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
Vice President: David Paciello
Secretary: Kevin Wiegand
Treasurer: Jim Viggiano
Board Members: Adam McLain; PhD, Alaine Canestrari, Ben Saltzman, Crystal Guzzardo, Dan Brockway, Donald Reese, Drew Ward; Esq, Jack Spaeth, Kristen Skobla, Marolyn Wilson, Michele Hummel, Victoria Cataldo


Executive Director: Andria Heath E-mail
Director of Animal Operations: Jay Pratte E-mail
Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager: Kari Procopio E-mail
Operations Manager: Kyla Jacobs E-mail
Visitor Experience Coordinator: Chris Jakubowski E-mail
Membership Coordinator: Theresa Weir E-mail
Bookkeeper: Carol Heburn E-mail
Gift Shop: Lucy Fuentes, MacKenzie Posello, Lily Bauder E-mail

Lead Education Specialist: Kathleen McGill E-mail
Education and Ambassador Animal Specialist: Kallen Muste E-Mail
Education and Outreach Specialist: Haley Ratliff E-mail

Veterinarian: Dr. Ellen Hilton
Vet Tech & Registrar: Jackie Gregory E-Mail
Vet Tech: Nicole Blance E-mail
Zoo Area Manager: Mike Bates E-mail
Keeper Staff: Krystin Aranda, Melanie Entelisano, Elizabeth Slabaugh, Jessica Lindsay, Marley Ueland, Leanne Higby, Caleb LaRocca, Stephanie Hylinski, Grace Gustke, Katelyn Chatterton, Emma Stofferahn

Buildings and Grounds Superintendent: Gary Mundschenk E-mail
Buildings and Grounds: Mikhail Naryvonchyk, Durahin Yasin, Rayne Scott
Janitorial Technician: Harmonica Washington