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 2017, our headquarters moved to an expanded and new facility located in Pontiac, Michigan! In September 2014 we launched the national ‘Save the Bats’ campaign to mobilize millions of Americans to become even more involved in bat conservation.


Rob Mies

Executive Director and Founder

Aja Marcato

Conservation Programming Director

Ian Ableson

Education Specialist

Phil Garofalo

Communications Manager

Dawn Vezina

Education Specialist and Program Administrator

Nadia Siekert

Animal Keeper

Nic Staels

Animal Keeper

Jenna Orr

Education Specialist

Nick Lesniak

Communications and Retail Specialist

Kennedy Phillips

Animal Keeper

Amanda Bevan

Education Specialist

Board of Directors

Barbara Aylesworth
Principle, Lumen Consulting


Nimish Desai
Certified Financial Planner ™ Professional and a Wealth Advisor at       LPL Financial (Member FINRA/ SIPC)


Chris Howe
Veterinarian, Crossroad Animal Hospital

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Rob Mies
Executive Director, Organization for Bat Conservation


Jerry Mitchell
Retired Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine;               Historic Preservationist & Founder; Boston-Edison Development, Inc.


Bill Scullon
Private Land Wildlife Biologist, Department of Natural Resources


George Stern
Retired Manager, Railroad Industry


Treger Strasberg
CEO, Humble Design


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.