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: Heather Sweet
Immediate Past-Chair: Kevin Conway
Secretary: Drew Ward, Esq.
Treasurer: Dan Brockway
Board Members:  Crystal Guzzardo, Adam McLain, PhD; Don Reese, Ben Saltzman, Jack Spaeth, Kristen Skobla, and Marolyn Wilson
Board Emeritus: James Viggiano


Executive Director: Andria Heath ext. 41 E-mail
Deputy Director of Grounds and Project Management: Gary Mundschenk ext. 24 E-mail
Director of Communications & Engagement: Allie Snyder ext. 38 E-mail
Director of Administrative Operations: Kyla Jacobs E-mail
Finance and Accounts Payable: ext. 44  E-Mail
Visitor Experience: Kim Fical, Alyssa Kloster, Valerian Foster, and Lily Edic ext. 37  E-mail

Education and Conservation Manager: Zak Hughes ext. 36 E-mail
Education Specialists: Ryan Chickering ext. 26, Kat Hawley, Morgan Rynkiewicz, Lily Bauder, and Justin Horender

Veterinarian: Dr. Jennifer Kotwica 
General Curator – Interim: Jackie Gregory ext. 27 E-Mail
Zoological Manager of Animal Husbandry: Melanie Entelisano E-Mail
Zoological Manager of Animal Husbandry: Cari Camizzi E-Mail
Animal and Horticulture Manager: Mike Bates E-mail
Vet Tech & Registrar: Nicole Blance E-Mail
Animal Care Intern Manager: Elizabeth Slabaugh ext. 40 E-Mail
Keeper Staff: Leanne Higby, Caleb LaRocca, Katelyn Chatterton, Mackenzie Landman, Tiffany Howell, and Kyra Fleharty

Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds: Tony Farouche ext. 39 E-mail
Buildings and Grounds: Mikhail Naryvonchyk
Maintenance Technician: Dan Williams
Environmental Services: Angel Guzman and Rich Carr

The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 8/3 for BREWFEST and will reopen with normal hours on 8/4!