Mission and Leadership

The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Zoo Senior Management Team
Rick Schwartz – Zoo President
Jane Osborne – Finance Director
Suzanne Iler – Chief Development Officer
Jim Kubacki – Director of Facilities
Lanny Brown – Mammal Curator
Dale McGinnity – Ectotherm Curator
Joe deGraauw – Avian Curator
Dr. Heather Robertson – Senior Zoo Veterinarian

Board of Directors
Robin Patton - Chairman
Rick Schwartz - Zoo President
Jim Hunt – Immediate Past Chairman
Sheryl Rogers – Secretary
Wade McGregor - Treasurer
Chris Whitson –Legal Counsel


Kelly Beaman, Katherine Brown, Neely Coble, Jennifer Frist, Carl Haley, Traci Hamilton, Laurie Hooper, John Howard, Sarah Ingram, Jeff Jacobs, Richard McRae, Cammy Price, Charles Sonnenberg, Julie Walker, Phil Wenk

Advisory Directors
George Armistead, Lee Beaman, Renée Chevalier, Kelly Crockett, Missy Eason, J.D. Elliot, Rodes Hart, Jamie Jones, Art Laffer, Jim Littlejohn, Tom Loventhal, Frank McGrew, Larry Papel, Dick Ragsdale, Abby Trotter, Maggie Turner, Jimmy Webb