Our Staff

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Mary Wykstra
MEM., Principal Investigator and Action For Cheetahs Director

Since 2009, Mary is the Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK), and was the Kenya Director for Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) from 2001 to 2008. She has expe­ri­ence in both Kenya and in Namibia with data col­lec­tion, chee­tah research tech­niques, cap­ture and immo­bi­liza­tion, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion.

Lumumba Mutiso
Salama Community Liason Officer

As the Community Liaison Officer, Lumumba Mutiso is the eyes and ears of Action For Cheetahs since 2004. In 2003, when his live­stock were attacked by chee­tahs in the Salama area, he took an inter­est in want­ing to know more about the preda­tors after meet­ing the Action For Cheetahs staff.

Sarah Omusula
Bsc, ACK Senior Research Scientist

Sarah began working with ACK in 2014. She studied wildlife management at the Kenya Wildlife Service Institute in Naivasha and completed undergraduate studies in Wildlife Management in 2013 from the University of Eldoret.

Jimmy Muli
Community Field Officer

Began work­ing with Action For Cheetahs in Kenya as a chee­tah scout in 2009. Jimmy had prior research expe­ri­ence work­ing with stu­dents from the University of Nairobi study­ing spring­hare in the 1980’s. Lives on his farm in the Kiu area of the Salama study site and cov­ers a por­tion of Kiu, Aimi and Malili regions.

Chris Simon Lentaam
Samburu Community Field Officer

Chris was born and raised in the Samburu and Laikipia Districts. In the north­ern arid areas of Kenya peo­ple share scarce resources (par­tic­u­larly water), and range­land with wildlife. This is how Chris became famil­iar with wildlife and devel­oped a love for all animals. He com­pleted his O-level (High School) edu­ca­tion at Maralel High School.  He did not have the funds to attend col­lege imme­di­ately so he vol­un­teered to work with the Meibae Conservancy.

Noreen Mutoro
Msc, ACK Assistant Scientist

Noreen completed her Master of Science in Biology and Ecosystem Management from the University of Nairobi in 2015. The focus of her study was the evaluation of prey selection in cheetahs in the Salama and Athi Kapiti regions.

Moses Kinosi
Community Field Officer

Moses attended Maralel High School. He was an assis­tant teacher at a local pri­mary school after leav­ing High School, but had aspired to work with the rangers in the Conservancy. He was a close runner-up when posi­tions were filled in late 2011 and was one of the first rec­om­mended to us by the con­ser­vancy chair­man when we were ready to hire more field offi­cers. Moses enjoys being in nature and learn­ing from it each day.

Learkeri Lbiteri
Community Field Officer

Learkeri began working with ACK in 2015 in the Silango area of the Meibae Conservancy.

Kivoi Letongoine
Community Field Officer

Kivoi began working with ACK as a research assistant to Masters student Alysa Hansen in 2016 and was hired as a full time community officer in 2017


Holly Koppleberger

Holly has a long affiliation with zoos. She has worked and volunteered for the National Zoo in Washington DC, the Akron Zoo and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. She also shares a passion for Africa.

Francisca Kasuku
Education Staff

Francisca was an intern in the Education department in 2017 while she completed her graduation requirements at the University of Nairobi in… She began working full time with ACK in 2018.

Sara Blake

Sara's love for big cats, especially cheetahs, started at a very young age with her taking every advantage of zoo camps and junior zoo keeper programs at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo as well as volunteering when she had free time in college. While completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fresno State she also volunteered at Project Survival's Cat Haven, gaining hands on experience with cats while promoting their conservation in-situ. 

Ken Mwange
House Caretaker

Began work­ing as the Nairobi house care­taker in 2008. Ken is the smil­ing face that every­one remem­bers as he keeps the gar­den and the home in Nairobi neat and cares for our staff and volunteers.

Support our work

ACK needs your help to support our scouts and the community so we can accomplish our goal of conservation of the cheetahs in Kenya. You can also purchase COOL Crafts online now.

With your help we can continue our research and conversation activities.

  • $10 
    • One day School presentation
    • One month of phone credit for one staff member
  • $25
    • Printing of one conflict mitigation tool kit
    • Printing of one student workbook
    • Full set of vaccinations (Rabies and Distemper) for a dog or cat
  • $50 

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