Team GRACE

Staff

  • Sonya Kahlenberg, Ph.D., Executive Director

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  • Jackson Mbeke Kabuyaya, GRACE Center Director

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    Animal Team
    • Dalmas Kakule, Animal Care Manager

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    • Castro, Gorilla Caregiver

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    • Gilbert, Gorilla Caregiver

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    • Devotte Kavira Kiriha, Caregiver

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    • Joyce Kavugho Mulamiro, Caregiver

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    • Donatien Kambale Muwnga, Caregiver & Veterinary Assistant

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    • Kambale Muviri, Caregiver

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    • Aldegonde Saambili, Caregiver

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      Education Team
      • Honoré Mustafa, Educator

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      • Sims Guy Mumbere, Educator

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      • Gracianne Basyanirwa, Educator

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        Facility Team
        • George Kayisavira Kakule, Facility Manager

        • Daniel Siviri Kambere, Groundskeeper

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        • Janvier Kambere Mastaki, Maintenance & Security

        • Mongli, Maintenance & Security

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        • Kakendi Muhasa, Groundskeeper

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        • Ivone Kavuo Nzanzu, House staff

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        • Jeanine Masika Vwirasihikya, Kitchen staff

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        • Job Kabuyaya Yese, Maintenance

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          Support Team
          • Greer Chapman, U.S. Assistant

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          • Jonathan Kambere Katsongo, Administrator

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          • Jeanny Kahindu Misave, Research Manager

          • Heritier Muheko, Accounting and Logistics Assistant

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              Board of Directors

              • Claire Martin, Chair

                Manager of Strategic Philanthropy, Disney Corporate Citizenship, Florida, USA
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              • Rick Barongi

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              • Craig Dinsmore

                Director, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Utah, USA 
              • Jeffrey Flocken

                Regional Director (North America), International Fund for Animal Welfare, Washington D.C., USAflocken
              • Greggory Hudson

                Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Zoo and the Aquarium at Fair Park, Texas, USABOD-Jackie_web
              • Ron Kagan

                Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Zoological Society, Michigan, USA
              • Jackie Ogden, Ph.D.

                Vice President, Animals, Science, and Environment, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Florida, USA BOD-Jackie_web
              • Peter Riger

                Vice President of Conservation, Houston Zoo, Texas, USA Peter-Moz_resize
              • Rick Schwartz

                President, Nashville Zoo, Tennessee, USA 
              • Tara Stoinski, Ph.D.

                CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Georgia, USA

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                Special Advisors to the Board of Directors

                • Tammie Bettinger, Ph.D.

                  Director of Animal Operations, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA Tammie_staff
                • John Lukas

                  President, Okapi Conservation Project, DRC & Conservation and Science Manager, Jacksonville Zoo, Florida, USAMbuti Pygmies with JL_resize
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                  Technical Advisory Groups and Support Teams

                  Veterinary Advisory Group
                  • Natalie Mylniczenko, DVM, Chair

                    Veterinarian, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USANatalie_resize
                  • Joe Bielitzki, DVM

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                  • Jan Ramer, DVM

                    Director of Conservation Medicine & Veterinarian, The Wilds, Ohio, USAHope Rwanda, Village of Hope Project,
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                    Veterinary Support Team
                  • Matt Runnells

                    Veterinary Technician, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA Matt Runnells_vet support team
                  • Shannon Livingston, M.Sc.

                    Assistant Nutritionist, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USAGRACE website pic_Shannon Livingston
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                    Scientific Advisory Group
                  • Tammie Bettinger, Ph.D., Chair

                    Director of Animal Operations, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA Tammie_staff
                  • Debby Cox, M.Sc.

                    Technical Advisor of Africa Programs, Jane Goodall Institute
                  • Kay Farmer, Ph.D.

                    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Stirling
                  • Tatyana Humle, Ph.D.

                    Lecturer in Primate Conservation, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, Kent, United Kingdom
                  • Katherine Leighty, Ph.D.

                    Science Operations Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA
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                    Animal Care and Welfare Advisory Group
                    • Rachel Daneault, Co-Chair

                      Primate Zoological Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA
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                    • Beth Schaefer, Co-Chair

                      General Curator, Los Angeles Zoo, California, USA

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                    • David Shrake

                      Zoological Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA
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                    • Keith Zdrojewski

                      Mammal Curator, Dallas Zoo, Texas, USA
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                      Media Advisor
                      • David Rochkind

                        Creative Director, Ground Media, Washington, DC, USARochkind