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Meet Our Leadership Team

Tara Stoinski, Ph.D.

PRESIDENT & CEO/CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER,
ATLANTA, GA

Marcie Beskind

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER,
ATLANTA, GA

Beth A. Warner

CHIEF PHILANTHROPY OFFICER,
ATLANTA, GA

Urbain Ngobobo, MSc

DIRECTOR, CONGO PROGRAMS,
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Felix Ndagijimana, MSc

Director, Rwanda Programs 

Veronica Vecellio, MSc

GORILLA PROGRAM SENIOR ADVISOR & REGIONAL PR DIRECTOR, RWANDA

Escobar Binyinyi

DATA BASE PROGRAM MANAGER, Democratic republic of the congo

Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D.

SENIOR MANAGER OF PRIMATE RESEARCH,
RWANDA 

Hilary Hilsabeck

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, RWANDA

Jean Pierre “Samedi” Mucyo

GORILLA Program Manager

Raymond Tokunda 

GORILLA Program Manager

Deogratias Tuyisingize, Ph.D.

BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH PROGRAM MANAGER, RWANDA

Guillain Mitamba

Nkuba Base Manager

Shannon McFarlin

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS MANAGER AND SENIOR SCIENTIST

Paul Kazaba

Research Scientist

Board Members

Kristen Lukas, Ph.D. (Chair)
DIRECTOR, CONSERVATION AND SCIENCE, CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO

Lee Ehmke (Vice Chair)
PRESIDENT AND CEO, HOUSTON ZOO

Diane Brierley (Secretary)
CONSERVATIONIST

Dennis J. O’Malley (Treasurer)
STRATEGY CONSULTANT

Mark Penning, BVSc (At Large)
VICE PRESIDENT: DISNEY’S ANIMALS, SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT, WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS U.S.

Sophie W. Bryan, Ph.D. (At Large)
CONSERVATIONIST

Daniel L. Sullivan, Ph.D. (Immediate Past Chair)
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, EMERITUS QUALCOMM INCORPORATED

Mariel Aguirre
CONSERVATIONIST

Lawrence J. Ellison
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, ORACLE CORPORATION

William L. Evans
VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (RETIRED), DALLAS ZOO

Debbie S. Goellnitz
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, LANSOLUTIONS LLC

Susan McClellan
SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL EXECUTIVE BOARD AND TREASURER

Hayley W. Murphy, DVM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO, DETROIT ZOO

Allyson Park
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, WALMART

Dennis E. Pate
PRESIDENT AND CEO (RETIRED) OMAHA’S HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM

Philip V. Petersen
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT BROOKFIELD COMMUNITIES, INC.

Dante T. Pride
FOUNDING PARTNER, THE PRIDE LAW FIRM

Jhanvi Shriram
CEO, KRIKEY!

Alexis Stein
CONSERVATIONIST

Michael J. Turton
PARTNER, KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON LLP

David S. Singer
VP & GM, PUBLIC SECTOR, PARAVISION

Sigourney Weaver (Honorary Chair)
ACTOR AND CONSERVATIONIST

Mary G. Smith (Emeritus)
SENIOR EDITOR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (RET.)

Nickolas L. Faust (Emeritus)
SENIOR RESIDENT SCHOLAR, CENTER FOR SPATIAL PLANNING ANALYTICS AND VISUALIZATION , GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Glenn L. Felner (Emeritus)
BUSINESSMAN AND RWANDA ADVOCATE

William R. Foster, DVM (Emeritus)
PRESIDENT AND CEO, BIRMINGHAM ZOO

Judith C. Harris (Emeritus)
CONSERVATIONIST AND CITIZEN

Richard A. Horder (Emeritus)
PARTNER, KAZMAREK MOWREY CLOUD LASETER LLP

Terrance Harps (Emeritus)
CHAIRMAN AND CEO, GLOBAL CONCESSIONS, INC.

Terry L. Maple, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
CONSULTANT AND FORMER ZOO DIRECTOR

The Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave (Emeritus)
SENIOR JUDGE, U.S. COURT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Sandra L. Price (Emeritus)
PHILANTHROPIST AND CONSERVATIONIST

Clare Richardson (President Emeritus)
THE DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND