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Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard

Thane Maynard is internationally known for his dedication to wildlife preservation, research, and education. He has authored more than a dozen books, the most recent, “Hope For Animals & Their World,” was coauthored with Jane Goodall. He has also shared science and environmental news via his nationally syndicated radio program, “The 90-Second Naturalist,” since 1987.

Zoo Director Thane Maynard holding a small alligator in front of a large rock
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Maynard’s travels to promote biological diversity, natural history, and wildlife conservation have spanned five continents and earned him a membership in the Explorers Club.  He is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Margo Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, a primate conservation fund headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in central Florida, Thane earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl., and his master’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.  He is also a graduate of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business School, as well as the first National Education Leadership Institute sponsored by WWF and Disney.

Zoo Board and Committee Members

2023 Executive Committee2023 TrusteesFoundation Board of DirectorsAmbassador Council Members (2022-2023)


George Molinsky, Chairman

George Joseph, Vice Chair

Melanie Chavez, Treasurer

Peter Ragland, Secretary

Stuart Dornette, Legal Counsel

Immediate Past Chair: Francie Hiltz

Eileen Barrett

Chris Bevacqua

Cathy Crain

Josh Lorentz

Jane Novak-Cook

Jack Oliver II

Sarah Anderson
Jan Michele Kearney**
Meredith Borchers
Tim Massa
Doug Brendamour
Adam Mueller
Lela Coffey
Paaras Parker**
Bob Coughlin
Mike Prescott
Lucy Christensen Davis
Daniel Rajaiah*
Marc Dizard
Brett Heekin
Pam Rossmann
Gigi Heidt
Anya Sanchez
Valarie Sheppard
Greg Taylor
Linda Lee Thomas
Bill (William) Weyand
Craig Young


Ex-Officio Mayor Aftab Purvel

Executive Committee

Tim Bonacci, Chairman

Murray Sinclaire, Vice Chairman

Aaron Herzig, Secretary

Patrick Dolle, Treasurer

Otto Budig, Chairman Emeritus


Carri Chandler

John Dovich

Jim Ellerhorst

Katie Heekin

Chris Hock

Donald Hudson

Eric Kahn

Leah Lepof

George Musekamp

Cora Ogle

Bill Witten

Sarah Zamary


Portfolio Managers Ft. Washington Investments

Ambassador Council Chair:

Dominic Iacobucci

Ambassador Council Members:

Steven Bishop
Anna Miller
Alex Blust
Christina Misali
Kelly Bonnell
Sam Rittgers
Maggie Brennan
Emily Rotella
Brian Butt
Aditya Roy-Chaudhury
Sara Cooperrider
David Snopkowski
Danielle Donelan
Hannah Sublett
Ryan English
Marcus Thompson
Aleicia Ennis
Katie Tranter
David Habel
Alana Tucker
Dominic Iacobucci
Ashley Volbrecht
Andrew Kiley
Mariel Wood
Meera Kotagal
Jerome Wright
Josh Martin
Thomas Xanders
Michael Young

*  appointed by Cincinnati City Council | ** appointed by Hamilton County | Terms Jan – Dec