Utica Zoo Team

Meet the Utica Zoo team! We employee over 40 people from the Greater Utica area. We are dedicated to top-level animal care, creating unique experienced for our visitors, and fostering an appreciation for wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation.

Board of Trustees

Board President: Kevin Conway
Secretary: Kevin Wiegand
Treasurer: Dan Brockway
Board Members:  Andrew F Biernat, David Paciello, Victoria Cataldo,  Crystal Guzzardo, Michele Hummel, Adam McLain, PhD; Don Reese, Ben Saltzman, Jack Spaeth, Kristen Skobla, Heather Sweet, Drew Ward, Esq.; and Marolyn Wilson
Board Emeritus: James Viggiano


Executive Director: Andria Heath E-mail
Deputy Director of Grounds and Project Management: Gary Mundschenk E-mail
Director of Administrative Operations: James Smith E-mail
Director of Marketing & Community Engagement: Allie Snyder E-mail
Administrative Assistant of Visitor Experience, Events, and IT: Chris Jakubowski E-mail
Revenue Center Manager: Andrew Kimball E-mail
Gift Shop/Visitor Experience: Talia Guantero, Cornelia Geolas, Amanda Irizarry, Kim Fical, and Alyssa Kloster E-mail

Lead Education Specialist: Kathleen McGill E-mail
Education and Ambassador Animal Specialist: Kallen Muste E-Mail
Education Specialist: Ryan Chickering & Lily Bauder
Seasonal Educators: Francesca Palladino & Justin Horender

Veterinarian: Dr. Jennifer Kotwica
Vet Tech & Registrar: Jackie Gregory E-Mail
Vet Tech: Nicole Blance E-mail
Zoo Area Manager: Mike Bates E-mail
Keeper Staff: Melanie Entelisano, Elizabeth Slabaugh, Leanne Higby, Caleb LaRocca, Katelyn Chatterton, Garrett Buck, Mackenzie Landman, Cody Jones, Tiffany Howell, and Kyra Fleharty 

Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds: Tony Farouche E-mail
Buildings and Grounds: Mikhail Naryvonchyk
Environmental Services: Angel Guzma

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!