In my new book "Phoenix Zones: Where Strength is Born and Resilience Lives" (University of Chicago Press), I share stories of places that fuel wellness, recovery, and resilience – real and virtual sanctuaries where great care is given to creating peace, strength, and hope. One such sanctuary is Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington. Please join me and the co-directors of CSNW – Diana Goodrich and J.B. Mulcahy – for a conversation about how people and animals can help each other recover from trauma and heal – an experience known as the “Phoenix Effect.”
After the talk, I'll sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase on site. I look forward to seeing you there!
This event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT HOPE FERDOWSIAN: Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., grew up on a small Oklahoma farm and resolved to become a doctor at the age of nine when she first learned about human rights violations like torture. Today, her expertise spans the fields of medicine, public health, and ethics, as well as human rights and animal protection. Known to her patients as "Dr. Hope," she is a double-board certified fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. She has worked and lectured worldwide in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and appeared on local, national, and international radio and television programs.
ABOUT DIANA GOODRICH: 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 positions she has produced increasingly successful fundraising events, overseen a growing social media presence, and brought national and local media attention to the sanctuary. In her role as Co-Director, she oversees fundraising, marketing and communications. Diana loves directly caring for the chimpanzees and connecting with individual supporters.
ABOUT J.B. MULCAHY: 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 would later earn 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 worked in the fields of construction and farm animal welfare. In his initial role as Director of Operations, J.B. was responsible for overseeing the care of the chimpanzees at CSNW and also designed and built many improvements to the facility, including Young’s Hill, the chimps’ 2-acre habitat. In his current role as Co-Director, he also oversees finances and human resources. J.B. serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Primate Behavior & Ecology Program at Central Washington University and as Chair of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.