At the Zoology Foundation, our purpose is to create a more humane world.
Losing sight of our personal role in the big picture is so easy, but it’s important not to let it slip away. That intrinsic feeling of connectedness we all have, to others, to the world around us, to all living things, is a critical part of being human. That’s why we’ve created educational and outreach programs to help you keep connected, with your world, and all living things within. When you understand the impact humane living has on not only your life and community, but the planet as a whole, becoming a more engaged part of a more humane world is a no-brainer.
By focusing on compassion-based relationships, we have created educational programs and volunteer opportunities that allow individuals, companies, schools, and families to learn more about humane living, and how you can play a part, at any level, in creating a more humane world.
Humane living isn’t exactly the kind of thing you can phone in. Through every facet of our organization, we’re committed to upholding the values that make humane living and creating a more humane world possible. From our hiring process to every step we take to ensure our grounds stay clean, our animals happy, and every single person and organization we partner with educated and empowered, we work hard to exemplify the values we believe in deeply. Learn about our values and the ways we bring them to life below.
Jami has been involved in non-profits most of her life. With a degree from Pepperdine University in Administrative Management with an emphasis on Not for Profit Business, Jami honed her business acumen by working for her family’s multiple businesses. Jami’s love of animals led her to open up seven pet stores in Southern California, which she ran until 1991. Jensen then moved to Colorado to raise and train Warmblood horses for competitive jumping.
Besides overseeing the Zoology Foundation, Jami currently sits on several boards including the Jenesis Foundation, a non-profit organization that aspires to improve the quality of life for our nations young people by investing in opportunities for youth to realize their full potential.
Avie came to Zoology Foundation with 38 years of experience in her family’s business, Tony’s Markets. Her skills include directing marketing efforts, sales growth and the creation of unique revenue streams that fit within the corporate culture. She is an experienced event planner and ran a successful off-premise catering division for 13 years. Avis is an avid networker who enjoys meeting new people as well as making business introductions to further others success.
Avie retired from barrel racing in 2009 and now is a certified rescue diver, enjoys golf and is going to school for Nutrition Therapy, as she loves learning new things she can apply to her everyday life. She enjoys life with her husband Rob and their two dogs Jack and Izzie. Rob and Avie together have 3 children and are thoroughly enjoying their new role as grandparents to four children.
Anna has loved nature and wildlife since she was a little girl. Her father sparked this passion in her by taking her and her twin brother on fishing and camping trips every summer, which became her best childhood memories. These experiences convinced her that her role in life was to somehow help the environment. She went on to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a BA degree in Wildlife Ecology, Information and Education. She then came to Colorado to work at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. There she did everything from animal care to tours and children’s programs.
Her goal in life is to ignite a curiosity in children for wildlife and nature, just like her father did for her!
At the age of four, Maggie made the decision that she would spend her life working with animals. Following her undergraduate work, Maggie worked for Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals Inc., where she trained and performed on stage with domestic and farm animals. Maggie then attended the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work where she received her MSW, with a certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work. She also holds the credential of Certified Humane Education Specialist from the Academy of Prosocial Learning.
Her goals within the foundation include policy change, teaching humane education, and advancing welfare initiatives to ensure the best treatment of all species. When not working, Maggie loves spending time with her husband, Daniel, her son, Adam, and their four-legged children: Skeeter, Martie, and Griffon (dogs), and Nancy (hedgehog).
Meg has been a licensed veterinary technician for 23 years and up until 2018, all of those years have been spent in equine practice. As a life-long animal lover and advocate, she is excited to apply her experience and skill set to a wide range of different animal species.
Meg has traveled to Central America five years running as part of the Equitarians/Project Samana group that provides veterinary care to working horses and donkeys. Additionally, she is an active supporter of 4H, serving the community as the Market Goat Superintendent for Douglas County the last four years. She enjoys spending her free time riding with her husband and enjoys practicing Natural Horsemanship techniques to improve her horsemanship.
Meg resides in Sedalia with her family and an entertaining menagerie of horses, goats, chickens, and a former street dog from the Dominican Republic.