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Aquarium Promotes Outstanding Employees

Angie Leary, named North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher business manager in March.

Joanna Zazzali, named visitor and member services coordinator in April.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher recently promoted two outstanding employees; Angie Leary, named business manager in March, and Joanna Zazzali, named visitor and member services coordinator in April. As business manager, Leary’s primary responsibilities will be to oversee the Aquarium budget and serve as the controller and business liaison between the Aquarium and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Leary, a North Carolina native, started working at the Aquarium in 1999 in human resources. She worked in various positions for the State of North Carolina over the last 20 years. “I truly enjoy the challenges that come with this position, as well as being able to work with such a great team of people on a daily basis,” said Leary. “It is very rewarding to be part of an organization that strives to inspire others to be good stewards of our environment and surroundings.” Leary lives in Wilmington with her husband and 9-year-old daughter. Zazzali’s promotion to visitor and member services coordinator came in mid-April. She coordinates all employees in guest services and security, as well as oversees admission and group reception. Zazzali first joined the Aquarium staff as a cashier in 2008 and was promoted to registrar in 2010. She previously worked in guest/visitor service positions at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and a large resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. Zazzali earned a degree from Frostburg State University and resides in Carolina Beach.
“It’s an honor to be part of the Aquarium’s vision and offer our visitors an opportunity to share in the excitement and wonder of our Aquarium,” said Zazzali.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: