Asian Elephant

Asian Elephant

Instead of being right or left-handed, an elephant is either right or left tusked, which is distinguished by the one that is shorter, more rounded, and grooved at the tip.

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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 Austin, Jr., Chairman - Bowers & Company CPAs, PLLC
  • Dr. Douglas E. Wojcik, DVM, Vice Chairman - Liverpool Village Animal Hospital
  • Daynia Dodd, Secretary - Community volunteer
  • Thomas Giufre, Treasurer - Fust Charles Chambers LLP
  • Jack Luchsinger, Immediate Past Chairman - retired, Farmers & Traders Life Insurance
  • Janet Agostini, Ex Officio - President, Friends of the Zoo
  • Ted Fox, Ex Officio - Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • William Lansley, Ex Officio - Commissioner, Onondaga County Parks
  • Anthony Albanese - SRC, Inc.
  • James C. Burns - J.W. Burns & Company Investment Counsel
  • Martin Custer - Key Bank
  • John Dougherty - Onondaga County Legislature/SRC, Inc.
  • Carl Isley - M&T Bank
  • James Keib - C&S Companies
  • Robert Kukenberger - Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.
  • Renee Lane - C&S Companies
  • James Mackin - Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
  • Glynn Matthews - National Grid
  • Cynthia Maxwell Curtin - Independent Employment Counsel, LLP
  • Matthew J. Millea - Office of the County Executive
  • Randal K. More - Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
  • Nancy Rifken - Community volunteer
  • Dorothy Rizzo - Welch Allyn, Inc.
  • Steven Wells - American Food & Vending Corp. 
  • Ellenrose Galgano, Volunteer Liaison - retired, North Syracuse School District