Annual Conference Program Committee

Annual Conference Program Committee Mission

  • 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

Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
Richard Bergl, North Carolina Zoo
Renee Bumpus, Houston Zoo
Lace Garland, New England Aquarium
Amanda Lindell, University of California, Davis
Gary Lunsford, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Duane McGregor, Cameron Park Zoo
Regina Mossotti, Endangered Wolf Center
Dierdre Murphy, The Seas
Chris Panek, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Doug Rickenbach, Naples Zoo
Melissa Ruminot, The Nassal Company
Tina Tison, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Larry Warner, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Board Liaison
Denise Verret, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

AZA Staff Liaison
Cheryl Andrews

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