Rhode Island Zoological Society

Rhode Island Zoological Society

A historical shot of what is now the RIZS Sophie Danforth Administration Building.

Read more about how the Rhode Island Zoological Society has helped shape the Roger Williams Park Zoo of today, in our History of Roger Williams Park Zoo >

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Rhode Island Zoological Society (RIZS) is the non-profit organization that supports and maintains Roger Williams Park Zoo.  RIZS works to secure the public and private sector support needed by the Zoo to continue to develop new world-class exhibits, make significant contributions to conservation and serve the community as a valuable source of environmental education, recreation and economic development.

By the mid 1960's, like so many zoos across the country, Roger Williams Park Zoo was showing visible signs of neglect. One determined individual, Sophie Danforth, recognized that the Zoo was an extremely valuable institution in need of organized assistance. She founded The Society in 1962 to increase public awareness and support for the Zoo and to raise funds from the private sector.

Officers

Maribeth Q. Williamson
Maribeth Q. Williamson 
Chair
Howard Merten
Howard Merten
Vice Chair
Sandy Coletta
Treasurer
 
Margaret Ferguson
Margaret Ferguson
Secretary


Board of Trustees

Kristen Adamo
Kristen Adamo
V.P. Marketing & Communications
PWCVB
Nancy J. Allen
Nancy J. Allen
Community 
Representative

 
Douglas Caniglia
Douglas Caniglia
CSI
DCI Construction, Inc.

 
 
Stephanie Chafee
Stephanie Chafee
Community Representative

 

Barbara S. Cottam
Barbara S. Cottam
Director of Corporate Communications
RBS Citizens Financial Group
Suzanne Hall
Suzanne Hall
Community Representative
James S. Harper III, V.M.D.
James S. Harper III, V.M.D.
Director of Animal Care
Brown University
Mark Haskins
Mark Haskins
S.V.P. Relationship Manager, RI Commercial Lending, Sovereign Bank New England
Dr. Thomas Husband
Dr. Thomas Husband
Professor  
University of RI
 
Lisa Koelle
Lisa Koelle
S.V.P., Investments
Wells Fargo Advisers, LLC
Patrick LeBeau
Patrick LeBeau
Managing Director
U.S. Trust

Kimberley M. Little
Community Representative

 
Liz Rollins Mauran Liz Rollins Mauran
Community Representative
Elaine Moy-Gederman
Elaine Moy-Gederman
Community
Representative
John J. Palumbo
John J. Palumbo
Owner, President, & Publisher, RI Monthly Communications, Inc.
Martha Roberts
Martha Roberts
Community 
Representative
Barbara Vernerey
Barbara Vernerey
Community
Representative

 

 

Ex-Officio

Dr. Jeremy Goodman, DVM
President, RI Zoological Society
Executive Director, Roger Williams Park Zoo

Wendy Nilsson
Superintendent of Parks

Management


Dr. Jeremy Goodman, DVM
Executive Director, RI Zoological Society and Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tim French
Deputy Director for Animal Programs

Ron Patalano
Deputy Director, Operations


Sheri Avery
Director of Human Resources
 

Shareen Knowlton
Education Director
 

Lou Perrotti
Director, Conservation Programs
 
Brooke Fairman
Director of Development
Jan Mariani
Director, Marketing & Public Relations

Dave Pertuso
Chief Administrative Officer
 
 
Mike McBride, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services