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AMZAP NETWORK

Our AMZAP Professional members are listed below. Each member is currently employed in an accredited facility. To learn more about our members, check out the Network of Minority Members. For photos of our members, check out the photo gallery.

Below, learn about the members in each state. Click on the highlighted green names to view a member's biography, photo, and LinkedIn page, if included.

Looking to contact a member and learn more about what they do? Send us an email and we'll put you in touch! Learn more about our mentorship program as well.

Are you a current professional in an accredited facility? Learn more about joining the AMZAP network.

Natalia A. Prado (center) with high school students.

Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Birmingham Zoo
Membership & Group Sales Manager
Tiffaney McClendon
Black
Birmingham Zoo
Deputy Director
Lori Perkins
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Alaska Sealife Center
Senior Mammologist
Juliana Kim
Multiracial (Korean/ White)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
OdySea Aquarium at Arizona Boardwalk
Director of Human Resources
TJ Lowery
Black
Reid Park Zoo
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Sierra Horsey
Black
Reid Park Zoo
Animal Keeper, Carnivores
Toni Mosley
Black- Indigenous (Nanticoke Tribe)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
California Academy of Sciences / Steinhart Aquarium
Dive Operations Manager & Diving Safety Officer
Mauritius Bell
Black
California Academy of Sciences / Steinhart Aquarium
Senior Biologist
Steven Yong
Chinese
California Science Center
Director of Husbandry
Misha Body
Chinese/ White
California Science Center
Aquarist
Albert Chang
Hmong (Asian American)
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Deputy Director, Chief Operating Officer
Amos Morris
African American
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Chief Conservation Education Officer
Dean Watanabe
Japanese / White
Happy Hollow Zoo
Senior Zoo Keeper
Nathan Andrews
Multiracial (Black/ Japanese/ White)
Los Angeles Zoo
Animal Keeper, Research Department
Jill Werner
Caucasian
Oakland Zoo
Marketing Associate
Isabella Linares
Puerto Rican
Sacramento Zoo
Chief Operating Officer
Robert Churchill
African American
San Diego Zoo
Research Coordinator
Victoria Dunch
Mexican- American
San Diego Zoo
Senior Animal Care Specialist
Selina Niblett
None given
San Diego Zoo
Wildlife Care Specialist & Ambassador
Marco Polo Preciado Wendt
Latinx / Chicano
San Diego Zoo
Senior Wildlife Care Specialist
Rachael Walton
Biracial (Black/ Mexican)
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Senior Wildlife Care Specialist, Birds
Karena Marrero
Puerto Rican
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Certified Veterinary Technician
Brenda Cordova
Hispanic
Facility
Job title
Name
Ethnicity
Mystic Aquarium
Chief Operating Officer
Larry Rivarde
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Life Support Specialist
Jalal Abdo
Middle Eastern
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Head Pathologist
Neel Aziz
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Associate Director, Communications and Exhibits
Pamela Baker-Masson
White
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Reproductive Biologist
Daniela Chavez
Latina (Mexican, Costa Rican)
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Small Mammal House Animal Keeper
Chelia Chong
Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Amazonia
Hilary Colton
Korean-American
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Bird Keeper
Gwen Cooper
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Registrar
Jenn Donato
Asian-Pacific
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Web Developer
Mohammad El-Khatib
Middle Eastern/ Arab
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Conservation Biologist
Emperatriz Gamero
Latina
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Veterinary Pathologist
Kali Holder
White
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Primate Keeper
Carly Hornberger
Native American (Oneida Tribe)
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Great Cats
Kathryn Juliano
White
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Reproductive Biologist
Pei-Chih Lee (李佩芝)
Asian (Taiwanese)
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Reproductive Geneticist
Jesús E. Maldonado
Latino
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Herpetologist
Kyle Miller
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Filmmaker
Roshan Patel
Indian-American
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Birds
Ric Pinto
Latino (Colombian-American)
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper- Primates
Carolina Duque Powell
Latina (Colombian-American)
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Curator of Large Carnivores
Craig Saffoe
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Architect
Crystal Satterfield
African-American
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Department of Nutrition
Tyrone Savoy
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper
Kaleigh Shaw
White/ Mexican
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Deputy Director
Brandie Smith
White
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Veterinary Technician
Jessica Sosa
Afro-Latina (Puerto Rican)
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Invertebrates (Entomologist)
Donna Stockton
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper
John Taylor
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Central Florida Zoo
Animal Keeper
Christina O'Donnell
Biracial (Irish / Mexican)
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Animal Keeper
Rebekha Delgado
Bi-racial (White / Puerto Rican)
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Elephant Keeper
Adriana Diaz
Cuban-American
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Animal Keeper, Aviary
Carlos Torrez
Mexican-American
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Keeper
Pam McDonald
Jewish, Ashkenazi
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Keeper
Mori Pacheco
Latin (Puerto Rican)
Disney's Animal Kingdom/ Animal Kingdom Lodge/ The Seas
Water Science Operator
Meagan Minadie
Biracial (Asian/ Latina)
Disney- The Seas
Animal Husbandry Associate
Katie Leatherman
White
Mote Aquarium
Aquarium Biologist
Amanda Felix
Black
White Oak Conservation
Wildlife Specialist
Chris Isaac
Biracial (White/ Black)
Zoo Miami
Animal Care Specialist II
Jonathan Ramirez
Hispanic
ZooTampa
Animal Keeper, Primates
Ashley Dillon
Filipina-American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Georgia Aquarium
President & CEO
Brian Davis
Black
Georgia Aquarium
Senior Vice President of Operations & Hospitality
Anthony Rivera
Puerto Rican
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Honolulu Zoo
Animal Keeper 1- Birds
Veronica Schmidt
Colombian- American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Brookfield Zoo
Interpretive Programs Coordinator
Yvette Mendez
Latina, Mexican-American
Brookfield Zoo
Animal Keeper, Senior
Adalina Ocon
Hispanic
Brookfield Zoo
Manager of High School and College Programs
Sandra Ortiz-Ortega
Hispanic
Brookfield Zoo
Senior Curator
Amy Roberts
Caucasian
Brookfield Zoo
Animal Keeper
Karen Zhou
Chinese
Lincoln Park Zoo
Curator of Birds
Sunny Nelson
African American
Niabi Zoo
Assistant Director
Tammy Schmidt
Caucasian
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Fort Wayne's Children Zoo
HR and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Senior Manager
Sonja Scott Woods
Black
Indianapolis Zoo
Recruitment Specialist
Kristie Barsic
White/ American Indian (Cherokee Tribe)
Indianapolis Zoo
Director of Membership & Engagement
Marisol Gouveia
Black/ Afro-Caribbean
Potawatomi Zoo
Director of Education
Jeremy Gill
Cuban-American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Blank Park Zoo
Animal Keeper, Ambassador Animals
Matt Day
Filipino/ White
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Vice President of Community Affairs
Chimene Grant Saloy
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Maryland Zoo
Animal Keeper
Hassan Bayyan
Black
Maryland Zoo
Animal Keeper
Tanya White
African American
National Aquarium
Director of Conservation Education
Duane Hills
Black
National Aquarium
Assistant Curator of Blue Wonders
Jennie Janssen
Asian (Chinese)
National Aquarium
Aviculturist
Kirby Pitchford
Filipino-American
National Aquarium
Exhibit Operations Lead
Zachary Yarosz
White
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
John Ball Zoo
Animal Care Supervisor
Jaime Racalla
Caucasian
John Ball Zoo
Curator
Tim Sampson
Caucasian
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Saint Louis Zoo
Director of Animal Health
Sathya Chinnadurai
South Asian (Indian-American)
St. Louis Zoo
Curator of Primates
Heidi Hellmuth
White
St. Louis Zoo WildCare Park
Director
Jo-Elle Mogerman
African American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Lincoln Children's Zoo
Animal Keeper
Stephanie Mosby
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Turtle Back Zoo
Educator
Shatiaa Burwell
Black
Turtle Back Zoo
Education / Lead Instructor
Betty J Robinson
African American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Bronx Zoo
Video Producer
Natalie Cash
African American
Bronx Zoo
Animal Keeper, Ornithology (Birds)
Leela Samaroo
Southeast Indian and West Indian
Central Park Zoo
Wild Animal Keeper
Rebecca Orens
White/ Jewish
Central Park Zoo
Wild Animal Keeper
Emily Utset
Latina
New York Aquarium
Wild Animal Keeper
Jasmine Crowell
African American
Prospect Park Zoo
Zookeeper
Ayesha Smith
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
African Safari Wildlife Park
President
Holly Hunt
None given
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cat Ambassador Program, Lead Trainer
Linda Castañeda
Mexican American
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Manager of Wild Encounters
Shae Miller
Korean American
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Animal Keeper, Primates
Faith Hall
Biracial (Japanese/ American)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Head Animal Keeper, Birds
Rickey Kinley
Black
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Animal Keeper/ Show Assistant
Adriana De Los Santos
Mexican American/ Latina
Columbus Zoo
Senior Veterinarian
Priya Bapodra-Villaverde
Indian (British-Indian)
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Aquatic Programs Keeper & Dive Safety Officer
Ramon Villaverde
Biracial (Filipino/ Irish)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Oklahoma City Zoo
Senior Animal Caretaker
Stephany Hernandez
Latina
Oklahoma City Zoo
Lead Animal Keeper, Reptiles (Herpetology)
Rae Karpinski
Hispanic
Oklahoma City Zoo
Senior Herpetologist
Renaldo Woodson
African American/ Cherokee American
Tulsa Zoo
Animal Keeper- Trek
Sarah Snider
Filipino, Japanese, White
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Oregon Zoo
Education Manager and Manager of Inspiration & Connection
Kimm Fox-Middleton
Multiracial
Oregon Zoo
Head Veterinarian
Carlos Sanchez
Mexican
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Philadelphia Zoo
Community Engagement Educator
Alicia Halpin Ortiz
Mexican American
Philadelphia Zoo
Learning and Engagement Specialist, Outreach
Gianna Ross
Biracial (Italian, Black)
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Animal Health Administrator
Christine Bagtas
Filipino
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Director of Human Resources
Lynn Greer
Black
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Zookeeper, Kids' Kingdom Internship Coordinator
Kesha Phares
Black
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Veterinarian
Lauren Waite
Hispanic
ZooAmerica
Manager of ZooAmerica
Theresa Wilson
Asian
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Nashville Zoo
Animal Keeper
Jawnie Payne
Biracial (Black/ White)
Nashville Zoo
Associate Veterinarian
Margarita Woc-Colburn
Latina
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
Senior Zoologist
Jessica Nishimoto
Japanese
Dallas Zoo
Conservation Programs Manager
Chris Corpus
Hapa
Dallas Zoo
Zoologist
Mia Medellin
Hispanic
Dallas Zoo
Animal Keeper, Birds
Bertha Munuku
African (Kenyan)
Dallas Zoo
Senior Zoologist, Mammals
Moses Pierre-Louis
Black/ Haitian
Dallas Zoo
Elephant Zoologist, Lead
Thomas Reid
African American
Dallas Zoo
Ambassador Animal Specialist
Dianna Rivas
Hispanic
Dallas Zoo
Conservation Interpreter
Chandler Sharp
African American
Dallas Zoo
Conservation Interpreter
Nicole Ujita
Latina (Ecuadorian) and Japanese
Fort Worth Zoo
Supervisor, Animal Outreach
Kelly Gant
Biracial (White / Hispanic)
Fort Worth Zoo
Elephant Care Professional
Tripp Gorman
White
Fort Worth Zoo
Brush Country Keeper- Tx Wild!
Micaela Muniz
Hispanic (Mexican)
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Education Supervisor
Andrew Bullard
Native American (Chickasaw)
Gladys Porter Zoo
Animal Keeper, Primates
Jorge Moya
Hispanic
Houston Zoo
Education Programs Coordinator
Leia Cook
Black
Houston Zoo
Zookeeper, Birds
Stephanie Gonzalez
Mexican-American
Houston Zoo
Project Manager/ Design Engineer
Florence Tang
Asian American
San Antonio Zoo
Deputy Director
Charles Claville
Black
San Antonio Zoo
Animal Hospital Manager
Isabel Garcia-Trevino
Hispanic
San Antonio Zoo
Assistant Director of Veterinary Care
Tamara Kruse
Korean
San Antonio Zoo
Director of Ectotherms
Craig Pelke
Caucasian
SeaWorld San Antonio
Senior Trainer
Clay Carabajal
Hispanic
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Geneticist
Alexandra DeCandia
White
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Animal Keeper
Ishmael Ganame
Biracial (Black-White)
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Animal Keeper- Carnivores
Marissa Gonzalez
Latina
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Biologist
Jennifer Nagashima
Hapa (Biracial- Japanese/ White)
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Biologist
Natalia A. Prado
Latina (Colombian)
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Research Physiologist- Ungulates
Budhan (Buddha) Pukazhenthi
South-Asian (Indian-American)
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Curator of Carnivores
Juan Rodriguez
Hispanic (Puerto Rican)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Cougar Mountain Zoo
Zookeeper, Marketing and Education Specialist
Jordan Veasley
Black
Seattle Aquarium
Community Partner Program Coordinator and DEI Council Co-Chair
Jasmine Williams
Black
Woodland Park Zoo
Animal Keeper
Allison Kennedy
White
Woodland Park Zoo
Veterinary Technician
Leah Miyamoto
Biracial (Japanese/ Caucasian)
Woodland Park Zoo
Animal Keeper
Carolyn Sellar
Asian
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Director of Professional Development & Education
Amy Rutherford
White
Zoo Advisors
Director of Engagement
Kathayoon Khalil
Iranian/ Pakistani
Zoological Association of America (ZAA)
Executive Director
John Seyjagat
West Indian (Trinidad & Tobago)