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AMZAP NETWORK- SOUTH

Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

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.

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Chris Isaac with rhinos.

Alabama
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Birmingham Zoo
Vice President of Living Connections
Hollie Colahan
White
Birmingham Zoo
Membership & Group Sales Manager
Tiffaney McClendon
Black
Birmingham Zoo
Deputy Director
Lori Perkins
Black
Birmingham Zoo
Vice President of Education
Amy Rutherford
White
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
Horticulturist/ Arborist
Ed Boss
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
Curator/ Hospital Manager
Tangara Horos
Black
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Heavy Equipment Operator/ Horticulture
Jose Iraheta
Hispanic
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Animal Keeper, Great Cats
Kathryn Juliano
White
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Clinical Animal Nutritionist
Erin Kendrick
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
Charlie 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
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
Communications Specialist
Jen Zoon
Biracial (Native American/ White)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Busch Gardens Tampa
Instructor II
Miguel Reynel
Mexican
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Animal Care Specialist
Chénira Smith
African American
Central Florida Zoo
Animal Keeper
Christina O'Donnell
Biracial (Irish / Mexican)
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Conservation and Science Technician
Elizabeth Braatz
Asian
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Animal Educator
Bee Burrows
Biracial (Black/ White)
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Education Coordinator
Olivia Coury
White
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
Behavioral Husbandry and Environmental Monitoring Technician
Jose Dominguez
Puerto Rican
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Conservation Research Associate
Shannon Farmer
Black
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Conservation and Science Technician
Vivian Hernandez
Puerto Rican
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Education Manager
Katy Krezo
Caucasian
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Animal Keeper
Marcus Mazorra
Hispanic (Cuban American)
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Animal Keeper
Moses Pierre-Louis
Black/ Haitian
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Education Coordinator
Claire Quinn
White
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Training Specialist
Corey Romberg
Jewish- Canadian
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Conservation/ Zoo Interpreter
Tamara Sanchez
Hispanic
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Animal Keeper, Aviary
Carlos Torrez
Mexican-American
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Conservation Programs Manager
Gina Woods
Italian (Sicilian)- 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
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Youth Program Specialist, W.I.L.D. Team
Matt Day
Filipino/ White
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Early Childhood Specialist
Catherine Jackson- Banks
Black
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Senior Herpetology Keeper
Amie Mercado
Mexican American
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Assistant Curator of Conservation
Fátima Ramis
Cuban
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Volunteer Engagement Supervisor
Eric Turner
African American
Mote Aquarium
Aquarium Biologist
Amanda Felix
Black
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Aquarist
Leo Hijikata
Japanese
Santa Fe Teaching Zoo
General Curator
Kathy Russell
White
Santa Fe Teaching Zoo
Academic Advisor- Zoo Animal Technology Program
Kara Sylvester
White
SeaWorld Orlando
Trainer at Sea Lion & Otter Stadium
Casey White
Black
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Bird and Mammal Keeper 1
James Schmidt
White
The Florida Aquarium
Instructor
Jenn Wan
Filipina, Chinese
White Oak Conservation
Elephant Care Specialist
Isaias Bovio
Latino
White Oak Conservation
Conservation Program Manager
Laura Gruber
White
White Oak Conservation
Wildlife Specialist
Chris Isaac
Biracial (White/ Black)
Zoo Miami
Infrastructure & Construction Chief
Enrique Gaston
Hispanic
Zoo Miami
Personnel Manager
Staci Otero
Caucasian
Zoo Miami
Animal Care Specialist II
Jonathan "Yanni" Ramirez
Colombian American
ZooTampa
Animal Keeper, Primates
Ashley Dillon
Filipina-American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Birmingham Zoo
President and CEO
Chris Pfefferkorn
Caucasian
Georgia Aquarium
President & CEO
Brian Davis
Black
Georgia Aquarium
Senior Manager of Education Programs and Operations
Bailey Dawson
Black
Georgia Aquarium
Assistant Trainer, Pinnipeds
Justin Dickinson
Biracial (Black/ White)
Georgia Aquarium
Senior Vice President of Operations & Hospitality
Anthony Rivera
Puerto Rican
Zoo Atlanta
Animal Keeper
Alexis Jones
African American
Zoo Atlanta
Community and Camp Programs Supervisor
Yetta Robinson
Black
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Audubon Nature Institute
Senior Vice President, Operations
Daine C. Appleberry
Black
Audubon Nature Institute
Associate Veterinarian
Rodrigo S. Garcés Torres
Hispanic
Audubon Nature Institute
Animal Keeper, Ambassador Animals
Bria Nichols
Black
Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Vice President of Community Affairs
Chimene Grant Saloy
Black
Chimp Haven
Behavior Technician
Daniel Marzluf
Hispanic
Chimp Haven
Director of Facilities & Grounds
Allen Smith
African American
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Maryland Zoo
Animal Keeper
James Cartwright
Black
Maryland Zoo
Assistant General Curator
Margaret Innes
White
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
Greensboro Science Center
Animal Keeper
Ra'Jhene Wood
African American
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Mammal and Bird Keeper
Leslie Vegas
Latina
North Carolina Aquarium
Zoological Medicine Resident
Alissa Mones
White
North Carolina Zoo
Wildlife Center Supervisor
Halley Buckanoff
Jewish, Ashkenazi
North Carolina Zoo
Animal Management Supervisor
Katherine Hagen
White
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
Senior Aquarist
Lori Semple
Biracial (Japanese/ White)
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Oklahoma City Zoo
Administrator of Animal Husbandry
Laura Bottaro
Caucasian
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, Reptiles
Eddie Exconde
Biracial (Filipino/ Caucasian)
Tulsa Zoo
Animal Keeper
CJ Maico
Filipino American
Tulsa Zoo
Animal Keeper- Sea Lions and Carnivores
Sarah Snider
Filipino, Japanese, White
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Veterinarian
Lauren Waite
Hispanic
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Chattanooga Zoo
Animal Keeper
Xa Burton
Biracial (Black/ White)
Chattanooga Zoo
Youth Programs Coordinator
Maria Cuellar
Latina
Memphis Zoo
Research Technician
Allison Bogisich
Mixed Race (White/ Hispanic/ Latinx)
Memphis Zoo
Education Department Guest Engagement Team Lead
Shana Long
African American
Memphis Zoo
Animal Interpreter
Jolie Olson
Biracial (Filipina/White)
Memphis Zoo
Senior Research Scientist
Sinlan Poo
Asian (Taiwanese)
Memphis Zoo
Animal Interpreter
Chelsea Sungmee Rim
Black American/ Korean
Nashville Zoo
School Programs Manager
Thaisa Bell
Black
Nashville Zoo
Interpretive Coordinator
Ginger Levinson
Latina
Nashville Zoo
Outreach Educator
Samantha Melber
Native American- Mohawk
Nashville Zoo
Animal Keeper
Jawnie Payne
Biracial (Black/ White)
Nashville Zoo
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Meli Quintanilla
Mexican-American
Nashville Zoo
Mammal Curator
Cinnamon Williams
African American
Tennessee Aquarium
Director of Education, Learning and Evaluation
Natali Rodgers
Black
Zoo Knoxville
Animal Keeper
Olivia Cooney
Biracial (Asian/ White)
Zoo Knoxville
Animal Keeper
Emily Mack
White
Zoo Knoxville
Animal Keeper
Maddie Whitehead
Mulatto
Facility
Job Title
Name
Ethnicity
Abilene Zoo
Supervisor of Conservation & PR
Clay Carabajal
Hispanic
Abilene Zoo
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Heather Leos
Hispanic
Caldwell Zoo
Animal Keeper, Mammals
Kara Moss
African American
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
Jessica Nishimoto
Japanese
Dallas Zoo
Ambassador Animal Specialist
Dianna Rivas
Hispanic
Dallas Zoo
Lead Zoologist
Jenny Roath
Biracial (Hispanic/ Middle Eastern)
Dallas Zoo
Conservation Interpreter
Chandler Sharp
African American
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
Environmental Learning Manager
Andrew Bullard
Native American (Chickasaw)
Gladys Porter Zoo
Animal Keeper, Primates
Jorge Moya
Hispanic
Gladys Porter Zoo
Associate Curator of Birds
Toni Torres
Hispanic
Houston Zoo
Zookeeper
Rachel Adams
Biracial (Hispanic/ White)
Houston Zoo
Vice President of Animal Programs
Lisa Marie Avendaño
Mexican American
Houston Zoo
Education Programs Coordinator
Leia Cook
Black
Houston Zoo
Zookeeper, Birds
Stephanie Gonzalez
Mexican-American
Houston Zoo
Animal Keeper
Timothy Johnson
Biracial
Houston Zoo
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Trazanna Moreno
Biracial (African American/ Caucasian)
Houston Zoo
Human Resources Manager
Teaera Radick
African American
Houston Zoo
Senior Zookeeper
Priscilla Reed Idunate
Mexican-American
Houston Zoo
Carpentry Supervisor
Jacob Simmons
White British
Houston Zoo
Project Manager/ Design Engineer
Florence Tang
Asian American
Houston Zoo
Director of Digital Content
Marylu R. Treviño
Mexican American
Houston Zoo
Animal Keeper, Primates
Ellen Wieczorek
White (Polish/ Lithuanian)
Houston Zoo
Administrative Assistant, Veterinary Records
Ruth Zavala
Hispanic
Moody Gardens
Rainforest Biologist
Nicolette Lozano
Hispanic
Moody Gardens
Rainforest Biologist
Kailey Snead
Biracial (African American/ Caucasian)
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
Tarah Hadley
African American
San Antonio Zoo
Assistant Director of Veterinary Care
Tamara Kruse
Korean
San Antonio Zoo
Senior Aquarist
Patrick Moore
Multiethnic (Black/ Korean/ White)
San Antonio Zoo
Director of Ectotherms
Craig Pelke
Caucasian
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)
Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute
Head of Center for Learning Innovation
Ricardo Stanoss
Latino
The Virginia Living Museum
Bird and Mammal Keeper
Christine Commons
Filipino/ White
Virginia Aquarium
Senior Curator of Life Support
David Moyer
White
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Exhibit Technician II
Zacc Elliott
Biracial (Black/ White)
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
President & CEO
Cynthia Spanoulis
White
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Chief Operating Officer
Caryl Thompson
White
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Gallery Educator I
Max Wright
Mixed Race (Black/ White)
Virginia Living Museum
Herpetologist
Taylor Littleton
African American
Virginia Living Museum
Volunteer Coordinator
Azzara Oston
South Asian/ White