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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2013 Contact: Jay Levitre Communications Manager Tel: (503) 585-5900, ext.

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Willamette Humane Society to Seek New Executive Director

The Willamette Humane Society Board of Directors will launch a search for a new executive director following the recent resignation of Joan Towers. "We wish Joan well and thank her for her accomplishments, including helping us restructure the organization for greater financial stability, reach a higher save rate for dogs and cats, and for her advocacy work in the legislature," said Board President Brian Klein. Towers, who joined WHS in 2010, remarked: I want to thank the many compassionate donors, dedicated staff and committed volunteers who helped us achieve so many outcomes. I am proud of the improvements we created together, and look forward to bringing these experiences to other service organizations. The board appointed Finance & Business Operations Director Lynn Chriestenson as interim executive director. Chriestenson received her business degree from the William Woods University in Fulton, MO and spent the past 10 years in the retail field, combining both accounting and management. Before coming to WHS, she was the General Manager of the Fort Collins Food Cooperative in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she led the business back into solvency. She joined the Willamette Humane Society in January. Chriestenson will head an experienced leadership staff, including Shelter Director Jennifer Kaser who has 13 years of experience caring for animals, serving the public, and managing staff at Willamette Humane Society. Development & Communications Director Susan Carey served as Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society for 8 years before shifting roles to lead the fundraising efforts of the organization in 2009. Klein thanks supporters and the public for their support during this transition, and expresses confidence in WHS staff and volunteers to provide compassionate services to pets and people.

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 49 member staff, and 700+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.

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