Suncoast Humane Society Announces New Executive Director, Maureen O’Nell

Posted on February 28, 2020
Posted in Blog

We are excited to announce that our Board of Trustees has concluded a five-month-long nationwide search by welcoming Maureen O’Nell as the new executive director of Suncoast Humane Society, starting in March, 2020.

Maureen O’Nell joins Suncoast Humane Society from San Antonio, Texas. Motivated by a relentless pursuit of excellence, she has dedicated over two decades of her career to help agencies and communities take on the heroic task of protecting those who are most vulnerable. Maureen has served as the executive director for several animal welfare agencies across the United States, including Alaska SPCA, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and San Antonio Pets Alive!.

Ms. O’Nell has presented a multitude of topics at national animal welfare conferences and served as a mentor to new executive teams to create forward-thinking communities. “Shaping efforts that drive meaningful results propel my actions,” Maureen said. “As an innovative and high-achieving executive, I have developed a reputation as someone who has a passion for animal welfare and a drive to achieve success beyond expectations.”

Jeff Moore, Suncoast Humane Society’s board president, stated on behalf of the board: “As trustees of the board, we are extremely excited to have a new leader. Maureen O’Nell was our first choice out of a field of very qualified candidates.  Each of the board members saw a multitude of special qualities in Maureen which will help us obtain our organization’s goals moving forward.  We look to promote a humane society and replace our aging structure with a new facility, which will serve the innocent animals, as well as people in need, within our community for many years to come. We are blessed to have Cheryl Casey, director of operations, and Leah Cornish, director of business and finance, who served as interim co-executive directors during our search process. They both did a great job of carrying the load while waiting for Maureen to take over as the new director.”

Maureen shared that she is honored to have the opportunity to continue driving Suncoast Humane Society into new realms of invigorating partnerships, heightening impact, and expanding community outreach. She looks forward to creating successful outcomes for the animals and people in the Suncoast region.


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