The Birmingham Zoo is pleased to introduce new members and welcome back former members to the Board of Directors and the Board Officers for the 2014 year. The Board is composed of twenty professionals in the Birmingham area, who share the Zoo’s belief in “Inspiring Passion for the Natural World.” The Board welcomes three new members this year including Jack Darnall, Nancy Goedecke and Thomas E. Sisson. The 2014 Board Officers are Jesse Vogtle, Jr., Chairman, Wally Nall, III, Vice Chairman, James Priester, Treasurer, Cissy Jackson, Secretary and Robin Sparks Davis, Immediate Past Chairman. The newly announced Board of Directors are Robert Aland, Minda Riley Campbell, Leigh Collier, Jack Darnall, Nancy Goedecke, Gaynell H. Hendricks, Anna B. James, Randall Jordan, Sandy Logan, David Loper, Laura Pitts, Oliver L. Robinson, Jr., Thomas E. Sisson, Dalton Smith and Steven R. Spencer. Paving the way in providing insight and innovative ideas as the Zoo moves towards the future is part of the board’s progressive goal. “All of these individuals are dedicated to the success of the Zoo and inspiring passion for the natural world. I am grateful for their continued support and enthusiasm for the livelihood of one of Alabama’s must-see attractions,” says Dr. William R. Foster, President and CEO of the Birmingham Zoo.
In addition to the Board of Director’s, the Zoo’s new Junior Board has backgrounds ranging from banking and finance to photography and real estate, and they all share a passion for the Zoo and its continued success. The officers are Julie Herring, President, Erin Donohoo, President Elect, Bryan Coleman, Secretary, Stephen Armstrong, Treasurer and Stacey Morales, Past President, Advisor. The members are Ambre Amari, Jay Anderson, Kris Anderson, Bettina Boateng, Austin Davis, Lauren DeMoss, Joey DuMontier, Raymond Harbert Jr., Amanda Hawkins, Matt Hottle, Bobbi Jones, Emily Jordan, Madison Merrill, Laura Montgomery, Amy O’Brien, Javan Patton, Joseph Welden and Whitney Wright.
Approximately 800 animals of 200 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos and endangered species from six continents. The Birmingham Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Regular admission is $14 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and children ages 2-12. All Birmingham Zoo Members and children under two-years-old receive free admission.