Jami J. Jensen – Founder 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 Rosacci – Executive Director 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.
Maggie Lantzy – Sanctuary Manager / Program Director At the tender 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.
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 three fur children, Skeeter, Martie, and Griffon.
Anna Miller – Animal Care Specialist / Volunteer Coordinator 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!
Kiara Brothers – Animal Care Assistant Kiara has always loved animals and nature. As a child, she enjoyed exploring The Rocky Mountains with camping trips, fishing, and hiking. These experiences only helped her realize that someday she would work with animals. Kiara has been around farm animals her entire life and was apart of FFA while she was in high school. She just graduated from Douglas County High School in May 2017. She plans on going forward with her education into college pursuing her life long dream of working with animals.
Her goals include educating people more about animals and animal welfare. Kiara currently trains and works with rescue horses and is training her current horse to compete in sorting cattle. When Kiara isn’t at the sanctuary, she loves spending time with her family and boyfriend, her fur-babies Champ and Bear, and her horse Pasadena.