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.
Brad Andrews, Chairman and Executive Director
Brad Andrews, Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, is responsible for all SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks' animal programs, including husbandry, training, conservation, veterinary, and education programs.
Andrews began his SeaWorld career in 1987 as Associate Curator for SeaWorld of California. He started working with marine mammals in 1972 at Marineland of the Pacific, later becoming General Curator at that marine life park.
He holds a biology/chemistry degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. Andrews is the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, Past-President of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Past-President of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, Past-Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and a member of several professional associations including the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, the International Wild Waterfowl Association, and the Society of Marine Mammalogists.
Marc G. Swanson, Treasurer
Marc G. Swanson is the Treasurer for the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. He has been Chief Accounting Officer since 2012 for SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., and served as interim Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 until September 2015. Previously, he was Vice President Performance Management and Corporate Controller of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 20111 and Vice President of Finance of Sesame Place from 2004 to 2008.
Mr. Swanson is also on the Board of Trustees of the Orlando Science Center. Mr. Swanson holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Purdue University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. Mr. Swanson is a CPA.
Jim Atchison, Member
Jim Atchison is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. The company inspires 23 million guests each year to celebrate, connect and care for the natural world, and employs over 20,000 people nationwide. Previously, Jim was the President and CEO, leading the company through the most dynamic growth of its history, culminating in 2013 with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment becoming a publicly traded company on the NYSE.
Atchison began his career in 1985 parking cars and welcoming guests at Busch Gardens in Tampa. He progressed through positions in operations, finance, business analysis and marketing. In 2007 he was named the head of Busch Entertainment Corporation.
Jim holds a BA in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. Jim was appointed by Florida's governor to serve on the Board of Trustees for UCF, and has served in leadership roles within the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Commission on Tourism.
Virginia “Ginny” Busch, Member
Virginia Busch is the Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center. She served for eight years as the Conservation Ambassador for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens as well as the President of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. In her role, she helped to create the Fund, assisted the parks in expanding their conservation programs and served as a media spokesperson.
Ginny is a National Council Member for World Wildlife Fund, a Board member for Fauna & Flora International, the Humane Society of Missouri, and serves on several committees for the St. Louis Zoo. She is also a committee member for the National Geographic Society Council of Advisors.
Ginny earned her BA in Anthropology with an emphasis on animal behavior from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jim Dean, Member
Jim has been the President at SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica since January 2017.
From 2009-2017 Jim served as President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. During that time, Jim and his team earned the prestigious Liseberg Applause Award for excellence in the theme park industry. He was also active in the Tampa Bay community serving on numerous boards including the Chairman of Visit Tampa Bay, the Tourist Development Council, The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Economic Development Corp, University of South Florida College of Business Executive Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Tampa Innovation Alliance.
After graduating from The University of Memphis in 1980, Jim began his career as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri. He then joined Anheuser-Busch as an analyst in their corporate headquarters in 1985. During his time with Anheuser-Busch, he worked in a number of locations across the country and five years as the head of finance with the Anheuser-Busch European office located in London. He returned to the U.S. as Vice President of Accounting and Controls for the U.S. brewing division in St. Louis.
Jim moved to Florida in 2008 to help relocate the corporate office of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment (formerly Busch Entertainment Corporation) and served as Vice President of Finance for the company as well as Corporate Vice President of Revenue Operations before moving to Tampa.
Jim holds an Engineering degree from The University of Memphis and an MBA in Finance from St. Louis University. He also serves on The University of Memphis Alumni National Board, the Board of Visit Orlando, The I-Drive Business Improvement District and The Orlando Economic Development Commission.
Jack Hanna, Member
Jungle Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds.
Recognized as America's favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Fox News Programs, and CNN News Programs.
Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs. Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna's Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown.
Dr. Judy St. Leger, Member
Dr. Judy St. Leger is the Corporate Vice-President of Research and Science for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. In this position, she works with universities, research institutes and state and federal agencies and biologists to investigate wildlife mortality and potential environmental concerns impacting wildlife. She is also responsible for looking after the research efforts related to the animal collections and education programs for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Dr. St. Leger's research and conservation efforts have taken her across the globe. She has investigated the natural history of toucans in Peru, the diving physiology of penguins in Antarctica, baleen whale mortalities in Australia and Mexico, and assisted in rehabilitation efforts of pangolins in Vietnam.
Dr. St. Leger is a strong proponent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. She frequently lectures at programs designed to inspire interest in medicine and ocean conservation science. She is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill as well as Cornell University. She did her advanced veterinary training in pathology in the UC Davis Diagnostic Lab system. She is a member and past president of the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, a member of the Wildlife Disease Association, and has been on the scientific advisory boards for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and the wildlife health board of the Morris Animal Foundation. She continues a commitment to wildlife pathology on the board of the CL Davis and Sam Thompson Foundation and trains students regularly in veterinary pathology.
Julie Scardina, Secretary
Julie is a speaker, teacher, and mentor working to improve the lives of animals worldwide. She recently retired from a career spanning nearly 40 years with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Julie's passion for wildlife and wild places is rivaled only by her commitment to encouraging others to make a difference for the world we share.
Julie, along with Jeff Flocked, co-authored the beautiful and inspiring book, Wildlife Heroes, highlighting 40 people around the globe who have dedicated their lives to saving species.
Julie holds the title as the most frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared on NBC's Today Show more than 100 times discussing animals and conservation. Julie also travelled the globe for years with Jack Hanna, appearing in his weekly show Animal Adventures.
She is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Animal Welfare Committee, the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Board, and a recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Marine Animal Trainers Association. Julie holds a BA degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from San Diego State University.
Bert Share, Member
Bert Share is senior global director, Beer & Better World for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global environmental sustainability strategy, including water sustainability across the value chain. Bert collaborates with most business functions, including Manufacturing, Communications, Investor Relations, Procurement, Innovations, Logistics and the company’s six Zones to help deliver the company’s dream of becoming the Best Beer Company, Bringing People Together for a Better World. He also works to build global partnerships with a variety of external stakeholders that support the company’s environmental and business objectives.
Bert began his career in 1982 at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Baldwinsville, New York brewery as a wastewater lab technician and has held a variety of plant and corporate positions, including leading many of company’s environmental integration and outreach efforts.
Bert, a native of Syracuse, NY, received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.
Bert is married and has two children, Erika 25 and Taylor 26.
Bill Street, Member
Bill Street is the Corporate Curator of Conservation and Education for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. In this role, he looks after the education programs and conservation efforts for the company. Bill has appeared on several national television programs, including the Today Show, the Weather Channel, and was the host of Adventure Camp, an Emmy nominated children's television show broadcast on the Discovery Channel and CBBC.
Bill has been a leader in environmental education for over 15 years. He has served as Committee Co-Chair within The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Board of Directors of the International Zoo Educators Association.
Before coming to SeaWorld, Bill was the Director of Education at Busch Gardens in Tampa, the Senior Director of Education at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington D.C., and had leadership positions at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in California and the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL.
Sheila Voss, Member
Sheila Voss serves as the Vice President of Education at the Missouri Botanical Garden, helping guide and strengthen the Garden’s efforts to engage, educate, and inspire current and future generations of citizens. She leads a team of diverse professionals based at Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and Litzsinger Road Ecology Center.
Sheila has over 20 years of experience working in informal science learning environments, including zoos, aquaria, nature centers, and botanic gardens. Prior to joining the Garden, Sheila served as Corporate Director of Education and Conservation for the SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove parks and served as the Executive Director of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Today, Sheila also serves on the boards of Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, a regional non-profit focused on restoring and protecting urban trees and forests, and LUME Institute, a St. Louis based organization working to achieve a vision in which all children are emotionally, socially, and academically ready to succeed. Sheila holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences/Public Administration and Policy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a B.A. in English/Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Glenn Young, Member
Glenn Young has over a four decade history of working with animals, wildlife and conservation. For over thirty years, Glenn held leadership roles in the zoological departments at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. Glenn has participated in research programs involving several marine mammal species, including dolphins, manatees and killer whales, including photographic surveys of killer whales in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Glenn has been active in several zoo and wildlife associations and has held Board of Director positions for the International Elephant Foundation and the Brevard Zoo. He has been on the Board of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund since its inception.
Glenn earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Central Florida and has published several research papers and presented on a variety of marine mammal related topics.