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Hartley named NCSPCA Executive Director

Jessica Hartley is the new Executive Director for the North Country SPCA.

Jessica Hartley is the new Executive Director for the North Country SPCA.

— The Board of Directors of the North Country SPCA (NCSPCA) is pleased to announce the selection of Jessica Hartley as its new Executive Director. Hartley will take over full-time at the new Frances Miller Adoption Center in Elizabethtown on July 1.

Hartley has worked as a consultant for the past three years on the NCSPCA’s capital campaign, as well as served on the Board of Directors. Her resume includes more than 10 years of experience in non-profit development and management for a variety of organizations, from small, community-based start-ups to large, nationally-recognized charities. Most recently, Hartley managed the direct marketing programs for organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“We feel very fortunate that Jessica has accepted our offer to grow the NCSPCA to expanded levels of support for both the animals in our care and for the residents of Essex County who use our services – either to adopt a wonderful friend or to have a safe no-kill shelter for their animals when circumstances sadly change,” Board President Patricia Tivnan said. “Jessica’s experience in non-profit development coupled with her deep passion for improving the welfare of companion animals is a perfect match for the NCSPCA.”

Hartley will focus on finding new ways to fully develop the potential of the brand new adoption center in Elizabethtown and has plans to expand programming, outreach and collaborative efforts with other animal welfare organizations.

“This is a tremendous opportunity not only for me, but for the entire community,” Hartley said. “The potential for the NCSPCA to become a beacon for modern, no-kill animal sheltering is truly remarkable. I look forward to working with our staff, the Board and the community to build an organization that will improve the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals in Essex County and beyond.”

Hartley is a graduate of Williams College where she studied psychology. She is a resident of Keene where she lives with her husband, cat and four rescued dogs. When she is not at the shelter, she can be found hiking local trails and generally enjoying all that the Adirondacks have to offer. The public is invited to come by the new Frances Miller Adoption Center and meet Hartley during regular open hours or during the NCSPCA’s Grand Opening celebration on July 20 from noon to 6 p.m.

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