Robin Lentz, Co-Director ext 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
William K. Baker Jr., Co-Director ext 30 or email@example.com
William received his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from West Texas State University in 1989 followed by his post-graduate work in Zoology. His areas of research are crisis management, zoological safety, and animal behavior, which draws upon his experience as a Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist, PADI Rescue Diver, AGFC and TPWD Hunter Safety Instructor, NRA Firearms Instructor, Safe Capture graduate, and Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor. He is also a past member of Who’s Who of Professional Management.
He has been active in the fields of wildlife management and zoology for over 25 years, and has worked at numerous universities and zoological facilities in the Southwest. His experience includes positions as Lab and Museum Assistant, ERT Leader, Cat, Elephant and Marine Mammal Trainer, Large Mammal Keeper, Senior Keeper, Curator, and Director. This career track includes experience in bond, operational, and capital budgets. He also operated a consultancy specializing in crisis management, exotic felid husbandry, ethology, enrichment, and training for 16 years.
His career service includes the AZA Antelope TAG, the Sanctuary Standards of Care And Operations work group, the Maned Wolf SSP Management Committee, and was a contributing author to the Jaguar SSP Husbandry Manual and Associate Editor for the AAZK book “Resources for Crisis Management”. He has also served as a Board Member for Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and first started riding horses when he was 10 years old and still loves old leathers, a good horse, and the high country.
Bambi Godkin, Education Manager ext 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Brittany Byram, Guest Services and Events Manager ext 34 or email@example.com
Brittany was born in Abilene, Texas and moved to Roanoke, Virginia when she was six months old. She was raised in Roanoke and had a strong athletic background from middle school through high school, where she ran cross county as well as track and field.
Brittany is passionate about meeting others and building her skill set every day. She developed leadership skills by becoming the DECA secretary at her high school where she learned organizational and leadership techniques. After high school, Brittany became a supervisor at Charlotte Russe where she continued growing by being a manager and learning the role of managing employees.
Brittany’s favorite things to do are to be with friends and family. She loves playing with her dogs and learning about animals in addition to traveling and exploring nature.
Greg Landis, Building and Grounds Supervisor ext 32 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg is a Virginia native and graduated from Giles High School in Pearisburg Virginia in 1982. He started working in property and building maintenance while living in Los Angeles in 1988 and has worked for various real estate management firms through the years. Currently he is in the last semester towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Ashworth College in Norcross, Georgia. Prior to his current position, he was a building maintenance technician with Stonemark Management situated in southwest Roanoke.
He enjoys spending time with his daughter and animals; and his hobbies include working out at the gym, hiking, reading, and educating himself about new things, even reading cereal boxes. His father was an intelligence specialist in the US Military, where he met his mother, a native of Seoul, South Korea in-country. He moved to Roanoke after living in Los Angeles for 15 years, and prefers a small city to the hustle and bustle of a larger city; what he calls a town mouse, country mouse sort of thing.
He enjoys helping people and is a Volunteer Chef for Ronald McDonald House on the weekends.
Keeper Staff: ext 27
Kontessa St. Clair
Guest Services Staff:
Anna Page Mundy, Zoo Ambassador: ext 22
Anna Page is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She went to Old Dominion University where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. While in college, she studied abroad in Belize for Marine Studies where she studied coral, sea grass and animal diversity. She started the ODU Women’s lacrosse club and was president for that organization for 3 years. While attending college, she worked at Mill Mountain Zoo as a zookeeper. Her favorite animal to work with at the Zoo was Bo, a wolverine that was here at that time. After college, she worked at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center as a gallery educator where she liked to work with the volunteers.
She recently relocated back to Roanoke to continue her studies and is now in the Radiography program at Virginia Western Community College. In her spare time she likes to go hiking with her dog, kayaking and horseback riding.
- 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