Rob Mies (Executive Director)

Rob Mies is an exciting and adventurous scientist, conservationist, TV personality, and bat expert who has focused his passion on educating and entertaining people about one of the most unique and misunderstood animals in the world. His energetic, charismatic, and captivating personality explains why he is continually requested to present to sold-out auditoriums. This author, Director, and Founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation has appeared on many television shows with his furry, winged friends including The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Fox & Friends, and Martha Stewart. Read More

Dawn Vezina

Dawn Vezina has been working with the Organization for Bat Conservation since 1996. She started out as a volunteer and became a fulltime presenter and office manager in 2002. Dawn has traveled to Australia and the Island of Rodrigues, in the Indian Ocean, to work with international bat conservation projects. She has also been evolved with various local environmental organizations. Her other interests are back yard wildlife habitat and gardening with native wildflowers.

Jessica Fabian

Jessie is the Lead Animal Keeper and Volunteer Coordinator for the Organization for Bat Conservation. Jessie began as a volunteer in 2006 at OBC’ s “ Bat Zone” at Cranbrook Institute of Science and a year later was brought onto the staff. Jessica’ s position puts her in daily contact with the amazing animals in her care and offers her the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with bats! Jessie has implemented several important protocols including an active enrichment program that has greatly improved the quality of life for OBC’ s animals.

Michelle McIntosh

Michelle McIntosh has been with OBC since 2010. She has a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management with an emphaisis in Environmental Education from Michigan State University and an associates degree in Child Development from Lansing Community College. Michelle taught pre-school for 10 years, bringing nature and many animals into the classroom. She was also the Zoo Instructor at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and volunteered at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing for 15 years. Michelle has always had a weakness for the animals that have a bad rap they don’ t deserve, such as bats.

Chad Geurts

Chad has been working with the Organization for Bat Conservation since the winter of 2012. He earned his degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Michigan Technological University. Chad has worked for several nature centers in the area including Kensington Nature Center and Howell Nature Center. There he taught a variety of outdoor and wildlife programs. Chad has been presenting live animal programs since 2010 and loves being able to engage people of all ages about the wildlife we share our world with.


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