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

Chair
Jessica Fontana, Georgia Aquarium

Vice-Chair
Katie Smith, Audubon Zoo

Members
Ellen Averill, Tulsa Zoo
Jillian Braun, Lincoln Park Zoo
Jessica Fontana, Georgia Aquarium
Johnny Ford, Shedd Aquarium
Brandy Gamoning, Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Linda Hardwick, Phoenix Zoo
Lianne Hedditch, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Sondra Katzen, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Melissa Kirkwood, Sunset Zoological Park
Tim Kuniholm, Seattle Aquarium
Marie Mikols, Lehigh Valley Zoo
Hova Najarian, Oregon Zoo
Katie Reinhart, SSA Group
Christine Streich, Aquarium of Niagara
Jennifer Tracey, Toronto Zoo
Jennifer Vela, Texas State Aquarium

Advisors
Thomas Benson, Tennessee Aquarium
Duane McGregor, Cameron Park Zoo
Susan O'Cain, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Max Pulsinelli, Bronx Zoo
Candice Rennels, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Jackie Wallace, Houston Zoo, Inc.

Board Liaison
Richard Block, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

AZA Staff Liaison 
Rob Vernon

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