Staff

Cynthia Wagner

Director Potter Park Zoo

Cynthia became Director of Potter Park Zoo (PPZ) in November of 2016. She started at PPZ as a zookeeper in 2003 and became General Curator in 2013. She is using her 13-years of zoo experience to position the organization as a nationally recognized zoological conservation institution. Cynthia is a graduate of Michigan State University with […]

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Sally A. Nofs, BS, DVM

Director of Animal Health

Dr. Sally Nofs has been with Potter Park Zoo since 2014 as the Director of Animal Health. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a Research Associate at Projeto Tamandua/Project Anteater Brazil, the AZA SSP Veterinary Advisor for Giant Anteaters,  and a member of AAZV  Committee on Wildlife Health & Conservation, and the  Wildlife Disease Association –Wildlife Veterinary Section.​ […]

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Sarah Pechtel

General Curator

Sarah Pechtel has been the General Curator at Potter Park Zoo since December, 2016.  As General Curator, she manages the animal care staff and oversees the husbandry and welfare of all animals at the zoo.  Additionally, she is responsible for the development of animal care policy and procedure, as well as creating and implementing employee […]

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Teresa Masseau

Zoo Registrar

Teresa has been with Potter Park Zoo as the registrar since 2007 and has worked for the City of Lansing since 1994. As registrar, Teresa is responsible for  maintaining animal records, ensures legal compliance with local, state, federal and international laws, government regulations and industry-specific standards and maintains federal and state wildlife permits and licenses. […]

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Tom Davidek

Park Manager/Horticulturist

Tom has been with Potter Park Zoo as the Park Manager/Horticulturist since 2008. He plans, coordinates and manages all landscape, facilities and grounds maintenance activities in the zoo and park and also assists with exhibit design. Tom has 31 years of experience working in zoos in the above disciplines at both Potter Park Zoo and the Detroit Zoological Society.  Tom is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor […]

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Rick Parker

Guest Experience Supervisor

Rick has been with Potter Park Zoo as the Director of Guest Services since 1986. He manages daily operations of the parking and admissions, and the Public Safety Department. Favorite Animal Black rhinos Favorite Thing About Potter Park Zoo This would have to be the interaction with both zoo visitors as well as the zoo […]

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Jon Lawrence

Customer Service Manager

Jon Lawrence has more than 20 years of experience in Customer Service having worked in the outdoor hospitality industry serving camps, campgrounds, and retreat venues throughout Michigan training front line employees and positively impacting the guest experience wherever he has served.  Jon joined the dedicated staff of the Potter Park Zoo in April of 2017 […]

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Pat Fountain

Head Zoo Keeper

Pat Fountain has been Head Keeper and Potter Park Zoo since February 2017. He has been at the zoo since 2007 as a zookeeper and was Area Lead for the Hoofstock area for 2 years previous to becoming Head Keeper. He oversees the Job Shadow and Internship programs at Potter Park Zoo and manages the Lead Keepers […]

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Amy L. Morris-Hall, APR

Executive Director Potter Park Zoological Society

Zoological Society Executive Director Amy L. Morris-Hall draws on 25 years of experience in strategic communications and an accreditation by the Public Relations Society of America in her work at Potter Park Zoo. She has been with the zoo, as a Society Board Member and later as the Director of External Affairs, since 2013. She is responsible […]

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Dennis A. Laidler

Education Curator

As the Education Curator, Dennis is responsible for the education efforts of the zoo. While his degrees are in wildlife biology, he has been actively involved in conservation education for over 30 years.   He’s still amazed and grateful that every day he gets to help people understand, appreciate and take actions to conserve our natural […]

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Jen Rostar

Director of Events & Member Services

Jen Rostar has been with Potter Park Zoo since 2011 as the Director of Events and Member Services. She is a proud Spartan with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and has 20 years of fundraising and education event experience. Jen is responsible for the PPZ annual events calendar, private event rentals, volunteer program, […]

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Kaiti Chritz

Communications Manager

Bachelors degree from Central Michigan University in biology and photojournalism

Kaiti Chritz joined the team as communications manager in late 2017 after being the media intern for several months. She has a degree in both biology and photojournalism from Central Michigan University and has a strong passion for sharing the stories of wildlife and the people who protect and care for them. She has worked […]

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Jennifer Horvatin

Assistant Education Curator

Jennifer has spent her career in informal education, and has been at Potter Park Zoo since 2010.  As the Assistant Education Curator she make sure the Education Department runs smoothly. In addition to her many duties here at the zoo,  she also participates in the AZA Volunteer Management Committee and has presented at the 2016 national […]

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Becky Morningstar

High School Animal Science Instructor

Rebecca is a member of our education staff at Potter Park Zoo. During the school year, she teaches Animal Science and Zoo Management to local high school students through the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center and is the Eaton RESA FFA Advisor. During the summer, she is one of the Zookambi summer camp instructors and […]

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