Noetic Search Recruits CEO for the Hawaiian Humane Society

October 30, 2019 – Chicago-headquartered Noetic Search has placed Anna Neubauer as the new president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society. Lisa Fowler resigned for personal reasons in March.

“Our selection of Anna Neubauer as president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society comes after a nationwide search for a leader with vision, passion, experience in shelter leadership, and a deep commitment to collaboration,” said Ginny Tiu, board chair of the Hawaiian Humane Society. “Oahu’s animals deserve the very best, and we are confident in Anna’s ability to continue the Hawaiian Humane Society’s legacy of leadership in progressive animal sheltering.”

“I am very grateful to interim CEO Martha Armstrong and her team, Victoria Cowper and Dr. Julie Dinnage for their leadership during our president and CEO search,” she said.

Ms. Neubauer joins the Humane Society from the Dumb Friends League in Denver, CO, an open-admission shelter, where she served as vice president of operations. Dumb Friends League is widely regarded as one of the most progressive and best run animal shelters in the country. Before joining the Dumb Friends League, Ms. Neubauer was a co-founder and clinic director of the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fort Collins, CO. Since 2016, she has been an instructor in shelter leadership at Colorado State University. Ms. Neubauer is a certified veterinary technician and a certified animal welfare administrator.

In her new role, Ms. Neubauer will lead a team of 90 staff and over 800 volunteers in caring for Oahu’s neediest animals. She will develop and oversee a budget of $10 million. Ms. Neubauer is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Hawaiian Humane Society. She will be expected to provide a leadership role in initiating and maintaining community relationships and securing the operating and investment funds necessary to sustain current and future operations.

The Hawaiian Humane Society’s shelter in the heart of Moiliili is a community hub for animal lovers featuring programs and services focused on strengthening the human-animal bond: rescuing the abused, engaging volunteers, fighting for better laws and caring for more than 20,000 animals a year.

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Noetic Search specializes in finding leaders in the non-profit sector. Its clients include animal welfare organizations, cultural institutions, foundations and human service groups, among others.

Focused on the Charity Sector

The search firm is led by founder and president Rhyan Zweifler. Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Zweifler has focused on the charity sector through her work in executive recruitment, museum management and development. She launched Noetic Search in 2010. Specializing in CEO and senior management searches, she has placed more than 170 national leaders for cultural, human service, educational and grant-making organizations. Ms. Zweifler has overseen all aspects of the search process, including marketing and sales, client management, candidate development and closing.

“While the demand for talent is very high, the supply is growing with individuals who are moving from the public and private sectors to the non-profit sector in greater numbers,” said Ms. Zweifler. “We have always tapped into all sectors for our searches but with the shifting economic climate, there is greater openness to exploring a role in the non-profit arena.”

In June, Noetic recruited Dia DuVernet as the new president and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Ms. DuVernet has more than a decade of experience leading nonprofit organizations. She has an extensive background in organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable communities, most recently serving as Virginia Beach SPCA (VSPSCA) president and CEO and previously as vice president at The Up Center, a Virginia non-profit organization improving the quality of life for children and families.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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