Board of Directors
IRF Vice President for Africa Programs
Formerly director of the Houston Zoo, Rick is actively retired and consulting on zoo design and conservation strategies, a passion for more than 40 years. Rick has served as IRF’s Africa programs vice president since 1998. Prior to Houston Zoo, he was instrumental in developing Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Lee is a life-long conservationist, serving 12 years on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. He is one of the founders of the International Rhino Foundation. His South Texas ranch is home to the most successful breeding program for Black Rhino in North America.
In 2011, Evan formed OsoMono LTD, a consultancy practice focused on Wildlife, Habitat and Energy Conservation Strategies, with an international focus. He has worked for over 25 years to integrate wildlife, habitat and energy conservation strategies with new, sustainable development models.
Executive Director — Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Pat is the executive director of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Prior to joining Fossil Rim, he was director of the Johannesburg Zoo, and was a founder of the Pan African Zoo and Aquarium Association. Dr. Condy also served as director of South Africa’s National Antarctic Research Program.
Animals, Science, Environment Director — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Heather is currently director of animals, science, and environment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, leading a department that has responsibility for strategic planning and integration, animal records and regulatory affairs, standards, safety, communication and talent management.
Executive Director — Fort Worth Zoo
Michael is the executive director of the Fort Worth Zoo, which manages two species of rhino: black and Indian. He is also the past president of the International Elephant Foundation and also serves on the board of the Turtle Survival Alliance and Caribbean Wildlife Foundation and Alliance.
Vice President for Animal Care and Conservation — Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Lewis is senior vice president for Animal Care and Conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He previously was CEO/Executive Director of Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Director of Prospect Park Zoo (WCS). He has also served on the AZA's Wildlife Conservation Management and Honors and Awards committees.
Executive Chairman and Chief Investment Officer — Hunter Hall International Limited
In 1993 Peter founded one of Australia’s leading ethical investment companies, now trading as part of the Pengana Capital group. Peter was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 and is also a patron of the conservation group Wildlife Asia.
Director and Chief Executive — Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Cameron is director and chief executive of Taronga Conservation Society Australia. He has over 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications roles across a range of industries. Taronga is actively involved in black, white and greater one-horned rhino breeding programs.
(Retired) Director of Community Relations — Walt Disney World Co.
Now retired, Diane served as director of community relations for Walt Disney World Co., leading charitable giving and community relations strategy. She has also held leadership positions at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and the Zoological Society of Florida, and serves on IRF’s Communications Committee.
John is conservation manager at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. For 30 years, he lead the development of White Oak Conservation Center into a base of conservation efforts for threatened and endangered species that are part of breeding, research, training and re-introduction programs.
Executive Director — Zoo Basel
Olivier is director of Basel zoo. Basel zoo supports a project for the conservation of Sumatran rhinos and he is responsible for the Indian rhino EEP, the European captive breeding program for this species. He is the vice-president of VDZ (the association of German, Austrian and Swiss zoos).
Henshaw Curator of Mammals — San Diego Wild Animal Park
Randy is the Henshaw curator of mammals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where he has worked for over 35 years. He is also vice-chair of the AZA Rhinoceros Taxon Advisory Group, species coordinator for the AZA Greater one-horned rhino SSP, and a member of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group.
Terri Roth, PhD
Director — Cincinnati Zoological Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Terri is director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife and the Zoo’s VP of Conservation and Science. Her work led to the successful breeding of a Sumatran rhino and the first Sumatran rhino calf produced in captivity in 112 years.
CEO + Founder — SalterMitchell PR
April is CEO and Founder of SalterMitchell PR, a public relations firm based in Florida. She provides strategic communications consulting to senior business and communications leaders, including Fortune 100 companies, government officials and policy leaders. She is executive producer of the podcast Fluent in Floridian.
Nashville Zoo President and CEO
Rick has been active in conservation for almost thirty years, recognized for his expertise with clouded leopards. Since 1989, he has been the director and primary architect of Nashville Zoo - building facilities, designing exhibits and working extensively with other zoos to develop the outstanding collection of species represented at Nashville Zoo.
Director Emeritus — Gladys Porter Zoo
Don is director emeritus of the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Before retiring, he served for many years on the AZA Rhino Taxon Advisory Group as the Black Rhino Species Coordinator. He currently lives in the Texas Hill Country, but does periodic relief work for two veterinary practices.
Nina joined IRF in May of 2020 as its Executive Director. She has been a wildlife conservation professional for more than 30 years. She previously held positions as vice president of philanthropy and vice president of field conservation at Defenders of wildlife, and was executive director at bat conservation international.
CeCe joined IRF as deputy director in 2016. Previously she worked at WWF, focusing on combatting the illegal wildlife trade and demand for illegal wildlife products in the U.S. and Asia, while also managing community based conservation projects in East Africa. Follow her @cecesieffert.
Emily works as the IRF Operations Manager from the program office in Strasburg, Virginia. After obtaining her bachelors degree at the College of William and Mary, Emily began working in the non-profit sector, first, as an English teacher at an alternative education school for at-risk youth, and then as a Program Coordinator for an educational farm. Emily has served her local community as a member of the Strasburg Town Council since July 2018.
Regina joined program office team in Strasburg, VA in 2018. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Youth Development Center in Winchester, VA for many years where she worked as a mentor for at-risk teens while managing a 6-acre campus dedicated to youth. Those experiences gained will now be reassigned to excitement for endangered rhinos!
Maggie Moore has worked for IRF on and off since 2007. As Development Director, she oversees IRF's fundraising activities. Maggie has nearly twenty years of experience in fundraising and project management with international NGOs.
Chris joined as Communications Director in 2019. He has more than twenty years of nonprofit and corporate experience, including serving as the first CEO of the Mon Valley Alliance, an economic and community development nonprofit. With a passion for storytelling and new technologies, he is excited to help save the world’s rhinos.
With a background in behavior analysis, Stacy has been a zookeeper for 10+ years and has trained and taken care of many rhinos in that time. She is currently completing her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and has been assisting with IRF's digital marketing and communications since June 2018.
Raoul du Toit
African Rhino Program Coordinator
A native Zimbabwean, Raoul has coordinated conservation initiatives that have helped develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe. He also advocates on the internationally for rhino protection and has helped reintroduce rhino populations in Botswana and Zambia.
Indonesia Program Coordinator
Inov has been with IRF since 2006, and he has worked in rhino conservation for over 15 years. He was a program officer for Indonesia of Rhino Friend from 2000 until 2006. Inov is also involved Sumatran rhino research and he assists Rhino Foundation of Indonesia (YABI).
Zimbabwe Rhino Monitoring Coordinator
Natasha is IRF’s Zimbabwe rhino monitoring coordinator. Though born in Australia, she has been based in the South East Lowveld in Zimbabwe for 16 years. She helps manage the Lowveld Rhino Trust’s education program and also monitors a population of rhinos in Bubye and Save Valley Conservancies.
Bibhab Kumar Talukdar
Asian Rhino Program Coordinator
Bibhab serves as IRF’s Asian Rhino Program Coordinator, overseeing our work in Indonesia and India. He is Chair of the IUCN SSC Asian Rhino Specialist Group, and Secretary General of the Indian NGO Aaranyak. He has been involved in rhino research and conservation in Asia since 1996.
Rahul Dutta coordinates IRF's anti-poaching and wildlife crime monitoring work in Assam, India. Working closely with the forest department, police and other enforcement agencies as well as Indian Rhino Vision 2020 partners.
Former Executive Director 2006-2020
Dr. Susie Ellis was RF's Executive Director from 2006 to 2020. She is a member of the IUCN Conservation Breeding, Penguin, African Rhino, and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and is the Red List Authority for the latter. Dr. Ellis continues to work with IRF as a consultant. Follow her @rhinogoddess.
Senior Veterinarian at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Dr Benn Bryant graduated from Sydney University and has been working as a wildlife veterinarian for 20 years. He is currently Senior Veterinarian at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia where his responsibilities include the health management of 3 species of rhinoceros being managed in international cooperative breeding programs. He has been a veterinary consultant to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia since 2007 and has provided veterinary support to the SRS team.
Director — Wildlife Asia; Chairperson — Asian Rhino Project
Clare is the director of Wildlife Asia, chairperson of the Asian Rhino Project, president of the Silvery Gibbon Project, and treasurer and conservation fund committee member of The Orangutan Project. She is also a member of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group.
Senior Veterinarian, White Oak Conservation
Dr. Scott Citino graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a veterinarian for the White Oak Conservation Center since 1993. He is author or co-author of numerous publications, proceedings abstracts, and book chapters in various disciplines of zoo and wildlife medicine. His research interests include anesthesia, infectious and non-infectious diseases, and reproductive physiology of captive and free-ranging wildlife.
Director — Save the Rhino International
Cathy is director of Save the Rhino International, a UK-registered charity working closely with IRF to conserve rhinos in Africa and Asia. Cathy is a member of the IUCN SSC African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups, and is also Conservation Advisor to the EAZA Rhino Taxon Advisory Group.
Hoof stock Curator - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Adam has been at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for almost 30 years and was involved in the original importation of southern black rhinos from Zimbabwe in 1992—the origination of the IRF. He is the population manager of the IRF’s Southern Black Rhino Sustainability Program and the white rhino SSP Coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He serves on the steering committee of the Rhino Advisory Group.
Research Manager and Population Biologist — Disney's Animal Kingdom
Gina is research manager and population biologist at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She also serves on the AZA’s Rhino Advisory Group Steering Committee, and as the studbook keeper for both the global ex situ population of Southern black rhino and the North American population of Eastern black rhino.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park Director
Jim Fouts has been in the zoo industry since 1972. In 1978, he began importing birds and animals from all over the world for zoological collections, and in 1985, he opened bird import stations in Los Angeles. In the same year, Jim began developing a holding/breeding compound in Goddard, Kan. Jim is also the Vice Chairman of the Zoological Association of America.
Executive Director – Corporate Communications and ESR
Sesha manages corporate communications and citizenship initiatives of Disney in Southeast Asia and India. He has been involved in environmental and various conservation awareness initiatives across Asia for over 25 years now.
Principal - Adisa
Laura specializes in executive and leadership development, team and organizational effectiveness, and aligning organizations to deliver its strategy. She’s a member of Forbes Coaching Council and serves on the board of Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Vice President of Community Relations — Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Patty is the vice president of Community Relations for the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds. She serves on the AZA Professional Development and Public Relations, and on IRF’s Communications Committee.
Executive Director of Conservation — White Oak Conservation Holdings
Steve is executive director of White Oak Conservation Holdings and oversees the organization’s wildlife management and conservation education programs. He has been involved with the captive management of 4 of the 5 living rhino species. He is currently chairman of the AZA Rhino Advisory Group.
IRF Accounting Support
Amira is a native Texan and an accounting graduate of the University of North Texas. She has provided accounting support to IRF since 2011 and has enjoyed watching the organization grow in public support. She looks forward to seeing IRF achieve even more in its rhino conservation efforts.
IRF Legal Counsel
Leslie Darby is a Intellectual Property partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman. She counsels nonprofit organizations on clearing, protecting, and licensing trademarks and copyrights. She is proud to assist IRF with various intellectual property agreements, rights of publicity matters, and trademark filings.
IRF Accounting Support
Yvonne has been a supporting staff member for the accounting department in Fort Worth, Texas and has been involved with IRF since 2015. Yvonne enjoys working with the IRF staff and is proud to be a part of the IRF organization.
IRF Accounting Support
Laura Hess is a CPA in Fort Worth, Texas who has provided the accounting support for the International Rhino Foundation since 2002.
IRF Legal Counsel
Dana is an attorney in Fort Worth, Texas who also represents numerous nonprofit organizations. She has represented IRF since 2000 when she joined Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. She works with IRF staff to draft and review contracts for services and grant awards and assists with other legal matters.
IRF Legal Counsel
Dee Steer serves as the head of the Estate Planning, Probate and Nonprofit Organizations practice group of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, a Fort Worth, Texas law firm. HE has represented IRF as its legal counsel since 1991 when IRF was originally incorporated as The International Black Rhino Foundation.