Outgoing Executive Director
Kate Meghji joined the Lawrence Humane Society as executive director in August 2014. Previously, she served as director of Sinai Temple in Champaign, Illinois and was the manager of the Champaign County Humane Society. Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Evergreen State College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. Kate has a long history of volunteerism and has served on several nonprofit boards, been a committee volunteer, and has completed the United Way’s Emerging Community Leader certification. She is also a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. Under her leadership, the Lawrence Humane Society has plans to increase its impact in the community by growing programs and services to help homeless pets and keep pets in homes. Kate loves the Lawrence community, and is excited to live here with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Interim Executive Director
Meghan Scheibe joined the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) as Director of Development and Community Engagement in July 2015. In her more than three years at LHS, Meghan has developed the organization’s fundraising program, working closely with board and leadership to complete the organization’s $7.5 million capital campaign and grow operational funding. Additionally, she has revamped the volunteer, community engagement, and adoption programs, increasing the organization’s reach and the number of animals placed into new homes, and has developed and provided leadership to countless new operational initiatives.
Prior to her tenure at LHS, Meghan served as both Marketing and Public Relations Manager and Assistant Director of Development at The Animal Foundation (TAF), the largest, single-location open admission shelter in the country, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. During her time at TAF, Meghan developed strategic marketing, engagement, programming, event, and fundraising initiatives to increase lifesaving, improve efficiency, and expand community awareness.
Meghan has also served as Development Manager at the USA Swimming Foundation in Colorado Springs, as well as Art Director and Studio Manager at R+W Advertising in Las Vegas.
Meghan is a member of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Miami (FL).
Dr. Luke Pickett joined the Lawrence Humane Society in February 2017 after serving 10 years as the Chief Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri and a tenure at Mixed Animal Practice in Platte City, Missouri. Dr. Picket holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emporia State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Dr. Pickett is thrilled to be working for the Lawrence Humane Society, and looks forward to making a positive impact in the lives of homeless, injured, and abused animals in the community. When he’s not caring for homeless animals, Dr. Pickett enjoys spending time with his wife and three adorable children.
Director of Operations
Paul Marksbury joined Lawrence Humane Society in December 2016. Prior to this role, he served as Affiliate Services Manager for Youth Volunteer Corps, a nonprofit that creates service projects for 11-18 year olds. He was with YVC for more than 10 years, starting as a Team Leader before becoming the Kansas City Program Director and finally joining the national office to train, support and evaluate a network of dozens of affiliated YVC programs across North America. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Kansas State University (but he still loves Lawrence).
Animal Welfare Manager
Liz Adams joined the Lawrence Humane Society in August 2007 as an Animal Care Associate, and has held a variety of positions including Canine Care Coordinator and Shelter Supervisor. Currently, Liz serves as the shelter’s Animal Welfare Manager. As a Lawrence native, one of Liz’s favorite parts of her job is helping the community she loves. Liz shares her home with her husband, Ryan, and two Lawrence Humane Society adoptees, Ennis, an 8-year-old Shar Pei mix, and Jade, a 5-year-old Boxer mix. In her free time, Liz enjoys camping and spending time outdoors.
Pet Resource Center Supervisor
Tera Carlile started at the Lawrence Humane Society as a Client Care Associate, effectively combining her love of people and animals into one career. After graduating from KU with a Bachelor’s in English, she found herself unsure of the path she really wanted to take, but hoped it would involve helping animals in some capacity. When a position opened at LHS, Tera jumped at the chance. Now, as the Pet Resource Center Supervisor, she gets to help animals and people everyday. Tera adopted two cats from LHS almost immediately after she was hired, Mr. Green and Weegie. They like to party hard from 3 a.m. until 6 a.m., and know to sit pretty for treats. In her free time, Tera reads Harry Potter while wearing her Hufflepuff pajama pants, and daydreams about someday putting sailor outfits on her cats and traveling around the world on a luxury yacht.
Foster & Transfer Coordinator
Tia Ezell grew up in the small town of Yoder, KS with her four siblings (her best friends!), as well as a multitude of cats, dogs, chickens, and her horse, Janga. After obtaining a degree in sociology from Wichita State University and working with kids for 5 years, Tia moved to Lawrence in 2012 and, shortly thereafter, started working at the Lawrence Humane Society. Prior to beginning her current role as the Foster & Transfer Coordinator in early-2016, Tia worked as an animal care associate, client care associate, and medical staff member. She absolutely loves working with both people and animals, and has been thrilled to be able to combine these passions in the ever changing, exciting field of animal welfare. At home, she surrounds herself with furry friends, including Lillian the pitbull, Zeke the Schnauzer, and three chatty boy cats, Lovett, Neil, and Ruben. In her free time Tia enjoys obsessively cleaning her house, roaming around outdoors and downtown with her dogs, cooking with friends, and visiting home as often as possible.
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Jennifer Gormley joined the team at the Lawrence Humane Society as the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator in August 2016. Although new to animal shelters, she has worked in volunteer training and management for various political campaigns and nonprofit organizations since 2008. When it comes to engaging volunteers, Jennifer’s philosophy is straightforward: create a program that inspires volunteers to develop their leadership abilities, and encourages them to become successful advocates within their communities. A die hard fan of creative media, when she is not at the shelter, Jennifer can most likely be found in one of three places: a movie theater, a concert hall, or at home indulging in in a good novel.
Customer Care Supervisor
Rikki Swearengin has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. As a child Rikki had many pets and was constantly trying to bring home every stray that crossed her path. At the age of 14, she began to volunteer with the Lawrence Humane Society. The idea to make her passion her career quickly formed soon after. Rikki was hired as a Kennel Technician. In 2003, she left the Humane Society to explore other opportunities, but realized that something was missing in her career. In 2010, Rikki rejoined the Humane Society family as a Client Care Associate and, since then, has held many positions. She currently serves as the shelter’s Humane Investigation Manager and, in June of 2016, was certified as a Humane Animal Investigator through National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. When Rikki is not at the Humane Society, she is enjoying time with her children and pets.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Lawrence Humane Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board determines and defines the organization’s mission, identifies its purpose and goals. The Lawrence Humane Society Board acts as the overall governing body, voting on major policy issues and playing a role in fundraising and community outreach.
The Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday of each Month at 6:00pm. The first 15 minutes of each meeting are open to the public for questions, comments, and suggestions. If you would like to attend, please email us so we can provide sufficient time in our agenda.