July 3, 2013

North Country SPCA director chosen

ELIZABETHTOWN — North Country SPCA Board of Directors has hired Jessica Hartley as its new executive director.

Hartley started full time at the new Frances Miller Adoption Center in Elizabethtown on Monday.

She has worked as a consultant for the past three years on North Country SPCA’s capital campaign and has served on the Board of Directors.

Her resume includes more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit development and management for a variety of organizations, from small, community-based startups to large, nationally recognized charities.

Most recently, Hartley managed the direct-marketing programs for organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“We feel very fortunate that Jessica has accepted our offer to grow the NCSPCA to expanded levels of support for both the animals in our care and for the residents of Essex County who use our services, either to adopt a wonderful friend or to have a safe no-kill shelter for their animals when circumstances sadly change,” Board President Patricia Tivnan said in a news release.

“Jessica’s experience in non-profit development, coupled with her deep passion for improving the welfare of companion animals, is a perfect match for the NCSPCA.”

Hartley will focus on finding new ways to fully develop the potential of the new adoption center in Elizabethtown and has plans to expand programming, outreach and collaborative efforts with other animal-welfare organizations, according to the release.

“This is a tremendous opportunity, not only for me but for the entire community,” Hartley said in a statement. “The potential for the NCSPCA to become a beacon for modern, no-kill animal sheltering is truly remarkable.

“I look forward to working with our staff, the board and the community to build an organization that will improve the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals in Essex County and beyond.”

Hartley is a graduate of Williams College, where she studied psychology. She is a resident of Keene, where she lives with her husband, cat and four rescued dogs.

The public is invited to come by the Frances Miller Adoption Center and meet Hartley during regular open hours or during the grand-opening celebration noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

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