Annual Conference Program Committee


  • Liaise with other AZA Committees and Animal Program groups to develop “hot topics”  to appear on the Annual Conference program
  • Promote and solicit participation in the Call for Papers from all areas and levels of AZA membership
  • Review all Call for Papers submissions to determine the Annual Conference program
  • Boost Conference attendance of AZA members from all organizational disciplines and levels by developing a compelling conference program
  • Assist AZA staff with efforts to grow and enhance value of Annual Conference and Mid-Year Meeting participation among committees and animal program groups.

Kelly Matis, Mystic Aquarium

Vice Chair
Craig Jacobs, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Amy Lazoff, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Amy Roberts, Roger Williams Park Zoo
Amy Rutherford, Birmingham Zoo
Claire Martin, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Craig Jacobs, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Gary Lunsford, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Greg Heanue, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Jackie Wallace, Houston Zoo, Inc.
Kelly Matis, Mystic Aquarium
Lace Garland, New England Aquarium
Larry Warner, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Megan Nielsen Hegstad, BRPH Companies, Inc
Mike Allen, Queens Zoo (WCS)
Misha Body, San Diego Zoo
Renee Bumpus, Houston Zoo, Inc
Sean Greene, Dallas Zoo
Timothy Van Loan, ABQ BioPark
Will Elgar, Zoo Miami

Board Liaison
Denise Verret, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

AZA Staff Liaison
Cheryl Andrews
Melissa Howerton

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