Molokai Humane Society News Release
Jennifer Whitted, Molokai Humane Society past president, has stepped into the new Executive Director role.
“We are excited to find a person with the experience and knowledge from within our organization,” said Carol Gartland, board secretary. “Jenn has been performing most of the duties of this position for the past couple of months. Several members of the organization as well as current staff advised the Board that she was the right person for the job; we reviewed and considered candidates from the community, surrounding islands and the mainland. In the end, Jenn was the most qualified.”
Jenn has previously worked as a grant writer and fundraiser for the Iowa State University YMCA, and served on many community nonprofit boards. As the YMCA “Partner with Youth” fundraising chairperson, Jenn helped to raise $1 million for capital improvements and community programming.
Since moving to Molokai, Jenn has been a regular volunteer at Kaunakakai Elementary School, a 21st Century robotics instructor, a certified substitute teacher and has been actively involved in the Molokai Humane Society. While serving as the MoHS Board President, Jenn was able to work closely with the Board and staff to quadruple the organization’s budget. “I was impressed with Jenn from the first Board meeting we attended,” said Tessa Reich, MoHS vet assistant.
“I think that my background knowledge of the mission and strategic plan [of the Molokai Humane Society] as well as the current budget and programming will allow me to make important, educated decisions to help fulfill the goals of the organization,” said Whitted.
Upon hearing the news, Jocelyn Bouchard, Chief Executive Officer of the Maui Humane Society, said, “I am enthusiastic about the Boards selection and encouraged about the Molokai Humane Society’s future.”
Moloka’i Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to provide low-cost spay and neuter services on the island. To make a tax deductible donation or become a member, visit the website www.molokaihumanesociety.org.