Atlantic Porkfish

Atlantic Porkfish

Porkfish, like all grunts, produce grunt-like sounds by rubbing their teeth together. These sounds seem to be particularly associated with situations of duress. They are the only type of fish to do so in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Membership
Catering at the Zoo

Zoo Management

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Senior Staff

  • Janet Agostini, President + CEO
  • Cathy Albunio, Finance Manager
  • Jaime Alvarez, Director of Public Relations
  • Denise Headd, Director of Development
  • Nathan Keefe, Director of Education
  • Debbi Licamele, HR Manager, Executive Assistant to the President
  • Jean Moffit, Membership Manager
  • Lorrie Murray, Director of Operations
  • Maria Simmons, Director of Marketing

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

From the first time she heard a young child at the zoo say to her mother, "This is going to be the best day ever," Janet Agostini knew she had found her calling at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

An animal lover all her life, Janet serves as president & CEO of Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, the organization responsible for business operations, education programs and fundraising on behalf of the zoo.

Janet, a longtime resident of Central New York, has more than 25 years' experience in marketing, communications and executive administration. Prior to joining the Friends organization, she served as vice president of student recruitment and communications at Onondaga Community College (OCC) and has held management positions in the high tech and healthcare sectors. She holds a degree in business management from Keuka College.

Janet has served on several local boards, including Literacy Volunteers of Syracuse, the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau and Make-A-Wish. In addition, she has participated on many community service committees, is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, was a volunteer tutor for Literacy Volunteers and has presented at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums national conference. Her awards include the Trustees Award for Exemplary Service and a resolution of appreciation for her work on the residence halls at OCC, and selection as a Nonprofit Executive of the Year Honoree at the Sixth Annual Nonprofit Awards presented by M&T Bank, BizEventz and the Business Journal News Network.

Janet's low tech interests include antiques, interior design and gardening. In addition to her family, she has two passions; reading and animals. She and her husband, Bob, are a "16-paw family" and share their Marcellus home with two dogs and two cats.


Read more about Janet here.