We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals. It is through their continual combined effort that we are able to serve the community, care for our animals and achieve great things. We wanted to take a moment and give you a bit of information about the people that make our organization work so well.
Parks! America Management Team
Dale W. Van Voorhis — Chairman and CEO
Dale has worked in the amusement and entertainment field for most of his professional career. He served as a senior officer and founder of an amusement and entertainment company which spanned 26 years and grew from $1 million in revenues to over $53 million! Additionally, he has been a treasurer, vice president of finance and president and CEO of Funtime Parks, Inc..
Currently, Dale serves as Chairman and CEO of Parks! America. As a certified public accountant and MBA graduate, he has had a long and successful career of leadership and entrepreneurship. He brings strategic ideas, financial knowledge and innovation to the exciting world of amusement and entertainment.
Mike Newman — Vice President of Safari Operations
Mike grew up in Georgia and holds a bachelors degree in human resource management. He has a diverse background in management, plastics, real estate and as business owner. He also worked with the white-tail research facility at UGA. Additionally, he is also a family man, married to his high school sweetheart and raising two daughters.
Todd Randall White — CFO
Todd has a long track record as an effective finance professional and business leader. He spent eight years as Vice President Global Controller for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company where he spearheaded a variety of mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive knowledge of technical accounting, complex business contracts and large-scale management.
Currently, Todd serves as Chief Financial Office for Parks! America. As a strong business professional ,he brings a wealth of knowledge, foresight, and expertise to the organization.
Wild Animal Safari Georgia Park Management Team
Katie Harrison – General Manager
Katie Harrison was born and raised in North Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology. From a young age Katie had a passion for animals and loved visiting the zoo with her family every summer. In 2013, she landed her dream job as a full-time zookeeper at Wild Animal Safari.
Currently, Katie is the General Manager of the Georgia park. She resides in LaGrange, GA with her husband, Joel, and their son, Wolfe.