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.

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 […]

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 […]