PRESIDENT: LOREN BERRY
PRESIDENT: LOREN BERRY

·Animal Care Staff - Hoofstock

·Started at Denver Zoo: 2011 as a full time keeper, Intern from 2001-2004

·Years in AAZK: 3 with RMAAZK, 11 with National AAZK

·Previous Zoo: The Maryland Zoo from 2007-2011, Abilene Zoo from 2004-2007

·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: "The first time that we were able to obtain a voluntary blood sample from our 5 year old female Okapi, "Kalispell".  After just two months training the behavior, we were able to get a voluntary sample from her jugular vein.  It is an amazing accomplishment and am so thrilled to work with "Kalispell" and our amazing animal care team to reach these amazing milestones in animal training!"

·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Comedy Night & National Zoo Keeper Week

VICE PRESIDENT: JEN CONRAD
VICE PRESIDENT: JEN CONRAD

·Trainer II - Birds, Mammals, and Program Animals at Downtown Aquarium

·Started at Downtown Aquarium: January 2015

·Years in AAZK: 1 with RMAAZK, 7 with National AAZK

·Previous Zoos: Memphis Zoo from 2012 - 2015, Trailside Museums and Zoo from 2006 - 2012.

·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: "Hand rearing a young sea lion at the Memphis Zoo. When I started there, she was one month old. It was amazing to be able to go from bottle feeding her, to teaching her how to swim, to training her behaviors, to finally working her in a show. When I left that facility, she was two and a half years old. I have been back to visit and she is doing well."

·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Bowling For Rhinos & National Zoo Keeper Week

SECRETARY: KELSEY BARKER
SECRETARY: KELSEY BARKER

·Animal Care Staff - Predators

·Started at Denver Zoo: 2015 as a full time keeper, previous intern

·Years with AAZK: 2 with RMAAZK                           

·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: My favorite zoo keeping moment was training my first behavior: tapir voluntary blood draw. Being able to gain Benny the tapir’s trust over a few months and finally being able to obtain a blood sample from him voluntarily was awesome! It is awesome to work so closely with an animal, gain their trust and build their confidence, and be able to train a behavior that advances their husbandry! 

·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Comedy Night

TREASURER: MATT ARDAIOLO
TREASURER: MATT ARDAIOLO

·Animal Care Staff - Hoofstock

·Started at Denver Zoo: 2015                                                         

·Years with AAZK: 1 with RMAAZK

·Previous Zoo: 

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·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: 

LIAISON: MERYT SCHUMACHER
LIAISON: MERYT SCHUMACHER

·Animal Care Staff - Carnivores

·Started at Denver Zoo: 2011

·Years in AAZK: 4 in RMAAZK, 10 in National AAZK

·Previous Zoo: Lincoln's Children Zoo

·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: "I love training and giving enrichment.  It’s amazing to see the animals using their natural abilities to figure out new enrichment and behaviors."

·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: National Zoo Keeper Week