Fresno Chaffee Zoo's Executive Team brings an impressive history of experience in leading non-profit cultural institutions and providing expert animal care. The Executive Team leads a diverse Zoo staff committed to realizing the Zoo's mission to inspire wonder of the natural world, provide an engaging learning environment, and create a passion for conservation. They look forward to serving the Central Valley community and one of its beloved organizations.
Jon Forrest Dohlin
Chief Executive Officer & Zoo Director
Jon Forrest Dohlin has been the Chief Executive Officer and Zoo Director of Fresno Chaffee Zoo since February 2021. Born and raised in California, Dohlin received a BA in Biology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and an MA in Architecture from Parsons School of Design in New York. He worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at the Bronx Zoo as an Exhibit Designer and in Construction Management before becoming the Director of the WCS New York Aquarium in 2008.
Chief Financial Officer
Nora Crow currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo Corporation. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Accountancy from California State University, Fresno and an active CPA license issued by the California Board of Accountancy. Crow continues to practice public accounting as a partner at a local CPA Firm, but fulfills her passion for mission-based work with her role here at the Zoo.
Chief of Staff
Born and raised in the Central Valley, Steven Gonzales-Warkentin received his BA from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the Zoo in 2018, he spent 12 years in various roles throughout the Walt Disney Company including Recruiter, Facilitator, and Guest Services Manager. As Chief of Staff, he looks forward to helping build Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s future together with the Central Valley community.
Chief People Officer
Laura Martina began her career at the Zoo in November 2011 and has served as the Chief People Officer since 2018. She leads the Human Resources, Guest Experience, and Government Affairs operations for the Zoo. Born and raised in Oakhurst, California, Martina earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from California State University, Fresno. Martina has served our community in various capacities. Currently, she is a board member for the Fresno County Chamber of Commerce, the Treasurer for the Central California Employment Roundtable, and a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Human Resource Committee.
Lyn Myers has been the General Curator at Fresno Chaffee Zoo since November 2015. Myers holds a BA in Physical Anthropology from California State University, Fresno. Her career in the animal care field began as a volunteer at Fresno Chaffee Zoo. After moving to the Bay Area, Myers worked for 17 years at Marine World Africa, U.S.A. before returning to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo team in 1998.
Shannon Nodolf, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer
Dr. Shannon Nodolf has been with Fresno Chaffee Zoo since July 2015 and serves as its Chief Veterinary Officer, overseeing the health and wellness of the Zoo’s more than 200 species. She leads an expert team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and a hospital zookeeper. Dr. Nodolf holds her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from University of California, Davis. Prior to coming to the Zoo, Dr. Nodolf was the Veterinarian at Abilene Zoo in Texas.
Chief Development Officer
Before joining Fresno Chaffee Zoo in July 2021, Chief Development Officer Terry Skoda was the Interim Director at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. Terry joined MAD after fifteen years at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), where he served as Executive Vice President for External Relations. Terry holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Mission Officer
Dean M. Watanabe has been with Fresno Chaffee Zoo since 2018 and currently serves as its Chief Mission Officer, bringing a strategic focus on implementation of the core mission elements of Education, Conservation, and Environmental & Social Justice. He holds a BA in Biology from Brigham Young University and a MA in Biology from Miami University. Prior to coming to Fresno, Watanabe worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, the Phoenix Zoo, and Utah’s Hogle Zoo. In addition to his role at the Zoo, he currently serves as the Diversity Committee Chair for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.