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. Co-founder and Executive Director, Rob Mies, has been featured on national television shows, spoken at leading conferences, and written many books on the subject of bats.

In September 2014, OBC launched its national #SavetheBats campaign, which was designed to mobilize millions of Americans to become even more involved in bat conservation. Now, in 2017, our headquarters has moved to an expanded facility located in Pontiac, Michigan!


Rob Mies

Executive Director and Founder

Aja Marcato

Conservation Programming Director

Ian Ableson

Education Specialist

Phil Garofalo

Communications Director

Dawn Vezina

Education Specialist and Program Administrator

Nadia Siekert

Animal Keeper

Nic Staels

Animal Keeper

Amanda Greco

Digital Media Manager

Nick Lesniak

Communications and Retail Specialist

Kennedy Phillips

Animal Keeper

Amanda Bevan

Education Specialist

Board of Directors

Danielle Todd
President, Board of Directors


Chris Howe
Veterinarian, Crossroad Animal Hospital

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Rob Mies
Executive Director, Organization for Bat Conservation

Mark Hillman
Co-Founder of Mad Dog Technology


Bill Scullon
Private Land Wildlife Biologist, Department of Natural Resources


Treger Strasberg
CEO, Humble Design

Jerry Mitchell
Retired, Professor of Anatomy – Wayne State University