Communications professional joins the Jacksonville Humane Society

Media relations and event planning specialist to manage animal adoption and education center’s public relations and special events

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 9, 2009) – Michelle Gilliam, a communications professional experienced in media relations and event planning, has accepted the position of senior public relations and special events manager at the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS). She will manage the organization’s PR and special events.

Gilliam comes to JHS from a Jacksonville-based marketing communications agency. She has also served as Amelia Island Plantation’s public relations manager. Prior to moving to the First Coast, Gilliam was a conference director specializing in defense events and a producer for “The People’s Court” television show in New York City. She has also worked as a television news reporter, producer and writer.

“Michelle’s experience in journalism and television production will help raise public awareness about our mission, activities and fundraisers,” said Leona Sheddan, executive director of JHS. “Her work producing large-scale special events will guide us as we grow our fundraisers, raising additional money for the more than 4,000 animals in our care each year.”

Gilliam is a graduate of Villanova University. She serves on the boards of the Springfield Animal Care and Rescue Club and the Sales and Marketing Council of the Northeast Florida Builders Association. She is a member of the Springfield Improvement Association and Woman’s Club and the Springfield Preservation & Revitalization Council.

About the Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, is a non-profit center for animal welfare and education. The organization serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. JHS is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them.