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Zoo Board, Officers and Key Staff

Key Staff of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

President and CEO  Tom Stalf
Chief Finance Officer Greg Bell
Senior Vice President Animal Care and Conservation Lewis Greene
Senior Vice President, Zoombezi Bay
John Gannon
Senior Vice President, Planning and Design - Terri Kepes

Governing Boards

The Columbus Zoological Park Association is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. It has a one hundred twenty-five member Association Board that meets quarterly. The twenty - two member Board of Directors meets monthly to oversee the operations of the Zoo. The tax levy receipts received by the Zoo are administered by a public Appointed Board that consists of eighteen members. Six members are designated by the City of Columbus, six by the Franklin County Commissioners and six by the Columbus Zoological Park Association.

Columbus Zoo Appointed Board *

 President - Philip Pikelny, Dispatch Printing Company
Vice President - Chad Jester, Nationwide Insurance
Secretary- Craig Marshall, Ernst and Young LLP
Treasurer - James Balthaser, Thompson Hine LLP

Columbus Zoo Appointed Board Members*

James Balthaser, Thompson Hine LLP
TaKeysha Sheppard Cheney, Franklin County Representative, The Women’s Book
Joseph W. Donovan, M.D., Zoo Association Representative, Riverside Hospital
Jolene K. Hickman, City of Columbus Representative, JP Morgan Chase Bank NA
Chad Jester, City of Columbus Representative, Nationwide
John J. Kulewicz, City of Columbus Representative, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
Craig Marshall, Ernst and Young LLP
Bernard F. Master, D.O., Franklin County Representative
Tim R. May, Zoo Association Representative, JP Morgan Chase Bank NA
Sean Mentel, Franklin County Representative, Kooperman Gillespie Mentel Ltd
Bonnie Milenthal, Franklin County Representative, The Milenthal-DelGrosso LLC
Philip Pikelny, Zoo Association Representative, Dispatch Printing Company
Michael Reese, City of Columbus Representative, City of Columbus
Susan D. Rector, City of Columbus Representative, Ice Miller LLP
Charles A. Rodenfels, AIA, Zoo Association Representative, Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton, Inc.
Mary Rose, Franklin County Representative, Community Volunteer
Keith Shumate, City of Columbus Representative, Squire Sanders (US) LLP
Robert D. Weisman, Franklin County Representative, Ice Miller LLP

Columbus Zoo Board of Directors*

Immediate Past Chairperson - Timothy R. May, JP Morgan Chase NA
Chairperson - Philip Pikelny, Dispatch Printing Company
Vice Chairperson - Chad Jester, Nationwide Insurance
Secretary - Craig Marshall, Ernst and Young LLP
Treasurer - James Balthaser, Esquire, Thompson Hine LLP
President and CEO (non-voting)Tom Stalf

Columbus Zoo Board of Directors Members*

James N. Baird, Jr., M. D., Past President, Ex-Officio
Robert J. Carpenter III, Fisher Board Fellow
Scott Caine, Chairperson, Philanthropy Committee, GroundWork Group
Kenneth L. Cooke, Past President, Ex-Officio, Intermedix Corporation
Sally Curley, Member at Large, Cardinal Health
Joseph W. Donovan, M.D., Chairperson, Conservation & Collection Management Committee,
 Riverside Hospital
William T. Grové, Member At Large, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Thomas J. Heiby, Chairperson, Marketing Committee, FraizierHeiby
Courtney Howard Hodapp, Member at Large, JP Morgan Chase
Robin Holderman, Member At Large, Columbus Regional Airport Authority
William L. Hoy, Past President, Ex-Officio, Columbus Sign Company
Gilman D. Kirk, Jr., Past President, Ex-Officio, Community Volunteer
Kathy Koblentz, Past President, Ex-Officio, Community Volunteer
John J. Kulewicz, Past President, Ex-Officio, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
James E. Kunk, Past President, Ex-Officio, Huntington National Bank
Gary J. Marcinick, Member At Large, Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc.
Craig Marshall, Chairperson, Audit Committee, Ernst & Young LLP
John Matesich, Member At Large, Community Volunteer
Robert Powers, Member At Large, American Electric Power
Susan Rector, Past President, Ex-Officio, Ice Miller, LLP
Keith Sanders, Member at Large, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
J. Randall Schoedinger, Member At Large, Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service
Blaine T. Sickles, Trustee Emeritus, Past President, Ex-Officio, Community Volunteer
Eric Smolenski, Member At Large, Worthington Industries
Joseph Stegmayer, Past President, Ex-Officio, Cavco Industries, Inc.
William C. Wolfe, Jr., Past President, Ex-Officio, Community Volunteer
Connie R. Woodburn, Past President, Ex-Officio, Cardinal Health
The Honorable Michael B. Coleman (Ex-Officio), Mayor, City of Columbus
The Honorable Andrew Ginther (Ex-Officio), President, Columbus City Council
Alan McKnight (Ex-Officio), Director, City of Columbus
 Recreation & Parks Department 
The Honorable Marilyn Brown (Ex-Officio), President, Franklin County Commissioners

Columbus Zoological Park Association Board

Larry Abbott, Aquatic Adventures Ohio, LLC
Michqua Alcott-Allen, Marburn Academy
Carol Allerding, Experience Columbus
Ted L. Altenburg, Merrill Lynch
Carol J. Andreae, Crossroads Coaching
Stanford Apseloff, Ohio Distinctive Software, Inc.
Vanessa Arnold, Paralegal/Tax Preparation
Teresa Tykodi Berliner, American Electric Power
Arthur G.H. Bing, M.D., Arthur G.H. Bing, M.D., Inc.
Diana Blessing, graphicAwards
Thomas E. Bogen, Community Volunteer
Donald L. Burton, D.V.M., Animal Care Unlimited
Laura Byrne, Byrne and Byrne LLP
John Cadwallader, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Thomas F. Calhoon, Prudential Calhoon Co.
Brian C. Campbell, KPMG LLP
Tom Carpenter, Columbus Mitsubshi
Mark Chambers, Keller Williams Consultants Realty
James J. Chester, Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, LLP
Susan Conrad, Community Volunteer
Ida Copenhaver, Community Volunteer
Colby Crall, The Columbus Dispatch
Larry L. Dill, Community Volunteer
Norma J. Dodge, Community Volunteer
William Ehrgood, Columbus Division of Fire
Ezra C. Escudero, Skylight Financial Group
Catherine L. Ferrari, Ohio Bureau Workers Compensation
Ann T. Gallagher, Gallagher Consulting Group
Ronald L. Geese, The Geese Group LLC
Christopher Godley, Hylant Group
William A. Goldman, Goldman and Braunstein, LLP
Theresa Harris, Blackwell Consulting Services of Ohio, LLC
John Haseley, Midwest Gateway Partners
Jeffrey Hastings, US Bank
James C. Henry, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
Uri Holmes, III, Preferred Capital Management
Nikhil Hunshikatti, The Columbus Dispatch
Gordon J. Jablonka, Aquatic Adventures Ohio, LLC
Ray Ayton Jones, The Jones Company of America
Brian Klopfer, Sussex Mortgage Company
Edward G. Klopfer, Sussex Mortgage Company
George Kun, George Kun Travel and Incentives
Christian E. Laver, Christian Laver & Associates
Subha Lembach , Franklin County Juvenile Justice Community Planning Institute
Benito Lucio, Jr., Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Douglas Lumpkin, Ohio Secretary of State’s Office
Kathleen A. MacGhee, Community Volunteer
Annie Marsico, City of Columbus
Laura Stehle Matney, President, Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
James W. McGuire, Esquire, Attorney-at-Law, Trustee Emeritus
R. Brian Moore, Cardinal Health
Allison Neumann, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
Edwin L. Overmyer, Community Volunteer
Michael A. Petrecca, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Edmund J. Reinhard, CPA, Crowe Horwath LLP
Janis Rosenthal, Thompson Hine LLP
Susmita Sadana, The Ohio State University
Anita Scalf, Docent Liaison
Susan Scherer, Community Volunteer
Richard Shank, Community Volunteer
Steven P. Shepard, PNC Bank
Jon Shrioma, D.V.M., MedVet
Lewis R. Smoot, Jr., The Smoot Corporation
Jill Snyder, Metro Parks
Thomas M. Stockdale, Community Volunteer
Hon. Anne Taylor, Judge, Franklin County Municipal Court
Michelle Ulery, Right Way SCS
Michael J. Voinovich, CPA, SS&G Financial Services
Ronald L. Waterman, Interstate Gas Supply, Inc.
Bobbie Weiler, Community Volunteer
Charles M. Wharton, Community Volunteer
Camille Wimbish, Ohio Voice
Norina V. Wolfe, Community Volunteer
Clyde Woodburn, Community Volunteer
John E. Zimmerman, Community Volunteer

Zoo Ambassadors

Jamie Baird, Parallel Technologies
Michael H. Goldberg, RITERug
Dennis J. Kozlowski, Community Volunteer
Robert Mauck, Community Volunteer
Michael Moore, Community Volunteer
Ronald Rotaru, Community Volunteer
Mark D. Senff, Esquire, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Ronald L Waterman, Interstate Gas Supply Inc.
Nathan P. Wymer, Nationwide
* Also members of Association Board