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Staff

Karah Rawlings, M.P.A. Executive Director

Karah was hired in May of 2019 as Wolf Park’s Executive Director. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Purdue University and her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Some personal hobbies include reading, native plant and vegetable gardening, and camping.

Pat Goodmann, M.S. Head Animal Curator Emeritus

Pat started out as a graduate student with Wolf Park in August 1974. She was later hired in May of 1978. Pat received her B.A., specializing in Zoology, from Stephens College. She then received her M.S. in Psychology from Purdue University. Some personal hobbies include reading, horses, and dogs.

Jon Joyce Head Curator

Jon was hired as Wolf Park’s Head Curator in January of 2022. He has years of experience with a wide variety of species ranging in size from poison dart frogs to elephants and everything in between including wolves. He is used to grunt work such as scooping poop, but also has a lot of experience navigating government regulations which is an important part of keeping zoos and nature centers on the right side of the law. He is a professional member of ZAA and AAZK. He is especially passionate about birds of prey and is a member of the Indiana Falconers Association.

Kimber Hendrix, M.S. Resource & Planning Coordinator

Kimber started out as a volunteer with Wolf Park in July 2012. She was later hired in May of 2014. She received her B.A. and M.S. from Purdue University. Kimber is an IAABC Supporting Member, IZE Member, ZAA Professional Member, ZRA Professional Member, and associated with Living and Learning Animals 2020. Some personal hobbies include reading, hiking, crocheting, spending time with family, and learning new things.

Khaz Brooks, CPDT-KA, FDM Training & Enrichment Coordinator

Khaz started out as an intern with Wolf Park in September 2016 and were later hired in March 2017. Khaz has a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecological Anthropology, and over 10 years of experience in animal husbandry and behavior management. They are a certified Professional Dog Trainer through AKC and CCPDT, as well receiving their certification  in Family Dog Mediation. They are professional members of the IAABC, AAZK, and an associate member of ZAA and are currently pursuing advanced certification in Behavior Consulting. Training has been a life-long passion for Khaz, and they aspire to work with as many species and professionals as possible in this pursuit of knowledge. Some personal hobbies include trekking national parks, spoiling their houseplants, gratuitous cat petting, strong coffee, rye whiskey, poetry, and habitually losing their car keys.

Christopher Lile, M.A., CFRM Education & Advocacy Director

Christopher started out as an intern with Wolf Park in May 2017 and was later hired in November 2019. He received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Gardner-Webb University, his Masters in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and his Certificate of Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy. He is a ZAA associate member, an AAZK affiliate member, and an IZE member. He is also an independent contractor for Defenders of Wildlife as a red wolf advocate. Christopher is deeply passionate about inspiring new audiences to become wildlife advocates. In his free time, Christopher can be found paddle boarding, watercoloring, hammocking, or trail running.

Nikki Yoder Public Engagement Director

Nikki started out as a volunteer with Wolf Park in August 2019. She was later hired in June 2021. Nikki received her Bachelors from Purdue University in Animal Sciences with a focus in Behavior and Wellbeing in 2013 and has been passionately working with animals ever since. Some personal hobbies include indoor and outdoor plant care, bad movies while drinking with friends, foraging, sipping coffee with her cat, listening to podcasts and infamously misremembering song lyrics.

Monty Sloan Photographer and Animal Care Staff

Monty started out as a volunteer in January 1988. He was later hired in April of 1988. Monty received his B.A. in Geology from the University of California – Berkeley. Some personal hobbies include scorpions and scorpion peppers.

Dan Weiss, Ph.D. Support Staff - Facilities and Animal Care

Dan started out as a volunteer with Wolf Park in July 2013. He was later hired in November of 2017. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Ithaca College, his M.S. in Sociology from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University.

Kaitlyn Sampson Support Staff - Programs and Design

Kaitlyn joined the Wolf Park volunteer program in May 2019. After assisting with the youth camp programs that year, she was brought on as an independent Design Contractor. Kaitlyn has been completing various projects for the park such as updating the logo, designing the 2021 calendar, and developing informational signs for our enclosures. Kaitlyn was hired in 2021 as the Summer Program Assistant. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design from Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI.

Kim Robinson Support Staff - Community Outreach

Kim Robinson, a Purdue University graduate with a BA in Communications, hails from the Brookston, Indiana area. She joined Wolf Park’s staff in 2021. Kim has had an exceptional professional career in broadcasting, marketing, advertising, public relations, and social media. She is a freelance writer, loves to work in her flower beds, and will put a coat of paint on anything that doesn’t move.

Caity Judd Support Staff - Gift Shop
Scott Allaire Support Staff - Animal Care

Scott started at Wolf Park as an intern in the winter of 2014, and has been a valuable long term volunteer since. He was hired as a Seasonal Keeper in 2021. Scott earned his B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from SUNY Brockport, and has several years of experience as a top-notch field technician on wildlife conservation and research projects. Scott has played a key role in projects across the country and has worked with deer, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, bison, and wolves, making him an excellent bridge between the worlds of wildlife research and captive management. Scott is a member of the Wildlife Society and is pursuing certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist. Personal hobbies include photography, drawing, cooking, and watching the worst movies ever made with some of the best people in the tri-county area.

Lauren MacKichan Support Staff - Animal Care

Lauren started as an intern at Wolf Park in February 2019. They were hired as a Seasonal Keeper in 2021. Lauren graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and has worked with animals professionally for 7 years, dedicating the last 6 years to caring for over 60 different species of wildlife and exotics. She has experience working in a wide variety of sectors within the animal profession, including research labs, veterinary clinics, animal care and husbandry positions, as well as currently working toward her training certification through CCPDT. Lauren is passionate about ethical fear-free training methods and an animal centric approach to working with wildlife, placing their welfare and quality of life at the forefront of their care. In their free time, Lauren loves caring for their plants and playing in dirt, rollerblading, exploring with friends, journaling, and morning snuggles with their cat, Fig.

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WOLF PARK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Holly Jaycox, President
Susan Rowe, Vice President 
Edie M. Doland, Treasurer
Jen Schumaker, Secretary
Robin Adams
Dr. Gordon M. Burghardt
Shawna Lusk

Courtney Schmidt
Sheila Klinker
Steve Knecht
Dr. Nicola Osypka
Dave Sattler
Gladys Wright
Dr. Clive Wynne