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Disney exec chairs AZA; 2014 conference to convene at Orlando theme parks

Jackie-Ogden_Seas-with-Nemo-and-Friends-640x374The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced that its 2014 Annual Conference, September 12-18, in Orlando, FL, will be hosted by Disney’s Animal Kingdom, The Seas, and SeaWorld Orlando.

On Sept 13, AZA marked the official swearing-in of Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of Animals, Science and Environment, as the new Chair of the AZA Board of Directors.

“Dr. Jackie Ogden’s strong leadership and extensive experience will be tremendously beneficial to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and to all AZA-accredited institutions,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “We are grateful that Disney has been such a supportive member of the Association, especially in making such an accomplished executive and scientist available to lead the AZA Board of Directors.”

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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