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About Us

We support all our service monkeys for their entire lives.



Executive Director

As a senior level non-profit management professional, Diane S. Nahabedian has spent over thirty years working with organizations to enhance their stature through outreach to ensure organizational financial security.

Director of Monkey Care

Animals, especially primates, have been a lifelong interest of Alison, Director of Monkey Care at Helping Hands. In the third grade, she decided that someday she would work with monkeys or apes.

Director of Marketing and Communications
Erica, a Helping Hands staff member from 2011-2018, returned to the team in 2020 as the Director of Marketing and Communications and brings with her over seventeen years of fundraising, communication, event planning, and graphic design experience.
Placement Trainer, Manager of Husbandry Staff and Volunteer Development

Natalie worked with animals in a variety of capacities before joining Helping Hands. Since graduating from Wheaton College in 2005 with a BA in Psychobiology, she has worked as a zookeeper, a lab animal veterinary technician, and a manager of a primate psychology research lab.

Placement Trainer/Veterinary Technician

Allyson received her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College in 2008 and always knew she wanted to work with exotic animals.

Placement Trainer

Kim has always had an affinity for animals, having owned a plethora of domesticated mammals and reptiles growing up.

Monkey Handler

Having grown up on a hobby farm, Chelsea developed an early passion for the animal world as every day was spent among a wide variety of animals. She graduated Boston University with a bachelors in Film and Television, but quickly realized working with animals was her true calling.

Administrative Assistant

Salena is a young poet who graduated with honors in Creative Writing from Brandeis University in 2019. She is a co-founder of Sapphire, an online creative art space for womxn to socialize, read, teach, and learn from and about each other.