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. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
- 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
- Nonprofit management
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.
- B.S. in Spanish, M.A. in Microbiology
- Animal rescue
- Pharmaceutical drug development
- Spanish language
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
Mari Buchholz has been a volunteer at Four Lakes Wildlife Center as a wildlife rehabilitator for over 11 years. She has worked with geese, ducklings, turkeys, cranes, opossums, crows, turtles and numerous varieties of song birds. She has had the pleasure of helping out many different species that have resulted in some pretty wild experiences. She also has fostered and rehabilitated orphaned and injured Eastern Cottontails and squirrels in her home for the past eight years. Rehabilitating an injured or orphaned animal back to health and then successfully releasing it back into the wild has truly been a rewarding experience for Mari.
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Childhood education
Patrick Buchholz has been a partner at Shared Medical Services (SMS) since 1991. SMS is a provider of Mobile and Fixed Diagnostic Imaging serving over 500 Healthcare facilities nationwide. Their services include MRI, CT, PET/CT, and Mammography. Patrick serves as President of Shared Medical Equipment Group, a position he has held since 1998. He is a member of the SMS Board of Directors, as well as the SMS Business Development Group.
During his time at SMS, he previously held positions as Director of Transportation and Safety, Chief Operating Officer, and Regional Vice President. His responsibilities have included safety, administration, human resources, finance, operations, asset management and asset acquisition.
Patrick’s interest in animal welfare and desire to support organizations with a similar mission comes from his wife and children. They have fostered this attitude for many years through their compassion and direct action. The Buchholz home has been filled over the years with numerous rescued pets and orphaned wildlife.
- B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics
- Business Development