Board of Trustees
Boards are charged with the governance of the nonprofit organization, making sure that it abides by ethical and legal standards in making its vision a reality.

To the Sacramento Community,

By now you have heard the shocking news that Sacramento Zoo Executive Director and CEO Mary Healy passed away in early August during a trip to Galapagos Islands. Our condolences go out to her husband Steve and the rest of Mary's family as they deal with this very personal tragedy. We are devastated by the loss of our Director, who was a Sacramento community leader and a personal friend to many of us. As the Board of Trustees, we are responsible for assuring continuity and accountability in the Zoo's operations – including animal care, visitor experience and fiscal stability. Here are the initial steps the Board of Trustees will be taking to make sure we meet that responsibility.

We have appointed Dr. Adrian Fowler as Acting Director. Dr. Fowler was the Zoo's Deputy Director and his background assures the Zoo will remain in good hands. He will be ably assisted by the Zoo’s very capable management team and Dr. Ray Wack, Zoo veterinarian.

Board President James Naify will be meeting with Zoo’s managers regularly for the foreseeable future as appropriate to review ongoing Zoo operations.

The Executive Committee has begun a review of the Society's needs and actions moving forward and will share its recommendations with the full Board at the August meeting, including actions to honor Mary and address the eventual search for a replacement.

We will do our very best to keep you informed in the coming days. Thank you for all your sympathy and support.

Jim Naify
Sacramento Zoological Society Board of Trustees

The reasons why people choose to serve on a nonprofit board of trustees are as diverse as the people on the board. Some of the reasons people may choose to serve include civic duty, charitable service, or personal interest in the organization’s cause.

Once an individual accepts a position on a board, they have inherently accepted certain fundamental responsibilities, in addition to a commitment of time and accountability to the organization. The key responsibility of the board is to monitor the organization on behalf of the members of the public that it serves; the board possesses ultimate legal responsibility for the organization.

The Sacramento Zoological Society (SZS) currently has 22 trustees on the board, including the Zoo’s director. Members may serve up to three three-year terms. The purpose of the Board of Trustees of the SZS is to set policy, govern and raise funds for the Sacramento Zoo in support of the Zoo’s mission.

Current Board Members

James Naify
James Naify

Owner/Beers Books, former
college professor
Jeff Raimundo
Jeff Raimundo
Vice President

Townsend Raimundo Besler & Usher (Political Consulting, PR and Public Affairs)
Kevin Barri
Kevin Barri

Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Charles J. DalldorfCharles J. Dalldorf

Government, Media &
Public Affairs Consulting,
Dalldorf Consulting
Starr W. Hurley
Starr W. Hurley
Past President
Community Volunteer
Dr. Adrian Fowler, BVSc, MRCVSDr. Adrian Fowler,
Acting Director
Sacramento Zoological Society
Board Member Jody UlichJody Ulich
City Representative
City of Sacramento, Director, Convention & Culture Services
Linda L. PriceLinda L. Price
Docent President
Retired; Docent Since 2007
Michael BroughtonMichael Broughton
President & CEO of Blanket Marketing Group
Nancy E. ColeNancy E. Cole
Investment Consultant,Western International Securities, Inc.
Jeffrey K. DorsoJeffrey K. Dorso
Managing Partner
Pioneer Law Group LLP
Steven JohnsonSteven G. Johnson
Commerical Banking
US Bank
Board Member Irwin KarpIrwin Karp
Productivity Consultant
Productive Time
Board Member MahleC. Emmett Mahle
Adjunct Professor
McGeorge School of Law
Lynn MatsudaLynn Matsuda
Senior VIce President
Bank Operations & Service
, Tricounties Bank
John W. OttoJohn W. Otto
Marketing/Business Development
Otto Construction
Jason RussellJason Russell, CPA
Fritz Russell, CPAs
Adham SbeihAdham Sbeih
President, Socotra Capital Trust Deed Investments
Susan SchoenigSusan Schoenig
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Elizabeth StallardElizabeth Stallard
Partner, Downey Brand, LLP
Mike TestaMike Testa
Senior Vice President
Convention Sales & Business Development
Jill M. TrainerJill M. Trainer, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSUS
Alan YeeAlan Yee, M.D.
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine


For more information about the Board of Trustees, please call (916) 808-5166.

Board Retreat 2012
Board Member Retreat 2012

Twilight Thursday, Summer 2012
Board Members at Twilight Thursday 2012

Dreamnight 2012
Board Members at Dreamnight 2012

Council Member Rob Fong at River Otter opening, September 7, 2011

 New river otter exhibit opening, September 7, 2011
Board at Otter opening

Board retreat. August 2011.
Board Members 8/11

Benefactor Evening, May 6, 2010
Board of Directors 5/6/10

Tall Wonders ribbon cutting, February 11, 2010
Board of Directors at Tall Wonders ribbon cutting 

 An Evening with Betty White, November 5, 2009
Board of Directors at an Evening with Betty White


Board Member Mahle
C. Emmett Mahle
Adjunct Professor
McGeorge School of Law

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