Ape Care

Ida Lewis, Ape Care Manager
Rhonda Pietsch, Ape Care Manager
David Murphy, DVM, Veterinarian
Carissa Alvarez, RVT & Ape Health Coordinator
Alicia Hansen, Ape Health Coordinator

Ashley Almanza, Caregiver
Tammy Buhrmester, Caregiver
Alyshia Carrion, Nutrition
Mandy Chorman, Caregiver
Jessie Farrington, Caregiver
Elizabeth Fochtman, Caregiver
Nicole Geffner, Caregiver
Daileen Grega, Caregiver
Alex Henderickson, Nutrition
Adriana Hernandez, Caregiver
Amy Jones, Caregiver
Sydney Kolpien, Caregiver
Basil Malamis, Nutrition
Alex Mason, Caregiver
Joy McRae, Nutrition
Bret Osher, Caregiver
Brandi Rubeck, Caregiver
Shannon Snead, Caregiver
Alicia Tillman, Caregiver
Erika Vessels, Nutrition Coordinator & Caregiver
Darlene Winslet, Caregiver
Brea Woodhouse, Caregiver
Niki Workley, Caregiver



Patti Ragan, Founding Director

Lisa Oliver, Chief Operating Officer
Diane Beatty, CFRE, Director of Development
Lauren Burditt, Donor Programs Coordinator
Courtney Tooke, Office & Facilities Manager
Joy Hernandez, Volunteer Coordinator
Lisaanne Lewis, Office Assistant
Scott Semrau, Bookkeeper

Maintenance & Grounds

Hecner "Dez" Hernandez, Manager
Tony Snead
Teddy Ray
Rolando Reyes
Mike Trevino


We Need Your Help

As the only accredited orangutan sanctuary in the country and one of a handful of accredited chimpanzee sanctuaries, the Center for Great Apes has been rescuing great apes for 30 years. The Center for Great Apes does not receive funding from the federal or state governments. We are supported by donations from generous people like you, who care about the future of our orangutans and chimpanzees (both endangered species).

Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation, Inc. dba Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 65-0444725.

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