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.

Marci Arena-Richard

Marci has spent over twenty years in the Information Technology field in corporate America, but compassion has always been her passion, specifically for animal causes. […]

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 […]

Traci Botsford

A lifelong resident of Oregon, Traci is semi-retired from catering and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. A member of several non profit animal rescues, she has served on several community and youth program boards as well as non profit organization boards. […]

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. […]

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. […]