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Kelsi Nicholson

Senior Lead Keeper

  • Volunteered and worked at Indianapolis Zoo.
  • Attended University of Louisville, majored in Biology and Psychology.
  • Has worked as a Veterinary Assistant, Lead Kennel Attendant, and Daycare Chaperone.
  • Volunteered for a Wildlife Rehabber
  • Was an Intern at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in 2014.
  • Joined the BPAS team in 2017 as a Lead Keeper.
  • Promoted to Senior Keeper in 2021

Letrecia “Trish” Nichols

Executive Director

Melanie Kosins

Maintenance Supervisor

Kaitlyn Blevins

Lead Keeper

Graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors degree in Biology/concentration in Zoology

Interned at ARF Animal Shelter Spring of 2020

Interned at BPAS summer of 2020

Joined the BPAS team as a Lead Keeper summer of 2021

Zoe Houseman

Lead Keeper

·         Animal Care Technician at the Animal Rescue League
of Iowa

·         Graduated from Iowa State University with a
bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology

·         Interned at Blank Park Zoo on the Carnivore/
Primate Team

·         Seasonal Browse/ Large Mammal Keeper at Blank Park

·         Joined the BPAS Team in 2021 as a Lead Keeper

Madeline Lindsey

Lead Keeper

Graduated 2020 from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Zoology

Interned at BPAS summer 2020

Hired as a part time keeper fall of 2020, became full time spring 2021

Has adopted 3 rabbits from Fort Wayne animal care & control

Michelle Brackett


Trey Mariner


Carina Potts

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