Dr. Jordan Schaul
Jordan was Curator of Animals and later Director of Conservation at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. He has worked in research and husbandry capacities at five zoos and an aquarium in the Lower 48. This includes service as Director of Operations at a zoo in Southern California and as an executive consultant to the largest wildlife welfare organization in South Asia, which manages ten sanctuaries. Jordan was a contract contributing writer for the National Geographic Society from 2010 to 2014 and continues to write for various popular science outlets, including Huffington Post. Jordan was an ex offico council member of the International Association for Bear Research & Management, a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Bear Specialist Group. He currently serves as an advisor to the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Bear Taxon Advisory Group and as a member of the Conservation Education Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Sandra Dee Robinson
Sandra has appeared on Daytime and Prime Time TV programs in both regular and guest starring roles. She was crowned Miss Pennsylvania 1985 in the Miss USA Pageant and is now a speaker and coach and owner of a media training firm.
Sandra co-hosted a zoo and field conservation-oriented radio program with Jordan and fellow board members Grey Stafford and Conrad Schmitt. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Allen, a Hollywood stuntman and their family of rescued German Shepherds, horses and housecats.
For her radio program produced by Dr. Schaul, she interviewed numerous conservation leaders, including Dr. Ron Swaisgood of San Diego Zoo Global, Dr. Michael Hutchins formerly of AZA and the Wildlife Society (Now with the American Bird Conservancy), Ron Magill of Zoo Miami, Julie Scardina of SWBG, Steve Seyfert of the Milwaukee County Zoo, Colleen Kinzley of the Oakland Zoo, Nolan Harvey of ISIS, Dr. Ian Dutton (formerly of the AK SeaLife Center), Dr. Sharon Deem of the St. Louis Zoo, Dr. Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, author Ben Kilham, Dr. Lucy Spelman (formerly of the Smithsonian National Zoo), Richard Ellis of the American Museum of Natural History, Jackson Zee (formerly of IFAW), Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo, Robert Buchanan (formerly of Polar Bears International), Andy Snider of the Brookfield Zoo, Dr. Shirley McGreal of the International Primate Protective League, Dr. Luke Hunter of Panthera, and sun bear researcher Dr. Wong Te Siew. In addition, Sandra’s older brother was a wildlife biologist.
Dr. Grey Stafford
Grey launched his career at SeaWorld of Ohio as an animal trainer and most recently served as Director of Conservation of the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Phoenix, Arizona. Grey is a celebrity zoo professional having worked the late night show circuit as a media-trained TV personality and goodwill ambassador for zoos and aquariums. Much like his mentor Jack Hanna, who wrote the Forward to Grey’s book Zoomility, Grey has represented the zoo, aquarium and marine park communities as a noted commentator on wildlife issues for different networks and Cable TV programs. Grey is the Incoming President of the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association.
Before joining the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world (when it opened), Billy was General Manager and Vice President of Animal Management at Marineland’s Dolphin Conservation Center. Billy was the Corporate Director of Animal Management for Dolphin Quest facilities worldwide. At the Georgia Aquarium Billy was responsible for husbandry operations, veterinary care and conservation programs. He is a Past President of the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association. In addition, Billy was a professional member and Chair of their Trainer Development Program Accreditation Committee. He is also a Past President and former Accreditation Commission Chair for the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA). Hurley was a member of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Prior to his work at CCTU, Conrad worked at six AZA accredited zoos. He served as the Assistant Director of Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo and as Curator of Mammals at Zoo Miami. Conrad also worked at the Kansas City Zoo (as Animal Collection Manager), the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (as Assistant Curator), Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (as Area Manager-Asia). He served as an animal care manager at the San Diego Zoo and worked at the Naples Zoo in an administrative position. Conrad is a steering committee member of the Giraffe and Antelope TAG and Chair of the Wild Cattle TAG for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Conrad’s travels on behalf the zoo community have taken him to several countries in Asia and Africa to work with free-ranging wildlife.
Prior to joining the Henry Vilas Zoo, Ronda was the Curator of Primates at the Denver Zoo. She is an active member of both AZA conservation and science programs for bears and orangutans. Learn more about her work at Madison’s popular cultural and natural history attraction here!