Mill Mountain Zoo’s Board of Directors has announced that they have hired a new Executive Director. Lucy A. Cook, formerly of Buffalo, New York, joins the Zoo, bringing years of fundraising experience, organizational development, resource development, grant writing, grants management, and strategic planning. Cook succeeds Ray Corriea, who left late last year for family reasons.
Cook has most recently worked through Cook Associates as a national consultant specializing in non-profit management and resource development services. Serving as the founding Executive Director of the organization during its transition from the Buffalo Friends of Olmsted Parks to the Conservancy, Cook guided the organization’s growth from a small Friends group to a Conservancy model that today is a multi-million dollar entity responsible for the management of all the parks within the Frederick Law Olmsted designed system. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with Lucy Cook:
He was in Roanoke signing copies of his new book yesterday … you hear him every morning on the “Huckabee Report” … former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also spoke to WFIR’s Gene Marrano yesterday:
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Hotel room demand in “Virginia’s Blue Ridge” for 2014 increased more than two-percent over the previous year … continuing an upward trend for bookings. Landon Howard with the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says their “visit-VA-blue-ridge-dot-com” website has helped fuel that demand .. More than 1-point-1 million hotel rooms were booked in the Roanoke Valley region last year … 25-thousand more than in 2013. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with Howard, the bureau’s executive director: