Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Board of Directors

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by Friends members. Officers of the Board are elected by members of the board. Members are elected to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Our volunteer  board plays an essential role in the organization's leadership, and its members bring skills, experience and talents to assist our partnership efforts with the zoo.

  • Dr. Douglas Wojcik, DVM, Chairman - Liverpool Village Animal Hospital
  • Carl Isley, Vice Chairman - M&T Bank
  • Esther Feng, Secretary - MOPS International
  • Al Gough, Treasurer - Hotel Syracuse Restoration
  • Ellenrose GalganoVolunteer Liaison - North Syracuse School District, Retired 
  • Anthony Albanese - SRC Inc.
  • Carl Austin - Bowers & Company CPAs PLLC
  • Peter Belyea - CXtec/TERACAI 
  • Vicki Brackens - Brackens Financial Solutions
  • Dania Dodd - Community volunteer
  • John C. Dougherty - Onondaga County Legislature
  • Robert Kukenberger - CDM Smith
  • Renee Lane - C&S Companies
  • James Mackin - Bond, Schoeneck & King
  • Cynthia Maxwell Curtin - Syracuse University 
  • Irving T. Lyons, Jr.- Cayuga Community Health Network 
  • Hon. Jeffrey Merrill - Syracuse City Court Judge, Retired 
  • Hal J. Mevec Jr. - Welch Allyn Inc.
  • Randal More - Osmose Utilities Services
  • Melissa A. Piper - National Grid
  • Nancy Rifken - Zoo supporter
  • Steven Wells - American Food & Vending Corp.
  • Janet Agostini, Ex Officio - President & CEO, Friends of the Zoo
  • Henry "Ted" Fox, Ex Officio - Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • William Lansley, Ex Officio - Commissioner, Onondaga County Parks