Staff
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GREGG TULLY – Executive Director
Gregg Tully is the Executive Director of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the largest association of wildlife centers in Africa, which includes 23 organizations in 13 countries which are securing a future for Africa’s primates and their habitat. Gregg is building the infrastructure needed to support PASA’s expansion in the long term while collaborating with wildlife centers to rescue and protect apes and monkeys and raise awareness about wildlife conservation.

Gregg earned a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2006. He then turned his attention to the nonprofit sector, working as the Development Director of the Nepal Youth Foundation and in the Marketing and Communications department at the Marin Humane Society in California.

Tully moved to Nepal in 2011 and worked as the Development and Communications Manager of the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, where he raised revenue by nearly 1/3 in one year in addition to acting as the Executive Director for six months. After receiving the Marin Humane Society’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his commitment to animal protection worldwide, he moved to Thailand in 2012 to join Soi Dog Foundation, the largest stray animal protection organization in Southeast Asia. As the CEO, Gregg Tully lead Soi Dog through a phase of rapid growth in which revenue increased by nearly 250% in two years while the number of staff more than doubled and the organization’s programs expanded from Thailand to Vietnam.

GREGG TULLY – Executive Director
Gregg Tully is the Executive Director of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the largest association of wildlife centers in Africa, which includes 23 organizations in 13 countries which are securing a future for Africa’s primates and their habitat. Gregg is building the infrastructure needed to support PASA’s expansion in the long term while collaborating with wildlife centers to rescue and protect apes and monkeys and raise awareness about wildlife conservation.

Gregg earned a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2006. He then turned his attention to the nonprofit sector, working as the Development Director of the Nepal Youth Foundation and in the Marketing and Communications department at the Marin Humane Society in California.

Tully moved to Nepal in 2011 and worked as the Development and Communications Manager of the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, where he raised revenue by nearly 1/3 in one year in addition to acting as the Executive Director for six months. After receiving the Marin Humane Society’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his commitment to animal protection worldwide, he moved to Thailand in 2012 to join Soi Dog Foundation, the largest stray animal protection organization in Southeast Asia. As the CEO, Gregg Tully lead Soi Dog through a phase of rapid growth in which revenue increased by nearly 250% in two years while the number of staff more than doubled and the organization’s programs expanded from Thailand to Vietnam.

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KAITLYN BOCK – Africa Operations Manager

Kaitlyn Bock is the Africa Operations Manager for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from New College of Florida and has a diverse professional background in primate conservation, communications and volunteer management.

Kaitlyn has dedicated her career to serving threatened wildlife. In addition to conducting independent projects, she worked as a research assistant in the Peruvian Amazon, Sarteneja, Belize and Yellowstone National Park. Her passion for primate conservation started with internships at the Center for Great Apes and Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. After working in animal husbandry, Kaitlyn moved to Indonesia to serve in a communications capacity for Orangutan Foundation International and Sun Bear Outreach, where she used her expertise in content creation to build bridges between field conservation projects and a global audience.

Kaitlyn created and edited video and digital content for over 14 countries in her capacity as an editor for the tourism arm of the U.S. government. All the while, she continued working in conservation, joining PASA as a volunteer in 2015 and as a staff member in 2017. She feels honored to work on behalf of PASA’s diverse member sanctuaries and the animals under their care.

KAITLYN BOCK – African Operations Manager

Kaitlyn Bock holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from New College of Florida and has a diverse professional background in primate conservation, communications and volunteer management.

Kaitlyn has dedicated her career to serving threatened wildlife. In addition to conducting independent projects, she worked as a research assistant in the Peruvian Amazon, Belize and Yellowstone National Park. Her passion for primate conservation started with internships at the Center for Great Apes and Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. After working in animal husbandry, Kaitlyn moved to Indonesia to serve in a communications capacity for Orangutan Foundation International and Sun Bear Outreach, where she used her expertise in content creation to build bridges between field conservation projects and a global audience.

Kaitlyn created and edited video and digital content for over 14 countries in her capacity as an editor for the tourism arm of the U.S. government. All the while, she continued working in conservation, joining PASA as a volunteer in 2015 and as a staff member in 2017. She feels honored to work on behalf of PASA’s diverse member sanctuaries and the animals under their care.

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JEAN FLEMING – Communications Manager
Jean Fleming brings an extensive background in non-profit communications to her role as Communications Manager for PASA. She established the communications function for NWEA, a non-profit serving educators globally. There, Jean initiated the use of a public opinion research poll, conducted by Gallup, that established the organization’s thought leadership and helped shift perceptions on critical issues – while garnering significant media coverage, including the New York Times. She was a pioneer in using social media to build community and drive media engagement, and provided strategic oversight for the organization’s digital properties.

Her passion for the environment and wildlife was kindled early in outings to forests of her native Michigan. In college, Jean studied environmental science at the University of Alaska before graduating from the University of Michigan with a double major in English and History. She has travelled extensively to witness and support wildlife, including trips to Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa, Thailand, India, and Indonesia. Jean is also a published poet and novelist, and holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.

JEAN FLEMING – Communications Manager
Jean Fleming brings an extensive background in non-profit communications to her role as Communications Manager for PASA. She established the communications function for NWEA, a non-profit serving educators globally. There, Jean initiated the use of a public opinion research poll, conducted by Gallup, that established the organization’s thought leadership and helped shift perceptions on critical issues – while garnering significant media coverage, including the New York Times. She was a pioneer in using social media to build community and drive media engagement, and provided strategic oversight for the organization’s digital properties.

Her passion for the environment and wildlife was kindled early in outings to forests of her native Michigan. In college, Jean studied environmental science at the University of Alaska before graduating from the University of Michigan with a double major in English and History. She has travelled extensively to witness and support wildlife, including trips to Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa, Thailand, India, and Indonesia. Jean is also a published poet and novelist, and holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.

MOLLY MAYO – Development Manager

Molly has worked in development and leadership capacities at diverse nonprofits and is thrilled to bring her versatile competencies to primate rescue. Molly’s leadership has earned nonprofits she directed rankings in the Best Green Places to Work for in Oregon and recognition from the City of Portland’s Making a Difference Award. To honor Molly’s work founding an organization focused on the intersection of community building, social justice, and the environment, Molly was awarded the 2013 Sustainable Business Portland’s Innovation in Sustainability Equity Award. With extensive experience as a nonprofit jill-of-all-trades, Molly is excited to further local and international support to protect endangered primates as PASA’s Development Manager. Molly is a lifelong vegan/ vegetarian who has worked and volunteered for numerous animal rescue organizations, most recently volunteering with two PASA member sanctuaries before joining the PASA team in 2020.

MOLLY MAYO – Development Manager

Molly has worked in development and leadership capacities at diverse nonprofits and is thrilled to bring her versatile competencies to primate rescue. Molly’s leadership has earned nonprofits she directed rankings in the Best Green Places to Work for in Oregon and recognition from the City of Portland’s Making a Difference Award. To honor Molly’s work founding an organization focused on the intersection of community building, social justice, and the environment, Molly was awarded the 2013 Sustainable Business Portland’s Innovation in Sustainability Equity Award. With extensive experience as a nonprofit jill-of-all-trades, Molly is excited to further local and international support to protect endangered primates as PASA’s Development Manager. Molly is a lifelong vegan/ vegetarian who has worked and volunteered for numerous animal rescue organizations, most recently volunteering with two PASA member sanctuaries before joining the PASA team in 2020.

RUBY VISE – Digital Strategist

Ruby works to raise awareness on the threats facing primates in Africa through her role as Digital Strategist for PASA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the Oregon State University’s Honors College and is particularly interested in engaging communities in conservation.

Ruby grew up watching nature documentaries and exploring the Pacific Northwest. When she was 6 years old, she wanted to be a biologist and work with wildlife. She was inspired to work in the field of African conservation after studying wildlife management in Tanzania with the School For Field Studies. In Tanzania, Ruby traveled to rural areas and researched community knowledge and attitudes regarding zoonotic diseases. 

Her journey with PASA began in 2018, when she worked as an Administrative Intern over the summer. Ruby joined as a staff member in 2019 and works to support the diverse work of PASA.

RUBY VISE – Digital Strategist

Ruby works to raise awareness on the threats facing primates in Africa through her role as Digital Strategist for PASA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the Oregon State University’s Honors College and is particularly interested in engaging communities in conservation.

Ruby grew up watching nature documentaries and exploring the Pacific Northwest. When she was 6 years old, she wanted to be a biologist and work with wildlife. She was inspired to work in the field of African conservation after studying wildlife management in Tanzania with the School For Field Studies. In Tanzania, Ruby traveled to rural areas and researched community knowledge and attitudes regarding zoonotic diseases. 

Her journey with PASA began in 2018, when she worked as an Administrative Intern over the summer. Ruby joined as a staff member in 2019 and works to support the diverse work of PASA.

JENNY BOTTING – Development Specialist
Jenny is the Development Specialist for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. She is passionate about the welfare and conservation of primates and began volunteering for PASA’s Primate Care and Training program in 2020.

Jenny holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and began her career examining the cognitive abilities of capuchins and lemurs. She then spent four years studying learning behaviours in wild vervet monkeys in South Africa, before working with orangutans and gorillas at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. She has published many scientific articles and book chapters on primate behaviour and cognition, and has volunteered at sanctuaries in the US and South Africa.

After a decade of working in primate research, her knowledge of the dire threats faced by most primate species led her to search for a role which more directly supported their welfare and conservation. She is delighted to bring her diverse skills to the PASA team and to support the incredible work of the member sanctuaries.

JENNY BOTTING – Development Specialist

Jenny is the Development Specialist for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. She is passionate about the welfare and conservation of primates and began volunteering for PASA’s Primate Care and Training program in 2020.

Jenny holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and began her career examining the cognitive abilities of capuchins and lemurs. She then spent four years studying learning behaviours in wild vervet monkeys in South Africa, before working with orangutans and gorillas at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. She has published many scientific articles and book chapters on primate behaviour and cognition, and has volunteered at sanctuaries in the US and South Africa.

After a decade of working in primate research, her knowledge of the dire threats faced by most primate species led her to search for a role which more directly supported their welfare and conservation. She is delighted to bring her diverse skills to the PASA team and to support the incredible work of the member sanctuaries.

LILIJA RAPA – Projects Officer

Lilija has always had a passion for wildlife conservation. While obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Evolutionary Anthropology, she found her love for primates as a research assistant studying the social behaviors of rhesus macaques. She has since held various positions in the nonprofit conservation sector, including conducting biological fieldwork, development, and fundraising. 

Working in conservation has taken Lilija across the globe from the lush redwoods of the Marin Headlands in California to the peat swamp forests of Borneo, Indonesia, where she implemented and led wildlife camera trap programs. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Biology, focusing on global conservation and community engagement.  

Lilija first got involved with PASA as a volunteer in 2020 and joined as a staff member in 2021. As PASA’s Projects Officer, Lilija supports all team members by completing diverse tasks in communication, organization, and research. She is elated to continue to work in primate conservation in a role that supports PASA’s programs to defend great apes and monkeys in Africa.

LILIJA RAPA - Projects Officer

Lilija has always had a passion for wildlife conservation. While obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Evolutionary Anthropology, she found her love for primates as a research assistant studying the social behaviors of rhesus macaques. She has since held various positions in the nonprofit conservation sector, including conducting biological fieldwork, development, and fundraising.  

Working in conservation has taken Lilija across the globe from the lush redwoods of the Marin Headlands in California to the peat swamp forests of Borneo, Indonesia, where she implemented and led wildlife camera trap programs. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Biology, focusing on global conservation and community engagement. 

Lilija first got involved with PASA as a volunteer in 2020 and joined as a staff member in 2021. As PASA’s Projects Officer, Lilija supports all team members by completing diverse tasks in communication, organization, and research. She is elated to continue to work in primate conservation in a role that supports PASA’s programs to defend great apes and monkeys in Africa.

Board of Directors
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MICHELE STUMPE – Chair, Board of Directors

Michele Stumpe, Co-Chair of the PASA Board of Directors, is an attorney and partner in the Atlanta law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP. She began working with gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans in the 1980’s as a zoo volunteer in the nursery at the Gladys Porter Zoo. Early in her legal career, Stumpe set out to combine her professional talents with her passion for conservation and great apes. Since 1999, she has volunteered at various sanctuaries in Africa and the US. She has also served on advisory boards to the Dewar Wildlife Trust, the only gorilla sanctuary in the USA, and the Great Ape Project, International. In 2005, Stumpe became a member of the Dewar Wildlife Trust Board of Directors.

As an entrepreneur who has created and run several successful companies, Stumpe is highly regarded in the legal and professional community for her integrity, insight and business sense. It was these qualities that led to her appointment in 2005 as the acting President of Great Ape Project, International – the umbrella organization for the Great Ape Project organizations throughout the world. In 2009, Stumpe and her husband started their own non-profit organization called Children of Conservation. This organization works closely with PASA sanctuaries and provides various benefits to the sanctuaries including a scholarship program that gives educational funding for the children of the sanctuary workers.

MICHELE STUMPE – Chair, Board of Directors

michele_stumpe_thumbMichele Stumpe, Co-Chair of the PASA Board of Directors, is an attorney and partner in the Atlanta law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP. She began working with gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans in the 1980’s as a zoo volunteer in the nursery at the Gladys Porter Zoo. Early in her legal career, Stumpe set out to combine her professional talents with her passion for conservation and great apes. Since 1999, she has volunteered at various sanctuaries in Africa and the US. She has also served on advisory boards to the Dewar Wildlife Trust, the only gorilla sanctuary in the USA, and the Great Ape Project, International. In 2005, Stumpe became a member of the Dewar Wildlife Trust Board of Directors.

As an entrepreneur who has created and run several successful companies, Stumpe is highly regarded in the legal and professional community for her integrity, insight and business sense. It was these qualities that led to her appointment in 2005 as the acting President of Great Ape Project, International – the umbrella organization for the Great Ape Project organizations throughout the world. In 2009, Stumpe and her husband started their own non-profit organization called Children of Conservation. This organization works closely with PASA sanctuaries and provides various benefits to the sanctuaries including a scholarship program that gives educational funding for the children of the sanctuary workers.

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REBECCA ROSE – Secretary, Board of Directors
Rebecca Rose, a Director on the PASA Board, is a 30-year veteran of the fields of wildlife conservation and education. As the field conservation manager for the Columbus Zoo, she oversaw the Zoo’s conservation grants program which awards more than $1 million annually to projects based in 30 countries.

In addition to the PASA board, Becky serves on the board of Friends of Bonobos – a U.S.-based support organization for the world’s only sanctuary for endangered bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She serves on the Board of the D.C.-based Center for Conservation Peace-Building, and is an advisor to the Ohio Wildlife Center.  Becky is a founder of the Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation conference (ZACC) and a member of the steering committee for this biennial meeting which brings together zoo professionals and field conservationists to strengthen zoo support for wildlife conservation around the globe.

Rebecca began working with wildlife rescue organizations in the late 1980s when she met the founders of ARCAS – a group of dedicated Guatemalans who were determined to address the illegal wildlife trade in their country by building a rescue center to rehabilitate confiscated wild animals. Knowing the important connection between wildlife law enforcement and high quality rescue centers, Rebecca is dedicated to supporting the efforts of sanctuaries around the globe to stop the cruel and destructive illegal trade in wild animals.

REBECCA ROSE – Secretary, Board of Directors
becky_rose_thumbRebecca Rose, a Director on the PASA Board, is a 30-year veteran of the fields of wildlife conservation and education. As the field conservation manager for the Columbus Zoo, she oversaw the Zoo’s conservation grants program which awards more than $1 million annually to projects based in 30 countries.

In addition to the PASA board, Becky serves on the board of Friends of Bonobos – a U.S.-based support organization for the world’s only sanctuary for endangered bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She serves on the Board of the D.C.-based Center for Conservation Peace-Building, and is an advisor to the Ohio Wildlife Center.  Becky is a founder of the Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation conference (ZACC) and a member of the steering committee for this biennial meeting which brings together zoo professionals and field conservationists to strengthen zoo support for wildlife conservation around the globe.

Rebecca began working with wildlife rescue organizations in the late 1980s when she met the founders of ARCAS – a group of dedicated Guatemalans who were determined to address the illegal wildlife trade in their country by building a rescue center to rehabilitate confiscated wild animals. Knowing the important connection between wildlife law enforcement and high quality rescue centers, Rebecca is dedicated to supporting the efforts of sanctuaries around the globe to stop the cruel and destructive illegal trade in wild animals.

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FRANCK CHANTEREAU – Treasurer, Board of Directors
Franck Chantereau, Treasurer of the PASA Board, and his wife Roxane founded J.A.C.K. (Jeunes Animaux Confiques au Katanga / Young Animals Confiscated in Katanga) in 2006, a nonprofit sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The couple continues to manage J.A.C.K., which cares for orphan chimpanzee babies who have been confiscated by law authorities and works to stop the illegal wildlife trade.

Franck holds one of the two seats on the PASA Board of Directors for sanctuary managers, who are elected to the Board by the managers of all the sanctuaries rather than by other members of the Board.

FRANCK CHANTEREAU – Treasurer, Board of Directors
franck_chantereau_thumbFranck Chantereau, Treasurer of the PASA Board, and his wife Roxane founded J.A.C.K. (Jeunes Animaux Confiques au Katanga / Young Animals Confiscated in Katanga) in 2006, a nonprofit sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The couple continues to manage J.A.C.K., which cares for orphan chimpanzee babies who have been confiscated by law authorities and works to stop the illegal wildlife trade.

Franck holds one of the two seats on the PASA Board of Directors for sanctuary managers, who are elected to the Board by the managers of all the sanctuaries rather than by other members of the Board.

SEBASTIAN LOUIS – Member, Board of Directors
Sebastian Louis was born 1958 in Hamburg, Germany, and studied business administration at the Technical University in Berlin, graduating with a master in business administration, specialising in marketing and finance.

After 11 years at AON, SL became in 2003 a managing partner and shareholder in the consultancy from RHL SL is a partner and managing director of several associated companies.

He had his first contact with primates in 1995 at Chimfunshi, Zambia, a sanctuary that his brother Stephan, a self-employed entrepreneur in Hamburg, Germany, substantially supported and which SL visited several times with him. Stephan was chairman of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage T Trust (CWOT) When he died in 2011, Sebastian was elected as chair of CWOT as well as chair of Chimfunshi Germany e.V., a Non-profit Organisation for the support of chimpanzees. Since 2018, SL has been a member of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Ngamba).

SEBASTIAN LOUIS – Member, Board of Directors
Franck Sebastian Louis was born 1958 in Hamburg, Germany, and studied business administration at the Technical University in Berlin, graduating with a master in business administration, specialising in marketing and finance.

After 11 years at AON, SL became in 2003 a managing partner and shareholder in the consultancy from RHL SL is a partner and managing director of several associated companies.

He had his first contact with primates in 1995 at Chimfunshi, Zambia, a sanctuary that his brother Stephan, a self-employed entrepreneur in Hamburg, Germany, substantially supported and which SL visited several times with him. Stephan was chairman of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage T Trust (CWOT) When he died in 2011, Sebastian was elected as chair of CWOT as well as chair of Chimfunshi Germany e.V., a Non-profit Organisation for the support of chimpanzees. Since 2018, SL has been a member of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Ngamba).

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MEG GAMMAGE-TUCKER – Member, Board of Directors

Meg Gammage-Tucker currently serves CEO of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

She has served in a variety of positions in her 34+ year nonprofit career. Organizations that have benefited from her staff leadership include The Rhino Trust, the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoological Society, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Wilds, and Zoo Atlanta. She also served as senior consultant for Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates and founded – and continues to serves as President & CEO – Build 4 Impact, Inc. in 2014. Build 4 Impact is both a nonprofit consulting firm serving clients in the fields of conservation, museums and cultural organizations, education, and social service agencies and, as a second line of business, builds traveling exhibitions for zoos and museums across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Gammage-Tucker completed her doctorate in political science and public administration at
Texas Tech University in 1996. She also maintains a bachelor of science in sociology from Illinois
State University, and masters of art and public administration, both from Texas Tech University.

In addition to being a faculty member of The Fund Raising School and adjunct faculty of the Lilly
School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, Dr. Gammage-Tucker has served in volunteer
leadership positions for the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and the American Alliance of
Museums as well as a number of other local, national, and international organizations.

MEG GAMMAGE-TUCKER – Member, Board of Directors

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Meg Gammage-Tucker currently serves CEO of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

She has served in a variety of positions in her 34+ year nonprofit career. Organizations that have benefited from her staff leadership include The Rhino Trust, the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoological Society, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Wilds, and Zoo Atlanta. She also served as senior consultant for Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates and founded – and continues to serves as President & CEO – Build 4 Impact, Inc. in 2014. Build 4 Impact is both a nonprofit consulting firm serving clients in the fields of conservation, museums and cultural organizations, education, and social service agencies and, as a second line of business, builds traveling exhibitions for zoos and museums across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Gammage-Tucker completed her doctorate in political science and public administration at
Texas Tech University in 1996. She also maintains a bachelor of science in sociology from Illinois
State University, and masters of art and public administration, both from Texas Tech University.

In addition to being a faculty member of The Fund Raising School and adjunct faculty of the Lilly
School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, Dr. Gammage-Tucker has served in volunteer
leadership positions for the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and the American Alliance of
Museums as well as a number of other local, national, and international organizations.

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MARY ROSE – Member, Board of Directors
Mary Rose, Secretary of the PASA Board, began her “second” career in wildlife conservation after retiring early from university administration. Initially, she wanted to work on behalf of wolves and bears, but then she met the bonobos and gorillas at the Columbus Zoo. She found her passion – the apes! She is a member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Board of Trustees, serves as vice-chair of the Conservation and Collection Management Committee, and chaired the Conservation Policy Committee. She also chairs the Zoo’s docent conservation committee. Mary established the Sulatalu Fund for Great Apes and supported the 2000 meeting of ape sanctuaries that led to the formation of PASA. About that same time she co-founded the Zoo’s conservation lecture series, “First Hand from the Field.” In addition, she is a founding member of Friends of Bonobos.

She worked in MBA program management at both Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University. Mary developed and implemented cultivation and marketing plans leading to increased number of corporate recruiters and co-founded the National MBA Consortium at Chicago and founded the National MBA Placement Directors’ Group.

Mary got her MBA from the University of Michigan. She did her undergraduate work at Mills College in Oakland, California.

MARY ROSE – Member, Board of Directors
mary_rose_thumbMary Rose, Secretary of the PASA Board, began her “second” career in wildlife conservation after retiring early from university administration. Initially, she wanted to work on behalf of wolves and bears, but then she met the bonobos and gorillas at the Columbus Zoo. She found her passion – the apes! She is a member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Board of Trustees, serves as vice-chair of the Conservation and Collection Management Committee, and chaired the Conservation Policy Committee. She also chairs the Zoo’s docent conservation committee. Mary established the Sulatalu Fund for Great Apes and supported the 2000 meeting of ape sanctuaries that led to the formation of PASA. About that same time she co-founded the Zoo’s conservation lecture series, “First Hand from the Field.” In addition, she is a founding member of Friends of Bonobos.

She worked in MBA program management at both Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University. Mary developed and implemented cultivation and marketing plans leading to increased number of corporate recruiters and co-founded the National MBA Consortium at Chicago and founded the National MBA Placement Directors’ Group.

Mary got her MBA from the University of Michigan. She did her undergraduate work at Mills College in Oakland, California.Norman Rosen, Vice-Chair of the PASA Board, was a California State University Fullerton-Part time faculty member for 16 years, and serves as the Chair of the Orangutan Conservancy. He is one of the founders of PASA, and is President of Southern California Primate Research Forum and the Great Ape Program Coordinator for the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.

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ITSASO VELEZ – Member, Board of Directors
Itsaso Vélez del Burgo Guinea is the Technical Director of Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona and her Master Degree in Primatology at the same university.

Itsaso has been working with primates since 2010 – in Mexico with howler monkeys, in Guinea with wild chimpanzees and in Lwiro since 2014. She manages a wide range of programs including community development projects and rescuing and rehabilitating chimps and diverse monkey species, and she is a focal point for sanctuaries in the Conservation Action Plan for great apes in eastern DRC.

ITSASO VELEZ – Member, Board of Directors
itsaso-thumbItsaso Vélez del Burgo Guinea is the Technical Director of Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona and her Master Degree in Primatology at the same university.

Itsaso has been working with primates since 2010 – in Mexico with howler monkeys, in Guinea with wild chimpanzees and in Lwiro since 2014. She manages a wide range of programs including community development projects and rescuing and rehabilitating chimps and diverse monkey species, and she is a focal point for sanctuaries in the Conservation Action Plan for great apes in eastern DRC.