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St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center Names Chief Executive

Humane Rescue Alliance president and CEO Lisa LaFontaine today announced that she has named Michelle Thevenin to the position of chief operating officer to lead St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and help bridge between the organization’s operations in New Jersey and Washington, DC. Thevenin will act as the primary executive for St. Hubert’s, overseeing daily operations.

Thevenin is deeply committed to growing St. Hubert’s best-in-class WayStation transport program and building capacity to help more animals and people. She understands the animal populations and differing needs of shelters in the north and south, having run both a well-resourced destination shelter and an overwhelmed source shelter (the Monadnock Humane Society in New Hampshire and Humane Society of Greater Savannah in Georgia, respectively). She is committed to growing the WayStation and building capacity to help more animals and people.

“Michelle Thevenin is deeply passionate about our mission and has a history of building organizations by inspiring her colleagues,” said LaFontaine. “I look forward to a productive 2020 as we finalize the post-merger integration, and a bright, impactful, and powerful future for the unified organization with Michelle on our team.”

“I’m delighted to join such a dedicated team,” said Thevenin. “I’m looking forward to being part of the next chapter in our long history of fostering a compassionate community.”

Michelle has relocated to Morristown, New Jersey, with her animals – three rescue dogs and a 17-year-old cat. She enjoys hiking with her dogs and is looking forward to exploring the green spaces in New Jersey.


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