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Helping Hands Names Angela Lett Interim Executive Director

Angela LettDirector of Development and Communication Lett to Replace Departing ED Megan Talbert

BOSTON, MA – Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers announced today that Angela Lett, current Director of Development and Communication, will step in for the departing Executive Director, Megan Talbert, who has decided to step down after 17 years. Lett begins her tenure as the Interim Executive Director of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers on May 13.

“Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers has a truly unique mission that has helped people across the United States since 1979. I am honored to work with the Board of Directors, staff, recipients, and volunteers to continue this life-changing work,” Lett said. “Helping Hands will continue to provide the highest level of care, training, and support to our recipient and monkey pairs.”

Already a well-rounded nonprofit professional, Lett began working at Helping Hands in February 2016. Lett has spent the past 11 years honing her development skills at a variety of non-profits. Prior to joining Helping Hands, she was the Director of Development & External Communications at The Food Project. She has also worked in development offices at the following organizations: The Boston Conservatory, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Michigan State University, and the Women's Lunch Place.

Talbert leaves Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers after serving the organization in multiple capacities for 17 years. She began as a trainer in our work-study program through Boston University. A few years after graduating, Talbert returned to manage the Placement Program and traveled throughout the country to bring Helping Hands service monkeys to recipients and support those ongoing relationships. In 2006, Talbert became the Chief Operating Officer and was named as Executive Director in 2010.

“It has been a great honor to work with Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers and I will forever cherish the relationships I’ve made with our recipients, volunteers, staff, and service monkeys,” Talbert said. “I have great confidence in our team and look forward to continuing to support the program as a volunteer and donor for many years to come.”

Lett begins her appointment on May 13 and will remain Interim Executive Director until a national search for a permanent Executive Director, conducted by Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers’ Board of Directors, is complete.