Central Missouri Humane Society announces new executive director

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 7:49 p.m. CST; updated 11:21 p.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Central Missouri Humane Society's Board of Directors announced its new executive director Monday.

Kimberly J. Sherlaw is succeeding former executive director Alan Allert, who resigned in October because of health issues, board president Linda Hutton said. The board asked him to stay on as a consultant to help them through December.

When it was clear in November that Allert's health wasn't going to improve, the board began conducting a national search and accepting applications for someone experienced in animal welfare with leadership skills, Hutton said..

Sherlaw has held positions in nonprofit administration and community development for 16 years. She's held leadership roles at three Virginia organizations, including the Governor's School for the Arts Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Hampton Roads and the Virginia Zoological Society. Before accepting the job with the humane society, Sherlaw was director of the Bermuda Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and executive director of the Norfolk (Virginia) SPCA, according to a news release. 

"We really felt (Sherlaw) was the perfect fit for the position and will be able to be the face of the Humane Society in the community," Hutton said. "I think she's going to be an outstanding director."

Sherlaw is expected to officially begin March 12, but that date hasn't been set in stone, Hutton said.

In her new position, Sherlaw will be responsible for all of the society's activities and operations, including the shelter at 616 Big Bear Blvd., which usually houses at least 200 animals, the release stated.

The Central Missouri Humane Society was founded in 1943 to care for suffering animals, find suitable homes for them and prevent uncontrolled animal reproduction.

For the past two or three months, the humane society's staff has been running the shelter.

"They've been doing a really good job, and they're really excited to be working with (Sherlaw)," Hutton said.

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