Established in 1969, the Friends of the Louisville Zoo (FOZ) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission of “raising funds to protect a legacy.” The 100% volunteer-led Board organizes and hosts two events annually: Zoofari (June) and Brew at the Zoo, and Wine and Food, Too! (August) to support special projects and the enhancement and expansion of the Louisville Zoo.
For over 5o years, the FOZ Board has been comprised of individuals who are passionate about animals and committed to the advancement of the Zoo. Proceeds from their past events have supported projects such as Glacier Run, Gorilla Forest, Snow Leopard Pass, the lakeside bridge and the sloth habitat.
To volunteer at one of their upcoming events, contribute an item for their annual silent auction, or inquire about joining the board, please email FriendsoftheLouisvilleZoo@gmail.com.
Summer Event Series
- Zoofari: Saturday, June 10, 2023
- Brew at the Zoo, and Wine and Food, Too!: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Friends of the Louisville Zoo Board
(updated Feb. 28, 2023)
Chad Dobbins (President), Logan & Lavelle
Robin Raypole (First VP), Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky
Mikala Noe (Second VP), Riley McGuire Partners LLC
Amy Gumlaw (Third VP), MCM Technology Solutions Group
Amanda Biven (Treasurer), Brown-Forman
Kristin Knight (Secretary), Community Volunteer
Leslie Ballantine, ARGI
Nick Beavin, MCM
Jesse Bray, LDG Development
Grace Brun, PTG Silicones
Laura Clark, KCC Manufacturing
Beth Darrall, Home of the Innocents
Maggie Goff, Yum Brands, Inc.
Courtney Graham, Strause Law Group, PLLC
Rachel Hoskins, Hogan Lovells
Christina John, University of Louisville Physicians
Megan Keane, Dzenitis Newman, PLLC
Christina King, St. Xavier High School
Sharron Kremer, United Parcel Service
Ben Lawson, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Nancy Barrett Loucks, Community Volunteer
Andy Makielski, Meta
Tori Macke, Mercer
Annie Nash, Riley McGuire Partners LLC
Tina Nguyen, Megan Imel State Farm Agency
N’Namdi Paskins, Humana Inc.
Phillip Pearson, McBrayer PLLC
Stephanie Peeler, Independence Bank
Liz Pratt, LG&E and KU
Neil Riley, Riley McGuire Partners LLC
Elizabeth Riesser, University of Louisville
Robin Rogneby, Long John Silvers LLC
Phil Thompson, Papa Johns International
Dana Yurkanin, Papa Johns International
Tara Ward, Tara A. Fein LLC