Hawaii Rainbow Rangers wants to extend a big congratulations to Lauren Nickerson on her new role as CEO at Hawaii Island Humane Society.
Over the last year HIHS has been a critical transfer partner for HRR and Laurens involvement and relentless motivation to work collaboratively has been crucial in our goal to help the animals and people in need on the big island.
Congratulations again and we look forward to the great new things to come from HIHS!
We’re thrilled to share that the HIHS Board of Directors has named its current Chief Operations Officer Lauren Nickerson as Chief Executive Officer.
Lauren was hired in January 2019 and served previously as Community Programs Director and Chief Operating Officer for Hawai‘i Island Humane Society before being named CEO. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa with honors and holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.
“Lauren’s education and expertise in shelter operations, coupled with her knowledge and experience, has made her the ideal candidate for this position. No one is more dedicated to the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society’s mission and success of our operation than Lauren,” said HIHS President Adam Atwood.
Lauren first became involved with the HIHS in 2016 when she and her husband adopted a blind and deaf dog named Pearl. Many of you may know Pearl from her Instagram @shrimpy.and.friends. Lauren and her husband share their lives with Pearl, their three other rescue dogs, and two rescue bunnies.
We’re excited about the progress we’ve made at the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society. We’re utilizing modern, science-based training techniques to help shelter animals thrive. We’re making great strides and I’m happy to report that the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society has an Average Live Release rate of 95%.
Lauren replaces interim CEO Dr. Beth Jose, who is remaining on as our veterinarian for the Animal Community Center and the Waggin’. We are so incredibly thankful to Dr. Beth for her dedication and hard work in getting HIHS through the last 18 months. We are deeply grateful that she will remain an important part of our team.
Alyssa Tabert has been promoted to Director of Lifesaving Operations. Alyssa previously served as Lifesaving Programs Coordinator at the Animal Community Center and has helped many of you find your forever friend. She will now oversee daily operations and continue the development of our lifesaving work.
Please join us in congratulating Lauren and Alyssa, and in celebrating Dr. Beth.
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