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Annual Meeting of Seneca Park Zoo Society

Annual Meeting of Seneca Park Zoo Society

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- May 15 / 8:30 am

Join us for the Annual Meeting of Seneca Park Zoo Society for 2021. The business portion of the meeting will include the election of new members of the Board of Trustees.

If you have questions, call 585.336.7217. To RSVP, please follow the link below and fill out the form.

Candidates will be posted here April 30, 2021.
Meeting was held by video conferencing. View recording here

Seneca Park Zoo Society Class of 2024 

As a Seneca Park Zoo member in good standing, you have the opportunity to vote for the 2024 class of members for the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting. This years class includes four new and four returning candidates. A brief bio of each candidate is below.  

This year’s meeting will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. 

For those who are unable to attend the meeting you can cast your ballot by signing and returning your annual meeting proxy card. If you have additional questions, please call 585.336.7217.  

Nominated for first three-year term: 

Gavin Brownlie, Jr. 

Gavin is President & Chief Executive Officer of Crosby-Brownlie, Inc., a mechanical contracting business based here in Rochester, NY and serving all of upstate NY.   Gavin has been an integral member of the Crosby-Brownlie team since he started there in 1996. 

Gavin is a former board chair and board member of the Seneca Park Zoo Society, and also has participated on their development, finance, business operations and capital campaign committees.  He was Zoobilation Chair in 2010 & 2011. 

Gavin is extremely active in both industry and community organizations.  He holds or has held board positions in Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), UNICON, SMACNA-Rochester, ASHRAE, Sheet Metal Workers Pension Fund, and the Plumbers and Steamfitters Pension & Welfare Fund, as well as their Industry Advancement Program.  He also is an active supporter of the MCC Foundation, School of the Holy Childhood, UR Mary Parkes Asthma Center, and IACKids.  

Mr. Brownlie achieved LEED Accredited Professional status from the USGBC in 2008 and was honored in the Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” class of 2010. He resides in Hilton, NY with his wife Danelle and their three children.   

Luis Burgos

Luis Burgos is recently retired as Director of the Youth Services Division of the Ibero-American Action League.  From 2010 – 2013 he served as Commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services for the City of Rochester, and retired from the City of Rochester after a thirty-year career.  He has a special tie to Seneca Park Zoo, as his father was the first Latino to work for the Zoo in the 1950’s.  Mr. Burgos has been actively involved in numerous community boards, and presently serves as President of the Out Alliance.  

Tarek Eldaher 

Tarek Eldaher currently holds the position of Commercial Lines Sales Leader with Brown & Brown Insurance. He has held that role for 4 years prior to that he was an Account Executive at the agency for 6 years. Tarek prides himself on being a part of the fabric of the community. He has held board or committee positions at the following organization: RMSC, NextGen Rochester, RIT Alumni Board, YMCA Executive Board Member. Tarek is married to Pamela Eldaher and they have three kids. In his free time Tarek enjoys playing golf, watching sporting events and traveling.

Pamela O’Connor-Chapman 

After a 30 plus year with Eastman Kodak and then ITT, Pamela O’Connor-Chapman retired as a corporate executive, but not ready to stop working she opened a small boutique with her daughter for a few years.

Presently Pamela is a very active member of Rochester Garden Club, The Chatterbox Club and a board trustee at GEVA . During the summer months Pamela is learning the art of being a gardener and appreciating natures total connectivity. During the winter Pamela loves to travel with her husband. 

Pamela resides in Victor, New York with her husband Ken Hines.

Jim Schnell

As a lifelong resident of the Rochester area, the zoo filled my childhood with many fun memories and that has continued with our family membership in recent years; my wife, Dawn and our three children; James, Julia and Jenna. 

My education included 8 fun years with the Jesuits – four at McQuaid Jesuit and four at Canisius College.  My day job includes being a Senior Partner at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co LLP – a CPA firm with four offices and approximately 140 employees in Western NY. 

Dawn and I genuinely believe in giving back to our community, through time, treasure and talent. To that end, I have been fortunate to serve various organizations as committee member or Board member, including positions as an officer. 

Mary Worboys-Turner

Mary Worboys-Turner has over 40 years of experience in creating and leading organizational change in diverse arenas.  Either as a professional or volunteer, she has led or guided organizations through strategic change, mergers, governance, best practices and start-up ventures. Her journey brought her to form Worboys Turner LLC, its mission to partner with manufacturing and business leaders focused on creating and building transformative 21st ventures that successfully open doors of opportunity and prosperity.   

Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo

Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo was born in Anasco, Puerto Rico and came to Rochester with her parents at the age of 5 with her parents and brother. She is married and has two sons. She retired from the Rochester City School District after 31 years. Her community work started as a young child alongside her parents working with Ibero, the Puerto Rican Festival, PR Parade and St. Michaels.

As an adult her work has consisted on serving on the American Red Cross Board of Directors, and the ARC Hispanic Youth Leadership Development Committee for 31 years. She has also served at United Way of Greater Rochester Corporate Board, the United Way Hispanic Leadership Planning Committee, Memorial Art Gallery Family Day Advisory Committee, City of Rochester Planning Committee, The Latino Alliance and WXXI Public Television Station. Rose Mary is a member of the National Council of Drug and Alcohol Dependence Hispanic Taskforce Committee and worked with other various organizations. Rose Mary served as a member of Mayor Robert Duffy’s Educational Team. She served as an Officer for the Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees Union (BENTE) as well as a Member-at-Large on the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), working with both unions on a local, state and federal levels, during which time Rose Mary actively lobbied and campaigned for education, funding and employee rights. She also served as a member of the Latino Community Collaborative (Deep Dive Initiative), an Educational Committee at the Rochester City School District and has served the New York State Association of Bilingual Education as Regional Delegate.

Nominated for a second three-year term: 

Eric Allen

Eric Allen works for JP Morgan Chase as a Vice President in the Middle Market Banking Group.  He currently chairs the Development Committee as well as the newly formed Partners In Conservation Committee. He’s a member of the Institutional Giving Committee and runs the annual Drive for Wildlife Golf tournament in support of the SPZ.  A SUNY Geneseo graduate and Penfield alum, Eric now lives in Fairport with his wife Nicole and their children Carter & Eliza. 

Trisha Butera 

Trisha has over 12 years of accounting and audit expertise in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.  Trisha’s passion for the Zoo began as one of the Zoo’s auditors which led her to her current position on the board.  Trisha holds a B.S in accounting from SUNY Geneseo.  She resides in Webster, NY with her husband and two children.  In her free time, Trisha enjoys running and photography. Trisha’s favorite animal at the Zoo is the polar bear.  

Shelly Doran 

Shelly Doran has served as Senior Vice President and Director of Investor & External Relations for Five Star Bank and Financial Institutions, Inc. since August 2016. She is responsible for all communications and relationships with the investment community and media for Five Star Bank and its publicly-traded parent company.

Previously, she served as Vice President of Investor Relations for Home Properties, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust based in Rochester. She was responsible for investor relations, public relations and corporate communications and served as a member of the Management Committee until the company was acquired by a private equity fund in late 2013. 

Prior to her move to Rochester in April 2013, Doran worked in progressive accounting and finance roles at Simon Property Group, a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her last role at Simon was Vice President of Investor Relations. She is a graduate of Purdue University (B.S. in General Management/Accounting) and a former C.P.A.

Kevin Nowack 

Kevin Nowack has been a Seneca Park Zoo Society board member since 2018. A Rochester native and graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, Kevin is a Vice President at DGA Builders where he is responsible for the oversight of commercial and healthcare construction. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast with a commitment to conservation and sustainability, Kevin is excited to continue his support of the Zoo Society Board. 


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