Government Affairs Committee

Mission

  • Protects AZA's position on regulatory and legislative matters on behalf of its members
  • Serves as an advocate for AZA members by assisting and influencing U.S. agencies as well as Capitol Hill in the development of effective governmental policies relating to the zoo and aquarium's industries

Chair
John Calvelli, Bronx Zoo

Vice-Chair
Kerston Swartz, Woodland Park Zoo

Members
Jennifer Baader, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Billy Brennan, Saint Louis Zoo
Corrine Brindley, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Andrea Caldwell, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
John Calvelli, Bronx Zoo
John Chapo, Lincoln Children's Zoo
Gregg Dancho, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Andrea Densham, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Becky Dewitz, Great Plains Zoo 
Heather Doggett, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Nilda Ferrer, Wildlife Conservation Society
Shervin Hess, Oregon Zoo
Marybeth Johnson, Lincoln Park Zoo
Amy Lazoff, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Danni Logue, Jenkinson's Aquarium
Kenneth Mitchell, Staten Island Zoo
Kristin Moala, Henry Vilas Zoo
Trazanna Moreno, Houston Zoo
Rick Musiol, New England Aquarium
David Oehler, Nashville Zoo, Inc.
Nicole Powell, Museum of Life and Science 
Sean Putney, Kansas City Zoo
Priscila Rocha, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
William Street, Indianapolis Zoo
Kerston Swartz, Woodland Park Zoo
Robert Vasquez, Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Advisors
Dan Maloney, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Lynn McDuffie, Disney's Animal KingdomJoh
Scott Shoemaker, Sunset Zoological Park

Board Liaison
Richard Block, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

AZA Staff Liaisons
Jennifer Keaton
Steve Olson

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