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.
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
Owner/Beers Books, former
Townsend Raimundo Besler & Usher (Political Consulting, PR and Public Affairs)
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
|Charles J. Dalldorf
Government, Media &
Public Affairs Consulting,
Starr W. Hurley
|Dr. Adrian Fowler,
Sacramento Zoological Society
City of Sacramento, Director, Convention & Culture Services
|Linda L. Price
Retired; Docent Since 2007
President & CEO of Blanket Marketing Group
|Nancy E. Cole
Investment Consultant,Western International Securities, Inc.
|Jeffrey K. Dorso
Pioneer Law Group LLP
|Steven G. Johnson
|C. Emmett Mahle
McGeorge School of Law
Senior VIce President
Bank Operations & Service
Group, Tricounties Bank
|John W. Otto
|Jason Russell, CPA
Fritz Russell, CPAs
President, Socotra Capital Trust Deed Investments
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Partner, Downey Brand, LLP
Senior Vice President
Convention Sales & Business Development
|Jill M. Trainer, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSUS
|Alan Yee, M.D.
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine
For more information about the Board of Trustees, please call (916) 808-5166.
Board Retreat 2012
Twilight Thursday, Summer 2012
Council Member Rob Fong at River Otter opening, September 7, 2011
New river otter exhibit opening, September 7, 2011
Board retreat. August 2011.
Benefactor Evening, May 6, 2010
Tall Wonders ribbon cutting, February 11, 2010
An Evening with Betty White, November 5, 2009