LeadershipAZFA PresidentBrian TimmDirector of Facilities, Henry Doorly Zoo & AquariumBrian TimmDirector of Facilities, Henry Doorly Zoo & AquariumBrian is the Director of Facilities at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska. He has been in the Director’s position for the past six years and finds it to be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Brian currently oversees Maintenance and Building Engineering, Rides Maintenance, Horticulture, and the Custodial Department. When these areas fail to keep him busy, he also Co-Chairs the Sustainability efforts of the zoo, supervises staff-related safety ventures and has recently added ADA Coordinator to his list of duties.AZFA President-ElectTommy BryantDirector of Facilities, Oklahoma City ZooTommy BryantDirector of Facilities, Oklahoma City ZooTommy Bryant is the director of Facilities at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical garden. He has been with the zoo for ten years, where he has been strategically involved in six major projects, from design to completion, totaling somewhere around fifty million dollars. He started his career as a machinist in the agriculture industry working his way up to lead position. He was there for six years when another opportunity came open and he accepted a position as a machinist in the fine paper industry where he worked for six years working in tight tolerance production. Iscar Metals approached him as a factory representative assisting clients with problems and applications for many industries from aerospace to medical implants. After six years, he changed professions and entered into plant maintenance for a local hospital working closely with all staff to maintain buildings and systems in the facility. After a short two years here, he moved to Oklahoma City to take the position as Maintenance Manager for OU medical Center. Here he was responsible for the compliance to Joint Commission and all local and state health codes for three hospitals and two clinics. Upon leaving OU Medical Center he went to work for a local architectural firm as a construction manager, it was while working in this position he was approached about the position at Oklahoma City Zoo. He accepted this position and never looked back. Tommy has been a member of AZFA since he accepted the position at OKC.AZFA Past PresidentAllmon ForresterDirector of Operations, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, MichiganAllmon ForresterDirector of Operations, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, MichiganAZFA Vice PresidentSean WoodsFacilities Manager, Louisville Zoological GardenSean WoodsFacilities Manager, Louisville Zoological GardenSean Woods is the Facilities Operations Manager for the Louisville Zoo. His primary areas of responsibility include the Maintenance, Horticulture, Life Support, and Safety Departments. Sean began his work career at the Zoo as a seasonal Guest Services employee when he was in high school. After working in several different departments, Sean left the Zoo and was the Facilities Manager for downtown Louisville Metro Buildings. After working this job for several years and earning his Project Management Certification, Sean was thrilled to receive an opportunity to go back to the Zoo in a role he was very passionate about. Sean joined the AZFA several years ago when he returned to the Zoo and has enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many people and learn about the amazing things other Zoos do around the country.AZFA TreasurerAndrew MartiDirector of Facilities Management, Saint Louis ZooAndrew MartiDirector of Facilities Management, Saint Louis ZooAndrew joined AZFA in 2013. He began his zoo career in 2010 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and worked as the Facilities Manager. In 2017, Andrew started at the Saint Louis Zoo and currently serves as the Director of Facilities Management.AZFA Treasurer-ElectNikki MyersDirector of Facilities Operations & Sustainability, Denver ZooNikki MyersDirector of Facilities Operations & Sustainability, Denver ZooNikki is the Director of Facilities Operations and Sustainability at the Denver Zoo in Colorado. She has been with the Denver Zoo for four years. In her role, Nikki currently oversees the operations team, which includes deferred maintenance projects, fleet management, and holding the door open for peacocks. With her new sustainability responsibilities, Nikki will help the Zoo work towards its zero-waste goals, ISO14001 compliance, and improved green procurement. In her spare time, Nikki is a long-time volunteer of the American Cancer Society, chairing local Relay for Life events around Denver. At home, she enjoys the dichotomy of her energetic shepherd mix, Athena, and her 65-pound tortoise, Tink the Tank.AZFA Past TreasurerMichael Patera(retired), Cleveland Metroparks ZooMichael Patera(retired), Cleveland Metroparks ZooMichael spent his career at Cleveland Metroparks boosting efficiency in the zoo, and helping to coordinate further education of visitors and professionals alike.Director at Large (Year 1)John KanziaEnvironmental Quality Manager, Brookfield ZooJohn KanziaEnvironmental Quality Manager, Brookfield ZooJohn Kanzia is the Environmental Quality Manager at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo just outside Chicago, IL. He has been with the Chicago Zoological Society and AZFA since 2006, and also worked at the John G. Shedd Aquarium as a Water Quality Technologist from 1999 to 2006. John has a BAS in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and over twenty years of experience in water quality monitoring. His current Environmental Quality Program at the Chicago Zoological Society takes a comprehensive look at the zoo’s exhibitry, including water quality, indoor air quality, exhibit lighting, sound monitoring, and more. With an arsenal of over thirty different instruments, John is a regular “gadget guy”. John currently chairs the Site Selection Sub-Committee, serves on the Membership and Publications & Web Site Committees, and is also the AZFA Web Site Administrator.AZFA Director at Large (Year 2)Bob WengelVP of Facilities, John G. Shedd AquariumBob WengelVP of Facilities, John G. Shedd AquariumBob Wengel began his career at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago as a maintenance carpenter in 1995. Since that time, he has built his reputation as a champion of sustainability and conservation, and was named “Facility Executive of the Year” by Today’s Facility Manager in 2012. He is currently working with the City of Chicago to create Shedd’s Master Energy Roadmap, which aims to make the aquarium the first clean-energy-powered cultural institution by 2020.Director at Large (Year 3)Mark FisherSenior Director of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenMark FisherSenior Director of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenIn 2006, Mark came on board at the Cincinnati Zoo as the Senior Director of Facilities and Planning. In addition to the standard duties of a facilities manager, Mark is also the driving force behind the Zoo's distinction as the greenest Zoo in America.AZFA AdministratorSam PetersonSustainability Coordinator, San Antonio ZooSam PetersonSustainability Coordinator, San Antonio ZooAZFA SecretaryDean ViolettaDirector of Planning & Exhibit Design, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenDean ViolettaDirector of Planning & Exhibit Design, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenDean Violetta, a University of Cincinnati alum, has worked on Zoo projects for the past 28 years and the last 15 of those years as the main architectural contact as vice president of Cornette/Violetta Architects. His Zoo-based architectural design experience also includes projects for the Nashville Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Detroit Zoo. For the past 3 ½ years, Dean has served as the Director of Planning and Exhibit Design at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Dean coordinates all master planning and long range vision planning while arming the Zoo with the knowledge and experience necessary to continue as leaders in Zoological & Exhibit design. For the AZFA, Dean has chair the Membership Committee for the past 2 years.