Staff & Board
Denise Deisler, Executive Director
Denise Deisler has worked in non profit management since 1996 and on behalf of homeless animals for more than 15 years. Denise previously served as the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Manatee County in Bradenton, Fl. where under her guidance the county formally voted to achieve a no kill community. Prior to moving to Bradenton she was a member of the leadership team that raised $14.2 million dollars, created a nationally recognized, state of the art humane care and education center, and brought an end to the killing of adoptable homeless animals in Richmond, Virginia. She also served as the President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and was the Chair of their first strategic planning initiative. She is presently a board member of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations. She shares her life and home with husband Bernie, son Tony and shelter alums Yogi (pictured), Oscar, Ziggy and Rocky.
Ann Korczyk, Associate Executive Director
Ann Korczyk joined JHS in January of 2006. As the director of human resources, she oversees all staffing and HR functions. She also manages the volunteer and community service programs.
A native of the Midwest, Ann has over 20 years of business management experience. She and her husband owned and operated several businesses in both Iowa and Virginia. After volunteering at the Dubuque Humane Society in Iowa, she was offered the position of volunteer manager. In that position, she gained valuable experience learning the business of animal sheltering. During her tenure, she helped start a retail gift shop staffed by volunteers and was an integral part of the team that started the award winning “Head Start” volunteer dog training program.
Ann and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and two grandchildren. They share their home with their family of pets: Roxie and Scruffy, both dogs, and Sam, the cat. Scruffy was adopted from the Jacksonville Humane Society in August of 2008 and comes to work with Ann almost everyday.
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!
2013 Board of Directors
Michael Munz, Dalton Agency - President
Alyson Lee, Jacksonville University – Vice-President
Lis'e Everly, Community Advocate - Secretary
Dina Vickers, CPA - Treasurer
Brent Bolick, Clear Channel Outdoor
David Cook, Foley & Lardner, LLP
Alexis C. Kane
Kate Onstead, University of North Florida
Kerrie Slattery, Baptist Health
Linda Stein, Community Advocate
Dr. Jeffrey Stone, Mayo Clinic
Penny Thompson, Shands Jacksonville
Kim Ward, Community Advocate
Susan Welch, Community Advocate