Leadership and Board of Directors

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.

Strategic Leadership

Kevin Mills

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jack Higgins

Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

Courtenay B. Lewandowski

Chief Advancement Officer

Jason Oddo

Chief Financial Officer

Amie Yam-Babinchak

Chief Marketing Officer

Brian Brasher

Director of Capital Projects and Facilities

Barrett Christie

Director of Animal Care

Kevin Kampwerth

Creative Director

Lauren McDaniel

Director of Guest Services

Sara McDonald, Ph.D.

Director of Conservation

Paul Nunez

Director of Team Development and Culture

Brian Thill

Director of Education

Jamie Torres, DVM

Director of Veterinary Care

Board of Directors

Jonathan M. Zucker

President, The InterTech Group

Jessica Brewer

Vice Chair
President & CEO, 3Together, Inc.

John A. Hill

Vice Chair
Founder, First Reserve Corporation

J. Donald Higgins

Treasurer and Director Emeritus
Former Executive, Harris Bank and Bank of Montreal

Mason Holland

Member at Large

Tom Wright

Vice Treasurer
Former Vice Chair, BMO Capital Markets

Valerie Howell

Principal, Planet+Purpose Solutions

Fred Baker

Attorney at Law, Motley Rice

Dan Battista

Executive Vice President and Southeast Regional Leader, Lowe

W. Melvin Brown, M.D.

Former Commander, United States Navy
Board of Trustees, Medical University of South Carolina

Rongrong Chen, Ph.D.

Tenured Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, The University of Toledo, OH

Anne W. Cleveland

Former Executive Director, Charleston Library Society
Former History and English Teacher, Charleston Day School

Larry Colshan

Director Emeritus
Retired Boeing Facilities Director

Robert C. Crawford III

President, Renaissance South Construction, Co.

John Danahy

Director Emeritus
Former Chairman, May Department Stores International

Pedro De Armas

Editor-in-Chief, El Informador

Suzanne Dickerson

Director, SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance
South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

Steve Durkee

Fishery Management Specialist, NOAA National Marine Fishery Service

Steve Gray

CFO, Asten Johnson

W. Andrew Gowder, Jr.

Lawyer and Partner, Austen and Gowder, LLC

Lee Hurzeler

Director, Boeing South Carolina Site & Enterprise Program Management / Construction Management Office | Facilities & Asset Management

Marcus Jones

Director, Quality Management Office, Aflac Group

Sandy Khan

Insurance Agent, State Farm

Danny Kassis

VP Customer Relations and Renewables, Dominion Energy

Palmer E. Krantz, III “Satch”

Former CEO, Riverbanks Zoo

Harry Lesesne

Executive Director, Darla Moore Foundation

Stacie Marksbury

The Marksbury Family Foundation

Judge Daniel E. Martin, Jr.

South Carolina Judicial Branch

Gary McLaurin

CEO, Allegiance Industries

Guy Maurice Meares, III “Tripp”

Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo

Dominique Milton

President & CEO, Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC)

Lars Munson

Founder and Portfolio Manager, Tibor Capital Management LLC

Michael Naioti

Relationship Manager, Vice President, TD Bank

Joel Neale

Global Sales Director, Ingevity

William M. Patterson, Ph.D.

US Diplomat

Cara J. Richard

Community Volunteer

Susan Rohr

Community Volunteer

Jan Roosenburg

Former Vice President, Holland and Holland Ltd.

Scott Snider

Photographer/Filmmaker, National Geographic

George P. Watt, Jr.

Senior Fellow, Association of Governing Boards
Former Executive Director, College of Charleston Foundation

Pam Wilson

Kiawah Resident and Dedicated Conservationist

Debra White

Strategic Sourcing Professional Services Manager, Sonoco

David Wood

Vice President, Water, AECOM

Thomas S. Tisdale, Jr.

General Counsel to the Board of Directors

Directors Emeritus

Pat Conroy*


James Ferguson*

Chairman Emeritus
Charleston, South Carolina

William A. Finn

Chairman, President and CEO,
AstenJohnson, Inc.

J. Donald Higgins

Retired Banker, Harris Bank and
Bank of Montreal

John Danahy

Former President and COO
of The May Company

Bruce Hecker

Retired Director of Husbandry &
Facilities, South Carolina Aquarium

Sheila Hodges

South Carolina Aquarium Volunteer

Peatsy Hollings*

Charleston, South Carolina

Kate Jerome


Robert R. Macdonald

Director Emeritus,
Museum of the City of New York

Layton McCurdy, M.D.

Distinguished University Professor and Dean,
Medical University of South Carolina

The Honorable Robert E. McNair*

Former Governor of South Carolina
Chairman of the Board, McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Mary Alice Monroe


The Honorable Richard W. Riley

Former Secretary of Education,
United States of America Former Governor,
State of South Carolina

Catherine Smith

Director Emerita
Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Victor Samra, Jr.*

Member Emeritus 
Retired Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

Ken Seeger

Chairman Emeritus
President, MWV Community Development
and Land Management Group

Hilton C. Smith, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus
President & CEO, East Bay Company Ltd.

Theodore S. Stern*

Retired President, College of Charleston

M. William Youngblood, Esq.

Chairman Emeritus
Partner, McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Jerry Zucker*

Chairman Emeritus
Chairman, President and CEO,
The InterTech Group, Inc.

* Deceased

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