The Zoo Society

The Zoo Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising organization whose purpose is to lend financial support to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The Zoo Society fosters the relationship between Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and our community by raising funds and generating community support.

The Zoo Society supports the mission of PDZA by providing financial and in-kind resources for the Zoo's recreation, education and conservation programs, its animal collections, and its permanent and temporary exhibitions.

View The Zoo Society's donor privacy policy (PDF).

Board of Directors

Karen Veitenhans
Vice President 
Judd Johnson
Sherlyn Iverson
Kim Burkes
Past President
Dr. Richard Cockrell

Anna Anderson
Pamela Baade
Christopher Bandoli
Hartleigh Caine
Susan Caulkins
Loren Cochran
Amy Coggins
Cathy Early
John Gazecki
Daniel Gladney
John Guadnola
Jean Jackman
Dr. Eric Kvinsland
Sue Mauermann
Cameron Moorehead
Heather Parkinson-Firestine
Josiah Penalver, MD

Kelly O. Ryan 
David L. Smith

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We are hiring!

The Zoo Society has a current opening for a Database and Development Specialist. Closing date is October 7 or until filled.

Application Process

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a letter of interest outlining your qualifications for the position and a resume by emailing us at 

Please include your cover letter and resume as PDF attachments to your email and list the position title in the subject line of the email. 

Zoo Society Staff

Larry Norvell
Executive Director

Lisa Johnson
Senior Development Director

Position Open
Database and Development Specialist

Jenny Kindschy
Executive Assistant