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
Deputy Director of Administrative Operations: Kyla Jacobs E-mail
Marketing & Community Engagement Manager: Allie Snyder E-mail
Administrative Assistant of Visitor Experience, Events, and IT: Chris Jakubowski E-mail
Administrative Specialist: Hayley Stewart E-mail
Gift Shop/Visitor Experience: Maggie LaBreche, Talia Guantero, Cornelia Geolas, Minh Hong, Amanda 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, Anastasia Zajchowski, Matthew Ardaiolo, Garrett Buck, Julie Bontempo, and Mackenzie Landman

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

Due to THE DEVELOPING Inclement weather & cold temperatures The Utica Zoo will be closed 12/24 and will be closed on Christmas Day. We will re-open on 12/26 am 10 am