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
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.
2017 Board of Directors
Michael Munz, Dalton Agency – Chairman
Lisé Everly, Community Advocate – President
Joey Kelly, Community Advocate – President-Elect
Kristine Cherek, Florida Coastal School of Law – Vice President
Alexis C. Kane, Community Advocate – Secretary
Dina Vickers, CPA – Treasurer
Franklin Danley, Regions – Treasurer-Elect
Brent Bolick, Clear Channel Outdoor
David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chad Kluko, Interline Brands, Inc.
Robert Labenski, KPMG LLP
Scott MacKenzie, Scott R. MacKenzie Foundation
William Mayher, St. Vincent’s Healthcare
Linda Stein, Community Advocate
Dr. Jeffrey Stone, Mayo Clinic
Penny Thompson, UF Health