Leadership & Board

2023 Zoo Atlanta Senior Leadership and Board of Directors

Raymond B. King President and Chief Executive Officer
Cary S. Burgess Senior Vice President, DEI, Government & 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
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 Chief Executive Officer Holder Properties
Dr. Duane Jackson Professor of Psychology/Associate Chair, Department of Psychology 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
Matthew Simon-Schumann Community Leader Atlanta
R. Scott Taylor, Jr. President and CEO Carter & Associates
Tim Wilkerson Senior VP, Home Services The Home Depot