Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



It takes hundreds of full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees to run the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. These devoted people are employed by the Smithsonian, Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), and the Office of Facilities, Engineering, and Operations (OFEO). In addition, more than 1,800 dedicated volunteers support the Zoo in many ways. Find out about the Zoo’s senior staff:

Meet our SCBI Staff

Executive Staff

Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Dennis W. Kelly
Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Steven L. Monfort
Executive Director, Friends of the National Zoo
Robert J. Lamb
Deputy Executive Director, Friends of the National Zoo
Gregory J. Melanson

Associate Directors and Senior Staff

Senior Scientist
Don Moore, MPA, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Communications
Pamela Baker-Masson
Chief Advancement Officer
Lesli Creedon
Associate Director of Planning and Strategic Projects
Chuck Fillah
Associate Director of Finance and Administration
Carol Fiertz
Facilities Manager, OFEO
Daniel H. Davies
Chief Financial Officer, FONZ
Linda Michelsen
Director of Guest Services, FONZ
Rafford Seymour
Director of Human Resources, FONZ
Laurie Stroman
Director of Merchandise, FONZ
Merva Crawford

Animal Programs

Senior Curator and Acting Curator, Bird House
Ed Bronikowski
Senior Curator and Curator of Asia Trail and Giant Pandas
Brandie Smith
Senior Curator of Animal Operations at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia
Paul Marinari
Curator, Amazonia
Vincent F. Rico
Curator, Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails
Tony Barthel
Curator, Enrichment and Training, American Trail; Acting Curator, Primates; Acting Curator, Great Cats
Craig Saffoe
Curator, Small Mammal House
Steve Sarro
Curator, Reptile Discovery Center
Alan Peters
Chief Veterinarian
Suzan Murray, DVM
Supervisory Pathologist
Tim Walsh
Supervisory Nutritionist
Michael Maslanka

Meet our SCBI Staff