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The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife and is committed to being a leader in the global effort to save animals in the wild. We are home to over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide the highest standard in animal care. Each year, we welcome over two million guests who come to experience our incredible animals and ecosystems, and through their admission ticket or membership, help us fund the protection efforts of the counterparts of every species at the Zoo, in the wild. Through guests visiting the Zoo, we support 49 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries around the world. We are proud to be the second most visited Zoo in the US, and the most-attended cultural attraction in the region.

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Our Mission

Connect communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision

Be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Guiding Principles
  • Be a Zoo for all.
  • Provide exemplary animal care, assuring outstanding animal welfare.
  • Provide engaging animal experiences.
  • Deliver a smart, fun, inspiring guest experience.
  • Be the leading environmental education resource in Texas.
  • Inspire broad community support and collaborations.
  • Change behaviors to help protect wildlife.
  • Create a workplace culture that embodies respect, empowerment, teamwork, and personal development.
  • Employ best business practices and sound financial management.
  • Ensure safety for guests, staff and the animals in our care.
  • Operate sustainably; set an example for others.

Board of Directors

Sami Ahmad

Sami Ahmad is the Chief Financial Officer at Trecora Resources LLC. He has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting. From 1991 through 1998 he held various positions with ARCO Chemical Company including financial analysis, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. From 1998 through 2006 he worked for Lyondell Chemical Company as Director of Investor Relations, Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Finance and Director of Corporate Development. In December of 2007 Lyondell Chemical Company was acquired by LyondellBasell Industries, and Mr. Ahmad continued to hold the position of Director of Corporate Development. From 2009 to 2011 he was Vice-President and Treasurer of Exterran. He then served as Chief Financial Officer for Southwest Water Company, Inc. for approximately 10 months. From July 2013 through August 2016, Mr. Ahmad served as the Chief Financial Officer and Board member for Armada Water Assets, Inc.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

E. William Barnett

E. William Barnett received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University and his LLB from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school he began his career with Baker Botts LLP. In 1984, he was elected managing partner of the firm and continued in that role for 14 years. In 1998 he moved into a senior counsel role until his retirement in 2004. He is a member (and former chairman) of the Baker Institute Advisory Board at Rice University. Bill served as chairman of the board of trustees of Rice University from 1996 to July 2005.   He is also a director of The Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine Advisory Board and the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance BoardHe is a trustee emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine and the Greater Houston Partnership and a Life Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. Barnett served as chairman of the task force which recommended, and the Houston City Council approved in 2002, the privatization of the operation of the Zoo. Barnett was elected the first chairman of the board of the private non-profit corporation, Houston Zoo, Inc., which now operates the Zoo. He continues to serve as Director Emeritus. 

Joe Cleary

Joe was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Temple University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Construction Technology, Joe moved to Houston to work for Harvey Construction Company. Joe is currently the Co-Chairman of Harvey.

Over the past 40 years, Joe has been involved in a number of not for profits and is currently on the boards of The Houston Zoo, Texas Children’s Hospital, The University of St. Thomas and The Salvation Army of Greater Houston.

Joe and Cathy have four children, John, Joe III, Randi and David, daughter-in-law, Brigid, son-in-law, Jeff and grandbabies, Tanner, Jack, Hayden and Caroline.

Joe and Cathy enjoy traveling, outdoor sports, volunteer work and spending time with family.

Josh Davidson

Josh Davidson is a senior partner at Baker Botts and handles a wide range of corporate and securities work and is recognized nationally for his expertise with master limited partnerships. Josh is Chair of the firm’s Houston Corporate Department, head of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Josh graduated from Yale University with a degree in history and received his JD from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association and serves on the board of trustees of the Houston Grand Opera and on the board of directors of The Center for Conservation Peacebuilding. 

Carlos de Aldecoa Bueno

Carlos de Aldecoa Bueno is the president of Cadeco Industries and Gulf Coast Distillers. His current civic and philanthropic engagements include Boys & Girls Country, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, East End Management District and the Young Presidents Organizations. De Aldecoa Bueno received his degree from the University of Houston.

Mike Dishberger

Mike Dishberger is the CEO and co-owner of Sandcastle Homes. He heads up the construction, purchasing and accounting operations of the company. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mike was a captain in the U.S. Army before and worked for several large national builders in Houston. He was recognized as the Texas Association of Builder Builder of the Year in 2016, Greater Houston Builders Association Builder of the Year in 2008, Bay Area Builder of the Year in 1988, Memorial Park Volunteer of the Year in 2015. He also serves on the University of Houston MBA Real Estate Advisory Board, Stages Theatre Board of Directors and the Alley Theatre Board of Directors.  

Jeff Dudderar

Jeff Dudderar is the Texas Regional Executive for Commercial & Global Wealth BBVA USA. Prior to joining BBVA USA, he spent eight years with Huntington National Bank and 12 years with Bank One in Ohio in a variety of positions including market manager, sales director, and credit risk manager. He has a bachelor’s and MBA from the University of Toledo.   

Anne Duncan

Anne Duncan is actively involved in numerous community organizations. In addition to the Houston Zoo, where she serves as Director Emeritus, Anne has served for many years on the board of DePelchin Children’s Center, including a term as chair of the board. She is a Life Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and currently is Vice-Chair of the Board.  She also serves on the Yellowstone Forever National Advisory Council, Emeritus Director of Baylor College of Medicine, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, The Duncan Fund, and the Shepherd Society at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 

Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards joined Natural Gas Partners (NGP) Energy Capital Management as a Managing Director in 2009 and serves as Partner of the NGP funds. He is a leading specialist in the natural resources industry with over 30 years of experience in the field. He also oversees the firm’s risk management activities in his role as the director of environmental, social & governance. Prior to joining NGP, Bob was the vice president of strategy at BP, a partner at McKinsey & Company and held roles at Brown and Root and Marathon Oil. He received his master’s in management and petroleum engineering at Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. 

Kerry Galvin

Ms. Galvin practiced law for more than 30 years, including 26 years as in-house counsel. She spent 18 years (1990-2008) with Lyondell Chemical Company, a publicly traded chemical company in the Fortune 200, based in Houston, TX. For the last eight of those years, she was an Executive Officer and General Counsel. From 2010-2015 she was an executive officer and General Counsel at Axip Energy Services LP, a privately held oil field services company, also based in Houston, Tx.  She then served as a consultant to Axip.

Ms. Galvin has more than 30 years of experience in managing legal and compliance matters and has worked extensively in corporate finance, risk management, securities law and corporate governance, including advising boards of directors. She has managed human resources, compliance, HSE, risk management, public relations and government affairs functions.

Ms. Galvin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Orion Engineered Carbons, a publicly traded company with executive offices in Houston, TX.

Ms. Galvin is a member of the Finance and Development Committees of the Houston Zoo. She is a member of the Smithsonian’s Houston Regional Council, Houston Public Media’s Affinity Council and the United Way of Houston’s Stay United Committee and Women’s Initiative.

Ms Galvin earned a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Amy C. Garrou

Dr. Amy Garrou is the Medical Director at Washington Heights Veterinary Clinic. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000 from Texas A&M University and obtained her diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a specialty in Canine and Feline Practice in 2008. She is a member of the Harris County Veterinarian Medical Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dr. Cullen K. Geiselman

Cullen K. Geiselman holds a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and an MA and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on seed dispersal and pollination by bats. Cullen has coauthored a book with botanists from the New York Botanical Garden entitled Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics and manages with Bat Eco-Interactions database online at 

Cullen currently lives in Houston, works with her family on business matters and philanthropy, and serves as the acting director and chair of the board of the Cullen Trust for Health Care. She also serves on the boards of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Houston Parks Board, Houston Advanced Research Center, Lone Star Coastal Alliance, and the Turtle Conservancy.  

Eureka Gilkey

Eureka Gilkey serves as executive director of Project Row Houses (PRH), an organization activating the intersections between art, historic preservation, affordable and innovative housing, community relations and development, neighborhood revitalization, and human empowerment. She also leads PRH Preservation, PRH’s sister nonprofit that serves to own, develop, improve, and operate affordable housing for low income persons living in Houston’s Third Ward.

Prior to joining PRH, Eureka served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the 57th Presidential Inaugural and as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. In 2009, President Obama appointed Gilkey as the White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Gilkey served in a variety of senior leadership positions for Obama for America 2008, EMILY’s List, NARAL and worked for several other progressive organizations including the AFL-CIO. Gilkey is a graduate of Howard University.

Robert Graham

Robert Graham is the retired chairman and co-founder of AIM Investments. Before joining the board of Houston Zoo, he served on the board of the Zoological Society of Houston. He also serves as a member of UT Health development board, UT System Chancellor’s Council executive committee, UT McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board, Prison Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board. A Houston native, Graham received a BS degree and MS degree in electrical engineering, and an MBA in finance, all from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Gillian A. Hobson

Gillian A. Hobson is a partner, management committee member and co-chair of the diversity council at the law firm of Vinson and Elkins. Her primary practice area is corporate finance and securities. She received her BA from Harvard University and her JD from the University of Houston Law Center. Gillian serves as a board member of the Houston Ballet and the Houston Zoo and previously served as a board member of the Houston Area Women’s Center. She is a member of the American Bar Association and Houston Bar Association.  

Tandra Jackson

Tandra Jackson is the Vice Chair of Growth & Strategy at KPMG LLP. She has over 25 years of professional experience across multiple industries, including energy and chemicals, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare. Her experience extends across a broad range of areas including business process improvement, systems selection and implementation, IT audit and governance, risk, and compliance. She is an MBA and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Tandra serves as KPMG’s Office Managing Partner for the Houston Major Market, is on the KPMG Foundation Board, KPMG African American Advisory Board and serves on the Nominating Committee for KPMG’s Board. Additionally, she is on several non-profit boards, including Ronald McDonald House of Houston, Houston Zoo, Central Houston, Women Corporate Directors Foundation and Greater Houston Partnership. 

Jill Jewett

Jill Jewett is the vice president and director of operations of the Finger Companies, a national independent developer of luxury multi-family properties. Prior to becoming involved in both the company’s management and development operations, she was president of Jewett Consulting, focusing on community-building projects and non-profit organizations. Jill holds a BA degree in Art History and American Studies from the University of Virginia and a MBA from Rice University. In addition to the Houston Zoo, she is currently on the boards of the Houston Parks Board and the Houston Independent School District Foundation, and on the advisory boards of the Glassell School of Art and the Shepherd Society at Rice University. 

Myrtle Jones

Myrtle Jones is the senior vice president of tax at Halliburton. In this role, she leads a 100-plus-employee global tax department responsible for tax compliance, planning, and accounting. She also serves as the executive sponsor of the Halliburton African American Network Forum. Myrtle serves on the boards of Stages Repertory Theatre, Dress for Success Houston, and on the Business School Advisory Boards of Prairie View A & M University and Mississippi State University. Myrtle holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Mississippi State University is a Certified Public Accountant. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Black Enterprise Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, the Diversity Council’s Diversity Leader of the Year of Award, Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award, and the Houston Business Journal’s Top 25 Women in Oil and Gas. 

Sanjay Kalavar

Sanjay Kalavar is a Senior Partner of global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Managing Partner for the Houston Office. He leads the firm’s Oil & Gas Practice in the Americas and focuses on helping energy operators and investors evaluate, acquire, improve, and exit assets. Sanjay began his career with McKinsey in 1997 but during a several year leave of absence, he worked as a private equity investor at General Atlantic Partners. He also worked in Peru for Technoserve, a not-for-profit firm focused on building agricultural businesses in the developing world. Sanjay has a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He previously served on the Board of Directors of KIPP Texas, coaches youth sports, and lives in Houston with his wife and four children

Peggy Kostial

Peggy Kostial is the senior managing director at Accenture and is responsible for leading the company’s business in its US Southwest region, which covers Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. She joined Accenture in 1986 and was promoted to managing director in 1996. Peggy is a member of the Accenture Foundation Board which focuses on grant origination, stewardship, and fulfilment. Additionally, she also sits on the boards of the Accenture Political Action Committee, Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management, SpringSpirit Baseball and Space Center Houston. She also served on the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. Peggy graduated from Vanderbilt University receiving a BS degree with concentrations in Mathematics and Chemistry.  She is an avid supporter of her native city and focuses her philanthropic efforts on promoting and bettering the community of Houston.

Jennifer Laporte

Jennifer Joseph Laporte graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She went on to receive an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute London and the University of Manchester. Prior to moving back to Houston to raise her family, she worked at Sotheby’s in trusts and estates and business development groups in both London and New York.

 She is an active member of the Associate Board at the Elkins Foundation. In addition, she has served on the Boards of A+ Challenge, Greater Houston Community Foundation and Breakthrough Houston as well as a variety of committees of other organizations. Jennifer is married to Chris and has three children, Christopher, Isabel, and Jack.

Claire Liu

Claire Liu retired as the head of corporate finance at LyondellBasell in 2015, after retiring as managing director/senior vice president at Bank of America in 2006. She holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University. She is the Chairman of the Finance Committee for Houston Grand Opera, serves on the Community Advisory Board and Finance Committee for SEARCH Homeless Services, and is an active volunteer at The United Way of Greater Houston.

Kelley Lubanko

Kelley Lubanko was raised in Houston and graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in English. She met her husband Steve when both worked at Mitchell Energy. She is the proud mom of two daughters, Kaia and Elise, and has three perfect grandchildren. Passionate about the arts, children’s causes and saving wildlife, Kelley currently serves on the boards of Children’s Assessment Center and Houston Ballet.

Kimberly McKay

Kimberly McKay is the managing partner of BKD, CPAs & Advisors.  She has over 25 years of experience providing audit, reimbursement and consulting services to health care organizations.  Kimberly is a member of the AICPA’s (American Institute of CPAs) Health Care Expert Panel, Chair of the AICPAs Health Care Revenue Recognition task force, Health Care Financial Management’s Principles and Practices Board and a member of the Not-For-Profit Advisory committee of the FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board).  She also serves a board member of the Theater District of Houston, and a past board member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliate Care and Pikes Peak Unity Way.  Kimberly graduated with a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Missouri.   

Stacy Methvin

Stacy Methvin has been the Chair of the Houston Zoo’s Board of Directors since July, 2016. She is also an Independent Director on four energy industry boards which include Pioneer Natural Resources, Magellan Midstream Partners, LLC, Marquard & Bahls AG based in Hamburg, Germany and xF Technologies. Stacy graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geological and Geophysical Sciences in 1979. During her 33-year career at Shell, she held various executive roles with increasing global responsibilities in the Upstream, Midstream, Refining and Chemical businesses before retiring in 2012.  

In addition to the Zoo, Stacy is a member of the Board of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, an Appointee to the Louisiana Governor’s Commission on Coastal Restoration and Protection, the former Chair of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, and a former Trustee for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. Stacy lives in Houston with her husband, Dee. In her spare time, she enjoys, skiing, triathlons, and spending time with family, friends, and wildlife all over the world. 

Clay Neff

Clay Neff is president of Chevron Middle East, Africa, South America Exploration and Production, based in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in these regions. Prior to this role he worked in various engineering, operations, commercial and management positions across the United States, Angola and Nigeria. Clay serves on the board of directors of the Council of Americas, the Corporate Council on Africa, among others. He is also a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and the Louisiana State University, College Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1984. 

Byron Pope

Byron Pope is vice president, ESG and Investor Relations at ChampionX, an energy solutions, equipment and technology company. He is a member of the ChampionX Executive Committee and the advisory board for the company’s African and African American Resource Group (Essence). He joined ChampionX in 2020, after a 26-year career in energy financial services, split between investment banking and investment management. Prior to joining ChampionX, Byron was a managing director and co-head of research at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., where he was also a member of the firm’s leadership council and the management committee of its parent company, Perella Weinberg Partners. Byron serves on the board of trustees and the RISE Council at Rice University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and managerial studies from Rice University, an MBA from Harvard University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jim Postl

Jim Postl is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company. 

Prior to Pennzoil, he served as president of Nabisco Biscuit Company from 1996 to 1998 and was president and chief executive officer of Nabisco International from 1994 to 1996.  Prior to Nabisco, Postl held a variety of management positions with PepsiCo, Inc. and Procter & Gamble Company.   

He currently serves on the boards of American Funds, Society for the Performing Arts, Houston Zoo, Holdsworth Governing Board, Greater Houston Partnership and Good Reason Houston.  He is past chairman of the national board of the American Heart Association and past chair of the AHA SouthWest Affiliate, and currently serving as chairman of Memorial Hermann Foundation and Foundation for Jones Hall.  He also serves on the Council of Overseers for Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. 

Alexandra “Alie” Pruner

Alexandra “Alie” Pruner is an independent director of Plains All American; NRG Energy; and Encino Acquisition Partners; and also serves as Senior Advisor to Houston-based investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and its parent company Perella Weinberg Partners, where she previously served as CFO. In addition to the Houston Zoo Board, Alie is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Defense Fund in Texas, as well as Chair of Brown University’s President’s Advisory Council on the Economics Department. She also founded the Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology. 

Ron Rand

Ron Rand is the President & CEO of Rand Group and has over 20 years’ experience in implementing ERP solutions for clients in distribution, construction, oil & gas, and the service industry. Prior to forming Rand Group, Ron served as the Partner-in-Charge, Technology Consulting for Hein + Associates LLP. Ron holds a BS, Accounting from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is a licensed CPA and has practical Microsoft Great Plains Application experience. He is an active participant and supporter of the Houston Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston, Houston Public Media, Houston Symphony and Alley Theater. He is also a past President of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners Houston Chapter and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs, and Microsoft Partner Advisory Council.

Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts is the executive vice president of midstream for Phillips 66. Roberts has more than 35 years of experience in strategy, operations, commercial, and joint ventures in the oil and gas and chemical industries. Prior to Phillips 66, Tim was executive vice president, Global Olefins and Polyolefins, for LyondellBasell. He began his career in sales and in 1987 joined Phillips Petroleum, where he held positions in sales, marketing, and corporate planning. Tim has previously served on the Houston Food Bank board of directors. He has a BS in marketing from Ball State University. 

Bas Solleveld

Bas Solleveld is managing director and co-manager of CIBC Private Wealth Management’s Houston office. In this role, he works with clients and their advisors to develop and implement investment and asset allocation strategies. Bas is also a member of CIBC Private Wealth Management’s Multi-Manager Investment Committee. Prior to joining the Houston office in 2012, Bas directed the firm’s private equity and real estate investment platforms. Bas was the vice chair of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership board. Bas and his wife, Courtney, have chaired the Zoo’s Ambassador Gala and Bas chairs the Asante and Investment Committees at the zoo. He earned a BA degree from Franklin & Marshall College. 

Macey Reasoner Stokes

Macey Reasoner Stokes is a partner and chair of the appellate practice group of Baker Botts LLP.  She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and earned her J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law.  

Macey serves as President of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, a Trustee and past President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association.  She previously served as Chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and as a board member of the Society for the Performing Arts and the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston. 

Molly Voorhees

Molly Voorhees is the President of Becks Prime and Chocolate Bar. Molly is recognized for developing clear vision, thinking strategically, and changing systems and practices to improve business results. In addition, she is known for her ability to analyze and quickly respond to changing business environment, make recommendations, and build support for necessary action from diverse stakeholders. She has a history of establishing long-term, productive business relationships and raising funds to build businesses and nonprofit organizations. Molly has a BA from Middlebury College and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has served on the St. John’s School and Breakthrough boards and currently serves on the Houston Zoo Board and UTMB Development Board. Molly is married to Coert and has two children, Annie and Dayton. 

Cynthia Walker

Cynthia Walker serves as an independent director of Sempra Energy.  She also previously served as senior vice president of marketing, midstream operations and development at Occidental Petroleum Corporation. She led Occidental’s crude oil and natural gas marketing efforts and midstream operations. Prior to this role, Cynthia served as senior vice president of strategy and development at Occidental and executive vice president and CFO. Prior to joining Occidental, she was a managing director in investment banker with Goldman Sachs, where she worked for over 12 years. She received her BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.  

Randa Duncan Williams

Ms. Williams is the Chairman of Enterprise Products Holdings LLC.  In addition, she serves as Chairman of Enterprise Products Company, Chairman & President of the Dan L Duncan Foundation, and Chairman of Texas Monthly, LLC.  Prior to joining Enterprise in 1994, Randa practiced law with Brown, Sims, Wise & White and Butler & Binion. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her JD from the University of Houston Law Center. Randa also serves as Secretary and Director of The Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation and The Alkek and Williams Foundation.  She is on the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal High School Endowment Fund and the River Oaks Baptist School Endowment Fund, and she is an actively involved member on the boards of Houston Museum of Natural Science, Episcopal High School, and Rice University.   

Austin Young

Austin Young has served as a director of Insperity, Inc., Tower Group International, Ltd. and Amerisafe, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of CellStar Corporation until his retirement. Austin holds an accounting degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Houston and state chapters of the Texas Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, and Financial Executives International. He has previously held leadership roles on the Houston Ballet Foundation board, The Park People board, the Alley Theater board, Houston Fire Museum board, and ESCAPE Family Resource Center. 

Contacting the Houston Zoo

Main Phone: 713-533-6500

Lee Ehmke, Chief Executive Officer
Sheryl Kolasinski, Chief Operating Officer
Jeri Nordbrock, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Marie Avendano, Vice President, Animal Operations
Nick Espinosa, Vice President, Development
Kristin Finney, Vice President, Human Resources
Trazanna Moreno, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Peter Riger, Vice President, Conservation and Education

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