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: Dan Brockway
Board Members:  Alaine Canestrari, Victoria Cataldo,  Crystal Guzzardo, Michele Hummel, Adam McLain, PhD; Don Reese, Ben Saltzman, Jack Spaeth, Kristen Skobla, Drew Ward, Esq.; and Marolyn Wilson


Executive Director: Andria Heath E-mail
Deputy Director of Life Sciences and Facilities: Jay Pratte E-mail
Operations Manager: Kyla Jacobs E-mail
Administrative Assistant of Visitor Experience, Events, and IT: Chris Jakubowski E-mail
Administrative Assistant of Events, Membership, and HR: Theresa Weir E-mail
Bookkeeper: Carol Heburn E-mail
Gift Shop: E-mail

Lead Education Specialist: Kathleen McGill E-mail
Education and Ambassador Animal Specialist: Kallen Muste 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, Grace Gustke, and Katelyn Chatterton

Buildings and Grounds Superintendent: Gary Mundschenk E-mail
Buildings and Grounds: Mikhail Naryvonchyk
Environmental Services: Rusty Romine & Angel Guzman