Meet the Board
Hendrik Nollens, President
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.
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.
Elizabeth Gulacsy, Treasurer
Elizabeth Gulacsy is the Treasurer for the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Elizabeth was appointed Chief Accounting Officer for SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., in August 2017. Prior to that role, she served as Corporate Vice President of Financial Reporting and Director of Financial Reporting for the company. Prior to working for SeaWorld, Elizabeth was Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller for Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. and an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young LLP.
Ms. Gulacsy holds a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and is a certified public accountant. Elizabeth resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and two children.
Martin Hammar, Assistant Treasurer
Martin Hammer is the Assistant 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, 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.
Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley, Member
Suzanne is the Corporate Communications Manager for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, leading the companies 12 parks in sharing stories about conservation and the environment, animal initiatives and new park attractions. She has been with the company for more than 18 years and has held a number of marketing positions, starting as a publicist at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. She is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. Suzanne serves as the public relations manager for the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, a volunteer team tasked with restoring and preserving a 127-year old historic working lighthouse off the coast of Long Island.
She lives with her husband, son and rescue dog in New York.