Accreditation Commission

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Accreditation Commission Mission

  • Establishes, upholds and raises the highest zoological and aquarium industry standards.
  • Reviews applications for accreditation and certification, conducts interviews, identifies concerns, and evaluates the information in order to make final decisions.
  • Monitors accredited institutions, maintains and writes professional standards, and provides mentoring, training and guidance.


Chuck Wikenhauser, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens


Glenn Dobrogosz, Greensboro Science Center


Jim Anderson, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Bill Bryant, DVM, Sedgwick County Zoo

C.J. Casson, Seattle Aquarium

Perry Hampton, Aquarium of the Pacific

Dwight Lawson, PhD, Oklahoma City Zoo

Nancy McToldridge, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Tom Meehan, DVM, Brookfield Zoo

Jill Mellen, PhD, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Randy Rieches, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Pat Simmons, North Carolina Zoo


Hayes Caldwell, Caldwell Zoo

Craig Dinsmore, Utah's Hogle Zoo

Mike Murray, DVM, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jeff Wyatt, DVM, Seneca Park Zoo

Board Liaison

Jim Breheny, Wildlife Conservation Society

Elephant TAG Liaison

Bruce Bohmke, Woodland Park Zoo

AZA Staff Liaisons

Kris Vehrs, Executive Director

Denny Lewis, VP, Accreditation Programs

Jennifer DiNenna, Manager, Accreditation Programs

Cheri Bermudez, Program Assistant, Accreditation Programs