Chimp Sanctuary


All staff members are chimpanzee caregivers in addition to their other duties.

Diana Goodrich, Interim Co-Director

Diana Goodrich has worked for nonprofit organizations since 1996 and has MS degrees in psychology and animals & public policy. Her career in the nonprofit world has included a diverse range of experiences, including working with children with special needs, managing volunteers, leading research projects focusing on gestural communication in chimpanzees, and coordinating outreach efforts for a nonprofit film production company. She also spent three years as a caregiver and executive assistant for the Fauna Foundation, a sanctuary in Canada for chimpanzees who have been "retired" by laboratories and zoos. Her passion for animal protection has led her to volunteer for numerous organizations, including emergency response during Hurricane Katrina. Diana began working for Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest as the Director of Outreach before the Cle Elum Seven chimpanzees arrived. In her position she has produced increasingly successful fundraising events, overseen a growing social media presence, expanded the CSNW merchandise, and brought national and local media attention to the sanctuary. Diana loves directly caring for the chimpanzees and connecting with individual supporters.

J.B. Mulcahy, Interim Co-Director

J.B. Mulcahy began working with chimpanzees in 1998. His initial fascination with ape language studies led him to the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University, where he eventually earned his MS in Primate Behavior. Upon learning about the plight of chimpanzees in laboratories, J.B.'s focus quickly turned from research to advocacy. He went on to work for the Fauna Foundation, the first sanctuary to rescue HIV-infected chimpanzees. In addition to his experience with chimpanzees, J.B. has also worked in the fields of construction and farm animal welfare. As Director of Operations, J.B. is responsible for overseeing the care of the chimpanzees at CSNW. He has also designed and built many improvements to the facility, including Young's Hill, the chimps' 2-acre habitat.

Katelyn Daugherty, Office Manager

Katelyn began as a volunteer in 2010 and immediately showed her dedication by her frequent commutes from Seattle. Katelyn has a BA focusing in Anthropology and Art History and has a diverse range of experience with non-profit and government agencies. After 11 years as a counselor and law enforcement program specialist in criminal justice, Katelyn moved to Ellensburg to pursue her dream of working in the field of Primatology. She completed an apprenticeship with the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University in 2012 before transitioning to a staff position at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in 2013. As Office Manager, Katelyn is in charge of administrative tasks that keep the sanctuary running, including many aspects of donor management. Katelyn finds providing direct care for the chimpanzees and connecting with supporters to be the most rewarding aspects of her job.

Keri Heniff, Part-Time Caregiver

Keri Heniff has worked and volunteered in a variety of capacities for various wildlife organizations and in the service industries since 1994. She completed two B.S. degrees in Primate Behavior and Ecology and Anthropology in 2006. During her time at university, she volunteered at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, which gave her first hand experience observing chimpanzee behaviors. To gain experience with free-living primates, she volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center and completed field courses in Central America. She also completed one year of voluntary service in Africa, working with a wildlife conservation organization. Keri began volunteering at CSNW in 2012 and has transitioned to a part-time staff caregiver. When not working, she can be found enjoying the many outdoor recreational activities that Washington provides

Elizabeth Kuykendall, Volunteer Coordinator

Elizabeth began working with chimpanzees in 2001 while studying primate behavior as a graduate student at Central Washington University. Some of her research focused on gestural dialects in free-living chimpanzees and on captive chimpanzees' use of American Sign Language to respond to questions from caregivers. Elizabeth began her relationship with CSNW as a volunteer before transitioning to a staff position in early 2009. As Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth oversees the on-site volunteer program by screening, orienting, educating, and training new volunteers, and by acting as a point person for volunteer needs or concerns.

Debbie Metzler, Advocacy Coordinator

Debbie began working with chimpanzees in 2005 while she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Central Washington University. She continued on to earn a master's degree in primate behavior, and her thesis research focused on vocabulary growth in adult signing chimpanzees. Her involvement with Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest began as a volunteer caregiver soon after the Cle Elum Seven first arrived, and then transitioned to staff in 2011. In addition to her caregiver duties, Debbie is the coordinator for Eyes on Apes, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest's advocacy program that provides tools to empower individuals to create change for captive and free-living apes in need.

Lisa Schuster Lyons, Part-Time Caregiver

Lisa started working at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in July 2013 although she has been a volunteer since year two. Lisa's educational background with primates comes from her time at Central Washington University where she received a B.S. in Primate Behavior and Ecology along with a B.A. in Psychology. She acquired her practical experience with primates as a student, a volunteer, and, later, a staff member at the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute. Whenever Lisa is not providing care for the Cle Elum 7 she can be found working as a veterinary assistant at Mt. Stuart Animal Hospital in Ellensburg, skating with her local roller derby league the Rodeo City Rollergirls, or knitting at home with her cats