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Board Members

Al Sironen, Zoo Consultants International

Al Sironen has spent over 37 years in the management of captive wildlife. As Curator at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, he was responsible for management of a wide variety of animals and their keepers. As a member and leader of numerous committees for the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Sironen was active on a national level in the cooperative management of many endangered species. He is currently President of Zoo Consultants International and is working with a number of zoos concerning exhibit design and animal management.

Dr. Alejandro Grajal, Center for Conservation Leadership
Chicago Zoological Society

Dr. Alejandro Grajal leads the Center for Conservation Leadership, which combines the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation and education initiatives and develops the capacity of conservation leaders in Chicago and around the world. Dr. Grajal oversees 15 institutional field conservation programs in North America, Latin America, and Africa. He administers a population ecology program for critically small populations and the CZS-CBOT Endangered Species Grant Program, which has received awards in more than 20 countries. He also oversees all aspects of the Brookfield Zoo’s education and interpretation programs that serve more than 200,000 school children and provide science education training to almost 1,200 teachers annually. Dr. Grajal has been internationally recognized for his work in conservation and education and has published extensively both in scientific journals and publications for the general public.

Dr. Bert Davis, Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Dr. Bert Davis is the President & CEO of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Dr. Davis came to Milwaukee from Chicago where he served many years as the Vice President of Education at Lincoln Park Zoo. Other experiences include the Atlanta Zoo, where he held the position of Director of Education and External Affairs, and at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park (Washington D.C.) were he was the Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer and Smithsonian Research Fellow in the Department of Animal. Dr. Davis has received many honors and awards including in 2008 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as a recipient of the AZA Outstanding Service Award for his role as the Chairperson of the Diversity Committee from 2004-2007.

Chris Brabander

Chris Brabander has over 30 years of experience in environmental and conservation messaging in the fields of graphic design, exhibit design and interpretive planning. As Visual Communications Manager for Cleveland Metroparks, he played a key role in the creation of state-of-the-art exhibits and numerous interpretive graphics throughout the Zoo and Park District. Brabander has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Interpretation and is a Certified Interpretive Planner.

Harvey B. Webster, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Harvey B. Webster is Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He directs the Ralph Perkins Wildlife Center and the Museum’s Wildlife Resource Center. Webster also serves as an advisor to numerous local and state conservation programs. Webster led the Bald Eagle Breeding Program at the Museum and pioneered artificial insemination and other captive management techniques. The Museum was the first institution in the world to successfully breed Bald Eagles by means of artificial insemination. He is coordinating a program called Smart Light / Safe Flight, an effort to get urban skyscrapers to turn their lights off at night during the spring and autumn migration of birds to prevent the birds from striking the buildings and save energy.

Stephanie Stowell, Pueblo Zoological Society

Stephanie Stowell is currently the Executive Director of Pueblo Zoological Society, in Pueblo, Colorado. Stowell is an innovative and motivational conservation education leader, having served as the Senior Field Director of Field Education Programs for the National Wildlife Foundation and as the Director of Education for Woodland Park Zoo, in Seattle Washington. She also serves on the faculty and as an advisor to the Global Field Program at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.

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