Leadership & Board

2021 Zoo Atlanta Senior Leadership, Board of Directors and Leadership Council

Raymond B. King President and Chief Executive Officer
Cary S. Burgess Senior Vice President of Operations, Guest Services and Community Affairs
Russell Jacobs Chief Financial Officer
Zoe Nieminen Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
Marci Creath Vice President of Human Resources
Eric Hall Vice President of Facilities
Michelle Kolar Vice President of Education
Jennifer Mickelberg Vice President of Collections and Conservation
Jennifer Smith Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives 
Shawn Whitman Vice President of Membership and Guest Experience
Richard Hezlep Senior Director of Marketing
Tomson Karivelil Senior Director of Technology


Board of Directors
Meredith Cagigal  Marketing Asset Director, Central Region   The Coca-Cola Company
Bill Cary Chief Investment Officer Georgia Division of Investment Services
Beth Kytle Chandler Managing Director, Wealth Advisor Cresset
James Cheeks Owner Fortas Homes and Fortas Realty
Shan Cooper Executive Director Atlanta Committee for Progress
Tye Darland Senior Vice President, General Counsel Georgia-Pacific
Cindy Davis Shareholder Greenberg Traurig
Benna Deese Manager of Global Community Development  Ford Motor Company Fund
Mike Dickerson CEO ClickDimensions
Andrew W. Evans Senior Advisor to the CEO Southern Company
Nick Franz Partner Ernst & Young LLP
Ron Frieson Chief Operating Officer Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Fran Forehand Senior Vice President of Power Delivery Georgia Power
Kathleen Goddard Community Leader Atlanta
Dr. Duane Jackson Division Chair and Professor of Psychology Morehouse College
Sonji Jacobs Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations Cox Enterprises
Lisa Laube President Floor & Decor
Nathan Lewis President and CEO Security Capital Brokerage, Inc.
Richard McPhail Chief Financial Officer The Home Depot
William Nemetz Executive Vice President, PFS Investments Primerica, Inc.
Michael Paul Executive Compensation Director UPS
Erica Qualls-Battey Area General Manager Marriott International
Deepak Raghavan Co-founder and Director/Adjunct Professor Manhattan Associates/Georgia State University
John Ripoll Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Southeast Region Wells Fargo Private Bank
Mark Roberts Chairman Bentley Holdings
Gigi Rouland Community Leader Atlanta
Lovette Russell Senior Consultant Coxe Curry & Associates
Matthew Simon-Schumann Community Leader Atlanta
R. Scott Taylor, Jr. President and CEO Carter & Associates


Leadership Council
Marc Azar Tax Partner Smith & Howard
Jorge Bazan Principal/Director of Design Flux Architecture
Eddy Benoit Jr.  President and CEO The Benoit Group
Rebecca Bily Wealth Advisor Associate Cresset Capital
Celeste Bottorff VP (Retired) The Coca-Cola Company
Tony Brewer Owner Tony Brewer & Company
David Calhoun Partner Morris, Manning & Martin
Dan Campbell Partner MSouth Equity Partners
Thomas Carroll President Homrich Berg
Jennifer Castanet Vice President of Marketing Cedar CX Technologies
Bob Cortelyou SVP, Network Planning (Retired) Delta Air Lines
Randy Dalbey Partner Chilivis, Grubman, Dalbey & Warner
Sandra Edwards Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor Merrill Lynch 
John Ethridge Partner Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Anastasia Falconio Chief Human Resources Officer Quikrete Holdings
Tara Flickinger Partner ON Partners
James Garvie SVP HR, Total Rewards and Technology Southern Company
Hollis Gilliam Head, Equity Trading EARNEST Partners
Steve Goodman Managing Partner MeetingAdvice, An Etherio Company
Jodie Guest PhD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair Rollins School of Public Health and School of Medicine, Emory University
Susanne Hodges Senior Vice President LocusTenens.com (a Jackson Healthcare Company)
Justin Honaman Head, Worldwide Consumer Products Business Development Amazon Web Services
Elizabeth Hood Senior Vice President Callan Associates
Carli Huband Partner-in-Charge, R&D Tax Credits  Aprio
Steve Hughes Senior Vice President (Retired) CBRE Group, Inc. 
Nancy Hunter Director of Marketing and Communications MedShare
Janin Hutcheson Pilot (Retired) Southwest Airlines
Candace Johnson Community Leader Atlanta
Michelle Sloan Jones Chief External Affairs Officer MMI
Justin King Partner King & Spalding 
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy Partner Lawrence & Bundy, LLC
Patrick Lowther Partner Morris, Manning & Martin 
Dave Mathews Partner Sterling Seacrest Pritchard
Peter McGaffigan Managing Director Wells Fargo
Shea Meddin Executive Director Cushman & Wakefield
Michelle Merrill Associate Broker/Owner and Trainer Berkshire Hathaway Georgia Properties/Laughing Dog Farm
Ward Morse SVP, Employee Benefit Practice Willis Towers Watson
Whitney Ott Partner Jackson Spalding
Bharath Parthasarathy Deputy General Counsel, Legal Affairs Georgia State University
Mary Clancy Peak Director, Organizational Agility Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Brent Reid President and CEO Winter Construction
Andy Roberts Principal Cresa
Kenneth Saffold Director BlackRock
Dana Sample Director, Central Sales Delta Air Lines
Marc Schneidau COO and Client Portfolio Manager Silvant Capital Management
Holly Sims Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Georgia Banking Company
Don Wilson Partner and Chief Investment Officer Brightworth