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
Lou Schwechheimer
Lou Schwechheimer 
Vice Chair
Vacant
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
Jay Howell
Jay Howell
Vice President of Regional Television
LIN Media
 
Dr. Thomas Husband
Dr. Thomas Husband
Professor  
University of Rhode Island
Lisa Koelle
Lisa Koelle
Senior 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
Howard Merten
Howard Merten
Partridge, Snow & Hahn
 
Elaine Moy-Gederman
Elaine Moy-Gederman
Community Representative
 
Eric Nyman
Eric Nyman
Senior V.P., Marketing
Hasbro, Inc.

 
John J. Palumbo
John J. Palumbo
Owner, President, & Publisher
Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc.
 
Martha Roberts
Martha Roberts
Community 
Representative
Barbara Vernerey
Barbara Vernerey
Community
Representative

 

 
 

Chairman Emeritus

Sophie F. Danforth      

Trustees Emeritus


Margaret E.
Curran, Esq.
Thomas P. Dimeo Rosalie Fain Jocelin Hamblett Stephen Hamblett*

Bradford B. Kopp

Arthur D. Little

Nancy G. R. Moger

Richard Nadeau

Jane S. Nelson
Michael C. Noble Cate M. Roberts
Michael A.
Salvadore, Sr.*
Philip A. Segal, Jr. Robert F. Stoico

Ex-Officio

Robert McMahon
Superintendent of Parks 

* In Memoriam