(BIVN) – Sudden leadership changes have been announced at the Hawaiʻi Island Humane Society.
Just a few weeks ago, Charles Brown, then CEO of the organization, addressed the Hawaiʻi County Council on the topic of dog attacks on the island, and indicated he would be working closely with lawmakers on reforming the procedures for handling such situations.
But as of today, Brown is no longer with the Hawaiʻi Island Humane Society. The organization issued this media release on Tuesday:
Hawaii Island Humane Society CEO Charles Brown informed the organization of his resignation over the Thanksgiving holiday. Not missing a step, the Hawaii Island Humane Society acted quickly meeting over the Thanksgiving weekend and appointed veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Jose as CEO of the organization.
“While Charles Brown’s tenure was short, we appreciate his contributions and commitment to the HIHS mission and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said HIHS President Adam Atwood.
Brown’s sudden departure will not result in any disruption or delay in the forward progress underway at the under construction Animal Community Center in mauka Kona. The construction team is making great strides and HIHS plans to host an Open House for major donors in January to reveal the near completion of phase two of the 12-acre campus.
Born and raised on the Big Island, longtime Hawaii Island Humane Society board member Dr. Beth Jose went to St. Joseph School and the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is married to fellow veterinarian Dr. Aaron Lorshbough and mom to an exuberant little boy and many furry friends.
“Hawaii Island Humane Society has been in existence caring for pets and animals and serving the community for over 50 years. Caring for pets and animals is my passion. I’m committed to improving our operations and look forward to working with management, staff and volunteers in the implementation of national shelter standards and best practices to serve our island community,” said CEO Dr. Beth Jose.