Three Kitsap Humane Society Board Members Resign Amid Crisis

Posted by on March 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Announced today, March 29, 2012, the Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) Board is making some big changes. After the exodus of three of their four directors in the last two months and an impassioned public outcry about Board mismanagement at their annual public Board meeting last Saturday, including the withdrawal of a $500,000 gift by an angry donor, this week the Board revised its term-limits policy and accepted three resignations and three new appointments.

Long-term Board members Karyn Kline (departing president), Hazel Bellinger, and James Moore have stepped down, replaced by three new members—Emily Olson of Port Orchard, Scott Ewell of Bainbridge Island, and Amy Weissman of Kingston. Together the three new KHS Board members bring a wide range of professional expertise, from financial and project management to information technology and extensive nonprofit work.

“The Board plans to add another five members by June 1, 2012, and reach its full complement of 15 members by the end of August,” said newly appointed Board president Rosemary Shaw. According to Shaw, the eight-person Board currently is recruiting additional new members and has received more than 15 applications.

KHS“We committed to making the Board diverse and representative of the community, and we are already taking steps to achieve that,” Shaw said. “We welcome our three new members and are going to work hard to bring in others.”

Shaw and Larry Norvell, who both have five years of service on the Board, will remain at KHS, as will Gerry Porter and Cary Hills, who are in their first years as Board members. Vice President Lynn Fleischbein also will remain “to provide continuity during the Board’s transition.”

Read our previous articles about the KHS shakeup:

Deer in Headlights at Public Meeting: Humane Society Board Loses Potential $500K Donation

An Exodus, Audit, and New Interim Director at the Kitsap Humane Society

Turmoil at Kitsap Humane Society Continues with Resignation of Animal Welfare Director

Kitsap Humane Society Executive Director’s Departing Shockwave


Images courtesy of Nick Perla and the Kitsap Humane Society.

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