About Us

Our mission has always been to educate people about bats and inspire them to become actively involved in conservation. We were founded in 1992 in Michigan with a small team offering live bat programs to schools, nature centers and museums. Founder Rob Mies remains Executive Director of the organization and has been featured on national television shows, has spoken at leading conferences and has written many books on the subject. We began operating the Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science in 2002. In September 2014 we launched the national ‘Save the Bats’ campaign to mobilize millions of Americans to become even more involved in bat conservation.

Staff

Rob Mies

Executive Director and Founder

Amanda Felk

Lead Animal Keeper and Volunteer Coordinator

Christina Funk

Lead Education Specialist

Phil Garofalo

Digital Media Manager

Theresa Laethem

Animal Keeper

Aja Marcato

Conservation Programming Director

Nick Bollerud

Education Specialist and Exhibit Coordinator

Jenna Orr

Education Specialist

Nadia Siekert

Operations Assistant and Research Liaison

Eva Meade

Retail and Design Specialist

Nic Staels

Animal Keeper

Danielle Todd

Communications Director

Dawn Vezina

Education Specialist and Program Administrator

Grayce Cona

Communications Specialist

Carol Hunt

Bat Zone Tour Guide

Board of Directors

Barbara Aylesworth
Consultant

 

Nimish Desai
Wealth Advisor and Certified Financial Planner

 

Chris Howe
Veterinarian, Crossroad Animal Hospital

 

Rob Mies
Executive Director, Organization for Bat Conservation

 

Jerry Mitchell
Community Member

Bill Scullon
Private Land Wildlife Biologist, Department of Natural Resources

 

George Stern
Community Member

 

Treger Strasberg
CEO, Humble Design

 

Tom Venier
Community Member

 

Jennifer Vonk
Assistant Professor, Oakland University

Our Partnership with Cranbrook

What began as an experiment in 2002 in offering live animals programs at the Cranbrook Institute of Science has grown to become a strong relationship between the Organization for Bat Conservation and the Cranbrook Educational Community.