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.

Chair
Kelly Matis, Mystic Aquarium

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

Members
Richard Bergl, North Carolina Zoo
Sarah Breen Bartecki, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
Renee Bumpus, Houston Zoo, Inc.
Lace Garland, New England Aquarium
Sean Greene, Dallas Zoo
Greg Heanue, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Craig Jacobs, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Amy Lazoff, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Amanda Lindell, UC Davis
Gary Lunsford, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Kelly Matis, Mystic Aquarium
Duane McGregor, Cameron Park Zoo
Deirdre Murphy, Disney's The Seas
Megan Nielsen Hegstad, Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd
Amy Roberts, Roger Williams Park Zoo
Timothy Van Loan, ABQ BioPark
Jackie Wallace, Houston Zoo, Inc.
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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