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Rock County Humane Society hires new leader

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 24, 2009
— The new executive director for the Rock County Humane Society starts Monday.

Angela Rhodes, Madison, most recently was development director at the Dane County Humane Society.


She takes over the leadership of the nonprofit organization, housed at 222 S. Arch St., from Jim Hurley, humane care officer supervisor. Hurley was appointed interim shelter manager in December after the departure of longtime executive director Chris Konetski, who said she was fired.


Rhodes was one of 60 from primarily Rock and Dane counties who applied for the job, board President Debra Mills wrote in an e-mail.


The field of applicants was narrowed to eight, and three had second interviews, Mills said.


At the Dane County Humane Society, Rhodes was responsible for fund development, public relations, communications, marketing, special events, education and outreach. She also worked for American Girl/Mattel and Sonic Foundry/Sony in marketing and business development for many years, Mills wrote.


Rhodes also has held consulting positions with veterinary clinics; pet health insurance companies and animal emergency care facilities. She is the founding member of Wisconsin Doberman Rescue, according to Mills.


"She has three dogs and two cats and is looking for a place to live here," Mills wrote.


In her new executive role, Mills said, Rhodes will oversee shelter operations, supervise employees, and be responsible for all fund development, public relations, communications, marketing, special events, education and outreach.



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