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BOARD  LEADERSHIP

The leadership structure of our society is divided up between three boards: General, Founding, and Advisory.  The General Board is the governing board.  One thing we pride ourselves with is providing General Board seats for Stay At Home Parents (SAHP).  We see them as valuable organizers and leaders.  They are also a zoo and aquarium's chief patrons.  The founding board is made up of representatives of the founding members and ensures that the organization does not lose sight of the society's core purpose: "To connect people with animals."  The Advisory Board provides unique skill sets, experiences, and perspectives to help in the success of the society.

Important links:

  • If you are interested in serving on one of our boards, please complete this application and return it with a cover sheet and resume to boardapps@nalzs.org.

  • Please use the Contact Us form if you wish to reach out to any of our leadership.

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GENERAL 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The General Board of Directors is the governing body of NALZS.  It is also a working board that is very involved in supporting the operations of the organization through its volunteer services.   These diverse group of directors are passionate about NALZS' missions and bringing a zoo and aquarium to North Alabama.

(NALZS is about connecting people to animals.  So it only make sense that we promote the animals that bring a smile to our faces.  The animals below represent the species each board member is passionate about.  Clicking on the image will reveal additional information about the board member.)

Orry Moody
Orry Moody

Google Fiber Board Chair

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Kent Ballard
Kent Ballard

City of Huntsville Parks & Recreation 1st Vice-Chair

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Elisabeth Hardiman, DVM
Elisabeth Hardiman, DVM

Pennington Animal Hospital 2nd Vice-Chair

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Megan Cordner
Megan Cordner

SAHP Secretary

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Andy Crocker
Andy Crocker

Dynetics Treasurer

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Christie Woodruff
Christie Woodruff

Madison County School District Founding Member

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FOUNDING 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Founding Board of Directors was the original governing body of NALZS.  Each member of the board represents one of the families that help found NALZS.  Now the directors of this board act as advisors to the General Board and ambassadors for NALZS.  As the Founding Board encounters individuals and families that go above and beyond to help bring about the zoo, they are then considered as prospective Founding Families to have a seat on the board.  The board will consider new Founding Families up until the first day the gates of the zoo open.  After that membership is essentially set. The families are very active in supporting the organization and its efforts.

Ethan A Woodruff
Ethan A Woodruff

Integrated Solutions for Systems Founding Board Chair

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Cliff May
Cliff May

Torch Technologies Founding Member

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William "Willie" Nelson
William "Willie" Nelson

US Dept of Defense Founding Member

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ADVISORY 

BOARD

All good organizations have great advisors guiding them.  The same is true for NALZS.  What we are doing here in the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama is an uncommon and non-trivial endeavor.  Having a zoo and aquarium is a necessity for our community as it grows.  Our Advisory Board sees this and have step forward to offer their assistance.  The board is made up trusted individuals that are passionate about participating in this work.  

Morgyn Morris
Morgyn Morris

Franklin Covey

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Rodney Robertson
Rodney Robertson

Auburn University Huntsville Research Center

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Elaine Boyd
Elaine Boyd

Dynetics

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Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith

The Offices at Spenryn and Tradebank of Huntsville

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Lara Kalin
Lara Kalin

SAHP

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Tim Holcombe
Tim Holcombe

Retired

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EXECUTIVE
BOARD OF ADVISORS

NALZS leadership have several mentors and advisors that they reach out to from time to time.  These trusted leaders have been instrumental in establishing a great organization and setting the foundation work for what will be a world class zoo and aquarium.  We recently have formalized this circle of advisors into an Executive Board of Advisors.  This circle is made up of business and civic leaders that want to help in specialized ways, but membership in a traditional board would not work for their situation.  They feel passionate that it is time for our community to have its own zoo and aquarium down the road.

Rep. Parker Moore
Rep. Parker Moore

State of Alabama Legislature iHeart Radio

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Jenny Askins
Jenny Askins

Destination Huntsville

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David Holt
David Holt

Loftin Holt LLP

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Joel Hamilton
Joel Hamilton

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

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