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, 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.
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 all of them look good. 😉 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. She also got 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 / Education Coordinator
Angela is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Miami University. During her graduate studies she traveled to Borneo where she gained an appreciation for bats in the wild and learned how local communities work with nature for mutual sustainability. Angela started her animal care career at Disney's Animal Kingdom and then transitioned into teaching. After working as a science teacher for 14 years, she joined the Lubee as our Education Coordinator. You can meet Angela during a private tour of Lubee, during #LubeeLive, or on a Zoom Tour! So come hang out with her! She loves introducing kids of all ages to our #skypuppies! Angela spends her off time with her dog and cat and enjoys hiking and relaxing at the river.
Keeper III / 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 III / Intern & Volunteer Coordinator
Patricia began her career working at a construction company, but after learning about the loss of biodiversity and the effects of climate change she decided to make a career transition. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in environmental biology. She has interned at ZooTampa where she worked with elephants, rhinos and giraffes. Patricia began her animal care career as a volunteer at Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary where she cared for big cats, bears and lemurs. Now you can find her caring for the bats and reptiles at Lubee as a keeper and our Intern & Volunteer Coordinator.
Keeper III / 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!