Assistant Operations Supervisor and Intern/Volunteer Supervisor
(2016-present) Jo was born and raised in Poolesville, Maryland and attended West Virginia University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management with a minor in Conservation Ecology. Growing up on a farm raising goats, horses, hogs, lambs, and Texas Longhorn cattle, Jo has always had a passion for working with all animals, but big cats have always been her favourite. While in grade school, she worked as an apprentice dog trainer training and working with Livestock Guardian Dogs. In high school, Jo volunteered at a local zoo working on creating effective enrichment programs for their big cats.
During college she worked as an intern for National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative where she fell even more in love with research and work being done in the field, on the front-line. Jo made it her life’s goal to work on carnivore conservation in Africa. After college, she worked with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department through Frostburg State University doing home range assessment surveys for mesocarnivores. Her love of big cats sent her on the zoo career path where so worked for four years as a big cat and lead ungulate zookeeper at Nemacolin Woodland Resort’s Zoo and then at the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pennsylvania, USA.
Jo joined the CCF team in August 2016 as the assistant operations supervisor as well as the intern and volunteer supervisor. She is responsible for the oversight of the internship and volunteer programs at CCF as well as scheduling and working closely alongside the husbandry team and animal care staff. She assists in compiling and writing reports, newsletters, creating graphics, and assisting with CCF’s social media pages.