Dwight Scott, Dana Brown President & CEO

January 2022, Dwight Scott was appointed Dana Brown President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo. The President & CEO position was endowed by the Dana Brown Charitable Trust in 2009. Prior to the Saint Louis Zoo, Scott was the Executive Director of the San Diego Zoo from December 2013 to 2021. He started his zoo career in 1994 as an Animal Keeper at Kansas City Zoological Gardens. He then became part of the animal management team that helped open Disney's Animal Kingdom. After his time at Disney, Scott went to Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden, where he went from Assistant Curator of Mammals to Curator of Mammals to Director of Animal Management. Scott then went to Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum where he was Assistant Director. He then went back to Oklahoma City to become their Executive Director & CEO. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts with a concentration in anthropology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. In 2019, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from the university's Alumni Association. Scott currently is on the board of directors of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a member of the AZA Wildlife Conservation Management Committee. He previously chaired the AZA Board of Ethics and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Board of Directors. Read more

Michael Macek, MBA, Saint Louis Zoo Director

Dr. Eric Miller

Michael Macek, former Curator of Birds, was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Saint Louis Zoo in 2017 and Saint Louis Zoo Director in 2019. Macek is responsible for the overall vision, leadership and support for the Zoo and its core zoological and operational activities. The following departments report to Macek: Animal Health, Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences, Nutrition, Education, Conservation and Audience Research and Evaluation, Facilities Management, Business Operations, Animal Collections, the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute (WCI) and the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM). Macek earned a MBA from Loyola University, during which time he worked at Brookfield Zoo. He came to St. Louis in 1990 and over the past 30 years has moved from the position of Zoologist to Curator to COO and now Saint Louis Zoo Director. He also served as director of two WildCare Institute centers—the Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru and the Center for the Conservation of the Horned Guan in Chiapas, Mexico. Macek has been very active on Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) advisory groups and program management teams and currently serves on the Ethics Board.

 

 Jo-Elle Mogerman, Ph.D., Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park Director 

Dr. Mogerman leads the Zoo’s new North Campus, a 425-acre property located in north St. Louis County in the city of Spanish Lake. She is responsible for the operations of the Conservation & Animal Science Center and public attractions that will connect people with nature and animals. She oversees the creation and the development of this new and exciting attraction for the St. Louis community and tourists alike. Dr. Mogerman recently left the Shedd Aquarium where she served as the Vice President of Learning and Community since 2017. In that role, she oversaw the vision and strategic direction for all learning and community programs. Prior to Shedd Aquarium, Dr. Mogerman spent nearly 14 years at Brookfield Zoo. She also served as an Illinois Nature Preserves Commissioner and was Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College, a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota as well as a doctorate in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Cassandra J. Brown Ray, CPA, MBA, Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer

Cassandra Brown Ray, CPA, MBA, joined the Saint Louis Zoo in 1992 as a staff accountant and served as the Controller/Director of Finance since 1999. In 2019, Ray was named Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the finance and procurement operations of the Saint Louis Zoo.  She works closely with the governance of the Saint Louis Zoo, including the Audit, Investment and Finance Committees. Ray serves on the Duo Dogs Board of Directors and the Lindenwood University Board of Trustees where she serves as Co-Chair of the Finance and Student Affairs Committees. She is a graduate of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis (2014) and a member of the inaugural class of the FOCUS Impact Fellows, a team charged with developing and implementing an action plan using the 2015 Ferguson Commission Report as a guideline. Ray also serves as the Team Leader of the Saint Louis Zoo's Diversity Equity Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) Committee. She earned her MBA from Lindenwood University and her undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining the Zoo, she worked for General Dynamics and McDonnell Douglas.

 

Dustin Deschamp, Vice President, Internal Relations and General Counsel 

Dustin Deschamp

In August 2015, Dustin Deschamp was promoted to Vice President, Internal Relations. As the Director of Human Resources at the Zoo since 2008, Deschamp has been responsible for recruiting and hiring at the Zoo. He has managed the Zoo's labor and employment issues and developed and implemented Zoo-wide policies and procedures. He directs the Zoo's Human Resources; IT Services; Safety, Security & Risk Management; Volunteer Services; and Workforce Training & Development departments. An attorney licensed in the states of Missouri and Illinois, he also is the Zoo's in-house general counsel. Deschamp came to the Zoo after serving as an associate attorney at two St. Louis law firms, Copeland Thompson & Farris and Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was a member of the law journal and selected for an academic excellence award. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, graduating magna cum laude, from Washington University in Saint Louis, John M. Olin School of Business. Deschamp has for several years been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. He also was selected to participate in Focus St. Louis, an organization dedicated to engaging citizens to participate in active leadership roles.

 

David F. McGuire, AIA, William Bernoudy Vice President, Architecture and Planning

David F. McGuire

David F. McGuire joined the Saint Louis Zoo in 1995 and is the Vice President of Architecture and Planning at the Zoo. In 2014, his position was endowed by the Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation. He is responsible for design and implementation of various Zoo improvements, planning for future additions or modifications to facilities and exhibits at the Zoo, oversight of all construction and review and approval of construction, signage, horticulture, and other activities that affect the aesthetics of the Zoo's 90-acre campus. He holds a degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and is accredited in the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program. He is licensed by the Missouri Board of Architecture, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Before joining the Zoo, he served for five years as Executive Vice President of a St. Louis-based architectural services firm. He is active in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and served as President of the Aquarium and Zoo Facilities Association (AZFA).

 

 

Jim Madison, Vice President, Business Operations

Jim Madison

Jim Madison joined the Zoo in 1998 as a frontline employee with the Guest Services department, working as a parking lot attendant and guest services associate during high school and college. Madison received his degree in business administration from Saint Louis University in 2003. Over his tenure at the Saint Louis Zoo, he has held many positions, including Assistant Manager of Guest Services, Manager of Guest Services and most recently, Director of Business Operations. In 2019, Madison was named Vice President of Business Operations where he oversees the daily operations of the Zoo's Attractions, Retail, Food Service, Sales & Catering, Distribution & Logistics, and Guest Experience departments. He is responsible for developing and evaluating business models for new revenue and guest experience-related opportunities. Madison also oversees the traveling exhibit/seasonal programs, including Stingrays at Caribbean Cove (2009-present) and Dinoroarus (2008, 2021-present). An active participant in International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), Madison is an IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive. He was selected to participate in Leadership St. Louis, a program of Focus St. Louis, an organization dedicated to engaging citizens to have a greater impact as a leader. 

 

Andrew Marti, Director, Facilities Management

Andrew Marti

Andrew Marti joined the Zoo in 2017 and serves as the Director of Facilities Management. The Facilities Management Division is responsible for the maintenance, repair, in-house construction and horticultural care of the campus.  Marti oversees the daily operations of the Zoo’s Carpentry & Painting, Electrical, Fleet, Grounds, Horticulture, Housekeeping, HVAC/R, Plumbing, Site Work and Special Construction & Metals departments. He began his professional zoo career in 2010 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium where he held multiple positions before making the move to St. Louis. Marti received a degree in horticulture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been an active member in the Aquarium & Zoo Facilities Association (AZFA) since 2013 and previously served as Treasurer on the AZFA board and Chairperson of the Conservation Committee.