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Pittsburgh Zoo promotes two, hires three

Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Monday announced the promotion of two executives and the hiring of two animal curators and a veterinarian.

The zoo promoted Frank Cartieri to vice president and chief operations officer. For the past nine years, Cartieri managed the development of all new projects at the zoo, including Water’s Edge. He became COO in 2007.

Carol Lynn Greer was named the zoo’s director of human resources. Greer joined the zoo in 2007 as human resources manager. She said the new position won’t change much of what she does day to day.

“But it always feels good to be promoted,” Greer said.

Kenneth Kaemmerer is the zoo’s new mammal curator. He fills a position that has been vacant since late 2008 when Amos Morris left to become zoo director of the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in Evansville, Ind., said Pittsburgh Zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray.

Kaemmerer was the mammal curator at the Dallas Zoo in Texas for 22 years. He also was an assistant professor of research at Southern Methodist University. Kaemmerer will oversee the cat, bear, African painted dogs, primates, and rhino departments.

Allen McDowell is the aquarium’s new assistant curator of aquatic life. McDowell had been senior aquarist at “The Seas” animal program at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Ginger Tackle is a new assistant veterinarian at the zoo. That position had been vacant since 2008 when Dr. Priscilla Joyner left to enter private practice, Gray said.

Tackle was the resident veterinarian at the Kansas City Zoo before coming to Pittsburgh.

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