Brenda Rodriguez President
Brenda Rodriguez, joined the Gibbon Center Board of Directors in 2013 primarily supporting the Grant writing initiatives and assisting with fundraising efforts for the Center. In 2014 she became Vice President while continuing writing grant requests. Brenda is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Language Arts and a minor in Nutrition. She holds multi-state life and disability licenses and worked in the group insurance industry for many years as a Sales and Account Management Executive. Brenda is currently a Realtor and member of the California Board of Realtors. She also holds Event Planning and Wedding Planning certificates from the college of the Extended University at Cal Poly. Brenda’s love of animals and the environment began while growing up on a farm in Eastern Pennsylvania before coming to California to pursue her studies. Her passions include her family and friends, the Gibbon Conservation Center, traveling and protecting the environment.
Rachel Grech CPA
Rachel has been an accountant for 29 years. She has used these skills to assist with multiple non-profits. Her other duties included transportation, application processing, dog handling/training, shelter evaluations, adoption events, home screenings, and any additional pre and post adoption functions needed. While volunteering at various rescues she saw a special need and co founded a non-profit to give more animals the ability to be fostered and trained prior to adoption. Rachel has been on the board since 2018 working hard to make sure that we maintain our records.
Dr. Alex Azmi
Alex Azmi is an Emmy-Award winner filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He is interested in documentaries and films that deal with social and human issues, both in the US and around the world. Alex recently made a film about the Gibbon Conservation Center which featured interviews with Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, and Gabi Skollar, Director of the Gibbon Conservation Center.
Alex experience extends over 25 years in the fields of technology, engineering, and management. He has developed and taught Programs in IT Management at UCLA, UCSD, Cal Poly, and CSLB Extensions. He has a Doctorate degree in public administration and Master’s and Bachelor Degrees in Engineering.
Curtis Eng DVM
Dr. Curtis Eng received his veterinary medical degree from Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Eng joined a small animal/exotic animal practice in rural Indiana where he learned to work with exotic animals such as birds, reptiles and assorted wildlife. During this time, he volunteered at the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) for 7 years, where he learned the skills of being a zoo veterinarian, eventually becoming a part time veterinarian for the Lincoln Park Zoo. He then moved on to become the Staff veterinarian/Assistant Director at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend Indiana and continued migrating west to become Director of Health and Husbandry at the Phoenix Zoo. After a quick stint at a chimpanzee facility, his last move brought him to Los Angeles as the Chief Veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for which he served 8 years. Dr. Eng is an avid conservationist with participation in conservation medicine programs being his passion. He has worked on the reintroduction of very rare species such as the black footed ferret, peninsular pronghorn and Sumatran rhino, even serving as the Federal Veterinary Program Coordinator for the California Condor Reintroduction Program. He currently is the Director of Clinical Relations and Associate Professor in Zoo/Exotic/Wildlife medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine where he actively mentors veterinary students as they progress to being veterinarians. He has been active with the Gibbon Conservation Center over the last 5 years introducing veterinary students to the “awesomeness” of primate medicine. He currently owns 2 dogs, 2 birds, lots of snakes and tortoises and a lizard. And he fosters way more animals than his wife prefers.
Non Profit Tax ID # 95-4256306
19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
(Follow the GCC signs once you hit the dirt road)
PO Box 800249, Santa Clarita, CA 91380
Direct Line: 661-296-2737
E-mail Address: Info@gibboncenter.org