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Maui Humane Society Names New CEO

June 10, 2014
Maui Weekly

The Board of Directors of the Maui Humane Society (MHS) announced recently that Sandra (Sandy) Shelby has been appointed to the position of CEO for the nonprofit agency. She will start at the shelter in Pu'unene on July 15.

Shelby, who will be coming from Illinois, has a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and nearly 20 years of experience in the animal welfare field. She started her career as an animal caretaker at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Ramona, California. In following years, she served as director of development and humane education for Haven Humane Society in Redding, California, then founded and served as executive director for Another Chance Animal Welfare League, a rescue agency in Palo Cedro, California.

Shelby moved to Illinois in 2009 and served as executive director of Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin until 2012.

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Sandy Shelby has been appointed to the position of CEO at the Maui Humane Society.

"We are very excited about the breadth of experience and skills that Sandy brings to MHS," said MHS Board Chair Dr. Judith Aikawa. "She has worked in wildlife rehabilitation, development and fundraising, rescue, no-kill, limited-admission and open-admission shelters. She has experience in all facets of shelter operations that pertain to MHS. We are confident that Sandy will prove to be a great leader for our agency and will be a compassionate advocate for the animals on our island. We hope the community will join us in welcoming her and helping her adjust to our island lifestyle."

Aikawa said Shelby's appointment is the culmination of a long and diligent search process to fill the CEO position vacated by Jocelyn Bouchard, who left MHS in April to take the position of director of operations at the Hawaiian Humane Society on O'ahu. With the assistance of a professional human resources firm, MHS sought qualified candidates both locally and nationally and received more than 140 applications for the position. Through a multi-level screening process, applicants were eventually narrowed down to those with the highest level of expertise and credentials within the animal welfare field, and after multiple interviews, the final selection was made.

The 60-year-old MHS is the only agency on Maui that operates an open admission shelter, accepting all domestic animals in need. In addition to its privately funded programs, MHS is contracted by the County of Maui to provide specified animal management services for the community. The work of MHS includes sheltering unwanted animals, providing spay/neuter programs, promoting humane education and children's programs, operating pet adoption and lost and found programs, investigating cruelty, responding to public calls for assistance and more.

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