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Advisory Board

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Craig Brestrup

Ph.D. in Medical and Environmental Ethics
Experience: Animal behavior and ethics; Author of Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and The Exultant Ark

Jonathan Balcombe

Experience: Animal welfare advocacy, Nonprofit organizations, Sanctuary leadership, Ethic

David Brown

M.A. in Primate Cognition and Behavior, Internet Entrepreneur
Experience: Primate care and enrichment, Research with monkeys and apes, Positive reinforcement training, Internet marketing

Michael F. Brown

Esq., American Bar Association Member
Experience: Nonhuman primate behavior, Science writing, Grant writing and review

Kathleen Conlee

Director of Program Management: Animal Research Issues, Humane Society of the U.S.
Experience: Nonhuman primate behavior, Animal welfare legislation, Environmental enrichment/stress reduction, Nursery care, Care of psychologically disturbed primates

Lynn Cuny

Sanctuary Director, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc.
Experience: Animal welfare advocacy, Nonprofit organizations, Sanctuary leadership Group-formation and rehabilitation of nonhuman primates in a sanctuary setting

Tom Gross

M.A., M.B.A.-Finance
Experience: Nonprofit work, Fundraising, Statistics, Leadership

Viktor Reinhardt

D.V.M., Ph.D., Animal Welfare Institute
Experience: Nonhuman primate handling through positive reinforcement training, Positive reinforcement training, Animal welfare, Working with nonhuman primates in a research setting

Polly Schultz

Executive Director, Oregon Primate Rescue
Experience: Environmental enrichment, Positive reinforcement Training, Primate retirement, Transportation, and Rehabilitation

Evelyn Skoumbourdis

M.S., Biological Psychology
Experience: Data collection, Nonhuman primate handling through positive reinforcement training, Pharmaceutical studies using laboratory animals, Veterinary techniques

Diane Sourelis

Vice President and Partner, Brainforest, Inc.
Experience: Animal welfare ethics, Financial management, Organizational development, Project management, Advertising & marketing

Dr. Eric Van Zon

D.C., President, Capitol Wellness
Experience: Neurological and spinal effects of stress (3 types of stress–chemical, physical and mental), Holistic medicine (10 years), Cranial sacral therapy Subluxation, Entrepreneurship, Management

Peggy Wagner

Masters in Psychology
Experience: Habitat design, Primate behavior, Scientific writing, Animal welfare legislation

Janina Wojciechowska

DVM, MSC in Animal Welfare
Experience: Animal welfare, Animal behavior, Shelter work, Quality of life assessment, Animal welfare legislation

John Trybus

B.A. Political Science and Communications (in progress)
Experience: Public Relations, Journalism, Nonprofit development, Fundraising

Kristin Lein

Juris Doctorate, Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
Experience: Private law practice, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Organizations, Non-Profit Law; Public accounting: Tax preparation and consulting; Grassroots Non-Profit formation and development: Organizational structure, Fundraising and Planned-Giving

Debra Curtin

President and Founder of New England Primate Conservancy
Experienced in: Management and leadership, Nonprofit organization development, Adult Training and development, sales and marketing

Tori Kaldenberg-Spinoso

B.S. – Biology with a Captive Animal emphasis, MAIS-Zoo & Aquarium Leadership with a concentration in Conservation Education (in progress)
Experience: captive animal husbandry, primate introductions, environmental enrichment, positive reinforcement training, animal behavior, wildlife rehabilitation, zoological education programs

Lisa Robinson-LaBarge

B.S. in Zoology with emphasis in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior
Experience: veterinary techniques, animal training through positive reinforcement with primates and other mammals, habitat design, multi-species husbandry, primate introduction, wildlife rehabilitation, animal education program, enrichment director, head animal keeper

Patrick D. Webb

President, National Wildlife Humane Society (NWHS) – Founder/Director, Top Of The Rock Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience: Sanctuary construction, management and operations, including (but not limited to) wild felines, for 20+ years; Native wildlife rescue and rehab (currently inactive due to other wildlife commitments); Global collaboration with “in situ” wildlife conservation organizations (NWHS Wildlife Conservation Allies); Nonprofit management, expansion, and fundraising; Internet Nonprofit Social Communications & Applications;

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