Staff & Board
Denise Deisler, Executive Director
Denise Deisler joined the Jacksonville Humane Society in September of 2011. She immediately built bridges and developed productive partnerships, increased revenue while reducing expenses, recruited an energetic, talented, and enthusiastic board, and implemented new initiatives that contributed significantly to the community's no kill goal. New programs like a kitten nursery and a renewed focus on transfers from the city's shelter resulted in an additional 1,000 lives saved in her first year alone.
As the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Manatee County, Denise orchestrated a public/private partnership that ended trap and kill for feral cats and she led lobbying efforts which resulted in the county becoming the first municipality in the state of Florida to formally adopt a no kill plan.
As the Chief Operating Officer of the Richmond SPCA Denise led efforts that transformed the city's approach to animal homelessness while conducting a capital campaign that raised $14.2 million dollars for the construction of a new humane care and education center.
Denise has extensive public speaking experience and enjoys training on a wide variety of topics including building successful partnerships, community engagement, board and staff development, and no kill programs.
Denise was recently selected by Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization, to be one of 20 experts to participate in a think tank of professionals to help share and advance the national no kill agenda. Denise serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations.
Ann Korczyk, Associate Executive Director
Ann Korczyk joined JHS in January of 2006 and has worked in various management roles, both in operations and administration. A native of the Midwest, Ann has over 25 years of business management experience. She and her husband owned and operated multiple businesses in both Iowa and Virginia before relocating to sunny Florida. After volunteering at the Dubuque Humane Society in Iowa, she was offered the position of volunteer manager. In that role, she found her passion for helping homeless pets and gained valuable experience learning the business of animal sheltering. Ann and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and five grandchildren. They share their home with Scruffy (pictured), a special needs dog adopted from JHS.
Amy Pierce, Director of Development
Originally from New Jersey, Amy moved to Florida 10 years ago, after graduating with her Marketing Degree, to manage two humanitarian aid programs for a national nonprofit. There she fell in love with development and fundraising and has been in the nonprofit world ever since.
Amy earned her MBA from the University of North Florida in 2007 and has helped to raise support for the Coggin College at UNF, St. Vincent’s Foundation and The Cummer. She is passionate about animal welfare and about making Jacksonville an even better place to live. Amy lives in Clifton with her husband Greg and their 5 cats Layla, Jagger, Skoot, Chance and Cole. All are, of course, rescue kitties.
Meredith Swart, DVM, Hospital Veterinarian
Dr. Meredith Swart is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business, a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Go Gators! She grew up right here in Jacksonville and spent summers in nearby St. Augustine. Dr. Swart’s passion has always been animals, especially horses. She’s competed in Hunter-Jumper events from the age of five to the present.
Dr. Swart also has a keen interest in business, which led to advertising and marketing jobs in New York and Boston after college. It only took a few short years in the business world, however, for Dr. Swart to realize her true calling was veterinary medicine. She set out to make her dream of becoming a veterinarian a reality by moving back to sunny Florida to begin veterinary school.
Since graduation, Dr. Swart has had the opportunity to work in multiple practices in the Gainesville and Jacksonville areas as a relief veterinarian. Most recently she worked as an emergency veterinarian in Flagler Beach. She’s also worked as a volunteer for several shelters and low-income organizations. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and shelter medicine.
Dr. Swart is engaged to her fiancée Jacob, a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office. They are looking forward to their winter wedding this December in St. Augustine. They have three cats (Big Kitty, Emma, and Beans) as well as a guinea pig, Cookie. Dr. Swart’s hobbies include horseback riding, running and most recently wedding planning.
Dr. Swart is excited to join the amazing team at The Jacksonville Humane Society and is looking forward to caring for pets in the Jacksonville area!
2014 Board of Directors
Michael Munz, Dalton Agency - President
Lisé Everly, Community Advocate – Vice-President
Alexis C. Kane - Secretary
Dina Vickers, CPA - Treasurer
Brent Bolick, Clear Channel Outdoor
David Cook, Foley & Lardner, LLP
Carolyn Hawthorne, The Write Touch
Chad Kluko, Interline Brands, Inc.
William Mayher, St.Vincent's Healthcare
Kate Onstead, University of North Florida
Linda Stein, Community Advocate
Dr. Jeffrey Stone, Mayo Clinic
Penny Thompson, Shands Jacksonville