Meet Our Team

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 — COO

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

Kylie Deese – General Manager

Kylie has been an employee at Wild Animal Safari since 2012. After graduating from LaGrange College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, she dedicated her life to become a full-time keeper at Wild Animal Safari in 2013. Originally from Carrollton, Georgia, she has been interested in and active with animals since childhood. Hobbies outside of work include traveling, observing wildlife and enjoying the great outdoors.


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