Genya is a native Floridian that originally moved to Key West in June 2000. She started her career at the Key West Aquarium as an educator and by 2004 she had moved up to Senior Aquarist. She has left and returned to Key West several times while following her career and has worked in varied education and animal care/training positions at Sea World Orlando, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens Tampa, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, and the Orlando Science Center. She is currently the Assistant Curator of the Key West Aquarium where she works closely with multiple facilities, non-profits, and government agencies to promote the conservation and awareness of our fragile coral reef and compromised marine ecosystems. She is a proud member of the Florida Keys Community College Marine Environmental Technology Program Advisory Board, mentor for the Gills Club (a non-profit promoting STEM education and marine science for teen girls), and a participant in the environmental outreach within our island community and youth.