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Cathi Decker, Executive Director
Cathi Decker, Executive Director, brings to the table skills and a leadership background from her positions at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and SeaWorld as well as her director's position with of one of the largest animal rescue non-profits in Southern California. She is the perfect person to blend a broad business background with a passion for animals and the community that will lead the Zoo into the next decade. She has profitable ideas that reach out to the community and raise funds to enrich the quality of life for Santa Ana Zoo's animals. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in Communications from the University of California, San Diego. She went on to participate in two graduate programs. The first was the Masters of Public Relations and Advertising program at California State Fullerton. The second was the Business Management and Fundraising program at the University of California, Irvine. Cathi is a long time participant and presenter at numerous AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) national conferences. She is an Advisory Member for the AZA Advancement Committee and the Chair of the AZA Support Directors. Cathi has been with the Zoo since 1996.

Kevin Jackson, Director of Operations
Kevin Jackson, Director of Operations, brings 9 Years Zoo Operations Experience and 10 Years Tourist Industry and Restaurant experience to the position. He has also volunteered with animal rescue groups. Kevin has received certification from the State Inspectors as a Train and Carrousel operator and trainer. He's led numerous training sessions at the Zoo. He is also skilled in keeping the rides operational.

Tom Decker, Director of Communications & Technology
Tom Decker, Director of Communications & Technology, earned a B.S. in Information & Computer Science from UC Irvine and has taken post-graduate courses in management, fundraising, and grant writing. He has over 20 years experience in project management with Producer, Designer, and/or Writing credits for over 30 computer and board games. His grants written for the Zoo have generated substantial income for Zoo projects, education programs, and the animals.

Vanessa Anderson, Office Manager & Financials Assistant
Vanessa Anderson, Office Manager and Financials Assistant, brings 12 years experience in office administration and finance, 6 Years Lead Animal Keeper experience from the Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA and 4 years experience in wild horse rescue and other animal rescue groups. She also attended the AZA management school in West Virginia and has taken courses in QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, and office management.

Estela Codiz, Membership & Rentals Manager
Estela Codiz, Membership and Rentals Manager, has courses towards her AA degree in Liberal Arts, and brings over ten years of membership sales experience. Before joining the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, she worked as a tutor for elementary kids in the afterschool program.

Raeyana Ross, Assistant Manager of Staff & Scheduling
Raeyana Ross, Assistant Manager of Staff & Scheduling and member of the AAZK committee, has experience as a zoo keeper at The California Living Museum in Bakersfield, CA. She has worked in a rehabilitation center for California native wildlife. There she was in charge of rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife. Her greatest accomplishment to date has been releasing a number of these animals back to their natural habitat in the wild or helping to relocate them to a permanent home. She has courses toward Administration of Justice and her current major is Wildlife Management. Her career goal is to work in a wildlife rehabilitation center or work on a rescue reserve. Raeyana has attended seminars in Basic Supervision and Communications.

Emily Witkowski, Assistant Manager of Merchandising and Office Assistant
Emily Witkowski, Assistant Manager of Merchandise and Membership Assistant, has graduated from University of California, Irvine with honors of cum laude and received a BA in Sociology with minors of Women's Studies and Queer Studies. She has also taken seminars on Managing Inventory and Cycle Counts, Communication Skills, and Negotiating with Vendors and Suppliers. She started out volunteering at the Santa Ana Zoo and has worked her way from being a sales associate to her current position. In the past she has worked as a university reader, high school tutor, and child care assistant. She was also UC Irvine's Fencing Club Secretary.

Veronica Rosca, Assistant Manager on Duty
Veronica Rosca, Assistant Manager on Duty, is our newest member to the FOSAZ team. She is currently working towards a degree in Ecology. This past summer she became a volunteer at Newport Back Bay Science Center. Also she is a proud member of the Humane Society International organization.

Bryan Solis, Membership Ambassador Lead
Bryan Solis, Membership Ambassador Lead, has over five years experience of working and volunteering with Friends of Santa Ana Zoo and various non-profit organizations in the Orange County area. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Bryan also has a certificate from the Dale Carnegie Teen Leadership and Communication Course and was the American Red Cross President at his high school four consecutive years.

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