Leadership & Board

2024 Zoo Atlanta Senior Leadership, Board of Directors and Leadership Council

Raymond B. King President & Chief Executive Officer
Russell Jacobs Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Zoe Nieminen Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer
Cary S. Burgess Senior Vice President, DEI, Government & Community Affairs
Gina Ferrie, PhD Vice President, Collections and Conservation
Wednesdá L. Furman Vice President, Human Resources
Eric Hall Vice President, Facilities & Construction
Tomson Karivelil Vice President, Information Technology
Sam Rivera, DVM Vice President, Animal Health
Jennifer Smith Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives 
Shawn Whitman Vice President, Membership & Guest Experience
Staci Wiech Vice President, Education


Board of Directors
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
Mike Dickerson CEO Yottaa
Todd Ellis Principal & Mid-South Hub Advisory Market Leader KPMG
Andrew W. Evans Executive Vice President & CFO (Retired) Southern Company
Fran Forehand Senior Vice President, Transmission Georgia Power
Nick Franz Partner Ernst & Young LLP
Jerry Gahlhoff President & CEO Rollins, Inc.
Kathleen Goddard Community Leader Atlanta
Robert Holder Chief Executive Officer Holder Properties
Carli Huband National Specialty Tax Partner Aprio
Dr. Duane Jackson Professor of Psychology/Associate Chair, Department of Psychology Morehouse College
Sonji Jacobs Managing Partner Incisive
E. Jewelle Johnson VP, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Labor and Employment Counsel Graphic Packaging International
Lisa Laube President (Retired) Floor & Decor
Nathan Lewis President and CEO Security Capital Brokerage, Inc.
Kim Lyman AVP, Information Technology Norfolk Southern
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
Vijay Pinto Managing Director  Deloitte
Deepak Raghavan Co-Founder/Lecturer, Astronomy Manhattan Associates/Georgia State University
Caroline Reddington Head of Treasury Cadence Bank
DeRetta Cole Rhodes, PhD EVP, Chief Culture Officer Atlanta Braves
Mark Roberts Chairman Bentley Holdings
Gigi Rouland Community Leader Atlanta
Sarah Greenberg Sachs VP, Marketing, Growth Strategy & Innovation The Coca-Cola Company
Matthew Simon-Schumann Community Leader Atlanta
R. Scott Taylor, Jr. President and CEO Carter & Associates
Tim Wilkerson Senior VP, Home Services The Home Depot


2024 Leadership Council

Marc Azar

Tax Partner

Smith & Howard

Cutler Andrews

Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

Emory University

Cliff Baker

Founder/Chief Strategy Officer

CORL Technologies

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

Meg Boyles

Commercial & Middle Market Sustainability Consultant


David Bueno


McKinsey & Company

Meredith Cagigal

Head of Marketing, North America

SC Johnson Professional USA

David Calhoun


Morris, Manning & Martin

Carrie Campbell

Director of Institutional Markets

Winter Construction

Dan Campbell


MSouth Equity Partners

Thomas Carroll

CEO & 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


Smith, Gambrell & Russell

Anastasia Falconio

Chief Human Resources Officer

The Quikrete Companies

Keith Fleming

Managing Director and Head of the South Atlantic Market

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Whitney Frank

Community Leader


James Garvie

SVP HR, Total Rewards and Technology

Southern Company

Hollis Gilliam

Director, Equity Trading

EARNEST Partners

Christian Given

Vice President

Stephens Inc.

Steve Goodman

Managing Partner

Meeting Advice, An Etherio Company

Ashley Heintz


Jones Day

Susanne Hodges

Senior Vice President

LocusTenens.com (a Jackson Healthcare Company)

Elizabeth Hood

Senior Vice President


Steve Hughes

Senior Vice President (Retired)

CBRE Group, Inc.

Nancy Hunter

Community Leader 


Janin Hutcheson

Pilot (Retired)

Southwest Airlines

Candace Johnson

Vice President

Johnson Construction Services

Justin King


King & Spalding

Patrick Lowther


Morris, Manning & Martin

Peter McGaffigan

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Wells Fargo

Michelle Merrill

Associate Broker/Owner & Trainer

Berkshire Hathaway Georgia Properties/Laughing Dog Farm

Molly Millard


Cushman & Wakefield

Ward Morse

SVP, Employee Benefit Practice

Willis Towers Watson

Whitney Ott


Jackson Spalding

Addy Parker

Manager, Deloitte Consulting


Erica Qualls-Battey

Area General Manager – Atlanta

Marriott International

Lia Santos



Ryan Sheets

Wealth Manager

Sheets Smith Wealth Management

Christine Traubel

AVP Human Resources

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Len Van Popering


Applause Innovation Group

Chris Willis


Troutman Pepper LLP