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Meet Our Team

Tanya Smith

President/Founder/Officer

From: Cook County, IL

"Animal Lover, Water, Nature Enthusiast"

Amanda Rials

Board Member

From: Southeast AL

"Traveler, Motivator, Networker"

Heather Klatt

Board Member

JR Shaw

Board Member

Randy Riser

Board Member

"Resolute, Dedicated, Friendly"

Tracy Garry

Board Member

Virginia Rankin

Board Member

From: New Orleans, LA

" Compassionate, Determined, Capable"

Tanya Smith

President/Founder/Officer

From: Cook County, IL

"Animal Lover, Water, Nature Enthusiast"

Scott Smith

Vice President, Officer

From: Muskegon, MI

"Lakes, Rivers, Mountains"

Amanda Smith

Treasurer, Officer

From: Sandwich, IL

"Loving, Caring, Trustworthy"

Emily McCormack

Animal Curator & Intern Coordinator

From: Oswego, NY

"Animal Mom, Fisherwoman, Water lover"

Dr. Kellyn Sweeley

Staff Veterinarian

From: North Attleboro, MA

"Compassionate, Happy, Cheese"

Laurie Vanderwal

Assistant Animal Curator & Gift Shop Manager

From: SW Ontario

"Positive, Hard Working, Empathetic"

Sandy Ames

Development Director

From: Door County, WI

"Animal Lover, Caring, Inquisitive"

Cheryl King

Marketing Director

From: Medina, NY

"Animal/Nature Lover"

Miranda Smiith

Hospitality Coordinator

From: Hope, AR

"Passionate, Caring, Adventurous"

Beckie Moore

Education Coordinator

From: Farmington, AR

"Caring, Wildlife Enthusiast"

Victor Smith

Maintenance Coordinator

From: Hot Springs, AR

"Hardworking, Adventurous, Enthusiastic"

David Enden

Communications Director

From: Long Island, NY

"Psychology, Cookies, Growth"

Carly Hepburn

Animal Care Staff & Volunteer Coordinator

From: Southwick, MA

"Caring, Adventurous, Loyal"

Carly Thompson

Animal Care Staff

From: Victorville, CA

"Charismatic, Vivacious, Authentic"

Curt Hardin

Content Specialist

From: Cape Girardeau, MO

"Creative, Ambitious, Burrito Enthusiast"

Dakota Hibbard

Gift Shop Assistant

From: Fayetteville, AR

"Authentic, Artistic, Ambitious"

Drew Donnelly

Content Creator

From: Tallahassee, FL

"Creative, Funny, Adventurous"

Erin Durphy

Wildlife Interpreter

From: St. Louis, MO

"Kind, Easygoing, Patient"

Jade Schleicher

Animal Care Staff

From: Portage, WI

"Creative, Cats, Caring"

Jason Lavarnway

Animal Care Staff

From: NY

"Kind, Easygoing, Pizza"

Katelyn Sams

Gift Shop Assistant Manager

From: Greenwood, AR

"Hufflepuff, Outdoorsy, Animal Lover"

Katrina Baugh

Front Desk and Giftshop Team Member

"Kind, Local, Helpful"

Mary Schlieve

Animal Care Staff

From: East Troy, WI

"Cat Lover, Baker, Optimistic"

Melissa Doble

Lodging Coordinator

From: Alamogordo, NM

"Hardworking, Loyal, Animal Lover"

Morgan Williams

Office Support Staff

From: Kona, HI

"Empath, Poetic, Ocean"

Harland King

Maintenance

Shayleen Richert

Wildlife Interpreter

From: Lowell, AR

"Dr. Pepper Lover, Naturalist, Adventurous"

Tim DeLaPorte

Maintenance Staff

From: Elkins, AR

"Humor, Hard Work, Wit"