Board of Trustees

Roger Haagenson

Bryan Haagenson

Facundo Bacardi



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Brian Pope, Director

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, facility improvements, native bat programs and selective breeding. 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.

Tracy Pope, Programs & Event Coordinator

You guano know something about Tracy? She LOVES Bats!  Go Figure!

She's a skilled Microbat Whisperer and hopes to someday win the Tim Myrick Award of Excellence!

Alex Kepley, Head Keeper


Annalyse Williams Keeper I/Records Coordinator

Annalyse is from Middleburg, FL and has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. 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 includes working with rhinos at White Oak Conservation as a Wildlife Conservation Intern in 2018 before joining the Lubee team full-time in March 2020 as a keeper and Lubee’s records coordinator..


Erica Smale Keeper I/Social Media Coordinator

Erica graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in anthropology and biology. Her life goal has always been to work for endangered species non-profits. After a few years of caring for chimpanzees and orangutans at an accredited great ape sanctuary, she spent a year traveling around Australia. It was while living in Cairns that she saw flying foxes for the first time, and it was love at first sight. Needless to say, she couldn't be happier to be back in her home country caring for flying foxes every day and teaching people about why they are so amazing!


Cassidy Edge Keeper I/Intern & Volunteer Coordinator

Cassidy is from Wilmington, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with her Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She was an intern at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher as an Aquarist and has also interned in Florida at the Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy working with Elasmobranchs in Clearwater. She is very passionate about the ocean and keeping it clean. Her favorite animals include sharks, rays, fishes, bats and reptiles like the one in the picture here! Spaghetti our corn snake! Cassidy is one of our Animals Keepers along with being the Intern and Volunteer Coordinator! 


Greg Sommese, Maintenance Leader


Tim Myrick, Maintenance Technician Bat House builder extraordinaire.

Winner of the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Tim Myrick Award of Excellence.