Jon Zahourek - President
Jon was raised in Oklahoma and Colorado and attended the University of Northern Colorado and the Colorado Institute of Art. With an Associate’s Degree in Illustration, he moved to New York City and worked as an artist and illustrator in the 1970s. While teaching drawing to artists (Parsons School of Design), he developed the prototype for an innovative teaching system of anatomy education using hands-on, kinesthetic classroom activity. A business was founded from these efforts and has been based in Loveland, Colorado, since the late 1980s. With Columbia University’s Department of Physical Medicine, he was co-investigator of a study successfully comparing this new system to traditional anatomy education. He has also held teaching posts at the University of Denver, Banks Street College, New School of Social Research, Art Students League, and New York Academy of Art. Zahourek’s educational concept has received an award in innovation from the Career College Association, was recommended by the National Educator’s Association and the National Science Teacher’s Association, and been endorsed by the California Teachers Association and the Departments of Education in Hawaii, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Jon retired from Zahourek Systems, Inc. in 2009 and is now active as Jon Zahourek, Artist and Anatomist, spending his time researching the neuroscience of learning through the analytical function of the hands, developing workshops to further improve the teaching of anatomy, and promoting the concept of comparative anatomy as important core knowledge for students. In 2011-2012, he oversaw the development of a permanent teaching facility, the Anatomy in Clay® Centers, where this work will be continued and expanded.
Renée Zahourek - Vice Preseident and Secretary
Renée is a native of Miami Beach, Florida, and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, studying fine arts. Between 1985 and 1990, Renée worked as the Marketing and Sales Director for the Zahourek Systems Company when it was based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Renée and Jon were married in 1988. Following a move from the East Coast to Loveland, Colorado, she was the Vice President of the Zahourek Institute for Innovate Studies in Anatomy. When the Anatomy in Clay Centers opened a workshop facility in Boulder, Colorado, in 2006, she held the position of Vice President. She has also been the Vice President of the manufacturing facility for the Anatomy in Clay models, Zahourek Systems Mexico (S.A. de C.V., Chihuahua, CH). In 2007, the Zahoureks formed the Whitman Zahourek Foundation (Denver, Colorado), for which Renée was the Vice President.
In the past few years, she has been active in the day-to-day operations of the commercial part of the business. Her responsibilities include long-range strategy, planning, HR, personnel training, and organizing professional development workshops. As one of the two original members of the team, she also continues to help in workshop presentations and the development of systems that improve anatomy education.
Dr. Randall Lockwood, Ph.D. - Director at Large
Randall has degrees in psychology and biology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a doctorate in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2005 he joined the staff of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) where he is currently Senior Vice President for Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. He has served as adjunct faculty teaching various courses on human-animal relationships for Duquesne University, University of Florida, and the University of South Carolina. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is co-author of Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence and Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty: A Guide for Veterinary and Law Enforcement Professionals, and author of Prosecuting Animal Cruelty Cases: Opportunities for Early Response to Crime and Interpersonal Violence and Dogfighting Toolkit: Addressing Dogfighting in Your Community.
John Scibetta - Director at Large
John has worked in the biotechnology industry for over 30 years in various roles in process development and in sales and is currently at the Life Sciences division of General Electric Health Care (GEHC). In a previous position at Damon BiotechM he helped to develop microencapsulation technology for hybridoma cell lines and assays for antibody detection and purification. While at Biogen he worked in process development on purification protocols for recombinant proteins and in clinical manufacturing to grow and harvest genetically engineered cell culture supernatants for purification. Earlier experience includes technical sales and field applications for the Swedish biotechnology company Pharmacia and Amersham Biosciences.
Roger Clark - Director at Large
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