8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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Organizations Filed Purposes: Celebrating and Saving Wildlife & Wild Places - 1. Demonstrate extraordinary leadership in conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. 2. Inspire with engaging, meaningful, memorable experiences, and equitable educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature. 3. Celebrate and value biodiversity and human diversity, while ensuring that our audience, staff and volunteers reflect the multicultural fabric that is the strength of our community. 4. Provide innovative facilities and programs that contribute to the region's economic vitality. 5. Demonstrate organizational excellence consistent with a commitment to outstanding service, as well as progressive and responsible resource management. *Revised 2021, pending board approval*

ANIMAL CARE, WELFARE AND CONSERVATION: The Detroit Zoological Society continues its purpose of celebrating and saving wildlife by demonstrating leadership in animal care, wildlife conservation and animal welfare. The Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center had 2,892 individual animals representing 239 species in its care as of December 31, 2020. The Detroit Zoological Society is a leader in species conservation through its local, national and international field conservation programs, its support of partners' field conservation work through grants and technical and/or on-the-ground assistance, and captive breeding of threatened and endangered species at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.

EDUCATION: The Detroit Zoological Society continues to provide a broad audience with outstanding and unique educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature. Humane education, environmental literacy, responsible resource management, conservation, science literacy and stewardship are fundamental components of education programming. Programs utilize a variety of instructional strategies - including inquiry-based learning, storytelling, interactive technology and citizen science - to meet the various learning styles of the community. Regional school district partnerships enhance humane education and life science experiences in the classroom through onsite programs, teacher training and curriculum support. Due to the pandemic, much of the educational programming was moved to the internet. The DZS education team created unique and engaging daily content for the entire community, with its "Virtual Ventures" and "Virtual Vitamin Z" programs.

GUEST ENGAGEMENT: The Detroit Zoological Society continues to inspire the community with engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences. Significant animal habitats/facilities include the Arctic Ring of Life polar bear/seal habitat, the Devereaux Tiger Forest, the Great Apes of Harambee, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness, the Australian Outback Adventure, and the National Amphibian Conservation Center. Normally the Detroit Zoo welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors each year. In addition to animal experiences, other attractions at the Zoo include the 4-D Theater, the Wild Adventure Simulator, Giraffe Encounter, Tauber Family Railroad, Science On a Sphere, and the Carousel. Visitors can also participate in Zoo-sponsored events including Greenfest, Sunset at the Zoo, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, Run Wild, Zoo Boo and Wild Lights. Although attendance was down significantly in 2020 due to the pandemic, the DZS focused on providing a safe and secure experience for the limited number of guests allowed into the park each day.

Executives Listed on Filing

Total Salary includes financial earnings, benefits, and all related organization earnings listed on tax filing

NameTitleHours Per WeekTotal Salary
Ron L KaganExecutive Director/CEO50$377,213
Scott F CarterChief Life Science Officer50$206,237
Jane AlessandriniChief Development Officer50$165,230
Gerry VanackerChief Operating Officer50$163,181
Diane MillerChief Program Officer50$148,790
Jeffrey EvansChief Financial Officer - Term July 202050$133,020
Sabarras GeorgeDeputy Chief Operating Officer40$131,667
Robert SchumakerDirector of Finance40$124,937
Ann DuncanDirector of Animal Health40$118,247
Ed FalkowskiDirector of IT40$106,090
Ruth Marcec-GreavesNACC Director40$97,940
Gail L WardenDirector1$0
Rachel VittiDirector1$0
Joel D TauberDirector1$0
James TateDirector1$0
Shirley R StancatoDirector1$0
Andre SpiveyDirector1$0
Grace ShoreDirector - Term June 20201$0
Lawrence ScottDirector1$0
James SawyerDirector1$0
Anmar SarafaDirector1$0
Rick RuffnerDirector1$0
Melissa RoyDirector1$0
James RosenthalDirector1$0
Stuart RobbinsDirector1$0
Julie NicholsonDirector1$0
Virinder MoudgilDirector1$0
Candice MillerDirector1$0
Isaiah MckinnonDirector1$0
Victor MartinDirector1$0
Lisa LisDirector1$0
Dawn Lee-CottonDirector1$0
Bonnie LarsonDirector1$0
Brandon KoloDirector - Add Aug 20201$0
Alan KaufmanDirector1$0
George G JohnsonDirector - Term Sept 20201$0
Hiram JacksonDirector - Term Nov 20201$0
Hassan JaberDirector1$0
Paul HuxleyDirector1$0
Marina A HoughtonDirector1$0
Rejji HayesDirector1$0
Jeff HauswirthDirector - Term Aug 20201$0
Terry S HarvillDirector1$0
Allan D GilmourDirector1$0
Jennifer GriecoDirector - Add Aug 20201$0
Linda GillumDirector - Term June 20201$0
Kristy FerchoDirector1$0
Burton D FarbmanDirector1$0
John ErbDirector1$0
Charles EllisDirector1$0
Matthew B ElliottDirector1$0
David E DupreyDirector1$0
Beth DalyDirector1$0
Marvin DaitchDirector1$0
Matthew P CullenDirector1$0
Mary Kay CrainDirector1$0
Shery L CottonDirector1$0
Beth ChappellDirector1$0
Clark BuntingDirector1$0
Thomas C BuhlDirector1$0
Alisha BellDirector1$0
N Charles AndersonDirector1$0
Ismael AhmedDirector1$0
Larry WolfeExecutive Director1$0
Sean WerdlowExecutive Director1$0
Richard B PlattExecutive Director1$0
Shawn PattersonExecutive Director1$0
Denise J LewisExecutive Director1$0
Tom LewandExecutive Director1$0
Alan KalterExecutive Director1$0
Cynthia FordExecutive Director1$0
Karen DumasExecutive Director1$0
William ConwayExecutive Director1$0
Larry AlexanderExecutive Director - Term Dec 20201$0
Lloyd A SempleExecutive Director1$0
John G SznewajsTreasurer2$0
Robert G RineyVice Chair2$0
Stephen R PolkVice Chair2$0
Anthony F Earley JrChairman4$0

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