Staff & Board

Denise Deisler, Chief Executive Officer
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Denise Deisler joined the Jacksonville Humane Society in September 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, community resource center for retention and intervention and a renewed focus on transfers from the city’s shelter resulted in an additional 1,000 lives saved in her first year alone. Fall 2018 will mark the fifth year in a row that Jacksonville has achieved a city-wide live release rate of 90+% making it one of the largest communities in the United States to do so.

Denise led the campaign to replace the JHS shelter that burned to the ground in 2007 and raised $15 million. She oversaw the design and construction of the new 44,000 square foot facility. The building includes an adoption and education center and a community resource center attached to the previously constructed public hospital. JHS moved into the new center in Nov. 2017 – ten years after the devastating fire.

Denise enjoys training, mentoring and consulting on a wide variety of topics including building successful partnerships, community engagement, board and staff development, and model no kill programs. She currently serves on Best Friends Animal Society’s No Kill 2025 steering committee and leads the No Kill Florida committee. She is also honored to participate with Petco Foundation and Purina leadership groups.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville, she was 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 collaborated on efforts that transformed the City’s approach to animal homelessness and a capital campaign that raised $14.2 million for the construction of a new humane care and education center.

Denise shares her life and home with husband Bernie, granddaughter Emma, dogs Yogi and Shelli and cat Rocky.

 

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, Mae – 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.

2019 Board of Directors

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

Linda Stein, Community Advocate – Board Member Emeritus

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