Monadnock Humane Society has a New Executive Director!

By Abbey Schoenfeld
Monadnock Humane Society has a New Executive Director!

We are happy to announce the appointment of Kathy Harrington as our new Executive Director.  Kathy will succeed Joe Olsen, who has been serving as the MHS transition leader since January of 2015 to present. Kathy’s appointment follows an extensive nation-wide 3-month search led by a committee of six, and will be effective in September, 2016.

You may already know Kathy – but if not, you will be pleased to know that she brings a wealth of non-profit and business leadership to the role, having served as the President of the Monadnock United Way for the past 6 years. Previous to Monadnock United Way, Kathy served as Executive Director at Stonewall Farm in Keene for 6 years. Kathy’s passion for animals and people as well as her experience and skills make her the ideal leader to bring MHS into the future as a sustainable and thriving organization.

Kathy tells us that she is “elated about the opportunity to work with such an innovative community provider organization like Monadnock Humane Society. The Monadnock Region is rich in community support and caring, which aligns so well with the mission of MHS. “

“MHS is not just about the animals, but helping the people who love them, and having worked in the animal and human services field for the past 12 years, my career path has positioned me well for this new opportunity” she added. “I am so excited about working with the staff, board and community to be a part of the future of not just MHS, but the evolution of animal welfare. I also look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the area’s businesses and nonprofit organizations in this new capacity to continue to strengthen the social fabric of our region.”

MHS Board Chair, Kristen E. Trombly (who was elected to the position of Chair on May 24th) said that “over the past year, the MHS Board, with help and input from community members and staff, developed a strategic plan with a focus on creative, innovative and financially sustainable activities and organizational management. Kathy brings non-profit expertise, local connections and a results-driven focus to the MHS team as we execute this newly-created 3-year strategic plan.  We are thrilled to have her on board and look forward to her contributions and leadership as MHS continues to grow and develop as a financially sustainable and vibrant organization serving the Monadnock region.”

The 2016 MHS Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10th. Kathy will be there and is looking forward to meeting the community, and talking about the future of MHS together.