Meet The Seacrest Education Team
Holli Johnson currently serves as the President on Seacrest's Board of Directors and is the granddaughter of Cynthia Watkins, co-founder of Seacrest Wolf Preserve. Holli grew up with the Seacrest wolves, and her bond and connection with the Seacrest Wolf Ambassadors is incredible. Holli has some formal education in wildlife biology, but also enjoys doing field work in Yellowstone National Park with wolf biologists as much as possible. However, none of this compares with her innate ability to understand these incredible animals. She truly takes after her grandmother in this respect. When she isn't working, Holli enjoys being outdoors. Her long list of hobbies include hiking, hunting, snuggling with her adorable dog Jack, and spending time with her friends.
Alex Goodnight, Ph.D.
Dr. Alex has had a lifelong love and passion for wolves and wildlife. After receiving her Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University, she came down to Seacrest to volunteer and never left. She has experience teaching biology at different education levels to many different age groups prior to becoming a Seacrest educator. Dr. Alex wears many hats at Seacrest, including taking on the role of Education Director at Seacrest Wolf Preserve. In her free time, Dr. Alex enjoys crafting, eating fire, and reading scientific literature. She also volunteers for The Center for Biological Diversity, and is becoming a proactive member of wolf and wildlife conservation efforts in America.
Tracy has always loved animals, wildlife and the wilderness. Over the years, she has volunteered at many wildlife organizations. She recently earned her Bachelors in Biology from Georgia State with honors. At Georgia State, Tracy gained valuable teaching experience at multiple levels. After hearing about Seacrest Wolf Preserve, she immediately began driving down from Atlanta and volunteering for several days at a time. Her deep connection with our animals and amazing work ethic was evident from day one, and Seacrest was honored when she accepted a staff position. When she is not working, Tracy is an avid outdoors person, loves to read and enjoys making music. In fact, Tracy dabbles in several different instruments!
Lindsey grew up on a large farm in Georgia. She has always been fascinated by wolves and passionate about animal rights. Lindsey originally earned her veterinary technician certification through The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, but has now been certified for several years in multiple states. After coming on a VIP tour with her mom in 2019, Lindsey immediately became a fantastic and regular volunteer at Seacrest. Her outstanding patience and knowledge base has been second only to her deep love for the Seacrest animals, and Seacrest is excited and honored to have her as part of our Education Team. In her free time, Lindsey is an avid runner and hiker. She is also involved with husky rescue and breed education, and is a proud husky mom.
Hannah Roos first visited Seacrest with her family when she was 8 years old. That first visit became a yearly tradition for her family. Hannah began to volunteer for the Saturday Group Tour at Seacrest during high school and has been here almost every Saturday since. So, Hannah has been a long time member of the Seacrest family. She is currently a Communications major at West Florida, as well as a member of the Seacrest Staff. Hannah is Seacrest's main Saturday Photographer, and with several years of experience, she takes some incredible photographs of the guests with our wolves. However, after over a decade of learning at Seacrest, she sometimes helps out as a Seacrest Educator as well.
Annette has always had a deep love for animals and wildlife for as long as she can remember. Although she worked in healthcare for most of her life, she has always been a voice for animals in need. She came across Seacrest Wolf Preserve online and visited as a guest several times before beginning to volunteer here. Her clear dedication and passion led us to offering her a job at Seacrest. Annette feels blessed to work with the Seacrest Wolves and feels they have truly changed her life. When she is not at Seacrest, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her rescued pets.
First Ambassador Pack
This pack of Ambassador Gray Wolves is usually the first pack you will meet on your visit. The pack currently has 5 members: Yuma (9 years old), Pawnee (3 years old), Iasha (2 years old), Dreamer (2 years old), and Amerika (2 years old). Iasha, Dreamer and Amerika are siblings. Iasha and Dreamer absolutely love meeting our guests; we call them the Seacrest Greeting Committee! Yuma and Pawnee have gentle souls and enjoy getting rubs and loves from our guests. Amerika is the shy girl of the pack. She is stunning and very curious of our guests, but does not always feel brave enough to interact with guest. However, when Amerika does share her attention and love, she always captures the hearts of Seacrest guests.
The "Brat" Pack (Gray Wolves) was lovingly given this name by a group of volunteers years ago, and despite a complete turn over of members since receiving the nickname, all the wolves in this pack seem to always live up to the name. Each member of the Seacrest "Brat" Pack has a unique innocently mischievous trait, which makes these wolves adorably lovable and captures the hearts of our all guests. Currently, the "Brat" Pack has 3 members: Apache and Mesa (3 years old and litter mates), and Freedom (2 years old). Although this is the smallest the pack has been in years, the Seacrest "Brats" always leave the biggest impression!
Arctic Ambassador Pack
The Seacrest Arctic Wolf Pack currently has 4 members: Inuk (16 years old), Spirit Prince (7 years old), and Kaya and Kenai (1 year old pups and litter mates). Kaya and Kenai are Seacrest's youngest wolves, as well as the only two wolves at Seacrest not born through our breeding program. Kenai tends to be shy around big groups, but do not let this fool you! On VIP tours, Kaya and Kenai can be the "trouble twins", always getting into pup mischief and leaving their paw print on our guests heart. Spirit Prince is stunning and a bit shy. But when he does interact, he loves butt rubs more than anything and will do a little "butt rub dance" if you scratch him just right. Inuk is our least interactive Wolf Ambassador, but not because he does not want to be loved on by guests. Inuk is the alpha male of the Arctic Pack, and takes his role as alpha very seriously; always close by and curious, but staying alert to his pack and territory when guests visit. He does gift himself to a select few guests, and it is always a special connection that guests remember forever.
Maverick & Gray Cloud
Maverick (3 years old) and Gray Cloud (9 years old) are always full of love and super excited to have guests visit! Both of them originally were members of the First Pack, but needed to be removed due to pack shifts. However, they were far from ready to be retired from public visits, so once acclimated and comfortable in their new habitat, they began to serve as Gray Wolf Ambassadors again! If you meet these Seacrest Ambassadors Wolves, you can expect an exuberant welcome full of love from Gray Cloud, while Maverick carefully sniffs and inspects you. Once Maverick is done with his olfactory investigation, he could sit all day and let you scratch him and he will express his gratitude with gentle kisses!
Miska & Baby Chaco
Miska (Arctic Wolf; 5 years old) and Baby Chaco (British Columbian Wolf; 6 years old) end up meeting most guest through the fence line only. Miska is known as "the tender one" at Seacrest. He is gentle, full of love and always concerned with the well-being of pack members and humans like! He originally was part of the Arctic Ambassador Pack, but because of shifts in pack dynamics, we were forced to remove him. Baby Chaco was the only survivor of her litter and so her mother spoiled her and never properly disciplined her when she was young. So she was constantly in trouble with other pack members as an adult. Shifts in pack dynamics caused us to have to remove her, and who better to pair her with than Miska, "the tender one". She tends to maniuplate guests to give her attention and love by exaggerating a limp and whining. Baby Chaco is truly a character that all guest instantly fall in love with once they meet her and hear her story!!