Board of Trustees
Brian is from Pittsburgh, PA, and has a BSc in Biology from Penn State University. Brian is a dedicated and passionate professional who specializes in non-profit leadership, zoological management, conservation and education. After being an animal care specialist at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Disney's Animal Kingdom for 11 years, Brian joined Lubee in 2007 as Curator and became Director in April 2011. During this time the organization has significantly expanded local and global conservation/education programs, fundraising, marketing, capital improvements, and native bat programs. Brian led Lubee to its 5th consecutive AZA Certification in 2020 and has proudly ensured that the organization is consistently compliant with USDA standards. Brian has extensive animal care experience with numerous published articles on animal husbandry, enrichment, and medical management. He is extremely passionate about his role in the zoological/conservation field, and is working to further Lubee’s status as a global leader in bat conservation and education.
Programs & Events Coordinator
You guano know something about Tracy? She LOVES bats and a great pun! She is from Pittsburgh, PA and has an AS in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. Prior to joining the Lubee team in 2015, Tracy acquired 11 years of animal care experience in the veterinary field and 5 years at Disney's Animal Kingdom as an Animal Food Specialist. Tracy is a creative person with a mind for details and enjoys putting her passions towards Lubee's conservation and education endeavors. Since her start, Tracy has lead Lubee through multiple successful events. Don't let her title fool you. She wears many hats here at Lubee and makes everyone of them look fabulous. 😉 From managing all of Lubee's Programs, to creating graphics for social media, to caring for our microbats, to scheduling your tours or filling online orders, Tracy has her finger on the pulse of what makes Lubee run smoothly. She hopes that you'll come visit or attend one of Lubee's many events!
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Animal Care Manager
Annalyse is from Middleburg, FL and has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, with a minor in Business Administration with hopes of working into a leadership position in the future. While in school she started at Lubee in June 2017 as a volunteer and in September 2017 she joined the team as a Call-In Keeper. Annalyse's experience also includes working with rhinos at White Oak Conservation as a Wildlife Conservation Intern in 2018. She joined the Lubee team full-time in March 2020 as a keeper and the records coordinator. Since then she has raised to her current position as Head Keeper.
Keeper II / Records Coordinator
Brittany grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia and somehow found herself in Gainesville, Florida. She is a recent graduate from Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo with an AS in Zoo Animal Technology. Though Brittany has always wanted to work with animals, she didn't always know exactly how. Finding the zoo field was extremely eye opening and a turning point for her. Not only did the zoo field show that there is more than one path on the road to working with animals, but also how important research and conservation is to people, animals, and the habitats that we all share. She is ecstatic to have found a place to not only share the first hand experience of caring for these incredibly important species but, also to know that she is lending a hand to helping them in the wild as well. When you visit you might just find Brittany with her nose buried in animal records making sure that all our 150+ bats are well cared for or happily lending a hand to her co-workers.
Keeper II / Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
Meghan is from Westminster, Maryland, and has an AS in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo here in Gainesville. She is also pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. Meghan interned at the Lubee Bat Conservancy in early 2021, and then joined our team once she graduated in August of the same year. Meghan is passionate about teaching others the importance of wild things and wild places, and hopes to create a platform that is fun and informative to our friends that are not able to visit in person. Be sure to to follow Lubee's social media platforms to discover the world of bats and Lubee through Meghan's eyes!
Keeper III / Intern & Volunteer Coordinator
Anna is from Jupiter, FL and is a graduate from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo where she received her AS in Zoo Animal Technology. She has always wanted to work with animals and found her calling in the zoo field. Anna started interning at Lubee after graduating from SFCTZ, and became a member of the team shortly then after. She has great empathy towards others, human and non-human, and is very grateful to be involved in bat conservation as part of a wonderful team. Come join Anna, and the Lubee team as a Intern or Volunteer. She's ready to lead you on a wild adventure of animal care and more!