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Leadership & Staff

Meet Our Team

Meet Our

Society Staff

Henry Vilas Zoo Parrot

Alison Prange


Henry Vilas Zoo Grizzly Bear

Brent Walter

Senior Vice President of Operations

Henry Vilas Zoo Penguin

Ashlyn Mehlhaff

Director of Development

Henry Vilas Zoo Polar Bear

Kari Barsness

Gift Shop Manager

Common Peafowl

Nikki Darga

Volunteer Coordinator

Henry Vilas Zoo American Badger

James Scott

Food Services Manager

Henry Vilas Zoo White Faced Whistling Duck

Emily Lundquist

Marketing Communications Manager

Henry Vilas Zoo Rhino

Crystal Padley

Manager of Events

Henry Vilas Zoo River Otter

Tricia Nicoll

Manager of Outreach and Volunteer Engagement

Henry Vilas Zoo Amur Tiger

Tressa Steuber

Membership Coordinator

Meet Our

Zoo Staff

Bornean Orangutan

Ronda Schwetz

Executive Zoo Director

Henry Vilas Zoo Lemur Monkey

Joseph Darcangelo

Deputy Zoo Director

Henry Vilas Zoo American Alligator

Jess Thompson

Conservation Education Curator

Board of Directors

Nancy Acker-Skolaski
Volunteer/Retired Orchids
by the Ackers

Jessica Franz Christensen

Courtney Comer
Freelance Communications

Brad Duesler
Food Concepts, Inc.

Marta Gialamas
The Gialamas Company

Tom Hanson
Vice President and Treasurer
Alliant Energy

Chris Henderson
Board Chair
M3 Insurance Solutions

Karrie Julian
Immediate Past Board Chair
Members Development Company

Jason Maas
Executive Committee
The Burish Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Mark Markel
UW School of Veterinary Medicine

Dave Martin
Ideal Builders, Inc.

Rich Modjeski

Eric Pollock
US Bank

Christine Senty
Quartz Health Solutions

Amy Supple
Executive Committee
The Edgewater

Pam Woodman

Auxiliary Board

Nancy Acker-Skolaski

Lilly Bickers

Jessica Brady

Jessica Franz Christensen

Courtney Comer

Nicole Cuellar

Kate Dale

Denise Dattomo

Kristen Flesch

Marta Gialamas

Ellie Hausmann

Kate Heaney

Sarah Justus

Katelyn Klein

Chelsey Lammers

Melissa Lindemann

Sarah Midthun

Megan Noble

Beth Norman

Lindsay Olson

Katelyn Paulos

Karen Romadka

Jennifer Salin

Alisa Sleep

Farrah Slinger

Pam Woodman

Leadership Council

Kate Atkins

Diane Ballweg
Endres Manufacturing

Todd Buehl
ABC Supply

Chris Doering
First Business Bank

Andy Cook
The Hamilton Consulting Group, LLC

Tim Hausmann
Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

Jim Hegenbarth
Park Bank

Nate Herbst
WTS Paradigm

Chrissi Illgen

Tom Keeler Madison, WI

John Meier
Badger Bus

Cesar Pinzon
American Family Insurance

Eric Schmidt
CG Schmdit

Kyle Stacey
Exact Sciences

Careers - Get Involved!

Take your love for Henry Vilas Zoo to a whole new level! We have a variety of opportunities for those looking to start or continue their career at our zoo. Past open positions have included zookeepers, restaurant staff, gift shop attendees, and more!

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