Nashville Zoo Welcomes New Board Members

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Nashville Zoo Welcomes New Board Members

Nashville Zoo and Zoo Board Chairman, Julie W. Walker, are pleased to announce the addition of five new members to the Board of Directors.

The Zoo’s new additions to the board of directors include the following: 

Diane Triplett Holloway supports her husband, J.L., in business, business entertaining and business travel. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design and was previously the owner of Fridge’s Fine Gifts. Diane is on the board of The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi, is a member of the American Red Cross's Tiffany Circle, and supports the Hope House in Ukraine. Diane and her husband have hosted many fundraisers for the Governors of Mississippi and Tennessee, Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic and the Patron’s Party for the American Heart Association. When she’s not spending time with her large family, she loves to play tennis, water and snow ski and travel. 

Rhonda Scott Kinslow is a native of Nashville. She obtained her law degree from Indiana University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Virginia. Rhonda and her husband, Tracey, own their own firm, Kinslow Law Group, where she specializes in civil litigation (including business litigation, employment and probate) and counsels businesses on employment matters, government regulations and corporate formation. Rhonda also is a leadership trainer and coach where she trains in the areas of leadership development, conflict resolution and diversity. Rhonda is an active member of the Nashville community, serving on several boards and participating in numerous organizations, such as Bordeaux North Chamber of Commerce and Spruce Street House of Hope. Rhonda loves to collect cookbooks, cook and spend time with her four children and husband.  

Patricia Munro is currently retired and managing her own commercial real estate property. Patricia graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. She also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Social Work from New York University. She has previously worked for American Airlines where she was a supervisor for flight service between Los Angeles and New York and was a team member involved in the AAdvantage marketing program. Patricia is also on the board of Equal Chance for Education and Studio Tenn. She lives with her husband, Jim, and loves to travel, read, hike and play Mah Jongg. 

Laurie Brothers Seabury was born and raised in Nashville and graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Minor in Science. Upon her return to Nashville, she pursued a career in healthcare network development with Equicor/Cigna, HealthMaster/Aetna and Complete Health of Tennessee/Unitedhealthcare Inc.  She serves on several boards, including: Oz Arts Nashville, Symphony Ball Advisory Board, Eve of Janus Advisory Board and Women’s Task Force at the Tennessee Golf Foundation. Laurie and her husband, Jim, are recipients of the American Heart Association’s Martin E. Simmons Award and the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award. She lives with her husband and their three children.

John Weisenseel joined AllianceBernstein in May 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In his role, Mr. Weisenseel leads the firm’s global finance and administrative functions. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Standard & Poor’s from December 2007 to April 2012. In addition, Mr. Weisenseel was previously the Corporate Treasurer for both the McGraw-Hill Companies and Barnes & Noble, Inc. Mr. Weisenseel earned a BBA in accounting from Adelphi University and a MBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to Nashville Zoo Board, Mr. Weisenseel currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, Nashville Public Television and Thistle Farms. He resides in Brentwood with this wife, Joyce, and their two children.

Monique Odom, director of Metro Parks and Recreation, and Alex Sadler, Roar Corps Young Professionals group representative, both serve on the Board as ex-officio members. Young Leaders Council interns for 2020 are Airielle Vincent and Angela Wynn.

Nashville Zoo sincerely thanks those members ending their terms on the board, including Carl Haley, Jr. and John Howard.

The officers of the board are as follows: Julie W. Walker, Chairman; David Manning, Secretary; and Ed Goodrich, Treasurer. 

In addition to newly appointed members, Nashville Zoo’s Board of Directors includes: Clara Belden, Samantha Boyd, Mike Bracken, Beth Courtney, Drew Crawford, Lauren Curry, Anne Davis, Laurie Eskind, Will Fitzgibbon, Jimmy Granbery, J.R. Greene, Barbara Hagood, Allie Hall, Kent Kirby, John Lueken, Alex Marks, Karen Moore, Sandra Morgan, Tara Scarlett, Tim Schoettle, Brian Smallwood, Alex Sollberger, Butch Spyridon, Barbara Turner, McArthur VanOsdale and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. 

The Zoo has also comprised a group of Advisory Directors that includes former board members and longtime supporters that will serve as advisors to the Board Chairman and Zoo President and CEO. The Advisory Directors are George Armistead III, Cynthia Arnholt, Lee Beaman, Reneé Chevalier, Neely Coble III, Kelly Crockett Crook, Missy Eason, Lily Followill, Jennifer Frist, Chris Holmes, Jim Hunt, Tom Loventhal, Frank McGrew, Richard McRae, Larry Papel, Anne Parsons, Robin Patton, Charles Sonnenberg, Richard Speer and Abby Trotter. 

New members to the Advisory Directors group are Juliana Ospina Cano, Mark Johnson and Teresa May.

Posted by Nashville Zoo at 9:52 AM

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