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."
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.”
Jessica Rhodes, Volunteer Engagement Manager
As the Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Jessica will be on-boarding and engaging all volunteers. She has worked with volunteers in several capacities over the course of her career in the nonprofit field, and she’s excited to get the volunteer program up and running for the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation! A frequent volunteer herself, Jessica lives by her favorite quote, "you make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give." She believes that everyone has something to give - time, money, expertise - and she enjoys helping others identify how they can best do that. Jessica is a St. Louis native and received her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from Lindenwood University. She is "thrilled to be able to connect volunteers to exciting opportunities to educate and enhance the experience of St. Louis Aquarium visitors!"