The Friends organization exists to provide financial support to the zoo through funds dedicated to the welfare of our animals, our educational programs and our family-friendly facilities. It is the generous support of our sponsors, donors, members and zoo visitors that enable us to meet this mission. You can be certain that your membership dollars are invested with care and in support of the zoo. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your support.
Friends of the Zoo is honored to partner with Onondaga County in support of a community resource that contributes to the quality of life in the Central New York area. We pledge our efforts to work tirelessly to help sustain the quality and diversity of the animal collection at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.
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.
Allison Angona, Membership Manager
Chuck Anthony, Director of Food and Beverage
Sherry Jones, Director of Finance
Kim Arnold, Director of Education and Volunteer Services
Joel Fire, Gift Shop Manager/Buyer
Carrie Large, Executive Director
Rachel Leonardo, Director of Human Resources
Gina Rapasadi, Director of Philanthropy
Maria Simmons, Director of Marketing and Communications
Heidi Strong, Director of Development