Animals, especially primates, have been a lifelong interest of Alison’s. In the third grade, she decided that someday she would work with monkeys or apes. Throughout her education, she volunteered at pet clinics, an avian nursery, and Zoo New England; and has always loved gaining knowledge about different animals. At Boston University, where Alison received her bachelor’s degree, she focused her studies in cognitive and learning psychology and animal behavior. During her senior year, Alison began volunteering at Helping Hands and was thrilled to begin a full-time job upon graduation. As Director of Monkey Care, Alison oversees the health and well-being of each monkey in the Helping Hands program. She considers the monkeys at Helping Hands to be part of her family and strives to give them love and support during their school years. Outside of work, Alison enjoys attending the opera, indoor gardening, and spending time with her human family.


Photo by Rich Morgan Photography