Buttonwood Park Zoological Society

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society (BPZS) is a private, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation founded in 1969. BPZS’ mission is to support the Buttonwood Park Zoo in creating experiences for exploring and enjoying the natural world.

The Society supports the Zoo by managing the membership program, running the concessions, producing family events and coordinating fundraising activities. BPZS is also proud to support the Zoo’s educational programming. The Society is managed by the Director of Society Operations and supported by a Board of Directors.


2018 Board of Directors


  • Marion Wainer, President
    Sid Wainer & Son
  • Joseph Nauman, Vice President
    Acushnet Holdings Corp. (Ret.)
  • Peter Selley, Vice President
    Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Chris Jacobsen, Treasurer
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Melissa Walsh, Secretary
    Brown University


  • Maureen Armstrong
    Sylvia Group
  • Kristine Arsenault*
    Mayor’s Office City of New Bedford
  • Roz Bernheimer
    Williams College Museum of Art, Fellow Committee
  • Patrice Coholan
    Horizon Marine, Inc. (Ret.)
  • Harry Jacobvitz
    BQC, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Martin
    Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Rene Moniz
    Partridge, Snow & Hahn LLP
  • Fred Smialek
    Hospital Administrator (Ret.)
  • Dr. Jauna Souza
    Baarsvik Orthodontics
  • Dr. Jonathan Waage
    Brown University (Emeritus Professor of Biology)

* Non-voting Member