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St. Augustine Humane Society names executive director

The St. Augustine Humane Society (SAHS) has hired Celeste Hart as executive director, according to an announcement by Dr. Eric Searcy, president of the board of directors of the organization.

Hart recently worked in the nonprofit sector for close to nine years and most recently as a director of development. Her career also includes marketing, public relations and development in the arts, and management positions held in the newspaper industry in advertising sales management.

The organization also has named several new board members:

• Dr. Ron Dixon, St. Augustine Family Dentistry;

• Bonnie Hayflick, Bonnie Hayflick PR Counsel;

• James Pennington, Bitcom;

• Katherine Batenhorst, Brooks Rehab; and

• Leslie Sinclair, The Cleveland Clinic.

Additionally, the following local volunteers and professionals are serving on the Board:

• Carolyn Smith, vice president;

• Karen Hogan, treasurer;

• Cathy Upchurch, secretary, and

• Julie Kurtz.

St. Augustine Humane Society is a non-profit organization which promotes responsible pet ownership and strengthens the human-animal bond through education and training. The organization works to reduce the relinquishment rate of pets to shelters through effective and affordable spay and neuter efforts and is a resource center for the citizens and animals in St. Johns County, Florida. Programs are made possible in part by generous funding from patrons, the Ted Weber Trust, and program activities.

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