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

Chair
Max Pulsinelli, Wildlife Conservation Society

Vice-Chair
Patty Peters, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Advisers
Thom Benson, Tennessee Aquarium
Andrea Rodgers, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Board Liaison
John Lewis, Los Angeles Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison 
Rob Vernon

Members
Ellen Averill, Tulsa Zoo
Jillian Braun, Lincoln Park Zoo
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
Lauri Hennessey, Woodland Park Zoo
Duane McGregor, Cameron Park Zoo
Diane Nahabedian, Roger Williams Park Zoo
Hova Najarian, Oregon Zoo
Robin Nalepa, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Susan O'Cain, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Dawn Ream, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Candice Rennels, Oklahoma City Zoo
Andrew Rowan, Denver 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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