Professional Development Committee

Mission

To oversee the development, administration, and assessment of the AZA's professional development and training programs

Chair
Shareen Knowlton, Roger Williams Park Zoo

Vice Chairs
Dana Murphy, Lincoln Park Zoo
Michelle Skurski, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Members
Tyler Burtis, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Jennifer Charette, GLMV Architecture/GLMV Zoos
Leslie Clements, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Linda Criss, Akron Zoological Park
Christina Dembiec, Memphis Zoo
Elizabeth Folta, North Carolina Zoo
Taylor Gilley, Houston Zoo Inc.
Nancy Hawkes, Woodland Park Zoo
Charles Hopper, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Jennie Janssen, National Aquarium
Christopher Jenkins, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Shareen Knowlton, Roger Williams Park Zoo
Denise McClean, Prospect Park Zoo
Dana Murphy, Lincoln Park Zoo
Kristi Newland, Lee Richardson Zoo
Beth Posta, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium
Michelle Skurski, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Samantha Strasser, John Ball Zoo
Cara Treadway, ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Telena Welsh, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Brenda Young, Capron Park Zoo

Advisors
Kenton Kerns, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Joe Greathouse, Oglebay's Good Zoo
Julie Henry, Pathways Collaborative
Andi Kornak, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Misha Body, San Diego Zoo

Board Liaison
Dwight Scott, Saint Louis Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Kari Hart
Lauren George

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