“Anne Anderson has given 22 years of dedicated service to the animals and the people of this community. She was instrumental in developing many programs used today: pet of the week, showcases, spay/neuter programs with area veterinarians, fundraising events and was the driving force behind building our new facility. She will be missed by many and has set a high goal for our new Executive Director, Huck Nawaz. We would like the community to welcome our new director and his fresh perspective and ideas on helping the animals in our community,” said Dr. Darnice Pettigrew, DVM, President of the Board.
Huck Nawaz comes to the area from the Humane Society of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, where he served as the Vice President of Operations. There, his professional accomplishments include leading the effort to construct a new $20M facility and transition transition of the team into this space, managed and oversaw fiscal management and oversight of a $2.7M annual budget, supervising the annual intake of 3,100 animals, and developing training programs which reduced the intake of owner surrender canines by 14% and felines by 9%.
Aside from the Humane Society of Charlotte, Nawaz’s work experience includes Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League (West Palm Beach, FL) and Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab, UT).
“Nawaz made a compelling case regarding his plan to elevate the R-H SPCA as the regional leader for animal care. The entire Board was energized by his passion and commitment to our cause,” said Anngela Gibson, Secretary of the Board.
Nawaz will lead the R-H SPCA’s efforts to increase community support, upgrade facilities, and implement additional best practices regarding animal care. A main priority is a collaborative approach to sheltering in order to better serve the companion animals in our community.
“I look forward to getting settled in the Harrisonburg community and working to position the organization as a leader in animal welfare. As an organization we hope to establish a collaborative approach focused on improving the lives of animals and their human companions. I am excited to share my passion and enthusiasm for animal welfare with this community,” said Nawaz.