Public Relations Committee

Public Relations Committee Mission

  • Works in conjunction with AZA's communications team and supports AZA's strategy and implementation of national public relations initiatives designed to position AZA as the world's preeminent wildlife conservation association
  • Provides public relations and crisis communications counsel to AZA and member institutions
  • Enhances the quality and professionalism of AZA member public relations staff through trainings at zoo school, annual/regional conferences, and individual counsel
  • Monitors animal activist organizations

Andrea Rodgers, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Max Pulsinelli, Wildlife Conservation Society

Susan Altrui, Little Rock Zoo
Tiffany Grunert, Denver Zoo
Adrian Penny, Dolphin Island

Board Liaison
John Lewis, Los Angeles Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison 
Rob Vernon

Ellen Averill, Tulsa Zoo
Thom Benson, Tennessee Aquarium
Kim Carlson, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Travis Claytor, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Jessica Fontana, Georgia Aquarium
Susan Gallagher, Saint Louis Zoo
Erica Hansen, Utah's Hogle Zoo
Duane McGregor, Cameron Park Zoo
Hova Najarian, Oregon Zoo
Robin Nalepa, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Susan O'Cain, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Patty Peters, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Dawn Ream, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Candice Rennels, Oklahoma City Zoo
Christina Simmons, San Diego Zoo Global
Katie Smith, Audubon Zoo
Stephanie Stone, Steinhart Aquarium
Jackie Wallace, Houston Zoo
Cindy Zeigler, Chicago Zoological Society

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