Meet the Team

Andrew M. Aiken, President & CEO

Andrew Aiken was named President and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo in September of 2011. He joined the zoo’s board of directors in 2002 and has been a leader in the Zoo’s successful expansion. As chairman of the Construction Oversight Committee, Aiken was responsible for development of exhibits including the Cornell Tropics of the Americas, Florida Reptile House, Wings Over Water, the Koala House, and the Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex - the first LEED Gold Certified zoo animal hospital in the nation.

Passionate about conservation and the mission of the Zoo, Aiken brings organizational strength, attention to detail, and inspired leadership to the zoo’s management team.

Aiken was born and raised in New England, where he graduated from Trinity College, and later received his M.S. from the Center for Real Estate at MIT.  Aiken and his family moved to Palm Beach County in 1994, where he became a principal of Renaissance Partners.  During the next decade, Renaissance Partners was instrumental in attracting a multitude of local, regional, and national businesses to the Clematis Street corridor, which became known as “the hottest street in Florida.” 

In 1999, the Palm Beach Post’s list of Top Business People of the Century included Aiken and his partner David Frisbie at No. 9. 

Aiken and his wife, Khooshe, live in Palm Beach. In his spare time, Aiken is a volunteer for his alma mater, Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and he rows on Lake Mangonia as a member of the Palm Beach Rowing Association. His wife, Khooshe, is a town tennis champion and became a member of the town’s Recreation Advisory Commission in April. The couple has two children, Mina, 22, of Washington, D.C., and Saam, 20, a junior at Trinity College.

 

Kathleen D. Breland, Chief Financial Officer

Kathleen D. Breland was named Chief Financial Officer for the Palm Beach Zoo in July 2009. Ms. Breland is an active member of the Executive, Finance, Construction Oversight, Human Resources and Events committees and is heading the Information Systems committee at the Zoo.

Ms. Breland was with national homebuilder/developer Centex Homes for over 20 years holding positions as Controller, VP of Finance, Division President and VP of Operations prior to coming to the zoo. Ms. Breland has prior not-for-profit experience as the Controller for The Housing Corporation, a non-profit housing organization in Houston, Texas, catering to low-income and elderly housing. She is a registered licensed CPA in the state of Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston.

Janet L. Steele, General Curator

She has worked at zoos in Nevada, Texas, Oregon and most recently, the Melbourne Zoo in Australia. During her 24-year career, she has held positions of keeper, senior keeper, supervisor, curator and senior curator. Steele has worked with a variety of species including, carnivores, primates, hoofstock, birds and program animals.

During her eight years in Australia, Steele greatly enhanced the guest experience for the Melbourne Zoo by increasing the number of keeper talks, introducing behind-the-scenes experiences and fostering interest in conservation among keepers and guests alike. Steele brings a comprehensive approach to conservation by inspiring staff and guests to adopt small changes in lifestyle that benefit the species and the natural world, while also supporting on-site conservation projects and legislation that can have a direct impact on animals in the wild.

Steele graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.S. in Animal Biology and holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas. She has also received management certification from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Management School.

Kristen M. Cytacki, Director of Education & Sustainability

Mrs. Cytacki joined the Palm Beach Zoo in 1997 after spending three years coordinating environmental education programs at Brookgreen Gardens Wildlife Park in South Carolina. Mrs. Cytacki was promoted to the Palm Beach Zoo’s Director of Education in 1999 and in 2010 to Director of Education and Sustainability. As the Director of Education, she is responsible for all aspects of educational programming; including, curriculum development, program evaluation, program implementation, and managing the education staff. Mrs. Cytacki is the Editor of the Palm Beach Zoo Magazine (a quarterly publication distributed to more than 7,000 households in and around Palm Beach County) and she is responsible for design and content for the Zoo’s educational brochures, signs, and displays. She also coordinates the zoo’s Green Team.

Mrs. Cytacki serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Environmental Network, the Board of Advisors at the Santa Fe Community College/Teaching Zoo in Gainesville, Florida and she is a member of the Palm Beach County School Board Science Strategic Plan Committee and serves on the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Cultural Leadership Education Committee. She is also the training facilitator for teacher in-service/continuing education programs Project WET, WILD, Aquatic Wild, Everglades, Learning Tree, and Florida Black Bear.

Mrs. Cytacki graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1993 with a B.S. in Biology and Marine Science. She has served as a research scientist with the I-Center for Marine and Wetland Studies and the NOAA Ship named Ferrel. She is the Palm Beach Zoo’s institutional representative for the Chiropteran Taxon Advisory Group. In her capacity as Director of Education, she has presented talks and papers at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Regional and Annual Conference.

Professional memberships held by Mrs. Cytacki include the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the National Association of Interpretation, North American Association of Environmental Educators, Museum Educators of South East Florida, League of Environmental Educators of Florida, and the Florida Association of Zoological Educators.

Sanders E. Lewallen, Chief Development Officer

On the staff of Palm Beach Zoo, Sanders E. Lewallen is the new kid on the block.  Yet his more than 30 years as an executive with leading Zoos, conservation and environmental centers prepares him for his new assignment, Chief Development Officer.  “I am honored and privileged to join the team that is moving the Palm Beach Zoo to the front lines of zoological institutions in our nation”, said Lewallen

The native Georgian, reared in a small town north of Atlanta and educated at the University of Georgia in Athens, has an impressive list of accomplishments under his belt.  He led the Friends of the National Zoo, or FONZ, the nation’s largest zoological society and in Boston, where as CEO of the private-public corporation legislated to operate the zoological institutions in Massachusetts, he helped secure accreditation of Franklin Park Zoo by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, first time in its 90 year history. 

In Florida, Sanders led efforts to restore one of our nation’s most critical ecological treasures, as Grassy Waters Preserve became an integral part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, or CERP.  On Florida’s west coast, Sanders led the development of Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium to the enviable position as the State’s finest nature center, according to Florida Weekly magazine. And, as Development Director at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, he secured the largest gift in the institution’s history for the Harriet W. & George D. Cornell Gardens.

Sanders is a former Rotarian, former member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches and was on the board of the Forest Hill HS Science & Technology Academy. He is married to Constance Elaine Lewallen, a stage actress, teacher, native Floridian born in West Palm Beach, and graduate of Mary Baldwin College.

Dr. Genevieve Dumonceaux, Clinical Veterinarian

Dr. Genevieve Dumonceaux (affectionately known as Dr. G) grew up in rural Illinois on a small family farm. She graduated from the University of Illinois veterinary school in 1988. She spent two years with the Illinois Animal Poison Control Center before entering a small animal and exotic pet practice for the next three years.

In 1993 she began a residency training program in zoological medicine at the University of California Davis. After a brief time at the El Paso Zoo in Texas as a contract veterinarian she was hired as an associate veterinarian for Busch Gardens and Sea World entertainment parks. She was later promoted to senior veterinarian.

After 13 years at the corporation Dr. G left to pursue interests in aquatic medicine and became the veterinarian at the Florida Aquarium. Her desire for more clinical work and her love of zoos lead her to her current role as veterinarian for the Palm Beach Zoo.

Dr. G has many publications and professional presentations to her name. She has also traveled all around the world for research and conservation opportunities and for pleasure. Dr. G has provided consultation services for several zoos around the world and most recently consults with the Central Zoo in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Contact Us

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

Support for the Palm Beach Zoo is provided by:

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.