Leadership & Board

2023 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/Chief Operating Officer
Zoe Nieminen Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
Sam Rivera Vice President of Animal Health
Wednesdá L. Furman Vice President of Human Resources
Eric Hall Vice President of Facilities
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
Staci Wiech Senior Director of Education


Board of Directors
Meredith Cagigal  VP, Foodservice Strategy & Execution, North America Operating Unit  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
Tye Darland Senior Vice President, General Counsel Georgia-Pacific
Cindy Davis Shareholder Greenberg Traurig
Benna Deese Manager, Global Operations & Economic Mobility Ford Motor Company Fund
Mike Dickerson CEO ClickDimensions
Todd Ellis Principal & Mid-South Hub Advisory Market Leader KPMG
Andrew W. Evans Executive Vice President & CFO (Retired) Southern Company
Nick Franz Partner Ernst & Young LLP
Fran Forehand Executive Vice President, Power Delivery Georgia Power
Jerry Gahlhoff President & CEO Rollins, Inc.
Kathleen Goddard Community Leader Atlanta
Robert Holder Vice President Holder Properties
Dr. Duane Jackson Professor of Psychology/Chair of the Division of Science & Mathematics Morehouse College
Sonji Jacobs Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations Cox Enterprises
Lisa Laube President (Retired) Floor & Decor
Nathan Lewis President and CEO Security Capital Brokerage, Inc.
Suzanne Mitchell CEO SynergyGPS, LLC
David Moody President and CEO Moody Construction
William Nemetz Executive Vice President, PFS Investments Primerica, Inc.
Sunny Park  President  Global Sun Investments, Inc. 
Mary Clancy Peak Director of Organizational Agility Chick-fil-A
Deepak Raghavan Co-founder/Lecturer, Astronomy Manhattan Associates/Georgia State University
Caroline Reddington Senior VP, Regional Sales Executive, Central SE Region, Treasury Management Corporate & Institutional Banking PNC
DeRetta Cole Rhodes, PhD EVP, Chief Culture Officer Atlanta Braves
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
Tim Wilkerson Senior VP, Home Services The Home Depot


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
Celeste Bottorff VP (Retired) The Coca-Cola Company
Tony Brewer Owner Tony Brewer & Company
Meg Boyles Commercial & Middle Market Sustainability Consultant Truist
David Bueno Partner McKinsey & Company
David Calhoun Partner Morris, Manning & Martin
Dan Campbell Partner MSouth Equity Partners
Thomas Carroll President Homrich Berg
Bob Cortelyou SVP, Network Planning (Retired) Delta Air Lines
Randy Dalbey Partner (Retired) 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
Whitney Frank Community Leader Atlanta
James Garvie SVP HR, Total Rewards and Technology Southern Company
Hollis Gilliam Head, Equity Trading EARNEST Partners
Christian Given Vice President Stephens Inc. 
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
Ashley Heintz Partner Jones Day
Susanne Hodges Senior Vice President LocusTenens.com (a Jackson Healthcare Company)
Elizabeth Hood Senior Vice President Callan
Carli Huband Partner-in-Charge, Specialty Tax  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
Justin King Partner King & Spalding 
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy Partner Lawrence & Bundy, LLC
Patrick Lowther Partner Morris, Manning & Martin 
Peter McGaffigan Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager Wells Fargo
Michelle Merrill Associate Broker/Owner and Trainer Berkshire Hathaway Georgia Properties/Laughing Dog Farm
Molly Millard Director Cushman & Wakefield
Ward Morse SVP, Employee Benefit Practice Willis Towers Watson
Whitney Ott Partner Jackson Spalding
Bharath Parthasarathy Senior Director Slalom Consulting
Erica Qualls-Battey Area General Manager Marriott International
Brent Reid President and CEO Winter Construction
Dana Sample Director, Central Sales Delta Air Lines
Lia Santos Principal Mercer
Len Van Popering President Applause Innovation Group
Chris Willis Partner Troutman Pepper LLP