf Connection gives Cate the opportunity to combine her passions of promoting healthy child development, safe communities for children and families to prosper, and teaching through adventure education. Her background includes practice as a behavior modification specialist with at-risk youth in group home settings, as a juvenile justice advocate in the legal field, winning the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Student Outstanding Award, and as a civil rights instructor at Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey, the most dangerous city in America.
Lead of Business Development and Partnerships
I found Wolf Connection through a friend that was already volunteering. When I first saw a picture of her with one of the pack I believe my exact words were “Where is this and why am I not there?” I love animals and helping people so as I learned more about Wolf Connection’s mission I was hooked. You can now find me there almost every weekend spending time with our amazing wolf and human pack. When I’m not there I’m typically working, hanging with friends or explaining to someone why hanging with wolves isn’t crazy but is one of the most incredible experiences you’ll find in life.
Animal Behavior Specialist
When Renee met Teo, she was blessed with the opportunity to work one-on-one with wolves and wolfdogs. They met by coincidence when he came to have lunch at a local cafe with some of the members of the Wolf Connection pack.
What she likes about Wolf Connection most is being given the opportunity to connect with people through the wolves and through nature, and educating the public. As Animal Behavior Specialist, Renee oversees the animals’ socialization, training and safety. Renee brings her training from the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College as well as her many years of working with canines and horses to the Pack Care Services Department.
Lead of Volunteer Orientation and Training
In 2009, Natasha realized she wasn’t living the life she wanted. Always having had a profound connection with animals and previously working with exotics, this was a component that she deeply missed. Finding Wolf Connection was the perfect fit because she had developed a love for wolves over the years and really wanted to connect to them. Building relationships with the pack (human and four-legged) has become one of the highlights of her life.
Ranch Operations Coordinator
My wife Brenda and I have been wolf advocates in Alaska for years so when we arrived in Acton and heard the distant howling of a wolf-pack we knew we had to find them. After searching, we found Wolf Connection and have been there ever since.
Not a day goes by that we don’t count our blessings for being able to work with these amazing animals, care for them and learn from them.
It is wonderful to be a part of the pack (both human and wolf!)
Event & Hospitality Coordinator; Program Assistant
One thing you should know about me — I truly believe animals make our lives better and when I first arrived at Wolf Connection, I knew my life was about to change.
A life-long animal lover, I have always been the type of person who will talk to any dog, cat, lizard or four legged creature I pass on the street. Ever since I was young, my parents envisioned me working with animals; however, life took me in a different direction. After graduating college, I worked in entertainment and media for 10 years, enjoying the experience but always knowing that “something” was missing. In 2013, I was ready to find that “something” and reconnect with my passion for animals. So it seemed fated that while looking into graduate school to pursue a career in animal assisted therapy, I stumbled across an ad for Wolf Connection. As soon as I saw Maya, the alpha of the Wolf Connection Pack, staring back at me from the page, I knew I wanted to be involved.
I visited the ranch, thinking that volunteering would serve as a casual hobby — but after my first day, I was hooked! What these animals have overcome and what they are able to share with others is truly inspiring and Wolf Connection has since become the passion I had been searching for. It not only allows me to spend time with an amazing pack, but also gives me the opportunity share my belief in the healing power of animals with others.
Human Services Coordinator; Program Assistant
Amanda established bonds with large canines early in life and she has been engaged in advocacy for many types of animals. As a licensed psychologist, she also has extensive experience working with the human species. Amanda discovered Wolf Connection by following a trail that started with an advertisement for “wolf therapy” in a psychology magazine. She was immediately drawn to Wolf Connection’s mission and coincidentally learned about the organization just as she was preparing to move to the Los Angeles area. She immediately reached out to Wolf Connection and similar to so many visitors and clients, her first encounter with the pack was transformational. Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to witness and support the human-animal connection and healing that is integral to Wolf Connection’s mission.