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Board & Staff

Our Team

  • Jami J. Jensen – Founder
    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.

  • Meg Schenk – General Manager
    Meg Schenk – General Manager

    Meg has been a licensed veterinary technician for 27years 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 both South and Central America as part of the Equitarians/Project Samana group that provides veterinary care to working horses and donkeys in developing countries. 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.

  • Anna (AJ) Smith – Animal Care Technician
    Anna (AJ) Smith – Animal Care Technician

    AJ has been passionate about animals and the environment since she was little. She grew up in Colorado with a canyon and open space practically in her backyard, cultivating an interest in the natural world. When she was 10, she got her first snake, sparking a love of ectotherms from then on. She knew that she wanted to work with animals in the field or in captivity, earning a BS in Biology from UCCS in her pursuit. Her goal has always been to teach people about animals they are often scared of and show that while not furry, they’re still very loveable! She started by getting neighborhood kids comfortable with her first snake, and hopes to continue helping people learn about animals and the natural world.

    Between keeping a large variety of pets, from mammals to insects, and working at a doggy day care while in college, AJ has a wide degree of experience with animal care. While cold-blooded critters hold a special place in her heart, working at the Zoology Foundation has provided an exciting chance to learn about and care for an even wider variety of animals.

  • Caelie Cummings-Animal Care Technician and Social Media Content Creator
    Caelie Cummings-Animal Care Technician and Social Media Content Creator

    Caelie has been enamored with animals since she was very young. She spent much of her time growing up taking horseback riding lessons in exchange for farm work, and doing competitive show jumping. When she left high school, she got her first job at a doggy daycare that sparked a love for dogs, and animal behavior science. She spent time apprenticing under dog trainers in order to further her knowledge of behavior and different training practices. She spent about 7 years in the pet care industry where she learned a lot but was ready to broaden her horizons.

    The property for Zoology was one she would drive past every day to get to her previous job. And every day she would think about how cool it would be to work there. Lucky enough that’s exactly what happened! While being a part of this team she not only hopes to learn about animals she had previously not worked with, but also from her talented and well versed coworkers.

    She wants to help spread the message that everyday can be an opportunity to learn something new, and how learning about the life around us can help us all care for it better.

    Though Caelie no longer is involved in the day to day animal care, she is currently our Social Media Manager and loves to come to the Zoo to take all the wonderful photos you see on Facebook and Instagram

  • Andy Wainscott-Animal Care Technician and Tour Guide
    Andy Wainscott-Animal Care Technician and Tour Guide

    Andy has always been known as “the animal guy” since he was a child. Instead of wanting to watch Sesame Street like the other kids, he would ask his parents to put on national geographic and animal planet. He would share all the interesting and wonderful facts about animals with his classmates and teachers, even if they didn’t want to hear about them.

    Andy studied Psychology at Lewis, a university in Romeoville, Illinois and focused as much of his coursework as possible on animal behavior and cognition. He spent the summer of 2019 volunteering at Glen Afric in Hartbeesport, South Africa. He worked with many incredible animals like Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Hyenas, Leopards, Cheetahs, Giraffes and more! It was this experience that solidified his conviction to working with animals for the rest of his life.

    In 2022, Andy moved from Chicago to Colorado. He spent the year working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a Limited Commission Park Ranger at Chatfield State Park in Littleton. Now, Andy is excited to be working with the Zoology Foundation to spread awareness and harbor stewardship for the protection of animals and wild places.

  • Paula Jones - Animal Care Technician
    Paula Jones - Animal Care Technician

    Originally from London, England. I fell in love with Colorado, the mountains and wildlife and moved to Castle Rock in 2009. My background was in corporate sales and I slowly transitioned into animal care. I am passionate about all sentient beings and became a vegan six years ago. In 2018 I became a founding member of The Wild Animal Refuge in Springfield Colorado.
    I first worked at ZoFo as a volunteer. The stars aliened and I then became an employee in 2020, further developing my knowledge of animal husbandry, handling, behavior and welfare.
    In 2023 I completed a three-month volunteer position in Andros, Greece, where I lived with and cared for 40 rescue dogs, 22 cats and 7 equines. I still support the rescue from afar.
    I’ve returned to the United States and once again, the stars aligned and Zoology had an open position and I jumped at the chance to return to the job I love so much.
    I am an avid world traveler and combine this and my love of animals by pet sitting globally. My favorite destination so far has been a trip to the Galápagos Islands.

  • Jared Johnson - Animal Care Technician
    Jared Johnson - Animal Care Technician

    From a very early age, Jared has always had a love for animals, not only caring for them but just being with them! Fortunately, his grandparents have a farm in Iowa where Jared spent every summer. In addition to repairing fences and other farm work, Jared especially looked forward to spending time with and learning about cows, chickens, and much to his delight, horses. This time spent in Iowa developed in Jared a need to not only work with animals but to be outside.

    Jared loves to be challenged and push himself out of his comfort zone, in all ways. He seeks out activities that create diversity for himself, be it sports, hobbies or even jobs. He challenges himself not only physically but educationally.

    When he saw that Zoology Foundation had an open position, he knew he had to apply! He felt that a position in Animal Care would greatly further and expand his knowledge base about a wide range of animals. Jared very much enjoys learning not only about husbandry for the residents of ZoFo, but also about reading body language, how he can best build a bond with each animal and how that differs from species to species. Jared has a natural “feel” with animals and the animals accept him readily. In true Jared form, he says that “this is the best job ever!!”