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Cleveland Zoological Society Hires New Director of Development

CLEVELAND – MAY 16, 2014 –The Cleveland Zoological Society announced the appointment of Kim Epley, Ph.D., to the role of Director of Development. In her new role at the Zoo Society, Epley will play a large part in the next capital campaign and will help to oversee the development program overall.

Epley brings enthusiasm and experience to the Zoo Society thanks to her fundraising and science-filled background. She comes to the Zoo Society from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she served as Director of Development – Surgery, raising funds for research and education programs and initiatives across multiple surgical disciplines. Prior development positions include Director of Regional Development – East for CWRU School of Medicine; and Assistant Director of Development for the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.

Before launching her fundraising career, Epley worked as a Research Assistant Professor at the Whitney Lab, where she also completed a Post-Doc. She earned a PhD in Biological Sciences from Bowling Green State University, as well as her undergraduate degree.

The Cleveland Zoological Society promotes Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as a civic funding priority and maintains the largest membership program in Northeast Ohio (43,000 households). Zoo Society donors help the Zoo and Zoo Society fulfill a shared mission to create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife.

Media contact:
Elizabeth T. Fowler, Executive Director
(216) 635.3342