Lehigh Valley Zoological Society Announces New President & CEO

Sep 8th, 2014Press Release from Lehigh Valley Zoo

The Board of Directors of Lehigh Valley Zoological Society is pleased to announce the selection of Melissa Borland as the new President & CEO to lead Lehigh Valley Zoo.  Ms. Borland will begin her new role as of September 15, 2014.

Prior to joining the Zoo, Ms. Borland served as the Executive Director of the Miracle League of Lehigh Valley where she honed her leadership, development, community relations, and volunteer experience over six years.  A Kutztown University graduate, Ms. Borland previously worked for the Orefield campus of KidsPeace and Cornell Abraxas, operating programs for children in need.

“Lehigh Valley Zoological Society Board of Directors and Lehigh Valley Zoo staff are excited to welcome Melissa as the new Zoo President & CEO.  She brings an incredible ability to run and operate a family-friendly operation,” said Salvatore B. Verrastro, Principal, Spillman Farmer Architects and Lehigh Valley Zoological Society Chairman.  “We are fortunate to have found another President who shares our passion and enthusiasm for educating visitors, supporting research and providing a safe engaging and enlightening experience for our animals and guests.  We are confident that Melissa will successfully lead Lehigh Valley Zoo into the next decade.”

“I am incredibly thrilled to be joining the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society team.  Lehigh Valley Zoo is a wonderful facility, with limitless potential for growth and enhancement. I’ve devoted my career to promoting happiness for children and families.  The Zoo is a perfect place to continue my journey, and I can’t wait to get started.”


Media Contact:

Shirley A. Kline, Director, Development & Marketing

Lehigh Valley Zoo

5150 Game Preserve Road, P.O. Box 519, Schnecksville, PA 18078

gro.oozvlnull@enilks; 610-799-4171, ext. 223




About Lehigh Valley Zoo


As a non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society is ten years young, but as a treasured community landmark, our history spans over a century.  Lehigh Valley Zoo’s core purpose – to save species from extinction and engage people – inspires our work, our conservation education programs, and our leadership in wildlife conservation. Lehigh Valley Zoo, located in the center of the scenic 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, is home to more than 300 animal ambassadors representing over 104 species.  The Zoo’s animal collection includes 36 species classified as endangered, threatened, or species of concern.


Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoo hosts family-friendly events, educational programs and camps. In 2013, attendance reached over 135,000.  With a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in conjunction with conservation, the Zoo’s Education Department provides innovative programs aligned to meet Common Core Standards, Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors, and Eligible Content.  Lehigh Valley Zoo is proud to be listed as an educational improvement organization under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).  Lehigh Valley Zoo open year-round, was voted Best Family Day Trip in The Morning Call’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2009-2013.

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