Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Team

Patrick Berry – Senior Vice President/COO
Patrick has worked with marine mammals as a trainer, husbandry coordinator, supervisor of training, curator, director of animal management and director of animal programs in the United States, the Bahamas, and French Polynesia (Tahiti) over the last 24 years. 

His broad experiences in the field range from research with cetaceans including physiological studies which have been published, to husbandry, interactive training, open ocean training, film work in a variety of genre with dolphins, transport and handling, show presentation and lectures. He has worked and managed marine mammal facilities from the smallest of parks to most recently having been employed by one of the largest and most successful amusement park companies in the world. He and his family are enjoying being back near the ocean.

Stacy DiDonatoEducation Coordinator
From 1998-2012 Stacy was actively involved in Gulfarium’s Animal Department as a marine mammal trainer and supervisor. She was honored when management appointed her as Education Coordinator, and she looks forward to creating innovative educational programming.  She is a south Florida native and found her way to the Emerald Coast in 1995 where she resides with her husband and son.
Mary Kate NorthupOperations Manager
As a native to the Emerald Coast, Mary Kate remembers spending time enjoying the Gulfarium as a child. After spending several years in the animal care profession and graduating from the University of West Florida, she is excited to join the Gulfarium team and share her passion for conservation and the natural world. 

Evan Gibson – Director of Facility Maintenance
A transplant from Oklahoma, Evan has been with Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park since 2006.  He is a jack of all trades and his common reply to requests is, "That won’t be a problem."

Jeff Fogle – Director of Animal Management
After getting his degree in Psychology at University of Central Florida, Jeff Fogle began his animal care profession in the sunny Florida Keys in 2005 with bottlenose dolphins. Over the course of his career, Jeff has worked in dynamic presentations, guest focused interactions, husbandry, and educating people on wildlife conservation. Jeff joined the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park team in 2019 as the Director of Animal Management where he strives to provide excellent welfare and training to the resident animals.  
Tabitha Siegfried – Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator
Tabitha Siegfried has always loved marine life and the ocean, so after graduating from University of West Florida with a B.S. in Marine Biology, she went on to pursue her graduate degree specifically in sea turtle ecology. During her master’s, Tabitha worked on verifying a robust, non-invasive protocol to colleting sea turtle morphometrics. Tabitha has researched sea turtles in the Bahamas, Crystal River, and the Gulf of Mexico. She joined the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park team in 2021 as the Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator where she ensures the conservation of sea turtles, educates the public about sea turtle awareness, and implements her innovative research techniques.

 

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