Board of Directors

Chimps Inc.’s Advisors and Board of Directors bring together a mix of backgrounds and experience, and provide leadership and advice in the best interest of both the sanctuary and chimpanzee conservation.  Our directors share expertise in business, marketing, veterinary medicine, nonprofit management, fundraising, public relations, education, and animal husbandry.

Lesley Day, President

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lesley grew up taking care of various different farm animals and native wildlife. She moved to Bend in the early 1970’s and attended the University of Oregon where she majored in Art. […]

Julie Clarke, Vice President

Julie was born and raised in Oregon. She grew up around animals and developed a passion for animal welfare at a young age. She worked as a project and event coordinator at Nike, helping to open the first NIKETOWN in Portland and spearheading trade shows and shoe launches. […]

Zelia Flannery, Secretary/Treasurer

Zelia (Nauer) Flannery was raised and educated in Canada. She moved to the United States to begin her career, first as a statistician for Hewlett Packard’s Dymec Division. […]

Karin Thompson

Karin earned her first degree from the University of Oregon in Sociology, and soon followed her passion for helping others with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Linfield College. Karin has lived in Bend since 2005, where she has dedicated herself to the field of nursing and community involvement. […]

Eileen McLellan

Eileen’s life’s work has been in the food industry having experience in agriculture, research and development, processing, quality control, as well as the culinary arts […]

Lenna Comini

Lenna grew up in Central Oregon and still considers it ‘home’. She began her professional career in 1980 joining a small Oregon company called Blue Ribbon Sports, which soon became […]

Michel Waller

Michel Waller is an assistant professor of anthropology at Central Oregon Community College and an instructor of anthropology for the University of Oregon. He studies bonobo and chimpanzee […]

Pat Dowell

Pat is an Executive Search Consultant with Hebard Search Partners, a boutique retained executive search firm in Chicago. She has lived in several cities […]