Administration 540-343-3241

Robin Lentz, Co-Director ext 101 or

Robin is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She left in 1985 to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. She ultimately received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

She began her career in the zoological field as a volunteer keeper and docent at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been working in the zoological profession for almost 20 years at a variety of zoological facilities. Robin has worked as an educator, volunteer coordinator, animal keeper, Supervisor, and Curator during her career. She even held the title of interim Executive Director at Mill Mountain Zoo for a brief period of time.

Her career service includes acting as vice-president and president of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens AAZK chapter, serving as the Boat-billed heron SSP program manager and the Yellow-billed stork SSP program manager. Robin has served as a member the Virginia Dangerous Animal Legislation Working Group and has testified in front of the Virginia House of Representatives regarding enhancing restrictions on the ownership of primates as pets. Robin enjoys spending time with her family, harvesting the food from her garden, and traveling to faraway places.

Derek Kellogg, Co-Director ext 102 or

Derek grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and attended the University of Kansas, where he ultimately received a Master’s of Science in Entomology.

After graduate school, Derek started his post-academic career managing butterfly exhibits in museum settings. He has over 10 years of progressive management experience in nonprofit cultural attractions with experience managing a variety of different departments. Derek now serves Mill Mountain Zoo as its Co-Director of Operations.

In his free time, Derek enjoys indulging his lifelong passion for all things insect-related and spending time with his family.

Bambi Godkin, Education Manager ext 103 or

Bambi Godkin is a native of Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1998.  Since 1999, Bambi has been an educator, as well as an event and programs planner at a number of non-profit institutions.

She moved to Roanoke, VA in 2007 when she took a job as the Head of Community Education at the Taubman Museum of Art.  She has been the Education Manager at Mill Mountain Zoo since January 2011.  Bambi has worked with all ages from pre-school to post-retirement and has a strong passion for interdisciplinary education and teaching children critical thinking skills.

In her spare time, Bambi is an artist and paints and makes jewelry.  She also loves to cook and bake.

Kontessa St. Clair, Guest Services and Events Manager ext 105 or

Keeper Staff: ext 108
Julia Franet-Hornbeck
Brittany Furr-Stanfield
Erika Joseck
Kenlee Ngo
Chloe Wines

Guest Services Staff:
Lindsey Cranton

Zoo Facts

  • Year Zoo Opened: 1952
  • Number of School Districts Serviced: 27
  • Animals: Over 130 animals among 77 species
  • Vulnerable and Endangered Species: Red panda, snow leopard, yellow-spotted sideneck turtle, fishing cat, red wolf and Asian small-clawed otter