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Ark-Valley Humane Society Welcomes Amber van Leuken As New Executive Director

Ark-Valley Humane Society Welcomes Amber van Leuken As New Executive Director

Ark-Valley Humane Society has announced Amber van Leuken as its new executive director. Van Leuken will fill the vacancy of former executive director, Jonathan McDonell, after he accepted a position at a shelter in the Northeast.

 

“We are very pleased to announce this new appointment,” said Dr. John Ellis, Ark-Valley Humane Society Board Chair. “Amber’s experience and dedication to Ark-Valley Humane Society will make her a tremendous asset as our leader.”

 

“I am humbled and honored to step into this new role,” van Leuken remarks. “It’s an exciting time to be in animal welfare and I look forward to growing Ark-Valley Humane Society as a progressive and community-focused animal shelter.   I look forward to leading our efforts to improve the lives of companion animals and support the connection between people and pets.”

 

Van Leuken has been involved with Ark-Valley Humane Society since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Nonprofit Management from the University of the Rockies. With significant experience in animal welfare and nonprofit management, van Leuken will advance Ark-Valley Humane Society’s current strategic plan and guide the organization’s mission of advocating for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care.

 

Previously, van Leuken served Ark-Valley Humane Society as Programs and Services Manager where she largely focused on operations management, grant writing, and spay/neuter programs. In addition to this experience, van Leuken has a passion for international spay/neuter and development efforts and is currently supporting projects in Nepal.  She resides in Salida with her husband Anton, two daughters, and five shelter-rescued pets.

 

About Ark-Valley Humane Society

 

Founded in 1995, Ark-Valley Humane Society advocates for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care. With a Live Release Rate of 98%, Ark-Valley Humane Society is dedicated to providing each animal with the care they deserve and the hope for a second chance. Over 250 companion animals were spayed or neutered in 2016 through our Chaffee County Community Assistance Spay and Neuter programs. Our vision for the future is to enhance the lives of all companion animals through humane education and partnerships, to create a safer and happier world for all companion animals, and to enhance the human-animal bond through education and responsible pet ownership.


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