Staff & Board

Denise Deisler, Chief Executive Officer

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, Chief Administrative Officer
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.


Nikki Harris, Chief Operating Officer
Hailing from the great state of Nebraska, Nikki Harris brings more than 15 years of animal welfare education and experience to Jacksonville. Nikki has an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Non-Profit Administration, and two Masters Degrees from Bellevue University in Communications and Public Administration. Prior to her move to the Sunshine State, Nikki served as the Director of Placement and Behavior for the Nebraska Humane Society. She then moved to Jacksonville in 2012 to serve as the Adoptions Manager at First Coast No More Homeless Pets, where she oversaw the city’s first MEGA Adoption Events, which are now standard practice in both Jacksonville and other no-kill cities nationwide. Nikki then moved the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services to serve as Shelter Manager and later, Division Chief, where her leadership helped Jacksonville become the largest no-kill city in the nation. Nikki enjoys boating and spending time with Jeff and her stepsons, Kevin and Justin, and of course has a household of many pets, including dogs Delta, a Katrina survivor, Tuna, a puppy mill rescue, Leon (a.k.a. “P,” the friendliest Chihuahua in history) and rescue cats Louis, Leah, and Chicken.


Dr. Stan Hill, DVM, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Stan Hill, DVM, graduated from Ross University in St. Kitts and then completed his clinical year of veterinary medicine at Auburn University. He has served at both emergency and high-volume veterinary clinics. In addition to his work as the Hospital Medical Director at JHS, Dr. Hill is the current president of the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society. Most recently, Dr. Hill led his team through training at the ASCPA Humane Alliance program to help improve practice and efficiency at the JHS hospital. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, son, Austin, and their three rescue pets – Sally, Cracker Jack, and Lexi.


Theresa Scordo, Director of Development
Theresa Scordo – pictured here with her bulldog, May – is originally from New York but moved to Jacksonville eight years ago when she left a position with the New York Islanders Hockey Club to work for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Her background is in sports and she comes to us from the Jacksonville Armada FC. She previously volunteered with the Jacksonville Humane Society in a corporate setting and on her own time. She is passionate about animal welfare and about making Jacksonville an even better place to live.

2018 Board of Directors

Joey Kelly, Community Advocate – President
Kristine Cherek, Florida Coastal School of Law – Vice President
Alexis C. Kane, Community Advocate – Secretary
Bill Mayher, St. Vincent’s HealthCare – Treasurer
David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars
Kathy Caldwell, Acosta
Lisé Everly, Community Advocate
Michael Gehlen, Citi
Randy Goodwin, PRI Productions
Abel Harding, Iberiabank
Scott MacKenzie, Scott R. MacKenzie Foundation

Linda Stein, Community Advocate – Board Member Emeritus

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