SOURCE: Denver Zoo

March 16, 2015 19:24 ET

Louis Clinton III Elected Chairman of Denver Zoological Foundation

Foundation Also Elects Five New Trustees to Prestigious Denver Board

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - Louis L. Clinton III was elected to serve as Chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees at a recent meeting. The Foundation also elected Maria Garcia Berry, Kelly Brough, Rob Cohen, Andi Freyer and Beth Soberg and as new members to this prestigious board which oversees Denver Zoo's continued role as a leader in animal care and exhibition, science and environmental education, conservation programs, scientific study, and public service. Additionally, Doug Tisdale was appointed to the board by Mayor Michael Hancock.

Lou Clinton is President of First Western Trust-Denver and is responsible for assisting clients with a broad range of financial services. He was first elected to Denver Zoo's board of trustees in 2010 and previously served as Executive Vice Chairman and Chair of the Development Committee. Through the Morrison Trust, his family has been involved with Denver Zoo and other cultural institutions in Denver for many years. Mr. Clinton has been involved with Historic Denver, the Colorado Ballet, Metro Denver Executives Club, and the East High School Speech and Debate Foundation.

Maria Garcia Berry is the founder and CEO of CRL Associates, one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado, and is highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation, and advocacy and is widely recognized for her experience at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is also a member of the board of directors of TBD Colorado, the Auraria Higher Education Center, and Citywide Banks.

Kelly Brough is the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce which represents more than 3,000 businesses with 300,000 employees in Colorado. The first woman to hold this post, she previously served as Chief of Staff for the City and County of Denver under Mayor John Hickenlooper, overseeing a general fund of $857 million. Brough currently serves on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Delta Dental, Visit Denver, and the Graduate School Bioscience Advisory Board for the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

Rob Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of the IMA Financial Group, Inc., a diversified financial services company focused on protecting the assets of its widely varied client base. He currently serves on several other boards, including United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, MSU-Denver, and the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.

Andi Freyer is the Director, Partner Sales, at IQ Navigator. She is a strategic thinker with a proven ability to build efficient global teams and optimize work environments for employees and customers in which to thrive. Both she and her husband have been involved in many community organizations, such as the Children's Hospital Foundation, Judi's House and Junior Achievement. She has also served on the Zoo's Brew at the Zoo Planning Committee.

Beth Soberg is Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Arizona and Colorado. Bringing more than 25 years of industry experience, she is responsible for the health plan's business development, operations, community, and regulatory relationships. Soberg is an active board member of Mile High United Way's Colorado Chapter, Colorado Associations of Health Plans, the University of Colorado Denver Executive Advisory Board, Colorado Concern, and Colorado Forum.

Doug Tisdale currently serves as the Executive Vice President for Economic Development at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, where he has focused on creating an environment of prosperity throughout the region through increased commitment to collaborative business development on a regional, national and international basis. He was a leader of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus, the Colorado Municipal League, and the National League of Cities for more than a dozen years. 

Robert Bach was elected Executive Vice Chair, Lyne Andrich was elected Vice Chair of Finance, and Katie Magner was elected Secretary. Denny O'Malley will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair. Shannon Block was reelected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Zoological Foundation.

Denver Zoo's board of trustees is comprised of 46 elected members, including four mayoral appointees, the Manager of Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver, the President/CEO of the Foundation, and the Chair of the Denver Zoo Volunteers, who meet bimonthly. All Board members financially support Denver Zoo.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is the Rocky Mountain region's preeminent resource for informal scientific education, serving two million people annually. Denver Zoo is the most attended cultural institution in Colorado. Home to 4,000 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country as the inaugural winner of the AZA Green Award and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.                                                                                            

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