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AMZAP NETWORK- MIDWEST

Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin

 

Our AMZAP Professional members are listed below. Click on the highlighted green names to view a member's biography, photo, and LinkedIn page, if included. Head back to the Network page to learn about members from other states.

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.

Shae Miller with a hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Brookfield Zoo
Veterinarian
Sathya Chinnadurai
South Asian (Indian-American)
Brookfield Zoo
Environmental Quality Manager
John Kanzia
Caucasian
Brookfield Zoo
Interpretive Programs Coordinator
Yvette Mendez
Latina, Mexican-American
Brookfield Zoo
Seasonal Animal Ambassador/Wild Encounters Keeper
Julio Mendez
Hispanic
Brookfield Zoo
Administrative Associate- Animal Hospital
Bethany Micheletti
Biracial (Native American- Ojibwa/ White)
Brookfield Zoo
Animal Keeper, Senior
Adalina Ocon
Hispanic
Brookfield Zoo
Manager of High School and College Programs
Sandra Ortiz-Ortega
Hispanic
Lincoln Park Zoo
One Health Research Coordinator
Jacqueline Buckley
Hispanic American
Lincoln Park Zoo
Vice President, Learning and Community Engagement
Dana Murphy
White
Lincoln Park Zoo
Vice President of Conservation & Science
Sunny Nelson
African American
Lincoln Park Zoo
Animal Keeper
Karen Zhou
Chinese
Niabi Zoo
Assistant Director
Tammy Schmidt
Caucasian
Scovill Zoo
Education and Volunteer Coordinator
Lizzie Van Ert
White
Shedd Aquarium
Senior Aquarist
Eve Barrs
White
Shedd Aquarium
Trainer
Lauren Beltran
Latina
Shedd Aquarium
Fishes Manager
Keoki Burton
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Shedd Aquarium
Director of Exhibit Services
Kristen Neria
Latinx
Shedd Aquarium
Veterinarian
Karisa Tang
Biracial (Chinese/ Caucasian)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Indianapolis Zoo
Recruitment Specialist
Kristie Barsic
White/ American Indian (Cherokee Tribe)
Indianapolis Zoo
Area Manager Marine Mammals
Tom Granberry
African American
Potawatomi Zoo
Director of Education
Jeremy Gill
Cuban-American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Rolling Hills Zoo
Animal Keeper- Cats
Diana Vincent
Chinese
Topeka Zoo
Guest Services Shift Supervisor & Education Group Leader
Elena Blum
Latina
Topeka Zoo
Education Specialist
Cassondra Sapata-Smith
Multiracial (Black/ Hispanic/ White)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Binder Park Zoo
Animal Keeper
Amanda Miranda
Hispanic
Detroit Zoo
Director of Diversity and Community Engagement
De'Andrea Matthews
African American
Detroit Zoological Society
Animal Welfare Programs Manager
Jennifer Hamilton
White
Detroit Zoological Society
Director of Education
Claire Lannoye-Hall
White
John Ball Zoo
Animal Care Supervisor
Laura Boelema
White
John Ball Zoo
Human Resources Manager
Meegan Fritsma
Caucasian
John Ball Zoo
Animal Care Supervisor
Jaime Racalla
Caucasian
John Ball Zoo
Curator
Tim Sampson
Caucasian
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Minnesota Zoo
Animal Keeper
Pujita Klink
South-Asian (Indian-American)
Minnesota Zoo
State Program Admin Supervisor/ Assistant Supervisor of Birds, Tropics and Minnesota Trails
John Rex Mitchell
Black
Minnesota Zoo
Animal Keeper
Emily Olson
Native American (Ojibwe)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Endangered Wolf Center
Animal Keeper
Coralie-Michele Francois
Black
Endangered Wolf Center
Animal Curator
Sarah Holaday
Asian
Kansas City Zoo
Animal Keeper
Jocelyn Krim
Asian American
Kansas City Zoo
Chief People Officer
Charlisa Shelly
Black
Saint Louis Zoo
Director of Membership
Lucia Clifton
African American
Saint Louis Zoo
Zoological Manager- Invertebrates
Kayla Garcia
Biracial (Hispanic/ White)
Saint Louis Zoo
Curator of Primates
Heidi Hellmuth
White
Saint Louis Zoo
Manager, Workforce Development
Dionne Hollins
African American
Saint Louis Zoo
Program Scientist (AZA Reproductive Management Center)
Monica McDonald
Caucasian
Saint Louis Zoo
Vice President, Animal Collections
Luis Padilla
Hispanic (Puerto Rican)
Saint Louis Zoo
Chief Financial Officer and DEAI Lead
Cassandra Ray
Black
Saint Louis Zoo
Antelope Keeper
Taylor Woods
Black
Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park
Director
Jo-Elle Mogerman
African American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Lincoln Children's Zoo
Animal Keeper
Stephanie Mosby
Black
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Director of Human Resources, Safety and Security
Craig Jacobs
African American
Facility
Job title
Name
Ethnicity
Red River Zoo
Director of Business Operations
Jeremiah Gard
Caucasian
Red River Zoo
Director of Education
Heather Harelson Nutick
White
Red River Zoo
Education Specialist
Jess Ryans
Biracial (Black/ Caucasian)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
African Safari Wildlife Park
President
Holly Hunt
None given
Akron Zoo
Conservation Coordinator
Laura Cancino
Latina
Akron Zoo
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Randy Thomas
Caucasian
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Director of Education
Chad Fifer
White
Cincinnati Zoo
Animal Keeper
Samantha Halili- Felse
British-Filipina
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
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Education Manager
Christine Korhnak
White
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Senior Veterinarian
Priya Bapodra-Villaverde
Indian (British-Indian)
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Aquatic Programs Keeper & Dive Safety Officer
Ramon Villaverde
Biracial (Filipino/ Irish)
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Educator
Eli deNijs
Biracial (Indonesian/ White)
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Schools Educator
Cristina Albright
Dominican
Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Animal Keeper, Large Mammals
Raven Alford
Black
Wisconsin
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Milwaukee County Zoo
Director
Amos Morris
African American