The Omaha Zoo Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 to support the mission of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which is dedicated to the education of the public and the preservation of earth’s priceless biodiversity. Our work includes raising the funds needed to ensure the zoo’s continued growth and vibrancy and supporting its education, conservation and research initiatives. Click here for our most recent Impact Report. 

Foundation Staff

Executive Director

Tina L. Cherica

Director of Development

Kiley Thiele

Corporate and Foundation Manager

Kelsie Sis-Davis

Development Associate

Beverly Hinrichs

Executive Assistant

Jacob Houser

Board of Directors

Foundation Board Chairman 

Lee G. Simmons, DVM

Vice Chairman 

John Gottschalk


John K. Boyer


Mogens C. Bay
Howard L. Hawks
Walter Scott, Jr.
Calvin R. Sisson