An Important Announcement from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

After four exceptional years as Executive Director of the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS), I have made the incredibly difficult decision to pursue a new opportunity as Executive Director of the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida, beginning January 2019.

I have truly cherished my time working with the LHS staff, our Board of Directors, our volunteers, and supporters like you who keep the organization moving forward. The opportunity to be inspired and motivated, at every turn, by the pet lovers in our community, has been absolutely transformative.

I have complete confidence that LHS will continue to do phenomenal work on behalf of the pets and people we serve. We have a stellar staff, capable of continuing the vision shared across all levels of the organization. With great enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and tremendous expertise, the staff will help ensure that the organization continues to achieve and exceed its goals.

I am thrilled to announce that Meghan Scheibe, our Director of Development and Community Engagement, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, effective November 1, by the LHS Board of Directors. Meghan brings eight years of progressive animal shelter leadership experience to the interim role, including more than three years of service to the Lawrence Humane Society. Over the coming weeks, Meghan and I will be working closely together to ensure a smooth transition. The Board and I have complete confidence in her ability to lead the organization through the transition.

With Meghan’s guidance, along the expertise of Chief Veterinarian Dr. Luke Pickett and Director of Operations Paul Marksbury, and continued leadership from our Board of Directors, I have no doubt that LHS will continue to meet and exceed our community’s expectations.

My tenure at LHS has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to witness the positive impact the organization has on the communities we serve, and have been fortunate enough to work on our new facility project, opening this coming spring, which will ensure that pets and the people who love them have the resources they need for years and years to come. We have accomplished so much together — but I know that Lawrence Humane’s best days are still to come!

The LHS Board will be conducting a national search for a new Executive Director who will continue to push the organization forward. I know they will find a highly-qualified professional who will love the Lawrence Humane Society and this community as much as I have and who will, with your support, build upon the incredible success LHS has experienced in recent years.

As I transition into a new role serving pets and people in Vero Beach, I will always be thankful for the support of our Board, donors, staff, and volunteers for helping make the Lawrence Humane Society an amazing organization that has become an important resource for the lives of so many pets and people. LHS will always hold a special place in my heart, and I cannot wait to see the wonderful things that, thanks to the support of friends like you, happen next.

I look forward to celebrating all of Lawrence Humane Society’s future successes together, including an exciting announcement later this week! Stay tuned!

Thank you for all you do for this community and its pets,

Kate Meghji, Executive Director
Click here to read the announcement press release

About Meghan Scheibe, 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 facilitate 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 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).

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