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CORPORATE  LEADERSHIP

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STAFF

The North Alabama Zoological Society could not exist without its volunteers.  We are currently an all volunteer society.  Someday soon we hope we can hire this great group of individuals that currently work full time jobs and use their free time to keep the society moving forward.  

Important links:

  • If you are interested in serving on our staff, please check out our volunteer page.

  • Click here to see our Board Leadership.

  • Please use the Contact Us form if you wish to reach out to any of our leadership.

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EXECUTIVE 

MANAGEMENT

Ethan

Woodruff

Executive Director

Ethan is currently a Principle Consultant for Integrated Solutions for Systems.  He graduated with Physics and Mathematics degrees from the University of Montana.  His 20 year career has been a mixture of engineering, marketing, sales, and business development in the high tech software world.  He grew up taking care of animals on his parent's and grandparents' farms in the beautiful Mission Valley on the Flathead Indian Reservation of Montana.  He married Christie, who also shares a love for animals.  That love has continued as they and their four daughters have regularly visited the nearby zoos and aquariums where his career has taken them.  It was one of these visits to the Birmingham Zoo on a daddy daughter date that started the "A Zoo For You, North Alabama" wheels turning.

Henry "Buz"

Bireline

Deputy Director

Currently an independent consultant, Buz is a non-profit executive with an MS, MBA and over 25 years’ experience in top rated zoological and conservation organizations throughout the US.  He has served in senior leadership positions such as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Director, Nature Center Director and Assistant Zoo Director.  In addition, Buz has served as a Professor at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, the only zoological college training program with an AZA accredited zoo on campus. Buz has also served as an adjunct instructor for Colorado State University's graduate program in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management. Buz is an AZA professional member.

Christie

Woodruff

Director of Education

Christie is currently continuing her 7th year as substitute teacher, 3rd year at Madison County Schools.  Substituting teaching allows her to be at home with her beautiful daughters when she needs to be and also expressing her love for teaching. She is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in Communications Studies, with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution and is a certified Mediator for the State of Michigan. Christie grew up in Bozeman, MT spending time on the rivers and lakes and snowmobiling and hiking in the mountains, including in Yellowstone National Park.  She has given many years of service creating and executing summer camps for the young women all over the U.S. for her Church. She has a passion for wildlife and loves visiting zoos and aquariums across the country.  

William "Willie"

Nelson

Director of Research

Coming Soon

Kiliaen

Anderson

Director of Conservation

Coming Soon

Lacy

Laster

Marketing/PR Manager

Lacy is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Jeff Benton Homes in Huntsville, AL. She graduated with a Bachelors in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her career has been a mixture of marketing, management, sales, recruitment, and graphic design. Her love of animals came from her very first job as a kennel attendant at a local veterinarian clinic in her home town of Bentonville, Arkansas. Her older sister graduated with a Bachelors in Zoo Science from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and has been working as a Zookeeper at the Sedgwick County Zoo for the past 13 years. She also has three animals of her own that she adopted from a local shelter, A New Leash on Life. During her free time, she enjoys being outside and hiking to waterfalls with her two best friends and she is currently fixing up her very first home.

FACULTY

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STAFF

  • Morgyn

    Morris

    Human Resource Specialist

    Morgyn is currently the Training Project Specialist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She graduated from the Brigham Young University Hawaii in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Columbia Southern University in 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Her career has been a mixture of human resources, organizational development, data analysis, and project management. Morgyn is inspired daily by her husband Tyler and their soon-to-be-born son that is due in September. In her free time, Morgyn likes to hike, explore locate events and activities, watch Marvel movies, listen to Elvis Presley music, and play board games with her husband.

  • Hannah

    Roberts

    Conservation Specialist

    Hannah owns an Etsy shop she started her senior year of college and has continued growing that business since moving to Huntsville in 2018. She has a bachelor’s in marine biology from Auburn University (2017) and a master’s in environmental science with a concentration in Public Policy from Troy University (2018).  She spent two summers gaining research experience at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  Her love for marine life and conservation came from a trip to the Sea Turtle Rehab Center in The Florida Keys that her parents took her to in High School.  She was determined to have a degree in Marine Biology from that point on and never wavered. During her free time,  her and her fiancé love playing with their two spaniels, hiking, camping, and kayaking.  They are putting down roots with the purchase of their first home in Madison and their wedding coming up in November.

  • Savannah

    Miller

    Social Media Specialist

    Coming Soon

  • Ethaniel

    Fitzgerald

    Multimedia Specialist

    Coming Soon

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