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January 30, 2017

SHERRI KOELBEL ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF DENVER ZOOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

Former Chairman Patrick E. Green elected as Executive Vice Chair of prestigious Denver Board

Sherri Koelbel has been elected to serve as the 2017 Chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees. The Foundation also elected previous chairman Patrick E. Green as Executive Vice Chair. This prestigious board oversees Denver Zoo’s continued role as a leader in animal care and exhibition, science and environmental education, conservation programs and scientific study. 

“I welcome the opportunity to serve in this leadership role during a very important time for Denver Zoo because of the exciting and innovative new exhibits we will be building through the implementation of the 2015 Master Plan,” Koelbel said.

"The Koelbel family has long supported Denver Zoo, in fact my children’s great-grandparents’ Julie and Carl Norgren, played an active role in bringing Denver Zoo’s first elephant, Cookie, to the Zoo in the 1950’s.”

Koelbel will play an active leadership role in the next phase of the Zoo’s Master Plan and will oversee the implementation of recommendations made by the City and County of Denver’s recent performance audit. A Colorado resident since 1978, she has worked in public relations and marketing and has served on the Zoo’s board since May 2006. In 2000, Koelbel chaired the Zoo’s signature fundraising event, “Do At The Zoo” raising more than $600,000 in funds for the Zoo. Currently, Koelbel’s leadership also includes serving on the board of directors of the Denver Santa Claus Shop and the Colorado Council for Economic Education. Previously she served on the board for Junior League of Denver and was a founding board member of the Girls, Inc. Foundation.

“As a board member of Denver Zoo I am frequently asked if I have a favorite animal. I DO NOT. To me, that would be like asking if I had a favorite child! Well… I do, but that changes from day to day,” said Koelbel.

Patrick Green is an Executive Director with JPMorgan Chase’s Denver-based Middle Market Commercial Banking team, working with the company and its predecessors since 1984. He first joined Denver Zoo’s board of trustees in 1998 and served a three-year term as Chairman from 2008 through 2010. Green is active in the Denver community with his current involvement as an Executive Committee member of the Metro Denver EDC, past Chairman of Craig Hospital and past President of the Professionals for Colorado Contractors Council.  He has also served on the boards of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Group and Black Star Communications.

Lyne Andrich also was elected Vice Chair of Finance and Katie Magner was elected Secretary of the Foundation. Louis L. Clinton III will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair. Shannon Block serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Zoological Foundation.

Denver Zoo’s board of trustees is comprised of 45 members, including four mayoral appointees, the Executive Director 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.