This organization is full of primates.

Amy Kerwin / President

Amy Kerwin is very dedicated to getting the primate sanctuary built as she worked in a primate laboratory for five years and grew close to 97 rhesus monkeys. Her background includes sanctuary networking, experience with caring for rhesus monkeys, grant writing, scientific training and writing, and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Her leadership skills emphasize flatly-run organization principles and so she developed a volunteer program that focuses on collaborative problem-solving. She believes that researching and discussing issues regarding non-human primates in captivity and disseminating information to the public, government, sanctuaries, and scientific community will help everyone work together to maximize the retirement of nonhuman primates into naturalistic settings.

  • B.S. Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • M.B.A.
  • Positive reinforcement training
  • Primate research issues
  • Nonprofit management

Jeff Hoyt / Vice President

Jeff comes to Primates Incorporated with a passion for all things primate! He has active memberships in several animal welfare organizations and is currently the Executive Director of Hands of Faith, Inc.; a homeless shelter in Beloit, WI.

Jeff has previous experience as Secretary of the Board for the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Rock County. Jeff looks forward to providing dedicated service to the cause of Primates Incorporated as he believes that primate retirement is a concept that a caring, progressive society should embrace to the fullest extent possible.

  • B.S. in Public Policy & Administration
  • Fundraising
  • Nonprofit management
  • Leadership

Tabitha Zehms / Secretary

Tabitha Zehms grew up in a house full of rescued pets and wildlife, and the experience has led her to become an active voice in the promotion of their welfare. Tabitha has spent many volunteer hours with the humane societies of Oshkosh and Dane County and a Green Bay area lost pet search group.

She regularly writes her government representatives to remind them of the needs of wild and domestic animals alike, and has helped fundraise for local animal shelters. Her professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry provides her with an understanding of the current drug application system, the clinical animal trials it requires, and the inherent need for–and lack of–adequate care for these animals after their service in medical research.

  • BS in Spanish, MA in Microbiology
  • Animal rescue
  • Pharmaceutical drug development
  • Spanish language
  • Microbiology

Lou Barone / Treasurer

Lou learned about the importance of helping monkeys retire from research facilities after he began volunteering with Primates Incorporated two years ago at benefits and outreach events. Lou is also a business owner of Anytime Fitness in Verona. His management and marketing experience help him fulfill the role of Treasurer at Primates Incorporated.

  • B.S. in Business, major in Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Bookkeeping

Neil Stuber / Marketing & Brand Manager

Neil is fond of animals, primate-animals, and his human-animal counterparts above! He is a dedicated advocate of all-animal welfare and is excited to work with Primates Inc.

Neil is a Director/Designer who works with Motion Graphics & Branding. He has spent the last 15 years creating advertising & design for international brands, and the last 8 years enjoying his primary role as Managing Partner of the cruelty-free cosmetics brand Hurraw! Balm (
  • BA: Kansas City Art Institute
  • MFA: UCSD University of California, La Jolla
  • Creative Direction
  • Branding
  • Design
  • Education
  • Business Administration

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