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.
AMANDA BEER, PhD
Director of Programs
Amanda’s longing for a more creative, experiential approach to human growth and empowerment, as well as a synchronistic move to Los Angeles, led her to Wolf Connection. Amanda is a licensed psychologist and educator, and at Wolf Connection® she collaborates with the wolf pack and human program team to facilitate powerful opportunities for awareness, connection, healing, and growth. Amanda earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her clinical training and experience has focused on multicultural competence, group interventions, and mindfulness-based approaches to wellness. At a post-doctoral level she has engaged in intensive training focused on psychological trauma and healing. Amanda has been actively involved in teaching and research throughout her career. Consistent with her commitment to social justice as a therapist, she has presented and published a number of empirical studies focused on social, cultural, and training issues (e.g., inmates’ experiences, White privilege, multicultural learning environments, etc.). Amanda is deeply honored to work in an environment where in-the-moment experience and willingness to learn from the wolves and the land surpass any of her aforementioned credentials.
Director of Development
Wolf Connection® gives Cate the opportunity to combine her passions of promoting healthy child development, creating safe communities for children and families to prosper, and teaching through adventure education. Her lengthy background in the non profit sector and practice as a behavior modification specialist with at-risk youth, 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, is a unique combination of excellence in compelling writing, expertise in For Change fiscal responsibility, and a deep appreciation for the true heroes who make Wolf Connection® a reality… the donors and supporters. As Director of Development, Cate’s goal for Wolf Connection® is to become a trailblazer in For Change fundraising and a gold standard organization that inspires future dreamers, pioneers, and inventors to work towards a better tomorrow, just like the incredible people who make up the Wolf Connection® Leadership Team.
Lead of Development
Ree had been in the entertainment industry for over 12 years in NYC as an actress and screenwriter when she decided to move West with her husband. Just days before the move, she found out she had breast cancer. The first year in LA was filled with doctors, hospitals, surgeries and chemotherapy. When she started to come out of the fog, a friend of hers that volunteered at Wolf Connection advised her to check it out. Ree read about it online and quickly applied to be a volunteer. Working with the wolves, she saw a strength in herself that she thought was long dead. Inspired daily, she kept volunteering and learning more and more about these incredible animals and wonderful people. She started working the programs and began to witness the amazing transformation in the kids. Frowns to smiles, tears to relief, hearts broken to beginning to heal all opened Ree’s eyes to a part of life that she never knew.
Lead of Animal Behavior
As Lead of Animal Behavior, Renee oversees the socialization of the rescued wolfdogs and general caretaking training for volunteers. She collaborates with the Co-Leads of Pack Services to ensure that volunteers and staff are following safety procedures and are consistent with animal and human interactions. Renee also works with the Programs Team by facilitating the animal/human connection to maximize Wolf Connection’s® programming. Renee’s natural talent for understanding animal behavior began early in childhood with horse training along with managing the family’s several canines, cultivating her innate knowing. This intrinsic skill granted Renee acceptance to Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program with continued hands-on medical experience as a veterinary technician. Near the completion of her studies at Moorpark, she met Teo Alfero and the initial pack of wolfdogs that changed her life. Renee is an integral member of Wolf Connection’s® Leadership Team, whose knowledge and presence leads the Pack Services Department with great strength now and into the future.
Co-Lead of Pack Services
I was looking for something meaningful to do for my birthday and searched for ‘local wolf sanctuaries’ to visit. I contacted Wolf Connection for their semi-private hike that Easter Sunday and I immediately signed up, and so as they say…the rest is history!
I was completely enamored with the beautiful people that run the organization as much as I was with the wolves. Once I came to Wolf Connection® and met the 4-legged and 2-legged creatures, I never left! I became a volunteer about a month later and haven’t looked back. I’m now a Wolf Connection’s® Co-Lead of Pack Services! It’s the most magnificent and rewarding thing I’ve ever been a part of. I’m so proud and honored to be a Pack Member where I continue to learn and grow and nurture relationships with all the people and the incredible animals on the compound.
Co-Lead of Pack Services
While working as a receptionist for a veterinary ophthalmologist, Wolf Connection® brought one of the animals in to see the doctor for a scratch he had gotten on his eye. Living up to his nature, Malo attempted to escape from the exam room as I entered and ended up in my lap. He seemed very curious about me and I was interested in him! While the doctor was doing the exam, I asked one of the staff members to tell me about the organization. By the time I had heard about the wolf dog rescues and the programs Wolf Connection® offers to people, I had my hands over my face and was crying. I knew I had to be involved. So I emailed the volunteer coordinator that evening and within a couple weeks, I had gone on my first community hike, and applied to volunteer. Being a part of Wolf Connection® has brought me an immense amount of awareness about myself and the world. Fusing wolf dog and human rehabilitation is the cherry on top of my already sweet life.
Initially drawn to Wolf Connection® because of the rescued wolfdogs, Kyle volunteered alongside the amazing staff and volunteers to learn more about Wolf Connection’s® mission to serve at-risk humans through re-connection to nature. Kyle joined the Leadership Team in 2017. Kyle’s goal at Wolf Connection® is to broaden its reach.