Public Relations Committee


  • 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

Jessica Fontana, Georgia Aquarium

Jillian Braun, Lincoln Park Zoo

Ellen Averill, Tulsa Zoo
Jillian Braun, Lincoln Park Zoo
Amy Diaz, The Maritime Aquarium
Jessica Fontana, Georgia Aquarium
Johnny Ford, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Linda Hardwick, Phoenix Zoo
Lianne Hedditch, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Melissa Kirkwood, Sunset Zoological Park
Isabella Linares, Oakland Zoo
Ashleigh Mayhew, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment (Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo and Friends at EPCOT)
Carl Myers, Los Angeles Zoo
Hova Najarian, Oregon Zoo
Cyle Perez, San Antonio Zoo
Max Pulsinelli, Bronx Zoo
Ronelle Rode, Museum of Life and Science
Tina Rolen, Zoo Knoxville
Christine Streich, Aquarium of Niagara
John Sullwold, SEA LIFE Aquariums- North America
Jennifer Tracey, Toronto Zoo
Jennifer Vela, Texas State Aquarium
Jackie Wallace, Houston Zoo, Inc

Thomas Benson, Tennessee Aquarium
Sondra Katzen, Chicago Zoological Society- Brookfield Zoo

Board Liaison
Richard Block, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

AZA Staff Liaison 
Rob Vernon

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