OCHS elects new board members for 2020


The Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS) has announced the results of its 2020 board election.

Laurie Arms and Michael Kello, both of Florence, will join the board as new members. Board treasurer Sandy Davidson was elected to a second term.

“The membership just added some great talent to our board,” said OCHS Board President Shauna Robbers. “There was excellent experience and commitment among all who ran for office and we thank each candidate for their interest. We all look forward to working together in the coming year so that our organization continues to grow and prosper for the benefit of our residents.”

Davidson, a pet parent to three dogs, two of which were adopted from OCHS, said, “I am honored to have been re-elected to the board. I consider my re-election as an affirmation of all that the board has accomplished this past year, including helping 108 dogs to be adopted, 96 to be returned to their owners, find new homes for 399 cats, and starting our Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program, which neutered 21 cats and helped two Florence neighborhoods solve part of their community cat problem. We also provided lower cost clinic services to 253 animals.”

Arms is a retired registered nurse with more than 35 years in the medical field, including time as a hospice director. She is a pet parent and volunteers at the Humane Society Thrift Store on the corner of Bay and Kingwood streets in Historic Old Town Florence.

In her application to the board, she wrote, “I truly love animals. They can bring such joy and love and companionship, and they need a voice and a helping hand.”

Kello has experience in both public and private social services agencies, organizational management, and currently owns five dogs. In his board application, Kello wrote, “I want to be a positive, active member of the OCHS. I am dedicated to and passionate about the animals in our shelter and in our community. In the end, it is all about their success and ability to thrive.”

Members are elected to serve staggered three-year terms that allow for continuity of service while keeping the door open to new members each year.

OCHS elections take place annually with the total number of board openings determined by the presiding board. Ballots are mailed to OCHS members in good standing late in May and are due back by a designated date each June.

New board members are welcomed to a transitionary board meeting soon thereafter and are normally seated in early July. The board then elects its officers to serve from July 1 to June 30.

For more information on the OCHS, or how to volunteer or support it financially, contact 541-997-4277 or visit OregonCoastHumaneSociety.org.

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