Public Relations Committee

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Public Relations Committee Mission

  • Works in conjunction with AZA's communications team and supports AZA's strategy and implementation of national public relations initiatives designed to position AZA as the world's preeminent wildlife conservation association
  • Provides public relations and crisis communications counsel to AZA and member institutions
  • Enhances the quality and professionalism of AZA member public relations staff through trainings at zoo school, annual/regional conferences, and individual counsel
  • Monitors animal activist organizations and strategizes messaging and communications initiatives aimed at reducing their effectiveness with the media and public at-large


Tiffany Barnhart, Denver Zoo


Max Pulsinelli, Wildlife Conservation Society


Melinda Arnold, Dickerson Park Zoo

Gregg Dancho, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Kelly Lessard, Minnesota Zoo

Fran Miglore, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Board Liaison

Dennis Pate, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

AZA Staff Liaisons

Rob Vernon

Jen Fields


Susan Altrui, Little Rock Zoo

Thom Benson, Tennessee Aquarium

Brian Carter, SeaWorld San Antonio

Sharon Dewar, Lincoln Park Zoo

Susan Gallagher, Saint Louis Zoo

Meghann Gibbons, Georgia Aquarium

Angela Hains, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dawn Ream, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Candice Rennels, Oklahoma City Zoo

Andrea Smalec, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Jennifer Wilson, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Cindy Zeigler, Chicago Zoological Society