Duluth, MN (KDAL) - The Lake Superior Zoological Society will soon have a new C-E-O. Current Chief Executive Sam Maida, who announced his impending departure earlier this year, says the society has hired Dawn Mackety to take over the post. It’s expected that Mackety will assume her new duties in early November, at which time Maida will step down. Maida says he’s optimistic about the zoo’s future, noting that Mackety has an impressive background that is well suited for this job. The Ph.D. currently serves as the Director of Research, Data and Policy at the National Indian Education Association in Washington D.C. Off the job Mackety is a certified instructor for kayak, canoe and archery and has been working with the Girl Scouts for 25 years.