Ape Care

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

Ashley Almanza, Caregiver
Nicole Barker, Nutrition
Will Becker, Caregiver
Tammy Buhrmester, Caregiver
Mandy Chorman, Caregiver
Jessie Farrington, Caregiver
Elizabeth Fochtman, Caregiver
Daileen Grega, Caregiver
Meghann Helt, Caregiver
Alex Henderickson, Nutrition
Adriana Hernandez, Caregiver
Amy Jones, Caregiver
Sydney Kolpien, Caregiver
Basil Malamis, Caregiver
Alex Mason, Caregiver
Bret Osher, Caregiver
Brandi Rubeck, Caregiver
Shannon Snead, Caregiver
Katherine Thumm, Caregiver
Alicia Tillman, Caregiver
Erika Vessels, Nutrition Coordinator & Caregiver
Darlene Winslet, Caregiver
Mel Weisman, 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 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


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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