Jody Evans

Asheville Humane Society (AHS) welcomed their new executive director, Jody Evans, on Aug. 1.

Evans, who has lived in Asheville since 2010, comes to AHS with over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in public radio, including 4 years as the President and CEO of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. She most recently served as the President and CEO of the Public Radio Program Directors Association, Inc.

AHS Interim Executive Director and former Chairman of the Board, John Haas, stepped in this past February to lead the organization while they searched for a new executive director. Haas said, “After an extensive nationwide search, the Board of Directors has selected Jody Evans as our new Executive Director. The lengthy selection process conducted by the Search Committee included ten separate meetings and interviews with the Search Committee, Board members and the entire staff of Asheville Humane Society. The staff have welcomed Jody with open arms and we are looking forward to working together to enrich the lives of pets and their people in our community.”

Jody is excited to embark on this new journey in animal welfare. “As a lifelong animal lover, I am incredibly honored to become part of the team at Asheville Humane Society,” said Evans. “It fulfills a dream of mine to join a talented group of individuals who are all working tirelessly together to make a difference. After working in the national arena, I’ve realized my true calling is to be grounded here, serving my community. I’m so excited about this opportunity to lead such a well-respected organization that positively impacts the lives of both people and pets every single day.”

Jody comes to AHS with broad management experience that has spanned everything from strategic planning, board affairs and financial management, to member services, donor cultivation, public relations and community liaison affairs. She has also worked in journalism as an editor, producer and reporter.

Jody’s diverse knowledge and skills combined with a capable staff and committed Board, will ensure that our community’s animals are in great hands.

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