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: