Ape Care

David Murphy, DVM, Veterinarian
Carissa Alvarez, RVT & Ape Health Coordinator

Alicia Hansen, Ape Care Supervisor of Orangutans
Mandy Chorman, Ape Care Supervisor of Chimpanzees

Ashley Almanza, Caregiver
Nicole Barker, Nutrition
Jacqueline Brophy, Caregiver
Halle Brummett, Caregiver
Tammy Buhrmester, Caregiver
Jessie Farrington, Caregiver
Kaylee Fernandez, Caregiver
Elizabeth Fochtman, Caregiver
Kandice Gagnon, Caregiver
Kaitlin Garrison, Caregiver
Daileen Grega, Caregiver
Alex Henderickson, Nutrition
Adriana Hernandez, Caregiver
Amy Jones, Caregiver
Sydney Kolpien, Caregiver
Basil Malamis, Caregiver
Alex Mason, Caregiver
Shirley Morales, Nutrition
Brandi Rubeck, Caregiver
Lydia Simmons, Caregiver
Shannon Snead, Caregiver
Katherine Thumm, Caregiver
Alicia Tillman, Caregiver
Erika Vessels, Nutrition Center Supervisor
Darlene Winslet, Caregiver
Mel Weisman, Caregiver
Meghan Woerner, Caregiver
Niki Workley, Caregiver


Patti Ragan, Founding Director

Lisa Oliver, Chief Operating Officer
Diane Beatty, CFRE, Director of Development
Lauren Burditt, Donor Programs Coordinator
Joy Hernandez, Volunteer Coordinator
Lisaanne Lewis, Donor Relations Assistant
Melissa Anderson, Bookkeeper

Maintenance & Grounds

Hecner "Dez" Hernandez, Manager
Tony Snead
Teddy Ray
Rolando Reyes
Maria Reyes
Mike Trevino
Kenny Pabon Andino


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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