OUR TEAM

Board of Trustees

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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.

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TRACY POPE

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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ANNALYSE WILLIAMS

Head Keeper

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. 

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 II / 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! 

ANGELA STULL

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.

BRITTANY PERRY

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. 

PATRICIA VALDEZ

Keeper III 

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.

GREG SOMMESE

Maintenance Leader

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TIM MYRICK

Maintenance Technician

Tim is our Bat House builder extraordinaire and Winner of the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Tim Myrick Award of Excellence!

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