AArk Staff

Kevin ZippelKevin Zippel - KevinZ (at) amphibianark.org
Amphibian Program Director
Kevin coordinates all aspects of implementation within the Amphibian Ark initiative to fulfill the mandate for ex situ components of the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan. He works with and oversees the team of AArk officers to carry out conservation needs assessment efforts for taxa and geographic regions; design sound conservation plans and management protocols; build capacity to implement programs; monitor successes and ongoing needs; oversee communication within the AArk, to other conservation partners, and to the public; and fund-raising.

Luis CarrilloLuis Carrillo Luis (at) amphibianark.org
Training Officer
Luis has worked with Amphibian Ark in a voluntary assisting in the organization, development, facilitation and/or as lecturer of many AArk’s Conservation Needs Assessment workshops and amphibian biology and management courses in Latin-America, and he is now our full-time Training Officer. Since 2005, Luis has also worked with the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG/SSC/IUCN) Regional Network Mexico and since 2012, has been the regional representative for Mexico with the main role of organizing and facilitating conservation workshops for many species in the Latin-American region.

Kevin Johnson KevinJ (at) amphibianark.org
Taxon Officer and Communications & Development Officer
Kevin assists AArk partners in identifying priority taxa and regions for ex situ conservation work and helps coordinate among Taxon Management Groups. Kevin is based in New South Wales, Australia.

In the Communications and Development Officer role, Kevin develops communications strategies, messages, newsletters and other materials to promote understanding and action on behalf of amphibian conservation and assist AArk partner organizations in reaching multiple audiences within AArk organizations, the conservation community, governments, and the public.


Elizabeth Townsend Elizabeth (at) amphibianark.org
Administrative Assistant
As part of the IUCN/SSC CBSG’s commitment to support the efforts of AArk, Elizabeth spends part of her time working in an administrative capacity for AArk. Her primary role is in taking care of the financial side of operations, such as handling incoming donations and keeping track of donor records. She is based in the CBSG office in Minnesota.

Danny BeckwithDanny Beckwith Danny (at) amphibianark.org
Creative Officer
Danny Beckwith has been assisting Amphibian Ark since 2011, when he started his adventure with the organization creating the “Amphibian Ark” music video. Since then he has assisted in developing and creating educational resources, logos, t-shirts, and on one occasion, a gold medal. Danny is thrilled he can share his love for amphibian conservation with others through his art, storytelling, and educational programs.

Rachel RommelRachel Rommel Rachel (at) amphibianark.org
Community Education Officer
Rachel is responsible for identifying, developing and evaluating new and existing education programs and partnerships, and helping to create resources and training opportunities for amphibian education, public participation, and stewardship programs. She also helps identify where ex situ programs can assist in situ partners in identifying stakeholders, building local networks, and implementing plans to garner much-needed community awareness, support, and cooperation for recovery programs. Rachel is a co-facilitator for the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group’s Education and Communications Working Group and will help to coordinate AArk’s role in education components in the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.

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