About Us

About AALSO

AALSO members are the water quality and mechanical system professionals that move the water, design and maintain the systems, develop and distribute the products to manage the daily requirements for animals in our care at hundreds of facilities across the world. We care for the systems that make animal care possible. We are a 501 c6 nonprofit organization focusing on the education and training of aquatic life support operators around the world. We as an organization do not act as a consultant to our members directly regarding projects or problems, however we create a pathway for our members to learn about the latest technology in the industry and act as a forum for members to connect and discuss the care of aquatic animals in captivity. Formed in 1994 we are supported by the entire industry. From operators to vendors and researchers to administrators, we are the premier professional organization dedicated to this multifaceted discipline. If you have ever selected or maintained a pump, glued PVC pipe, adjusted an ozonator, measured dissolved oxygen, pH or ammonia, measured flow or temperature, open or closed a valve, chances are you are less than two removes from an AALSO member!

Officers

Laurie Patel

PRESIDENT
Steinhart Aquarium
San Francisco, CA
415-379-5437
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Dennis Ethier

VICE PRESIDENT
Wildlife Conservation Society
New York Aquarium
Brooklyn, NY
732-233-4671
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Matt Regensburger

TREASURER
Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta, GA
 404-581-4316
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Karen Tuttle Sterns

SECRETARY
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA
562-533-7186
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Board Of Directors

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Joel Yankie

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus, OH
614-724-3627
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Ryan Leasure

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland, OH
887
 
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Steve Massar

Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver, BC
407
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Vendor Board of Directors

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Ben Ashe

MDM Genesys Pumps
Colorado Springs, CO
719-634-8202
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John Hale

RCK Controls
San Diego, CA
 
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Adrian Megay

RK2 Systems
Gilbertsville, PA
484
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Administrators

Past President

Mike Bajek

PAST PRESIDENT 2016-2018
Wonders of Wildlife
Springfield, MO
417-812-4186
 
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Webmaster

Wes Schmidt

Minnesota Zoo
Apple Valley, MN
612-386-0754
 
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Education and Training

Matt Hoard

Steinhart Aquarium
San Francisco, CA
415-379-5437
 
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President's Advisory Council

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Leo Lester

Asahi/America
Malden, MA
781-321-5409
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Gennaro D'Alterio

Met-Pro Global Pump Solutions
Telford, PA
800-392-7621
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Amy Riedel-Stone

Aquatic Equipment and Design
Orlando, FL
407-717-6174
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Rick Davis

Walt Disney
Orlando, FL
 
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Bill Weaver

Harrington Plastics
Easton, PA
484-602-7393
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Steve File

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Toronto, Canada
 
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2018 Committee Members

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Life Support Education & Certification
Matt Regensburger - Chair
Arnel Bautista
Mike Bajek
Micah Buster
Elizabeth Fisher
Matt Hoard
Steve Massar
John Masson
Byron Waller
Austin Calpin
Khalid Alhooty
Water Quality Education & Certification
Laurie Shaw Patel - Chair
Jeff Gibula
Jeff Sedon
Karen Tuttle Stearns
Kasie Regnier
Education and Training
Matt Hoard - Chair
Arnel Bautista
Mike Bajek
Steve Massar
Laurie Shaw Patel
Sage Butts
Austin Calpin
Elizabeth Fisher
Micah Buster
Jeri Fox
Katherine St. Clair
Alyssa Squires
David Ring
Joe Arlotto
David Scheel
Steve Ritchie
 
 
Lecture
Karen Tuttle Stearns - Chair
Brian Dorne
Susan Goodridge
Jeff Sedon
Iulia Siemen
Jeff Gibula
Andrew Bywater
Field Guide
Laurie Shaw Patel - Chair
Karen Tuttle Stearns
Matt Regensburger
Alex Hirota
Arnel Bautista
Byron Waller
Elizabeth Fisher
Jason Steinmetz
Jeff Gibula
John Masson
Johnny May
Micah Buster
Mike Bajek
Richard Prince
Steve Massar
William Trethaway
Workshops
Dennis Ethier - Chair
Todd Devlin-Perry
John Hale
Erik Holmberg
Jeff Jones
Ryan Leasure
Erin Murray
Rick Murray
Eddie Perri
Joe Poniatowski
Jeff Sedon
Bill Weaver 
Rob Warrinton
 
Sales & Marketing
Laurie Shaw Patel - Chair
Matt Regensburger
Anthony Benvenuto
Ted Kampe
Daryl McGill
Jennifer Nakayama
Kellie West
Jeff Jones
John Dowtin
Jon Schoeneck
Kristina Macias
Galen Tibbs
Joel Yankie
International & Recruitment
Mike de Maine - Chair
Joe Arlotto
Mike Bajek
Chris Eccles
Bruce Eernisse
Tom Eles
Nathalie Le Francois
George Tenhagen
Chris Warner
Marc Brandson
Matthew Boyle
Steve Massar
Johnny May
Natarika Chansue
Everest Chan
Leonard Wee
Social Media and Communication
Wes Schmidt - Chair
Anthony Benvenuto
Austin Calpin
Emily Frank
Kristina Macias
Carissa Mendoza
Jenn Poniatowski

Elections

The AALSO board is nominated and elected by Individual Members. Any Individual Member in good standing may be nominated, cast his or her vote, or fulfill a term as an officer or director. (Click here to be taken to the nomination form) Elections are held during the business meeting at the Annual Symposium. The current AALSO Board offers its suggested nominations in advance of the elections. All officers serve a minimum of a one year term and may only hold a position for three consecutive years.

 

 

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