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 Swanson, Treasurer
Marc Swanson, Chief Accounting Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, is responsible for accounting functions for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.
Swanson has held several positions during his career with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. He was Vice President of Performance Management and Corporate Controller for Busch Entertainment Corporation, and Vice President of Finance of Sesame Place.
Marc holds a BA degree in Accounting from Purdue University and a MA degree in Business Administration from DePaul University.
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 holds an engineering degree from Memphis State University and an MBA from St. Louis University.
In 2009, he made Tampa his home where he is currently Park President of Busch Gardens and Adventure Island and oversees not only one of the best theme parks in the world, but also one of the largest animal collections in the country. Jim serves on the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Strategy Committee and is active in the community serving on numerous boards in the Tampa Bay area.
Jim began his career in the theme park industry when he joined Anheuser-Busch in 1985 as an analyst in their corporate headquarters. He worked in a number of locations across the country and in Europe. He moved to Orlando in 2008 to help relocate the corporate office of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. While in Orlando, he served as the Vice President of Finance as well as assumed responsibility for revenue operations for the company.
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 Veterinarian for Pathology and Research for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, joining the company in 1999. Dr. St. Leger works with federal agencies and biologists to investigate causes for 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 has degrees from Cobleskill College and Cornell University.
Julie Scardina, Member
Julie Scardina is the Corporate Director of the Animal Ambassador Program and a National Spokesperson for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Julie makes more than 100 media appearances a year, highlighting the parks' commitment to animal education and conservation. Julie started her career as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld San Diego. Julie often travels throughout the world visiting many of the projects supported by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Julie holds a BA degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from San Diego State University. She is a former President of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, and a current member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, International Association of Avian Trainers & Educators and several other conservation organizations.
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.
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 is the Co-Chair of the Trends Committee of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and the Treasurer/Secretary 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.