Board of Directors
Chimp Haven was formed by a diverse group of individuals who shared a passion to build a model chimpanzee sanctuary. Chimp Haven’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board represent the best available consortium of knowledge for the care and well-being of captive chimpanzees.
Thomas Butler, D.V.M., M.S., DACLAM, Acting Chairperson
Retired Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Director of the chimpanzee colony at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.
Dr. Butler is a nonhuman primate veterinarian with over 40 years experience with chimpanzees. Until he retired in 2002, he was the Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine which included a large colony of chimpanzees at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research. He worked with the Air Force chimpanzees at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. and designed numerous chimpanzee enclosures. Dr. Butler is ACLAM Board Certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine, and was selected as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on the Long-Term Care of Chimpanzees. In addition, he is a former President of the Council on Accreditation, Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International. He is a founding board member of Chimp Haven.
Expertise: captive chimpanzee management, laboratory animal medicine, accreditation of animal facilities, bio-hazard containment.
Matthew Allen, J.D., Treasurer
Attorney, Social Security Administration
Mr. Allen received his law degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently an attorney with the Social Security Administration in Shreveport, Matt’s practice areas include: family law, successions and probate, tax law, estate planning, Social Security and public benefits law, housing law, and elder law. He has been honored for his work by the Louisiana Legislature, the Governor of Louisiana and the Center for Civic Education. Matthew helped to administer two 100,000 dollar grants to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees. He is also a pianist and music leader.
Expertise: legal matters, business, community leader, nonprofit management.
Mollie Bloomsmith, Ph.D., Secretary
Director, Environmental Enrichment Program, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University.
Dr. Bloomsmith is an experimental psychologist specializing in chimpanzee behavioral management. With 28 years of experience studying chimpanzees at the U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Bastrop, Texas),Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Atlanta, Ga.), and in zoos, Dr. Bloomsmith has published dozens of scientific articles on the topic of improving chimpanzee welfare. She teaches workshops in primate enrichment and training, supervises graduate students, is the Chair of the Primate Care Committee of the American Society of Primatologists, and is a research advisor to the AZA Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan. She is a founding board member of Chimp Haven.
Expertise: captive chimpanzee management, behavioral primatology.
Linda Brent, Ph.D.
Dr. Brent is a behavioral primatologist specializing in chimpanzees. She initiated and directed the environmental enhancement program to over 6,000 primates at the Southwest Foundation for 16 years. Dr. Brent also conducted behavioral research at the Gombe National Park in Tanzania on wild infant chimpanzee development. She is the editor of The Care and Management of Captive Chimpanzees. Dr. Brent was a founder of Chimp Haven and served as the Director of the sanctuary.
Expertise: captive chimpanzee management, behavioral primatology, nonprofit management.
Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D.
Director, Living Links Center, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and C. H. Candler Professor of Psychology, Emory University
Dr. de Waal is a distinguished primatologist, with over 30 years experience working with chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates. He has received numerous international awards and organized many scientific conferences. In addition to his extensive scientific publication record, Dr. de Waal is the author of a number of books, including Our Inner Ape, Chimpanzee Politics, and Good Natured.
Expertise: captive chimpanzee management, behavioral primatology.
Margaret Landi, V.M.D., M.S., DACLAM
GlaxoSmithKline Dr. Landi obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She has served on the ACLAM Board of Directors and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research Council. Dr. Landi has received a number of awards and recognitions for her contributions to laboratory animal science and animal welfare, including the Harry Roswell Award from the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare. She is Chief of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Medicine and the Vice President of Global Laboratory Animal Sciences at Glaxo Smith Kline. Dr. Landi served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Expertise: veterinary medicine, international animal welfare laws
Katherine Leighty, Ph.D.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Dr. Leighty has worked with chimpanzees and a variety of other primates for more than 15 years. She completed her Ph.D. in comparative psychology at the University of Georgia and is currently the Research Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Dr. Leighty has published a number of papers and presented at scientific meetings on primate cognition, behavior and welfare in addition to related work in other animals including elephants, tigers, and turtles. Dr. Leighty is currently a member of American Zoo and Aquarium’s Research and Technology Committee and has been the VP for Communications of the International Primatological Society since 2001. Expertise: behavioral primatology, primate cognition, welfare studies
Candy Peavy, P.T.
Ms. Peavy, a community leader, is retired from a career as a physical therapist. She has been instrumental in fundraising, planning special events, networking, and recruiting volunteers for Chimp Haven since its beginnings in the Shreveport area. Ms. Peavy was also instrumental in the establishment of Robinson’s Rescue and other nonprofit organizations benefiting the regional community.
Expertise: business, community leader.
Jill Pruetz, Ph.D.
Iowa State University Dr. Pruetz has been working with both captive and wild chimpanzees since 1990 and has published widely on chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates. Dr. Pruetz has operated a field site at Fongoli, Senegal since 2001 and has discovered a number of new behaviors in the savanna chimpanzee population. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Dr. Pruetz is the Walvoord Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Iowa State University. Expertise: chimpanzee behavior and ecology, animal welfare and conservation, nonprofit management
Martin L. Stephens, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
For over 25 years,Dr. Stephens has been an advocate for finding alternatives to animal testing in research. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Chicago; and in his current role as senior research associate for the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), he directs the activities on evidence-based toxicology and serves as the CAAT liaison to the Human Toxicology Project and AltTox website. Prior to joining CAAT, he was the vice president of Animal Research Issues at The Humane Society of the United States for 26 years. He also served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Toxicity Testing which issued the report “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century” and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods for the National Institute on Environmental Health Science. Stephens has been honored with the John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing Recognition Award and the Doerkamp-Zbinden Award for his contribution to animal protection and alternative methods.
Robert A. Whitney, D.V.M., M.S., DACLAM
Former Deputy Surgeon General and Director of NIH, NCRR
A career United States Public Health Service officer, he has held positions as Deputy Surgeon General, Acting Surgeon General and Director of NIH National Center for Research Resources. Dr. Whitney is a diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and served as chief veterinary officer of the Public Health Service from 1985-1989. He has received a number of awards including the American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Award. Dr. Whitney served as President of Earthspan, a nonprofit organization.
Expertise: veterinary medicine, business management, laboratory animal medicine.