Nonprofit hires executive director


Holly Guild. Courtesy Humane Society of West Michigan

A nonprofit animal shelter has named its new leader.

The Humane Society of West Michigan hired Holly Guild as executive director, according to the nonprofit last week.

Guild will be responsible for overall management of the Humane Society of West Michigan, including leading the organization’s staff of 45 part-time and full-time employees.

Guild joins the organization after 17 years at the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, where she most recently served as director of operations.

Previously, she spent eight years as a licensed veterinary technician at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“It was Holly’s experience in all critical facets of Humane Society’s operation that made her the ideal candidate to lead our organization,” said LaChaun Steverson, board president, Humane Society of West Michigan.

“Having served so many years at our sister Humane Society in Lansing and her work at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are amazing assets for us and the animals entrusted in our care.”

The nonprofit says it is “committed to placing homeless animals in permanent homes.”

“For nearly two decades, I’ve seen first-hand the impact the Humane Society has on the animals in its care and the communities it serves,” Guild said. “That’s why I am grateful for the opportunity to work with others who are as passionate as I am about the welfare of animals.

“I’ve been impressed by the support West Michigan has provided this agency in the past, and I can’t wait to meet the many generous donors and partners committed to our cause.”

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