Utah -(Ammoland.com)- The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced today that it has promoted two staff members to leadership positions within the organization.
Jon Zinnel, former youth programs coordinator, has been promoted to director of operations at the MDF national headquarters in Salt Lake City. Mike Laughter, Utah regional director and assistant director of field operations has been appointed as director of field operations and will be overseeing all of the organization’s regional staff.
Zinnel was hired four years ago to develop MDF’s M.U.L.E.Y. (Mindful, Understanding, Legal, Ethical Youth) Program and implement it within chapters. The program has grown substantially and chapter events often host hundreds of young future hunters. In his new position as director of operations, Zinnel will be overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization including membership, marketing efforts, the MDF magazine, and more. He will also be working closely with regional operations to ensure consistency between headquarters operations and field activities.
“Having the opportunity to work with such passionate staff and volunteers at the Mule Deer Foundation is truly a blessing,” commented Zinnel. “I am excited for the future of the organization and pushing forward with our mission of ensuring the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat.”
Laughter’s relationship with MDF began through volunteer leadership roles with the Ogden Chapter. He started as a committee member then served as chapter chairman for two years before taking on the responsibilities of state chair for Utah. After a year and a half, Laughter was asked to come work for MDF as the regional director for Utah, a position he has held for the last twelve years. Two years ago he was promoted to assistant director of field operations and looks forward to his new challenge. As director of field operations, Laughter will work closely with regional staff on fundraising and development in their regions.
“I feel that given my history with MDF from a volunteer in the beginning, to my new position as director of field operations I have a real understanding about the challenges our organization faces and our many opportunities,” Laughter said. “I believe that our volunteers are the greatest people on the planet. They give of themselves, their time and resources to a cause they very much believe in. With our volunteers as the backbone of our organization we can and will make a difference.”