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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 Emerita

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.

Interpretation & Operations Director

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.

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, foraging, sipping coffee with her cats, listening to podcasts and infamously misremembering song lyrics.

Tracey Thomas

OFFICE MANAGER

Tracey was hired as Wolf Park’s Office Manager in June of 2024. She has an extensive background in administrative and operational roles and will complete her B.S. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology in February of 2025. Her hobbies include traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Monty Sloan

Photographer/ Senior Keeper

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.

Senior Keeper

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.

Tom Schumacker

SUPPORT STAFF - Associate Keeper
Tom graduated HS from York Community High School Elmhurst, IL, in 1969, attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and then spent six years in the Navy and Navy reserves as a Navy medic attached to the 2nd Battalion 24th Marines.
After 24 years managing restaurants, at age 45 decided he needed a career change, so he quit my job and went back to school. Three years later, Tom completed a Nuclear Medicine Technology program and spent the last 19 years of his working career as a nuclear med tech. Tom volunteered at Brookfield Zoo for six years, where Dr. Klinghammer got his first two wolves. After retirement, Tom moved to Monticello, Indiana, and he still lives on the lake there with his wife of 34 years and their three dogs. Tom has been a Wolf Park volunteer since Oct 2018. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and traveling. He loves to serve as a B&B for any of his six kids and ten grandkids when he’s in town.

Selena Kitchener

SUPPORT STAFF - Associate Keeper

Selena started out as a volunteer with Wolf Park in October 2023 and was later hired in February 2024. She received her B.S. from UC Davis in Animal Sciences with a focus in Behavior in June 2023. She is hoping to further her education by pursuing a PhD in Ethology. She has a passion for behavioral research and working with wildlife. Her hobbies include reading, working out, writing, and spending time with her dog Thor. 

Lucas Russo

SUPPORT STAFF - Associate Keeper
Lucas started out as an intern at the park in March of 2022. After his internship, he volunteered until he was hired in February of 2024. Lucas received his bachelor’s degrees from Millikin University in Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice. He has also volunteered with Indiana Forest Alliance gathering data in Hoosier National Forest for their EcoBlitz Census. He has also served a term with AmeriCorp as a Park Conservationist for the City of West Lafayette. Some of his hobbies include painting and selling his artwork at local events, hiking, and archery. He hopes to be a Falconer one day, and to continue to do environmentally positive work.

Kim Robinson

Support Staff - Merchandiser

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.

Izzy Espinoza

SUPPORT STAFF - Youth Programs Supervisor

Izzy was hired as Wolf Park’s Summer Camp Director in May of 2021. She is currently a student at Purdue studying English Education and Wildlife Sciences. She has a deep love for animals and nature, and finds the camps to be a great way to teach this love to the next generation of wildlife advocates. She has many years of experience working with younger kids and animals, and hopes to become an English teacher or zoo educator. Some personal hobbies include reading, writing, taking (almost) too many pictures of Wolf Park ambassadors, and being outside.

Grace Moynahan

Support Staff - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Grace was hired at Wolf Park in February of 2023. She currently attends Purdue University where she is studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Her hobbies include photography (specifically wildlife photography), watching movies, and going to concerts.

Rose Mosier

SUPPORT STAFF - GUEST EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Rose started as a volunteer in August 2020, and was later hired in February 2023. She is currently a student at Purdue University majoring in Wildlife. Her hobbies include drawing, reading, and crafting.

Riley Hunter

SUPPORT STAFF - GUEST EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Riley was hired at Wolf Park in October 2023. He is currently a student at Purdue University studying Genetics. Specifically he has quite an affinity for plants and their role in the ecosystems around them. His hobbies include Hiking, Gardening and Cooking.

Sam Smith

SUPPORT STAFF - GUEST EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Sam was hired at Wolf Park in May of 2024. Combining a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue and experience as an educator at Columbian Park Zoo, Sam has a dedication to spreading knowledge about conservation while also making sure every guest at Wolf Park has a memorable visit! Some passions include anything and everything to do with Spider-Man, hockey, and werewolves! Sam also enjoys writing, hiking, playing video games, and of course, learning about the wildlife native to Indiana!

Olivia Dvoracek

SUPPORT STAFF - GUEST EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE
Olivia started volunteering at Wolf Park in the beginning of 2023 and was hired in May 2024. Olivia recently graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aquatic Sciences and a minor in Wildlife Sciences. Olivia has a passion for all things animals, people, and the environment! Olivia’s hobbies include going to concerts, hiking, binge watching bad shows and movies, reading, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

Catherine Brainard

SUPPORT STAFF - GUEST EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Catherine was hired at Wolf Park in May 2024. She has an Associate’s in Design Technology from Ivy Tech and is currently pursuing a B.A in Professional and Creative Writing at Purdue University. Having been surrounded by animals all her life, Catherine has a deep love for critters of all sizes and is excited to be a part of the Wolf Park team in serving the animals and educating people about them! In her spare time, Catherine loves to play video games, read, write, draw, and care for her two snakes at home.

Samm Buckles

SUPPORT STAFF - GUEST EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE
Samm was hired at Wolf Park in May 2024 after working over a decade in the reference department of the Tippecanoe County Public Library and then as a visitor information specialist with Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.
Samm has been a frequent visitor of Wolf Park over the years, even naming one of his cats “Marion” after his favorite wolf. She seems to have been a great match for that name as she is also small and feisty.
Some personal hobbies include enjoying 80s music and movies, collecting rocks, hiking, native gardening, spending time with his cats, and being a connoisseur of pizza and tacos.

Blaize Marshall

Support Staff - Grounds

Blaize started as an intern in the Summer of 2021 and was hired in February of 2023.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Houston.  He currently works as an officer with the Lafayette Police Department and spends his weekends working at Wolf Park.  He enjoys playing guitar, working on his cars and motorcycles, and taking long walks.

Drew Cox

Support Staff - Grounds

Drew was hired to work grounds and maintenance with Wolf Park in June 2024. In 2023, Drew earned a DMA from the University of Illinois. In the Spring 2024 semester, he taught full-time with Purdue Bands and Orchestras. For the upcoming school year, Drew will continue teaching adjunct while happily continuing with Wolf Park. In his spare time, Drew is working toward an AAS in Renewable Energy Technology at Ivy Tech. Other hobbies include being in and on any type of water (particularly kayaking)

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WOLF PARK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan Rowe, President
Jen Schumaker, Vice President 
Edie M. Doland, Treasurer
Robin Adams , Secretary
Dr. Gordon M. Burghardt
Holly Jaycox
Shawna Lusk
Sheila Klinker
Steve Knecht
Dr. Nicola Osypka
Randy Vernon
Gladys Wright
Dr. Clive Wynne