The Aquarium of Niagara Foundation board of trustees has announced restructuring of its management team. The board has named Gay B. Molnar as executive director, Nancy Chapin as director of conservation and science, Jennifer Humphrey as operations manager, and Gary Siddall as supervisor of marine mammal care.
The new management team is tasked with moving the facility into the future. Over the past year the AON board started the process of seeking American Zoological Association accreditation. AON Board President Rich Torcasio said, "This new team has over 75 years of aquarium experience and is well equipped to move the Aquarium into the future."
The Aquarium of Niagara opened as a privately owned corporation on June 12, 1965. Founded by a small group of chemists and scientists to introduce artificial seawater, The Aquarium of Niagara Falls quickly became a model for the operation of inland aquaria.
In September 1977, the principal owner, Kelvin Smith of Cleveland, established the Sea Research Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research. In 1994, Sea Research Foundation Inc. agreed to transfer The Aquarium of Niagara Falls to a new, local foundation. The Niagara Aquarium Foundation was established and incorporated by charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, on Feb. 18, 1994.
The Aquarium of Niagara mission is to broaden the public awareness of aquatic ecosystems through innovative and stimulating exhibits, displays and educational and recreational programs that promote conservation and support research.