Business Operations Committee

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Business Operations Committee Mission

  • Expands the AZA business operations constituency by providing networking opportunities that increase and consolidate potential member groups not currently represented
  • Offers professional development by providing annual and regional conference business programming as well as web and print media
  • Develops report methods to track and identify financial trends and set industry revenue standards


Dale Schmidt, National Aquarium in Baltimore

Board Liaison

Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo

AZA Staff Liaisons  

Gina Velosky


Jeremy Eddie, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Nancy Filippi, Oakland Zoo

Leslie Forestier, Houston Zoo

Jennifer Hale, Denver Zoo

Lissette Herrera, Zoo Atlanta

Steve Howe, Houston Aquarium

Tom Kaferle, Louisville Zoo

Erika Kohler, Lincoln Park Zoo

John Lucas, Cincinnati Zoo

Tim Mulligan, San Diego Zoo Global

Sharon Peterson, Seneca Park Zoo Society

Tom Phillips, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Larry Rivarde, Audubon Zoo

Melissa Rosevear, Lehigh Valley Zoo

Adrienne Rowland, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Tim Savona, Indianapolis Zoological Society

Anne Shimerdla, Blank Park Zoo

Bob Wengel, John G. Shedd Aquarium