Cassandra Ray

St. Louis Zoo

Cassandra Brown Ray, CPA, MBA, joined the Saint Louis Zoo in 1992 as a staff accountant and served as the Controller/Director of Finance since 1999. In 2019, Cassandra was named Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the finance and procurement operations of the Saint Louis Zoo.  She works closely with the governance of the Saint Louis Zoo, including the Audit, Investment and Finance committees. Cassandra serves on the Lindenwood University Board of Trustees as the Co-Chair of the Finance and Student Affairs committees. She is a graduate of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis (2014) and a member of the inaugural class of the FOCUS Impact Fellows, a team charged with developing and implementing an action plan using the 2015 Ferguson Commission Report as a guideline. Cassandra also serves as the Team Leader of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Diversity Equity Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) Committee.  She earned her MBA from Lindenwood University and her undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining the Zoo, she worked for General Dynamics and McDonnell Douglas.  Cassandra resides in St. Peters, MO with her husband Quentin.

Jennifer McGrath


Michelle Nixon

Kennel Staff

Tony Alaimo

Assistance and Obedience Dog Trainer

Judy Kouchoukos


Erin Welch

Development & Office Administrator

Leila Marks

Assistance and Obedience Dog Trainer

Beth Biondo

Director of Operations

Crissy Smith

Assistance and Obedience Dog Trainer

Beth Greco

Volunteer Manager

Gary Barnes

Kennel Manager