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Naples Zoo 2014-15
Board of Directors


Carlo F Zampogna

Carlo F. Zampogna
A native of Naples, Florida, Carlo Zampogna has served as an elected representative for the Florida Bar Board of Governors’ Young Lawyers Division since 2008 and has been a Board member of the Collier County Bar Association since 2010. His community involvement includes:
· Leadership Collier, Class of 2011
· Take Stock in Children Education Foundation, Mentor
· Legal Aid Attorney of the Year, 2011
· Gulfshore Business’ “40 Under 40” in2008

Carlo focuses his practice on real estate matters and represents and counsels both buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate, landlords, tenants, developers and lenders in all aspects of real estate matters.

Kristine M. Meek
Vice Chairman
– Kristine Meek was born and raised in Naples and is the daughter of William and Barbara Meek, owners of Harmon-Meek Gallery. Kristine studied at Drake University graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Bachelors of Arts in Biology and receiving a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University. Kristine has lived in Arlington, Virginia, working in major donor development for the African Wildlife Foundation and The Conservation Fund. She also lived in Chicago where she was as an aquarist/animal keeper at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and worked in corporate sponsorship/marketing for Lincoln Park Zoo. Back in Naples, Kristine is the Director/Owner of the Harmon-Meek Gallery. A member of The League Club and the Shelter Guild, she also serves on the development committee of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, the membership and marketing committee of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Next Generation committee for the Shelter for Abused Women & Children.

Otto Immel
Secretary Otto Immel is a partner at Quarles & Brady, a national law firm of over 450 attorneys with offices in Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. Otto heads the firm’s Florida labor & employment practice. He counsels and represents employers in a wide variety of workplace-related litigation. Otto regularly advises HR professionals and all levels of management for a wide variety of businesses throughout Florida, including leading businesses in the health care, retail and services sector, manufacturing, consumer products, construction, and financial services areas. He has also represented retailers, pharmaceutical companies, medical and dental practice management companies on a national basis. Otto is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Temple Law School and is a member of the Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bars. Otto is a member of the board of HR Collier, where he serves as the director of legislative affairs, and Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, where he chairs the governance committee. Otto and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Naples since 2005.

Jason E. Parsons
Board Treasurer
– Jason is the General Manager of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Parsons oversees the operations of the beachfront resort, which features 319 guest rooms and suites, an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, an award-winning tennis center, multiple restaurants and bars.Prior to arriving in Naples, Parsons served as the resident manager of 1,501-room Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando and the 1,334-room Rosen Centre Hotel before that.

Naples Zoo 2014-15
Board of Directors
in alphabetical order

Thomas Beynon Thomas Beynon is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Benefit Scientific, a corporate health care consulting firm headquartered in Naples, FL, with the primary objective of promoting healthy cultures by managing healthcare utilization to improve outcomes and drive down medical costs.

Prior to moving to Naples, Tommy ran a small business turnaround for a Washington DC based private equity firm and worked in an advisory capacity for a family office. Mr. Beynon also currently serves as Trustee for an international family office. He is an Elder and member of the Moorings Presbyterian Church, sings bass in the Chancel Choir, and serves as Co-Chair of the Stewardship committee.  Tommy played Center in his home state of West Virginia for WVU’s Men’s Basketball Team from 1995-99, then moved to Rio de Janeiro Brazil to play for Vasco da Gama before beginning his professional career. Tommy is married to Carrie Beynon and they have two small children, Emelia and Brooks.

Paula B. 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, and American Cancer Society. Her efforts have garnered numerous community service awards. 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.

Reg Buxton Reg is the publisher of Life in Naples magazine and has a strong service commitment to various charitable organizations in the area including serving or having served on the board and in various leadership positions for the following:

David Lawrence Center Foundation ; Baby Basic of Collier County; CHS Healthcare; Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier; Naples Von Liebig Art Center; Economic Development Council Collier County; Collier County Citizen Corps; Avow Hospice; Council for International Visitors in Collier County; Leadership Collier Foundation; Alumni Association; American Red Cross Collier/Lee; Hodges University Board
Florida Gulf Coast University Presidents Society; Fun Time Early Childhood Academy Board; United Way of Collier County; Shelter for Abused Women and Children; Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute; Collier Business Community Representative at Emergency Operations Center during Disasters; Make a Wish of Collier County; 911 Memorial; Naples Town Hall; Holocaust Museum; and Drug Free Collier

John S. Cox John is president of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce as well as president of the Leadership Collier Foundation and The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy™. Prior to coming to Naples, he was named president and CEO of the Paulding County Chamber, The Industrial Building Authority and the Airport Authority in Atlanta. He served as president and CEO of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation in the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area where he and his team helped create more than 3,000 new jobs and increased capital investments nearly $750 million with total local payrolls exceeding $182 million. Additionally, John’s team was instrumental in the development and promotion of the $1.5 billion North Carolina Research Campus. In 2012, John was selected as Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader Magazine and he was the 2012-2013 Chamber Executive of the Year awarded by the Carolina Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. His wife, Deanna, is a teacher. Their grown children include Jonathan and Jennifer, both of whom are married and have daughters.

Todd E Gates – Originally from Virginia, Todd has been coming to the area since 1969 and moved here in 1984 and was involved in many key projects including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The Registry Resort, and The Naples Philharmonic Center of the Arts. Today, Todd is the Chairman of GATES, Florida’s premier fully integrated construction, development, and real estate company.

Todd serves on many other prestigious boards including the President’s Forum, The Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Children’s Hospital of SW Florida, Junior Achievement, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to name a few. He is also a Trustee for the YMCA and Hodges University and serves as an Elder for Moorings Presbyterian Church. He is the past chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, Christian Chamber of SW Florida, and past president of Collier Building Industry Association. Todd has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Gulf Coast Business Review and has been recognized as one of Gulfshore Life magazine’s Men of The Year.

Katie Haas Katie is Senior Director of Florida Business Operations for the Boston Red Sox overseeing all business operations in SW Florida and maintaining the Red Sox Foundation to provide in-kind assistance to many nonprofits in Lee County. She also oversaw the construction of the 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Katie previously worked as senior manager of Business Affairs for the Red Sox in Boston where she instituted a ballpark wide environmental program. Katie is on the board of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, CCMI, and is a member of the Downtown Fort Myers Rotary. She has volunteered and mentored for the PACE Center for Girls, Amigos Center and AFCAAM, prepared food for CCMI’s Soup Kitchen and Everyday Marketplace, delivered Meals on Wheels and more. Katie graduated summa cum laude and holds a marketing degree from Northeastern University. She lives in Downtown Ft. Myers with her husband Danny, who is the National Cross Checker for the Baltimore Orioles, and her daughter Georgie.

Stephen Hruby

Stephen J. Hruby – Stephen is a founding principal of Architects Unlimited, a 30 year old architectural, urban design and town planning firm, and President of that firm’s affiliate, AU Consulting which specializes in housing and development consulting. He is nationally recognized for his emphasis on affordable housing, mixed income communities and community revitalization.  He has extensive experience with the public administration of large community revitalization programs and funding grants which he has gained through more than 30 years of experience in master planning, mixed finance funding, program management, strategic capital planning and administration, zoning, and land use.He served as Director of Capital Improvements and Development for the housing agencies of Memphis, TN and Camden, NJ.  He was a member of a U. S. Housing and Urban Redevelopment (HUD) Target Team established to improve the troubled housing agency in New Orleans, LA.  Stephen developed the overall capital investment, community revitalization and affordable housing development strategies for the city’s housing agency to achieve HUD’s goal of improve housing conditions in the city.

Dan Lavender Dan serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Moorings Park Institute, Inc. He holds an MBA from Ohio University, an Ohio Certified Public Accountant license, and a BA in Accounting and Economics from Bluffton Colleg. Prior to joining Moorings Park in 2006, Dan was Chief Financial Officer for Methodist ElderCare Services in Columbus, Ohio, helping to guide it through a period of strategic growth and improving financial performance. Previous assignments included regional and division leadership roles at Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, one of the 15 largest multi-site nonprofit senior living organizations in the country.

Dan is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2010. He currently serves on the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board, the Leadership Collier Foundation Board of Directors; The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Board; The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy; and the Champions for Learning Leadership Council. Dan was recognized as a 2013 Man of Distinction by Collier County Champions for Learning.

Kathleen L. Leavesley – Kathy serves as vice president, marketing director for the Fifth Third Bank’s South Florida affiliate. She is responsible for leading and developing marketing strategy for the bank's South Florida markets. In addition, she manages marketing activities for the affiliate's commercial and investment advisor lines of business.
Leavesley has more than 17 years of financial services marketing experience.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, she worked as a senior marketing manager for Vanguard in Valley Forge, Pa., where she was responsible for the marketing and business development of Vanguard's Asset Management Services division. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pa., with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. She currently serves on the board of directors of The Glades Country Club.

Dr. Susan Liberski M.D. – Susan is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and has been a practicing gastroenterologist in Naples since 1994. She’s been a member of the medical staff of the NCH Healthcare System, has served on numerous committees and has been Chair of the Section of Gastroenterology. She has been a volunteer with the Neighborhood Health Clinic of Naples since its inception, has helped coordinate the Women’s Health Symposium of Collier County for over ten years and has been active with the Collier County Chapter of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She has also been involved with fundraising for other organizations.  Prior to her arrival in Naples, Susan was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State University and had spent time as a volunteer physician in Kenya. She’s had a lifelong passion for protecting animals and the environment.

Ray Paprocki Ray Paprocki became publisher of Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business magazines, as well its affiliated publications, in October 2012. Previously, Paprocki focused on brand strategy as editor of Columbus Monthly magazine, columbusmonthly.com and 10 niche publications.

He has been a senior lecturer at Otterbein University, a speaker at various conferences, a stringer with the Wall Street Journal and a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune, AARP—the Magazine and other publications. Individually, he has won about 45 journalism awards. Paprocki also sits on the board of the City and Regional Magazine Association.
He is married to Sherry Beck Paprocki, an award-winning journalist, author and media consultant who runs her own communications company. Together, they have co-authored a book on personal branding published by a division of Penguin. They have two adult children.

Jutta Parsons – After retiring as a senior management consultant and executive coach in Milwaukee with The Executive Committee, Jutta Parsons and her husband David made Naples their permanent home in 2002. In the Milwaukee area, Ms. Parsons served on the executive committees of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Milwaukee Ballet Foundation. She was President of Wisconsin Citizens for the Arts, belonged to Professional Dimensions, a Milwaukee professional women’s organization, and assisted other civic and business projects.In Naples, Ms. Parsons is a member of Class XI of the Naples Greater Leadership Master Program and the Naples World Affairs Council, and she has served as a treasurer of the Naples Wellesley Club. The Parsons’ family has long promoted children’s health through medical research in Washington, D.C. This is also a personal commitment for Jutta Parsons in her capacity as past Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of The Children’s Research Institute of The Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Ms. Parsons enjoys travel, tennis, oil painting, reading and being a grandmother.

Ned R. Sachs – Ned is a graduate of Williams College, Columbia Law School, and New York University School of Law, Masters in Taxation. He worked for 25 years in the securities industry, initially five years with Goldman Sachs and the blance with Morgan Stanley as Managing Director, General Counsel, and Tax Counsel. He is a founding member of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, past president of Greater Naples Leadership, past board member of David Lawrence Foundation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the Community Foundation of Collier County. He is also presently a board member of The Forum Club. He is the 2007 recipient of the Parke Wright III Distinguished Leadership Award from Greater Naples Leadership and The Education Foundation's Man of Distinction in 2011.

Sandy Stoner – As a J.P. Morgan Banker, Sandy evaluates the resources available throughout the firm to determine which best suit each client’s current and future needs. These include capabilities in financial planning, trusts and wealth transfer strategies, private banking and investments. In addition, Sandy involves other specialists on her J.P. Morgan team to provide comprehensive wealth management capabilities that help her clients meet their financial goals.

Sandy has 30 years of experience in meeting clients’ personal, business and professional needs with exceptional concern and consideration. She has been with J.P. Morgan for four years, recently transferring from the St. Louis office. Sandy is new to Naples and enjoys golf, exploring the area, and is learning to scuba dive. She has an MBA in Finance from St Louis University and a Summa cum Laude BSBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Missouri.

Jack Mulvena President and CEO – In 2013, Jack Mulvena joined Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens as President and CEO. Mulvena served for 20 years as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Zoological Society and Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Jack is a national conservation leader with a special focus on education and motivating young people to get involved in wildlife conservation.

Jack is also a leader in the effort to persuade the United States Congress to pass legislation to address critical environmental challenges by strengthening and expanding environmental education in America’s classrooms. Most importantly, Jack knows from experience how to sustain the highest standards of animal care, offer compelling experiences to zoo guests, and create a professional working environment that attracts the top talent in the zoo profession.



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