American Humane Selects New President

American Humane Association
Tuesday, 10 February 2004

American Humane today announced the selection of Marie Belew Wheatley as the national nonprofit's new president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 17, 2004. In this role, Wheatley will lead the organization as it carries out its dual mission of protecting both children and animals from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

"Marie comes from an organization with a legacy as esteemed as American Humane's and so understands and values a mission that has endured for 126 years," says John Nobil, chair of American Humane's board of directors.

Wheatley comes to American Humane with a distinguished career as a senior executive with the American Red Cross and brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She is a proven leader in board recruitment and development, communications, human resources management, financial accountability, and the building of collaborative partnerships.

During her tenure at the Red Cross, Wheatley served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer, and a long-term member of the Executive Management Team. Nationally, she is regarded as one of the most successful fundraising executives at the Red Cross. Her leadership, management, and service accomplishments have been acknowledged by numerous Red Cross awards, including Tiffany Awards, Partnership Awards, and the Past Chairmen's Council Star Award.

At the Red Cross, Wheatley served as a national disaster response officer and a member of the Critical Response Team. She responded to many national disasters, including Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the Colorado Wildfires of 2002, and the Blizzard of 2003. In responding to these disasters, Wheatley often worked with many volunteer organizations, including American Humane, to care for animals affected by disasters.

"American Humane, like the Red Cross, has a unique mission that presents many challenges and opportunities. I look forward to enhancing the visibility of American Humane's programs and increasing public support of our advocacy efforts as we continue to work toward ending the cycle of violence," says Wheatley.

Wheatley received her master's degree from Virginia Tech and her MBA from the University of Colorado.

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