Staff

Zoo Director

Cynthia Wagner

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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Dr. Ronan Eustace examines a leopard

Director of Animal Health

Dr. Ronan Eustace

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Ronan Eustace came to Potter Park Zoo from the Potawatomi Zoo, where he was the Staff Veterinarian for three and a half years. Prior to his time in South Bend, Dr. Ronan worked at the Akron Zoo, completing an 18 month post-doctoral fellowship. Prior to working as a zoo veterinarian, Dr. Ronan worked at practices ranging from large multi-doctor specialty practices to […]

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Animal Programs Manager

Sarah Foote

Sarah Foote 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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Park Manager/Horticulturist

Tom Davidek

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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Guest Experience Supervisor

Rick Parker

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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Customer Services Manager

Jon Lawrence

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 with staff members and Doppsee the black rhino

Animal Care Supervisor

Pat Fountain

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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Executive Director Potter Park Zoological Society

Amy L. Morris-Hall, APR

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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Education Curator

Dennis Laidler

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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Communications Manager

Kaiti Chritz

Kaiti Chritz is an award-winning photojournalist and videographer who joined the zoo society in 2017 as the media intern. She soon became the zoo’s Communications Manager and is now responsible for many forms of communications at the zoo including social media, photo and video, graphic design for print and on grounds signage, website management, media […]

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Assistant Education Curator

Jennifer Horvatin

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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High School Animal Science Instructor

Becky Morningstar

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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