At the Michigan Humane Society we are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest minds in animal welfare on our leadership team. Each member brings a unique perspective to the challenges we face and helps to push us ever closer to our goals.
When Matthew Pepper joined the Michigan Humane Society in 2014, he was tasked with setting a vision, strategy and direction for the organization that would lead it through the next 140 years. MHS has already seen a significant drop in euthanasia rates, a large increase in placements with transfer partners and the 100% adoption rate for healthy and treatable animals over the last few years thanks in large part to Matthew’s leadership. He holds a degree in wildlife biology and has devoted his entire career to animal welfare across the United States.
Dan Ginis, Senior VP and Chief Advancement Officer
As the head of the advancement office, Dan is charged with creating and implementing a strategic framework for building a diverse and generous donor base and helping to enhance the organization’s visibility and brand. He guides a team that is composed of the marketing, communications, events and development departments in the execution of this mission. Dan recently found time to participate in his first half-marathon in Las Vegas in the fall of 2017.
Doug Plant, Senior Vice President and COO
Doug is a recent addition to the team but brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to MHS. His purview is missional activities, particularly the facets of the organization that deal directly with the animals and our community members. These include the shelters, veterinary clinics, field services, community programs and the animal resource center. Doug recently completed his first half marathon after four months of training.
Dr. Kelley Meyers, DVM and MBA, Vice President of Operations
Dr. Meyers has been with MHS over five years and in that time has already made quite an impression on the organization. As vice president of operations, Dr. Meyers is responsible for the over direction, business management and leadership of the operational activities of the shelters and clinics. She and her husband and children share their home with a number of pets, including a goldfish named Spike.
Dr. Robert Fisher, DVM, Vice President and Chief Mission Officer
The Michigan Humane Society has been very fortunate to have Dr. Fisher on staff for 32 years.
He devotes a significant amount of time to clinical work including advanced and specialized surgery, such as orthopedics, on shelter and client animals. Dr. Fisher’s administrative responsibilities include MHS outreach and developing and maintaining collaborative relationships along with taking the lead on MHS’ legislative advocacy efforts. He is also an important team member in MHS’s disaster relief efforts, most recently traveling to Texas and Florida in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Dr. Shirene Cece, DVM, Medical Director
In her thirty plus years as a veterinarian with the Michigan Humane Society, Dr. Cece has had many titles. Currently she serves as the medical director for the organization and is responsible for the medical protocols in the shelters and veterinary clinics as well as the training of the shelter and clinic veterinarians. Prior to obtaining her degree, Dr. Cece spent a few years working with horses- hunters, jumpers and racehorses- and has used that expertise many times in her work with our cruelty investigation team.
Andy Seltz, VP of Community Engagement and Field Services
Andy joins the team with a background in both animal welfare and the military, making him uniquely qualified to lead our Cruelty Investigation and emergency rescue teams along with our statewide response units. Andy also oversees our community outreach and humane education programs which bring much needed education and support to the metro area. Andy is also an avid motorcycle rider, having once ridden from Lansing, MI to Amarillo, TX in 21 hours.
Elizabeth Pietrangelo, CPA, CFE, Vice President and Controller
Elizabeth has been an invaluable asset to the MHS team since joining in 2016. She oversees organization-wide financial activities, including the annual financial statement audit and tax form 990 completion. Elizabeth also designs and implements internal controls to protect the organization’s financial assets. An avid U of M fan, Elizabeth’s five month old son actually made national news when he was dressed as Coach Jim Harbaugh.
Matthew Kubler, Senior Vice President and CFO
Matthew has been a part of the MHS family since mid-2016 and in that time has already made an incredibly impact. He oversees many of the daily operations that keep MHS running including the accounting & finance, purchasing, logistics, IT, and facilities maintenance departments. In addition to having lived in three different states, Mat has visited every state in the continental USA…saving Hawaii for last.
Ron Carr, Vice President, Human Resources
Ron came on board with MHS in 2016 and oversees the staff of the entire organization- all 200 plus of them! He is also responsible for talent development and creating a workplace culture that pushes everyone to succeed. He relishes a challenge and is never satisfied with the answer “it can’t be done”!