New Executive Director at Chimps Inc.

November 20, 2014

Chimps Inc. Announces New Executive Director


The Board of Directors of Chimps Inc. is pleased to announce that Marla O’Donnell has been appointed the new Executive Director.  Marla has over seventeen years in leadership experience, having built a career focused on community relations and development.

Chimps Inc. president Lesley Day said, “We are pleased that Marla is serving in this new capacity. Her expertise comes at a key moment as we move our organization to new heights.”

Marla, who most recently served as Sanctuary Director, will lead the Bend, Oregon-based sanctuary’s efforts to expand community relations and ensure state-of-the-art, compassionate care for the chimpanzees and big cats who reside there. Her commitment and enthusiasm for our mission is unparalleled.

“Marla is a passionate leader who shares our vision and knows how to manage the endless tasks of leading a sanctuary. She’s served in many capacities during her time at Chimps Inc. and we’re excited for the talent she possesses” says Day.

Before joining the staff at Chimps Inc., O’Donnell—a passionate animal advocate — worked as a successful business owner while volunteering at Chimps Inc. O’Donnell says, “I have a passion for all animals and I am blessed to be doing what I love. I look forward to taking Chimps Inc. to the next level and building strong relationships with our supporters and surrounding communities! We have an amazing team and I am confident that together we can accomplish great things.”

Day says, “Marla is the right person for the job and we look forward to working with her in this new role.” Please join us in congratulating Marla and wishing her great success in her new position.


For further information please contact:

Lesley Day, 541-419-4417, chimptopo@aol.com

Marla O’Donnell, 541-410-4122, chimpsinc@yahoo.com