Meet Our Staff

Amanda-staff pageAmanda Lollar, volunteer
Executive Director/Lead Caregiver
Amanda has acted in an unpaid position as Executive Director and Lead Animal Caregiver since 1994. She is an author of both scientific and popular literature about bats, including her most recent work, Standards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous Bats. In August of 2016 Amanda received The Carol Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence and has twice been nominated for the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading prize for conservation. Click here to read her CV.

Dona Jenniges, Assistant Director
Dona grew up in a small town outside of Seattle Washington and at a young age was saving animals of all kinds long before she even realized the extent of her love and respect for them.   As an adult she spent 13 years in retail management. Three years ago,  she had the opportunity to step away from an unfulfilling career and move to Texas.  With her new found free time she started volunteering for the Weatherford-Parker County Animal shelter which then led to fostering and rescuing for many local animal rescue agencies.  It was then that she realized she wanted to devote her entire life to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals.  ‘I truly believe that every animal on the face of this earth is here for a reason.  If any species, no matter how big or small, goes extinct, I can’t help but think that will throw off the balance of all living things and, in time, will greatly affect the world as we know it’.   Dona looks forward to learning everything she can about bats in order to educate others.  ‘When I get to work and look up at all those cute little faces staring down at me at me, it just fills my heart with such love and happiness. I can’t think of any better way to spend my day.’

Peekaboo showing Mariah how she wants her treat cups filled.

Mariah Cognac, Assistant Caregiver
Mariah has been fortunate to have worked with many species during her time volunteering at rehab facilities and working at the Dallas Zoo. She has a B.S. in Aquatics and Fisheries Biology and enjoys spending time on the water. Since she was a small child she has surrounded herself with the company of animals, basically welcoming anything with hooves, paws, scales or claws. Mariah feels as though conservation and education are key to the preservation of species. “So many people have disdain for bats only because they know very little about them. I’m so pleased to have found Bat World and look forward to not only expanding my knowledge of bats, but also sharing that information with others.”

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