Newly elected directors of the Naples Zoo
Naples Zoo gets fresh leadership
Naples, FL - While new additions at Naples Zoo are typically the recipients of caretaking, the newest members of the Zoo family are doing the caretaking. Seven new board members for Naples Zoo, Inc. were voted in to help steward the Zoo at a recent board of directors meeting. "We welcome our newest members with confidence in their abilities to further enhance the Zoo’s conservation and education for the benefit of guests and residents as well as wildlife," Naples Zoo Board President Tim Mackay said about the new directors who were chosen for their expertise and enthusiasm for the Zoo’s mission.
The newly elected directors are: Paula Brothers Following her career in Human Resources at Ernst & Young in Cleveland, Ohio, Paula has served on many high profile boards in Columbus, Ohio including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, American Cancer Society. Her efforts have garnered numerous community service awards. Especially relevant to her new role on the Naples Zoo board, she also served on the board of Inniswood Metro Gardens in Columbus as well as The Wilds, a large zoological facility in Ohio implementing education and research programs that emphasize protection and management. She enjoys photography, travel, sports, and nature. Thomas R. Bulloch Tom was Chairman of the Assiniboine Zoo Development Corporation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and successfully spearheaded the Zoo’s Capital Campaign featuring a Panda Loan from the Chengdu Du Breeding Station, P.R.C. Tom is one of the leading estate planners in the Sagemark Consulting/Lincoln organization nationwide. He is active in the community, having served as president of the American Heart Association, Collier County ,and Chairman of the Board for the Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross. A wine aficionado, and part time resident of the French Alps, Tom is Argentère for the Commanderie de Bordeaux à Naples and a Chevalier du Tastevin. Vito D. Buonomano Dr. Buonomano graduated with his D.D.S. from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and attended Boston University Graduate School of Dentistry and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corp as well as decades of private civilian practice. Beyond his dental career, Vito earned a Masters Degree from Brown University School of Engineering and an MBA from Providence College and attended Southern New England School of Law. He concurrently pursued a career in real estate and is now retired. Vito is well published has also served in many leadership roles for civic and charitable organizations including higher education, St. Mary’s Home for Children, and Save the Bay. He blends a lifelong admiration of wildlife with his diverse business background. Matthew D. McLean After earning degrees in Environmental Science from Rollins College and Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, Matthew served in various roles for Coastal Engineering Consultants as well as the Bonita Bay Group. He received a Best in Class Water Conservation Award for Excellence from the American Water Works Association. Matthew is currently a senior engineer and project manager for Agnoli, Barber, & Brundage which engineers, surveys, and plans in Southwest Florida. Matthew’s enjoyment of fishing turned into years of serving as Chair of the Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation Fishing Tournament. David N. Pfaff David N. Pfaff came to Naples in 1956 to be news director of its first radio station. In the 1960s, he was Executive Vice President of the Naples Chamber of Commerce which led to a close involvement with Caribbean Gardens during the Fleischmann era. For 30 years starting in the 1970s, he wrote and published a Naples and Collier County business newsletter. He spent nearly 20 years in banking in Naples. He has been involved with many organizations, including as a founder of the Environmental Advisory Council to the Board of County Commissioners, the Economic Development Council and the United Way. He has particularly been involved with local and state mental health organizations and educational institutions including the University of South Florida and Hodges University. He enjoys travel, the arts and reading. John Pinholster John attended the Florida Institute of Technology where he earned his degree in Ocean Engineering. At the Georgia Institute of Technology, he earned his Masters in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. He worked for one of the world’s leading construction firms, Beers Skanska, Inc. for over a decade and operated his own construction group in the Orlando prior to joining Kraft Construction where he now serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. Kraft ranks among the 100 largest contractors in the U.S. and the largest privately held construction company in Florida. He sits on the board of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, WPO Florida Southern Region, and the Naples Community Sailing Center. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and has served on numerous boards and advisory councils. Eric M. Thom Following a degree in mathematics from Ohio University in Athens and various post-graduate courses and professional seminars, Eric worked as a systems engineer for IBM followed by a long career at AT&T from Data Systems and Finance through International Human Resources. He has also worked as a senior manager at Ernst & Young where he consulted for Fortune 500 corporations on international programs. His expertise has been tapped by The Wall Street Journal and for symposia and conferences from Washington and New York to London. Today, Eric serves as 1st Vice President of the Island Walk Homeowners Association. He also has the following affiliations: Conservancy of SW Florida, National Audubon Society, Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), Major Donor of Winn Feline Foundation, Patron of Emergency Pet Hospital of Collier County. Naples Zoo also recently announced its 2009 Board Officers and Members. President Tim Mackay serves as Senior Vice President and Retail Executive at Fifth Third Bank South Florida. In this capacity, Tim is responsible for executing all consumer bank activities through the retail delivery channel. He oversees 400 employees at 64 Financial Centers throughout South Florida. President Elect Ray Carroll is a fifth generation Florida native and president of Carroll & Carroll, Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting firm based in Naples. He is the husband of school board member Patricia Carroll. His other interests include camping, shooting, boating and flying. Ray was involved in Park Pac, the political action committee that worked to pass the referendum that brought the land under the the Zoo at Naples into public ownership. Treasurer Ted Hudgins is a local tax attorney and has been a Naples resident for over 15 years. Ted started as a professional chef, graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and working as a chef for several years before returning to school and earning his J.D., cum laude. He is also an adjunct Professor in FGCU's Resort & Hospitality Management School where he teaches Hospitality Law, Food & Beverage Management and Wine for Hospitality Majors. Secretary Linda Ottenad is a retired ordained minister. Linda has visited Naples since 1970 and has been a full time resident since 1985. Ottenad has served on numerous local boards and committees. She also sits on the board of two family foundations and served four years on the President's Council for Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. The newly elected board members/officers are joined by the following continuing members of the board: Gary Brown, Suzanne “Suzy” Dorr, Susan Earl, Donna Flammang, J. Roland “Jack” Lieber, Dr. Jeff Noble, Marla Ramsey, Larry Richardson, Rocky Scofield, and John Sorey. Naples Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species. Naples Zoo cares for wild animals in its 45-acre facility in the heart of Naples and offers daily educational programs which reached over 260,000 guests in 2008. To learn more, click www.napleszoo.org or call (239) 262-5409.