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Robin Lentz, Animal Program and Facilities Director

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.

Amy Morgan, Operations Director

Amy grew up in Chesapeake, VA but has called Roanoke her home for more than 20 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Roanoke College and a Masters of Public Administration from James Madison University.  Amy’s career has taken her along many roads from working with juvenile delinquents to helping feed the hungry, all with the personal mission of helping to make our community a better place.  In her previous role as VP of Programs at Feeding Southwest Virginia, Amy led new program initiatives such as the Children’s Food Truck and the Community Solutions Center.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in budgeting, program expansion and development, leadership, and strategic planning.  Amy has volunteered in various capacities across the Roanoke Valley including serving as Director with the Western VA EMS Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, Foster Dog Mom for Franklin County Humane Society, Advisory Board member for Street Ransom, and is a current member of the Roanoke City Library Advisory Board.

Amy is a lifelong animal lover. She is currently owned by her Catahoula Hound dog, Kaliyah.  Together they like to travel to state parks and camp, take rides along the parkway, and visit the dog park.  When Amy is not entertaining Kaliyah, she enjoys reading, crochet, swimming and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Jessie Coffman, Development Director

Jessie Coffman is a graduate of Hollins University that majored in Political Science. She is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Roanoke Valley and was included among The Roanoker magazine’s inaugural “40 Under 40” class of rising stars.  She worked for over a decade as a paralegal before taking community service from her passion to her profession. Previously Jessie worked at United Way of Roanoke Valley as its Director of Philanthropy.

Jessie has volunteered throughout her community and has used those experiences serving on several organizational boards. She is the Executive Vice President-Elect of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley.  She is a community conversation facilitator for Points of Diversity, has served on the Local Colors Festival steering committee, and is a co-founder of Cook Your Culture. She is also the Treasurer of Highland Park Elementary PTA. Her lifelong love of reading is fueled as a Star City Reads classroom reader and as a member of both the Roanoke Public Library Foundation and the Library Advisory Boards. Jessie lives in Roanoke City with her husband and two children. She and her daughter are stewards of a Little Free Library in their front yard. 

Bambi Godkin, Education Manager

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

Keeper Staff: ext 108
Julia Franet-Hornbeck, Animal Department Manager
Brittany Furr-Stanfield
Erika Joseck
Kenlee Ngo
Gretchen Hardy
Krystle Goldsworth

Guest Services Staff
Veronica Vest
Sabrina Becker

Facilities Manager
Don McNulty

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