Meet The Team
Ms. Kight serves at the Executive Director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources. Ms. Kight has been employed with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary for over 14 years and has over 25 years of experience working with animals and wildlife. Ms. Kight has served as the Sanctuary’s Education Director for five years before being promoted to Animal Care Director and then Executive Director in 2017. Prior to coming to the Sanctuary, Ms. Kight served as Palm Beach County’s Wildlife Officer and holds multiple certifications including Florida Animal Control Officer, Chemical Capture, and is an internationally certified Wildlife Rehabilitator. Ms. Kight has degrees in both Psychology and Veterinary Technology.
Ms. Wynne has served as the Assistant Director at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary since November, 2018 overseeing fundraising and business operations. She has over 15 years experience with mission-driven, non-profit organizations. Ms. Wynne earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston.
Ms. Johnson started in April of 2019 as the Finance Director at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary overseeing fiscal operations. She has seven years of experience in nonprofit accounting and finance as Manager of Fiscal Operations. Her experience includes both the public and private accounting sectors. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Stockton University.
Ms. Reid has a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University, a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, and is a Florida Master Naturalist. She has been involved with the Sanctuary for many years and has been the Education Director at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary since 2016.
Ms. Franczak serves as the Hospital Director at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. She started as an intern during her junior year of college in 2010, fell in love with wildlife rehabilitation, and knew this was where she wanted to be. She has worked in Animal Care and the Hospital before being promoted to Hospital Director. Ms. Franczak is experienced as a technician in emergency veterinary medicine. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Behavior from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and is currently enrolled in the veterinary nursing program at St. Petersburg College.
Robert Smith has been the Maintenance Director at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary for over 21 years. He has managed his own business with over 15 employees. At the Sanctuary, he oversees multiple capital projects while constructing enclosures and managing the maintenance of the grounds.
Welcome Center Manager
Michael Wininger has over 10 years of experience with retail sales and merchandising. He has been responsible for the sales of fortune 500 stores and always provides excellent customer service. He was also a 911 operator and has an Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certification. Michael loves animals and helping people and making them happy. He enjoys providing a positive experience for the children and patrons who into the Busch Wildlife Welcome Center by providing unique items. Mike hopes families have a memorable experience at Busch Wildlife.
Junior Naturalist Coordinator