Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner, Dana Brown President & CEO

Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner

In April 2002 Dr. Bonner was appointed President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo. In 2009 his position was endowed by the Dana Brown Charitable Trust. He has chaired the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Amphibian Ark, the International Species Information System and the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group. He has served on the board of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and currently serves on several boards, including the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, BioSTL, Higher Education Channel TV, Forest Park Forever and St. Louis Regional Chamber of Growth Association (RCGA). He is a member of The Explorers Club, the Academy of Science and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Dr. Bonner received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York.  He is a Burgess Fellow, Traveling Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, President’s Fellow and a recipient of the National Research Service Award.  Dr. Bonner is the author of numerous articles and books, includingSailing with Noah, Stories from the World of Zoos.  Read more about Dr. Bonner.

Dr. Eric Miller, Senior Vice President, Director, Zoological Operations

Dr. Eric Miller

Senior Vice President and Director of Zoological Operations, R. Eric Miller, DVM, is also Director of the Zoo's WildCare Institute (the umbrella organization for the Zoo's field conservation activities). He joined the Zoo in 1981 and has served as the President of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM), and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV). He has also served on the board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In 2003, Dr. Miller received the AAZV's Dolensek Award for "exceptional contributions to the conservation, care and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife." He is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and with Dr. Murray Fowler, has served as co-editor and editor of the well-known textbook, Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine. He has worked on biomedical surveys of captive South China tigers and giant pandas, and free-ranging Galapagos avifauna.

Stephen E. Barth, Vice President, Business Operations, Chief Financial Officer

Stephen E. Barth

Stephen E. Barth has served as the Zoo's Chief Financial Officer since 1998; he joined the Zoo as Director of Business Operations in 1993 after serving in operations and accounting management positions with General Dynamics and Bonafide Oil Co., Inc. In his current role, he is responsible for fiscal oversight of the Zoo's $54 million annual budget and for fiscal oversight of the institution's $120 million Master Plan. He also has oversight responsibility for the Zoo's over $70 million investment portfolio. In his tenure with the Saint Louis Zoo, Mr. Barth has developed a group health program for the St. Louis area's major cultural institutions, saving more than $10 million over seven years. In addition, his review of St. Louis cultural institutions' tax rates resulted in increased revenues. His review of the institution's pension rates resulted in savings of over $2 million. He holds Series 6 & 63 Securities licenses. In 2012, the St. Louis Business Journal selected Mr. Barth as the top CFO among non-profit organizations.

Jack Grisham, Vice President, Animal Collections

Jack Grisham

As Vice President of Animal Collections at the Zoo, Jack Grisham is responsible for management, maintenance, welfare and nutritional services of a collection of more than 19,000 animals. He supervises the work of eight curators, one nutritionist and an animal registrar, and works indirectly with 108 other professionals. Mr. Grisham began his career at the Saint Louis Zoo and returned in 2006 after 20 years, having worked in animal management positions at the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Smithsonian Institute's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Mr. Grisham chairs the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Cheetah Species Survival Program and is past-chair of the Canid and Hyaenid Taxon Advisory Group. He has been actively involved in cheetah conservation and education programs in Africa. One of his personal goals is to train and empower the next generation of Zoo professionals so they may successfully conserve wildlife in the future.

Dustin Deschamp, Vice President, Internal Relations

Dustin Deschamp

In August 2015, Dustin Deschamp was promoted to Vice President, Internal Relations. As the Director of Human Resources at the Zoo since 2008, Deschamp has been responsible for recruiting and hiring at the Zoo. He has managed the Zoo's labor and employment issues and developed and implemented Zoo-wide policies and procedures. He directs the Zoo's human resources, compensation and benefits, security, safety and risk management, payroll, workforce development, information technology, volunteer services and internal communications departments. An attorney licensed in the states of Missouri and Illinois, he also acts as the Zoo's in-house legal counsel. Deschamp came to the Zoo after serving as an associate attorney at two St. Louis law firms, Copeland Thompson & Farris and Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was a member of the law journal and selected for an academic excellence award. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in marketing, graduating magna cum laude, from Washington University in Saint Louis, John M. Olin School of Business. Deschamp has for several years been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. He was also selected to participate in Focus St. Louis, an organization dedicated to engaging citizens to participate in active leadership roles.

Cynthia Holter, CFRE, Vice President, External Relations

Cynthia Holter

As Vice President, External Relations, Cynthia S. Holter, CFRE, is responsible for development, marketing, communications, membership, sponsorship, public relations, special events, private events and public affairs. She has been involved in philanthropy for nearly 27 years and has helped raise more than $200 million in the last decade for Zoo programs. Before joining the Saint Louis Zoo, she served in marketing for Missouri's Department of Economic Development, working closely with then-Governor Kit Bond, elected officials and lobbyists; she also was a major gifts fundraiser for the School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, now the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Ms. Holter is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Senior Professionals Committee and the Government Affairs Committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She also assists in fundraising for her alma mater, Columbia College, and for the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre and the St. Clair County Historical Society.

David F. McGuire, AIA, William Bernoudy Vice President, Architecture and Planning

David F. McGuire

David F. McGuire joined the Saint Louis Zoo in 1995, and is currently Vice President of Architecture and Planning at the Zoo. In 2014, his position was endowed by the Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation. He is responsible for design and implementation of various Zoo improvements, planning for future additions or modifications to facilities and exhibits at the Zoo, oversight of all construction and review and approval of construction, signage, horticulture and other activities that affect the aesthetics of the Zoo's 90-acre campus. He holds a degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and is certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program. He is licensed by the Missouri Board of Architecture, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Before joining the Zoo, he served for five years as Executive Vice President of a St. Louis-based architectural services firm. Active in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), he served as President of the Aquarium and Zoo Facilities Association.

Cassandra Ray, Director, Finance 

Cassandra Brown Ray, CPA, MBA, joined the Saint Louis Zoo in 1992 as a staff accountant and has served as the Controller/Director of Finance since 1999 and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Finance Office. She also works closely with the governance of the Saint Louis Zoo including the Audit, Investment and Finance committees. Mrs. Ray serves on the Francis Howell School District Finance & Operations Committee, the Audit Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the St. Patrick Center Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis (2014) and a member of the inaugural class of the FOCUS Impact Fellows, a team charged with developing and implementing an action plan using the 2015 Ferguson Commission Report as a guideline. She earned her MBA degree from Lindenwood University and her undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Before joining the Zoo, she worked for General Dynamics and McDonnell Douglas.