Staff

Diane Bauhof, Executive Director

Diane has been in the nonprofit sector since graduating from college, with a specific interest in zoos, animal welfare and education. Those areas of expertise bring her to lead the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation. Diane worked at the Saint Louis Zoo for 13 years before joining the Aquarium Foundation in March 2018. She is excited and honored to have the opportunity to start a new nonprofit and to be associated with the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, and said, “It's a career dream come true!" When asked what she was most looking forward to, she said, "For the Aquarium doors to be open and seeing people laughing, smiling and learning while here. I also can't wait to be able to bring in thousands of school children for free so we can make sure everyone has a chance to explore and learn about the amazing aquatic species we will now have in St. Louis."

Quienton Townsend, Education Manager

Quienton was born and raised in St. Louis, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life, and a Master’s in Management and Leadership. He proudly served 12 years as a Certified Child Life Specialist at a local children’s hospital where he helped reduce pediatric patients’ anxiety and normalize the patients’ hospitalization through education, support, preparation and distraction during medical procedures. Following this role, Quienton continued on a path of educating children as the Camps Manager at the Saint Louis Science Center. He joined the team at the St. Louis Aquarium in December 2021 and is excited to share his love of animals and environmental wellness with others.

Conservation & Education Center Coordinator

Hannah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2020. Born and raised in St. Louis, Hannah grew up going to the zoo where she found her passion for wildlife. This passion grew into a desire to be involved in marine biology, rescue/rehabilitation and conservation, which has now become her lifelong dream. In college, she interned at the Saint Louis Zoo teaching the public about conservation and wildlife and assisting with children’s programs. During her internship, she also worked alongside the aquatics keepers providing nutrition, enrichment, and overall care for the stingrays and sharks. Hannah is very excited for this opportunity to work with the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation and to do her part in sharing with the public the wonders of the oceans and the ways we can all help to protect them.

Abby Lewis, Development & Marketing Coordinator

Abby Lewis was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Administration and Stage Management. Before joining the Aquarium she was the manager of The Bridge Coffee House, a nonprofit coffee shop in St. Charles, Missouri. In her free time she enjoys hiking, exploring local coffee shops and restaurants, and playing board games. Abby is very excited about this opportunity to work with the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation and combine her passions for animals, education, and conservation!

Briana Robles, AmeriCorps Member Water Education Development Coordinator

Briana has joined the Aquarium Foundation team for one year as an AmeriCorps Member. As a full-time volunteer, she will help build our organization’s capacity and connect under-resourced youth to nature through water education programs. Briana grew up in St. Louis and is proud to call this city home! A recent graduate of Webster University, Briana majored in Biology & Sustainability Studies and is passionate about equitable STEM education and living a sustainable lifestyle.

Andrea Yochum, Educator

Andrea (or Panda) is an animal enthusiast when it comes to animals and conservation. She was adopted from South Korea at birth and has been in St. Louis ever since. She has earned her B.A with emphasis in Biology and Management through Webster University in 2018. Her love and passion for animals and conservation started at the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department in 2008-2020. Not only is she passionate about nature but also cooking and traveling. She has traveled all over the states and out of the country, including her home country of South Korea and even climbed up Mount Fuji in Japan. When she is not traveling, she will be at home baking and cooking new recipes. She is very excited to be teaching all guests (young and old) about the wonders of water conservation both at home and in the wild. Did we mention her favorite animal is the Hellbender?

Kayla Burgess, Conservation & Education Center Associate

Kayla was born and raised in the St. Louis area and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Northwest Missouri State University in 2020. Kayla’s passion for the ocean and marine life started at a young age, after many visits to the zoo and trips to Florida. After college, she spent three months in Juno Beach, Florida for a conservation internship that focused on solutions to man-made threats against sea turtles. It was here that Kayla realized she wanted to work in the conservation field and help educate the public on ways to conserve the environment. Kayla is excited to be back in her hometown and working for the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation.