Amanda Lollar, Founder and President
Amanda is an author of both scientific and popular literature about bats, including her most recent work, Standards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous Bats. Amanda is a licensed bat care specialist in the State of Texas, permitted to work with threatened and endangered species. Growing up she had the unique existence of bouncing between the life of an army brat and a farm girl, and -starting with a crippled chicken- began rescuing animals at around age twelve. In 1988, she found an injured bat on a hot Texas sidewalk. She nursed it back to health, and in the process this small helpless creature taught Amanda the enchanting language of bats, sparking her indelible love for this remarkable species. In 1994, Amanda liquidated her furniture business to found Bat World Sanctuary. She credits her military upbringing with giving her the discipline it took to keep the organization going despite tremendous odds, and credits her farm life for enabling her to love all creatures great and small. Since founding the organization in 1994, Amanda has volunteered her time 7 days a week, 365 days per year, 12 to 16 hours per day. Click here to read her CV.
Dottie Hyatt, Vice President
Dottie Hyatt is a retired International Project Manager and a very active licensed bat specialist. She has worked with everything from bunnies to manatees in her native south Florida, and now concentrates her efforts exclusively to helping bats. Because bats are an integral part of most ecosystems, yet they are the most misunderstood animal on earth, it is only through education that we can change ecological devastation going forward. Dottie has been presenting out reach education programs about bats for nearly 10 years to school children as well as adults, and also co-instructs Bat World’s one-day workshops which are held throughout the year. Dottie has had articles in the press from the Washington Post to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram to the Miami Herald. She has also been featured on television and the radio. Dottie has volunteered her services to Bat World Sanctuary since 2000.
Terri Smith, Secretary
Terri has a background in medical transcription and also worked for years with in educational systems developing life skills programs for special needs children. Terri is an animal rights activist with a special place in her heart for the under-dog. She had never been around bats before coming to Bat World Sanctuary and had always believed what a lot of people believe – that bats are scary. Within two minutes of being with them she quickly realized that she had spent a lot of years with the wrong ideas. Terri states “My day is no longer complete unless I have had my daily time with them.” Terri’s favorite part of the day is feeding them their treats. Terri also began serving as Assistant Director of Bat World Sanctuary in 2015.
Denise Tomlinson, Treasurer
Denise has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Western Michigan University. She is very active in the bat community as a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) Taxon Advisory Group for bats and a member of the Florida Bat Working Group. She currently holds licensure from the United State Department of Agriculture, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Denise has authored various articles and book chapters including some on acclimating bats for use in educational programs, hand rearing of flying foxes, bats of Florida and other topics. She loves the abundance and diversity of Florida’s wildlife, where she currently resides. Denise was instrumental in creating the first standards ever written for bats in captivity. She is a surgical, onological and critical care technician for a veterinary clinic. She is also certified as a veterinary dental technician, and Director of Bat World Hampton Roads. Denise has volunteered her services to Bat World Sanctuary since 1997.
Kate Rugroden, Director of Special Projects
Kate is a Business Systems Analyst/Project Manager and licensed wildlife care professional specializing in bats, raccoons, and opossums. She is the director of Bat World Mid-Cities in Arlington, TX. Kate has an extensive background in presenting educational programs utilizing both live animals and artifacts as a docent at the Minnesota Zoo. Upon moving to Texas in 2004, she became involved in wildlife rehabilitation as a way to expand her knowledge of wildlife while caring for orphaned, ill, and injured native species. She discovered the fascinating world of bats while attending a program given by Dottie Hyatt of Bat World Lone Star, and seized the opportunity to attend a one-week training workshop at Bat World Sanctuary in 2008. She is a passionate teacher and mentor, sharing her love of all animals and especially bats, with everyone she meets. Kate now co-instructs Bat World’s one-day workshops which are held throughout the year. Kate has volunteered her services to Bat World Sanctuary since 2004.