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."
Amelia Rodgers, Education Curator
Amelia is a St. Louis native, and grew up camping, hiking, and exploring all the natural beauty of Missouri. She completed her Bachelor's in Meteorology at Saint Louis University, then earned her Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Eastern Michigan University. From creating environmental and animal welfare education programs to managing a dog rescue in Thailand, her love of animals and passion for educating has led her to various organizations throughout the world. Amelia is excited to be back in her hometown, dedicating her efforts toward a community she loves. When asked what she is most looking forward to, Amelia said, "I am excited to help bring conservation education to a community I love. Having an aquarium in our city gives us the opportunity to explore how our dependence upon water connects us with other humans, other animals, and the planet as a whole."
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.
Natalie Heath, Development Coordinator
Natalie has worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofits for the past 10 years. She previously was with an organization providing free Medicare counseling working as the Volunteer Coordinator & AmeriCorps Program Manager, as well as working as the Adoption Center Coordinator for an animal rescue. Originally from St. Louis, Natalie spent the past 15 years in Columbia, Missouri, and is excited to return to her hometown. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis in Multicultural Studies and a minor in Business. Natalie has a lifelong love of helping both animals and people and is looking forward to the opportunity to spread that love to the environment and the St. Louis community. As the world around us is changing, she believes “it’s important to educate the community about their impact, what they can do to help the environment and also the other animals we share this planet with.”
Rachel Marshall, Conservation & Education Center Associate
Rachel was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. During college, she spent a semester in Australia and New Zealand studying marine biology and ecotourism where her passion for marine life and conservation were ignited. Throughout the rest of college, she took advantage of opportunities to do field research and volunteer within the local community to further conservation initiatives. She is excited to be back in St. Louis working with the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation to help share the importance of conservation with the public.
Caia Gillett (she/they) Conservation & Education Center Associate
Caia grew up climbing trees, beach combing, and exploring her local zoo in her hometown in Florida. They moved to St. Louis for college and received her B.S. in Biology and Sustainability. Caia fell in love with the seasons and all the natural wonders that the Midwest has to offer. Since then, they have worked in environmental education and even traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to research Leatherback Sea Turtles. Caia's passions include wildlife conservation, environmental wellness, sustainable living, environmental justice, and education!
Hannah Quon, Conservation & Education Center Associate
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.