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    Sioux Falls Zoo & Aquarium Board of Directors Forms

    Members of the SFZA Board of Directors.

Sioux Falls Zoo & Aquarium Board of Directors Forms

We are thrilled to announce the creation of Sioux Falls Zoo & Aquarium board of directors, the unified governing body for the Great Plains Zoo (GPZ) and Butterfly House & Aquarium (BHA).


The SFZA board of directors is comprised of some members of the previous GPZ and BHA boards, in addition to mayoral appointees and at-large members. They are listed below.


  • Alissa Bretsch 
  • Margaret Carmody 
  • Tracy Dahl-Webb
  • Molly Daniel 
  • Tina Davis
  • Melissa Fossell
  • Jennifer Kirby 
  • Matt Ditmanson
  • Darin Hage
  • Ryan Howlett 
  • Jeff Hugunin
  • Jeannie Iannello
  • Don Kearney
  • De Knudson
  • Jeanelle Lust 
  • Laura Mitchell 
  • George Mollner 
  • David O'Hara 
  • Mckenzy Raterman 
  • Andrea Smith 
  • Ryan Tysdal 


“We are honored to have such a dynamic group of individuals serving on our new Sioux Falls Zoo & Aquarium board of directors as we navigate this opportunity together,” said Chief Operations Officer Audrey Otto-Pepper. “Each board member brings valuable expertise and meaningful

community ties that will guide our merged organization to achieve the vision of a combined zoo and aquarium destination for Sioux Falls.”


Both GPZ and BHA will continue to operate in their current locations on their respective campuses, with plans to bring both organizations to the GPZ campus after a multi-year renovation is complete.


Members can already enjoy the benefits of the merger with a Monarch-level membership. Monarch is available for all membership types – Individual, Senior, Dual, and Family – and allows a full year of admission and membership benefits for both GPZ and BHA.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.