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 experiences for our visitors, and fostering an appreciation for wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation.

Board of Trustees

Board President: Robert Jubenville, PhD

Vice President: Andrew F. Biernat

Vice President: Robert Heins

Secretary: Kevin Wiegand

Treasurer: Jim Viggiano

Board Members:

Adam McLain; PhD, Alaine Canestrari, Ben Saltzman, Christoper Powers; MD, Christopher Henry,  Crystal Guzzardo, David Paciello, Donald Reese, Drew Ward; Esq, Jack Spaeth, Kevin Conway, Marolyn Wilson, Michele Hummel, Victoria Cataldo

Executive Director: Andria Heath E-mail


Director of Administrative Operations: Nikki Sheehan E-mail

Marketing Coordinator: Mark Simon E-mail

Events and Rental Coordinator: Mark Piersma E-mail

Development and Community Outreach Coordinator: Heather Wasielewski E-mail

Administrative Assistant: Kyla Jacobs E-mail

Bookkeeper: Carol Heburn

Gift Shop: Daniel Gaska, Leanne Higby, Theresa Weir, Christopher Jakubowski, Lucy Fuentes, Meaghen Gape

Education Director: Mary Hall E-mail

Education Program Coordinator: Kathleen McGill

Education Department: Nicolette Hajdasz, Justin Horender, Ben Oudekirk, Zowie Auger

Veterinarian: Dr. Ellen Hilton

Vet Tech & Registrar: Jackie Gregory

Zoo Area Managers: Mike Bates, Beth Ricci, Jonathan Miller


Buildings and Grounds Superintendent: Gary Mundschenk E-mail

Buildings and Grounds: Chris Donohue, Mikhail Naryvonchyk, Durahin Yasin

Janitorial Technician: Harmonica Washington

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