Michelle Thevenin joined the organization in November 2019. She comes to us from Ithaca, New York where she was a director of development for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. Just prior to that, Michelle was the CEO of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. She began her animal welfare career at the Monadnock Humane Society where she adopted her first dog, Sebastian, in 1994 from her younger brother, who was an adoption counselor and caretaker at MHS at the time. He (the dog, not the brother) was a wild adolescent leonberger mix with epilepsy. Michelle and Sebastian enjoyed nearly 15 years together hiking all over the Finger Lakes and rural Minnesota. Michelle’s professional background includes fundraising for Cornell University, Endicott College and Partners Continuing Care as well as leadership coaching and organization development for The Schwan Food Company. While Michelle has always loved animals, she is really interested in ensuring that organizations work for people – the staff, the volunteers and the communities we serve. Michelle graduated from Cornell University with an MBA/MILR degree and an undergraduate degree in English and history. She has been an active community volunteer wherever she has lived and is currently a board member and treasurer for the Center for Transformative Action. She loves working with the wide variety of projects CTA sponsors. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys gardening, hiking the trails with her three shepherds and other outdoor activities. In addition to her three shelter shepherds (Taylor, Darwin and Phoenix), Michelle has an 18 year old cat, Maggie, who is the queen bee of the menagerie.
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