Meet Our Education Team
Debra Curtin is New England Primate Conservancy's founder. For 35-years, Debra developed and delivered presentations, workshops and training seminars for professionals in multiple industries.
Well-versed in the plight of captive nonhuman primates and their need for sanctuary, Debra launched New England Primate Conservancy's outreach programs in 2004, speaking at a variety of venues on behalf of the Conservancy's mission and addressing students from elementary to university and graduate school programs. She developed the Conservancy's original Education Center curriculum, produced the accompanying educational videos, and organized the education team.
Christine Regan Davi
Christine Regan Davi is a writer and editor with a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. She also works for an entrepreneurial skin care company, with a personal focus on helping clients develop better-for-you products that use natural, sustainable, and globally conscious ingredients. In her previous life as a reporter and editor for The Cape Codder and Solid State Technology, she researched and covered topics as varied as semiconductor manufacturing in Taiwan, women’s health (including breast cancer research, the sex trade industry, and women’s prison conditions) and the wildlife conservation efforts of Mass Audubon.
Throughout her career, Christine’s love of writing and deep curiosity about the world have led her to work with organizations like Orenda Wildlife Land Trust on Cape Cod and Mass Humanities, for which she developed and facilitated a family literacy program curriculum. Animals have figured prominently in her life: her first dog was a rescue from the streets of Tehran, where she was born and spent her early childhood. She’s currently working on a middle-grade novel involving a girl and an orphaned loon.
Christine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and WISE (Women Impacting Store Brand Excellence); she also serves as a trustee for the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA.
Christine has been writing primate profiles for NEPC since mid-2017.
Kathleen (Kathy) Downey is a lifelong animal protection advocate. At age 11, she successfully appealed to her town's legislators for the preservation of a pet cemetery that was to be razed. As an adult, she’s participated in and helped organize several animal protection campaigns in Massachusetts, including the successful 1996 Ban the Steel-Jaw Leghold Trap; Grey2K campaigns, which succeeded in banning the abusive practice of greyhound racing in 2008; and a 2016 Massachusetts initiative, working with Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, to ban the cruelest of farm animal confinements.
As a journalist, Kathleen has worked as a correspondent for regional publications, profiling people in the community and writing feature articles—highlighting animal protection and environmental causes whenever the opportunity arose. For seven years, she wrote the newsletter and fundraising appeals for the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (mrfrs.org), along with appeals for other animal rescue organizations. She also wrote a regional book, Legendary Locals of Newburyport, published in 2014, for Arcadia Publishing.
Kathleen has been writing NEPC primate profiles, editing our book and other educational content, and contributing her input to NEPC initiatives since early 2016.
Veronica Ramos, is an Artist & Art Teacher with experience teaching visual arts to students from K-12, college and adult learners. She has a BA in Art History, a Master of Science in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and post grad continuing education in Humane Education. Veronica is the primary author and designer of New England Primate Conservancy's curriculum. She developed the Humane Education Program's unique curriculum for use by educators across the nation, and throughout the world.
Veronica has manifested her passion for health, environmental and animal advocacy in her leadership and participation in a variety of organizations. She was a co-founder of a statewide animal advocacy group involved in education and legislation in Massachusetts, and was also a co-founder of CPU, a watchdog group focused on air and water quality in central Massachusetts.
Nina Shangari is an interactive digital analyst, writer, photographer and traveler, with a BS in Professional & Technical Communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY).
She has written website copy, blogs, tv scripts, user manuals, tutorials, and technical/functional documentation for a variety of industries—including healthcare, international broadcast media, and advertising/tech. With a longstanding passion for the “green” movement, Nina has poured herself into passion projects both locally and internationally to further her understanding and involvement of ecological conservation and animal welfare. She loves her cat more than some close friends, and dreams of one day writing her way through the meandering avenues and alleyways of the world as a travel writer/photographer.
Nina has been writing primate profiles for NEPC since October 2017.