Professional Development Committee

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE




Professional Development Committee Mission

  • To oversee the development, administration, and assessment of the AZA's professional development and training programs

Chair

Sharon Joseph, Houston Zoo

Vice Chairs

Chris Gentile, Western North Carolina Nature Center
Cheryl Mell, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Advisors

John Hargleroad III, Oglebay's Good Zoo
Alan Varsik, Oklahoma City Zoo
Cynthia Vernon, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Board Liaison

Jim Hekkers, Monterey Bay Aquarium

AZA  Staff Liaisons

Nette Pletcher, Director of Conservation Education
Amy Rutherford, Professional Development Program Manager

Members

Jane Ballentine, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
David Becker, Chicago Zoological Society
Bob Cisneros, San Diego Zoo
Hollie Colahan, Denver Zoo
Don Goff, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Dan Hilliard, Ph.D, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group
Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Patty Peters, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Scott Shoemaker, Sunset Zoo
Larry Sorel, Seneca Park Zoo
Steve Thompson, Lincoln Park Zoo