Staff

Administration 540-343-3241

Robin Lentz, Co-Director ext 31 or rlentz@mmzoo.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 bbaker@mmzoo.org

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 bgodkin@mmzoo.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.

Jelena Jelic, Guest Services and Events Manager ext 34 or jjelic@mmzoo.org

Jelena was born in Vares, Bosnia and Herzegovina, moved to Germany and then came to Roanoke, Virginia in 1999. She attended Old Dominion University and graduated in 2015 where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology, with a minor in History. During her time at Old Dominion University, she co-founded Autism Speaks UODU and volunteered with the Special Olympics organization. Jelena’s passion lies in working with people and working with a diverse population. Even though she is new to working in a zoo environment, she has already fallen in love with all the animals and studies them in her free time.

For hobbies, Jelena enjoys reading, photography and translating for refugees that arrived from the Balkan region. She travels when she gets the chance, mostly going back home to Bosnia or visiting family in Australia. She also volunteers for TAP for the Domestic Violence Department.

Greg Landis, Building and Grounds Supervisor ext 32 or glandis@mmzoo.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
Julia Franet-Hornbeck
Brittany Furr-Stanfield
Samantha Evans
Erika Joseck
Kontessa St. Clair
Kenlee Ngo

Guest Services Staff:
Alexa Sigmundik

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