leadership team

Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors for the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is a voluntary group of dedicated conservationists, business experts, fundraisers, and partners that assist in providing direction for the Fund. In addition to the Board of Directors, several teams of people review grant proposals, coordinate fundraising events, assist in conservation programs and communicate the work the Fund supports.

Meet the Board

  • Dr. Christopher Dold

    Dr. Christopher Dold, President

    Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold has served as the Chief Zoological Officer of the Company since April 2016. In his role, Chris leads the Company’s team of zoological professionals and oversees all animal programs, rescue and rehabilitation, science, conservation and education. Prior to that, Dr. Dold served as Vice President, Veterinary Services from 2008 until April 2016 and Senior Veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando from 2005 to 2008.

    Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Dold was a National Academies- National Research Council Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program and completed a University of California-Davis Internship in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.

    Dr. Dold is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, European Association for Aquatic Mammals, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Dr. Dold received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Robert Yordi

    Rob Yordi, Executive Director

    Rob Yordi has been the Zoological Director for SeaWorld Global Theme Park Development since 2016. He has over 30 years experience in the zoological field and has helped to administer the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund grants for the past decade.

    Rob started his career at Marineland of the Pacific in California as an animal care staff member, working with a variety of marine animals including killer whales, walruses, penguins, dolphins, and sharks. He then became a part of the zoological team that opened SeaWorld San Antonio, where he worked for 16 years in the Aviculture Department. Rob spent the next 4 years at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as Zoological Manager overseeing grey wolves, ambassador animals, and Clydesdale horses. Rob then oversaw the zoological plans for SeaWorld’s Dubai expansion concept. When that projected ended in 2010, Rob became the Curator of Zoological Operations at Busch Gardens Tampa in which he was responsible for the tigers, orangutans, rhinos, and elephants.

    Rob’s work for the Fund has allowed him the opportunity to visit projects in Panama, Uganda, Cambodia, South Africa, Brazil, and the U.S. so far. Rob’s professional association memberships include the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, International Marine Mammal Trainers Association, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, American Association of Zookeepers, and he is the Vice-Chair for the Southen Tamandua SSP. Rob also serves as a long standing Board Member for Service Dogs, Inc in Texas.


  • Martin Hammer | SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

    Martin Hammar, Treasurer

    Martin Hammer is the Treasurer for the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Martin has been in several roles within the accounting department of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment since 2010. He currently serves as Corporate Manager of Property Accounting for the company. Martin has coordinated the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund's accounting since 2013.

    Born and raised in Sweden, Martin was recruited to play soccer at Webber International University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Martin and his wife Christy have two girls, Hanna and Holly.

  • Corrine Brindley

    Corrine Brindley, Board Member

    Corrine Brindley’s SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment career began in 1987 in the SeaWorld San Diego public relations department. Responsibilities included acting as park spokesperson, developing story ideas and writing press releases. While in public relations Corrine penned a dozen SeaWorld San Diego television specials, and was awarded two Emmy awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in writing.

    In 1998 Corrine helped coordinate the company’s first ballot initiative. The passage of Proposition D, the SeaWorld height initiative, allowed the California park to propose attractions over 30 feet tall on the park’s city-leased land. After the successful initiative campaign, Corrine was tasked with developing SeaWorld’s first Community and Government Relations Department. In 2010, as part of a company restructuring, she was promoted to Vice President of External Affairs and transferred to the company’s corporate team.

    Currently Corrine is responsible for federal affairs, and government relations in the company’s five states serving as the primary contact for city, county, state and federal representatives. She also oversees non-profit conservation partnerships and provides strategic direction for the parks’ community relations efforts. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Corrine is a native San Diegan. She sits on numerous industry boards and committees, and is active in the local community. An avid traveler, she has visited each of the seven continents.

  • Board Member Chris Ivy

    Christopher Ivy, Board Member

    Christopher Ivy is the Senior Vice President of In-Park Revenue and Strategic Partnerships for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Prior to joining SeaWorld, he was a Partner in the Dallas office for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he advised Travel and Tourism and Retail clients across the globe on a range of growth, insights and efficiency topics. Prior to his work at BCG, Christopher worked in Mergers and Acquisitions across a wide range of clients and industries.

    Christopher holds an MBA from The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University.

  • Board member Aimee Jeansonne-Becca

    Aimée Jeansonne-Becka, Board Member

    As the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island, Aimée Jeansonne-Becka is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications roles with increasing responsibilities in media communications, brand advertising, reputation management, executive visibility, employee communications, and project development.  Prior to this role, Aimée was Corporate Vice President of Communications for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Prior to joining SeaWorld Parks, she began her professional career as a photojournalist with the St. Petersburg Times.

    Aimée holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She serves on the U.S. Travel Association Communications Committee.

  • Hendrick Nollens | SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

    Hendrik Nollens, Board Member

    Hendrik Nollens is currently the Vice President of Animal Health for the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks, after serving as a senior staff veterinarian at SeaWorld San Diego.

    Dr. Nollens received his veterinary degree from the University of Gent in Belgium, a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a PhD in infectious diseases of marine mammals from the University of Florida. He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor in marine mammal medicine at the University of Florida. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers on various topics of marine animal health and disease. He is a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wildlife Disease Association and he is the vice chair of the Working Group for Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events.