North/ American River Otter

North/ American River Otter

River otters are excellent swimmers and divers and are usually found no more than 10 yards from water. They can remain underwater for six to eight minutes.

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Board of Directors

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by Friends members. Officers of the Board are elected by members of the board. Members are elected to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Our volunteer  board plays an essential role in the organization's leadership, and its members bring skills, experience and talents to assist our partnership efforts with the zoo.

  • Carl I. Austin, Jr., Chairman - Bowers & Company CPAs PLLC
  • Dr. Douglas Wojcik, DVM, Vice Chairman - Liverpool Village Animal Hospital
  • Daynia Dodd, Secretary - Community volunteer
  • Thomas Giufre, Treasurer - Fust Charles Chambers LLP
  • Ellenrose GalganoVolunteer Liaison - North Syracuse School District, Retired 
  • Anthony Albanese - SRC Inc.
  • Peter Belyea - CXtec/TERACAI 
  • Vicki Brackens - Brackens Financial Solutions
  • John C. Dougherty - Onondaga County Legislature
  • Esther Feng - MOPS International 
  • Carl Isley - M&T Bank
  • Robert Kukenberger - CDM Smith
  • Renee Lane - C&S Companies
  • James Mackin - Bond, Schoeneck & King
  • Glynn Matthews - National Grid
  • Cynthia Maxwell Curtin - Syracuse University 
  • Irving T. Lyons, Jr.- Cayuga Community Health Network 
  • Hon. Jeffrey Merrill - Syracuse City Court Judge, Retired 
  • Randal More - Osmose Utilities Services
  • Nancy Rifken - Zoo supporter
  • Dorothy Rizzo - Welch Allyn Inc.
  • Steven Wells - American Food & Vending Corp.
  • Janet Agostini, Ex Officio - President & CEO, Friends of the Zoo
  • Henry "Ted" Fox, Ex Officio - Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • William Lansley, Ex Officio - Commissioner, Onondaga County Parks