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Nassau Humane Society Appoints New Executive Director

Executive Director Brandy Carvalho and Board President John Landregan with 2 adoptable cats in the NHS Cattery, which is in dire need of being replaced.

The Nassau Humane Society announces the appointment of its new executive director, Brandy Carvalho. In her new position, Carvalho will focus on strategic fundraising, community relations, revenue and program development, and marketing.

In addition, Carvalho will be leading the capital campaign effort to build a much-needed new animal shelter.

“My immediate priority is the capital campaign for the new animal rescue facility that will replace our current dilapidated shelter,” said Carvalho. “We have received financial commitments from the City of Fernandina Beach and many generous donors. And now we are reaching out to the entire community to help us raise the funds we’ll need to build an improved shelter for the homeless animals in our care as they wait for their forever homes.”

John Landregan, President of the Nassau Humane Society Board of Trustees, said Carvalho has been a volunteer with the organization, showing her commitment and enthusiasm for its mission.

“We are very pleased to welcome Brandy to the Nassau Humane Society team as the new executive director. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her successful work with several nonprofit organizations,” he said.

During her recent tenure at The Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville, Carvalho managed the fundraising and education departments. She was responsible for the organization’s individual and corporate donors and grants, volunteer and membership programs, and educational programming.

Carvalho is a graduate of the University of Florida, and also earned a Master of Public Administration degree. She has completed nonprofit leadership training at Harvard Kennedy School, and was in the inaugural class of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida’s Emerging Leaders Program. She is a local business owner and parent of six rescued pets.

The Nassau Humane Society runs a no-kill animal shelter and adoption center; provides animal control services for the City of Fernandina Beach; delivers community education and spay/neuter programs; and operates the NHS Dog Park, all located at 671 Airport Rd., next to the Fernandina Beach airport. It also operates the Second Chance resale store, located in the 8 Flags Shopping Center, 1002 South 14th Street, Fernandina Beach.

To support or volunteer with the Nassau Humane Society or the capital campaign, visit, email or call (904) 321-1647. To make a donation to Second Chance, call (904) 321-0022.

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