Board of Directors

Other staff

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Tony Daly-Crews

Executive Director, Founder

Tony is an Army Veteran, rattlesnake conservationist, biologist, and husband. Tony provides strategic direction for the organization, promoting our programs, leading research projects, and instructing training courses. During his spare time, he enjoys "field herping", playing the piano, and spending time with his friends and family. He is also an avid traveler and always looking for new places to explore biodiversity.


Tiffany Bright

SE Regional Director

Tiffany Bright is a Florida Master Naturalist, Wilderness EMT, NREMT, and PLT Outdoor Educator with expertise in natural resources advocacy, fundraising, event planning, marketing, educational programs, and community outreach. Tiffany believes that providing environmental education and instilling a love for nature in children plays a vital role in conservation.

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Derek Dykstra

Director of Education

Derek has had a life long love of reptiles. He has a degree in Zoo Animal Science from Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and has since come to work for our team as an educator, collections manager, and supervisor of our internship program. Derek's love of our training and education programs is apparent with any interaction you have with him. 

The Rattlesnake Conservancy

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to education, research, and  partnership. Our programs are dedicated to making meaningful, long lasting impacts for rattlesnakes and education programs that change the narrative towards conservation.



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Based in Jacksonville, our organization delivers inclusive youth education programs to stimulate curiosity, encourage life long learning, and instill a sense of ownership in conservation.



Education Programs




Our research programs are focused to ensure on-the-ground conservation benefit for rattlesnakes. In addition to carrying out research programs ourselves, we fund venomous reptile research every year. Very little funding is available for research of venomous reptile conservation and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide needed funding to projects internationally every year.



Our training programs set the industry standard for safely working with venomous reptiles. With over 350 students having attended our training courses, we pride ourselves in delivering quality training courses that prepare students to work with and relocate rattlesnakes. Training individuals how to relocate venomous reptiles supports our mission by putting more people on the landscape that can safely remove rattlesnakes (or any snake) from situations that would otherwise may have ended in mortality of the snake. 



Training Programs


To advance the protection of rattlesnakes, and their habitat, through research and education

Leadership Team


Joseph Colbert

Jekyll Island Conservation Authority

Joseph grew up in Columbia, SC, and is a Marine Corps Veteran. Wildlife conservation is in Joseph's blood, having attended University of South Carolina for his undergraduate and University of Georgia for his M.S. in Biology. Joseph has a wealth of field experience working with eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, having developed a comprehensive rattlesnake radiotracking program and community outreach program in his job as the Wildlife Manager for Jekyll Island Conservation Authority. Joseph is also a member of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Working Group.


Lauren Griffin

University of Florida

Lauren's passion for the natural world and protecting it led her to earn her PhD in environmental sociology from the University of Florida, where she studied climate change in the media. Her research interests are at the intersection of conservation, communication, and public health. Lauren uses her training as a social scientist for the University of Florida to assist The Rattlesnake Conservancy in developing tools to measure attitudes towards wildlife and the impact of outreach events.


Ryan Zach

Zoo Miami

Ryan has spent the past 20 years working with reptiles and amphibians in professional capacity, including his current role the Animal Care Manager of Herps at Birds at Zoo Miami.  Ryan is an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking, boating, camping and he is a massive college football fan (Go Canes!). Ryan is also an Air Force Veteran and comes from a long, proud history of military members in his family.  Ryan has been involved with organizing the Venomous Herpetology Symposium and a huge asset to our team!


Jill Rials

Rattlesnake Solutions

Jill Rials began her involvement with reptiles as an exotic boa and python enthusiast over twenty years ago. Eventually, her focus shifted to the native reptiles and amphibians of the Sonoran Desert. She currently works for Rattlesnake Solutions, where she has worked for the last 6 years, assisting homeowners and unwanted reptiles to part ways unharmed.  Jill maintains a collection of 20 different snake species that she uses for education and outreach programs for Rattlesnake Solutions. Jill is also a member of the Montane Rattlesnakes Working Group.


Stephen Prior

Raging Bull Marketing

Stephen is a digital marketing expert and reptile enthusiast. He has helped grow companies rapidly through his expertise. He is also involved with several wildlife preservation organizations and is a graduate of our venomous training programs, where he first garnered interest in joining our team. Stephen joined the board to help grow the organization and promote our mission. His skills in digital marketing and networking are a great asset to our team!


Chase Pirtle

Venomous Instructor 

Ashton Biological Preserve

Chase is the Collections Manager for Ashton Biological Preserve, where he lives and spends most of his time. Chase has worked with The Rattlesnake Conservancy since 2015, and was one of the first instructors with our Executive Director to teach the Level 1 Venomous Handling Course. Chase has a lifelong passion for working with wildlife, especially reptiles and amphibians, with a particular fondness for gopher tortoises. He now assists our team by managing our current venomous collection until our new facility opens and as an instructor for our training courses.


Sean McKnight

Venomous Instructor

University of Florida

Sean is an avid field herper, knowledgeable venomous handling practitioner, passionate educator, and a graduate student at the University of Florida. He has volunteered with The Rattlesnake Conservancy for several years and helped with organizing fundraising events, outreach and education, and serving as an Assistant Instructor for our venomous handling training courses.


Jake Swisher

Venomous Instructor

Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation

Jake has been a part of our team for several years, having originally been an intern and eventually building his skillset to become a venomous handling instructor. Jake now works for the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation as a keeper and helps our team out as an Assistant Instructor when we need an extra hand. Fun fact, the facility he works at is home to Edgar, the largest eastern diamondback rattlesnake in captivity, coming in at just over 7 feet in length!


Dr. Ben Abo, D.O., MPH

Medical Director

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Research Committee and Working Group members


Harold Mitchell

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Research Committee

Eastern Diamondback Working Group


Kim Daly-Crews

The Rattlesnake Conservancy

Research Committee


Alec Jarboe

The Rattlesnake Conservancy

Research Committee



Montane Rattlesnakes Working Group

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Mark Margres, Ph.D

University of South Florida

Research Committee

Eastern Diamondback Working Group


Matt Goode, Ph.D

University of Arizona

Montane Rattlesnakes Working Group


Andy Holycross, Ph.D

Mesa Community College

Montane Rattlesnakes Working Group


Saunders Drukker

Ph.D student, Texas State University

Montane Rattlesnakes Working Group


Jo Anna Emanuel

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Working Group


Court Harding

Education and Outreach Committee



Michael Perry



Rachel Ross

Summer Camp Counselor



Rob Bright



Giselle Ashley