New MHS CEO, Dr. Lisa M. Labrecque, DVM and MHS alumnus, Lilikoi

New CEO, Dr. Lisa M. Labrecque, DVM with MHS alumnus, Lilikoi

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Maui Humane Society Names New CEO

(Pu’unene, HI 6/22/23) The Board of Directors of Maui Humane Society (MHS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa M. Labrecque, DVM, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit agency.  She will start work at the shelter in Pu’unene on July 19, 2023.

Labrecque holds a degree in veterinary medicine and has over 20 years of experience in the animal welfare field, where she is known for her strong leadership skills and intense passion for animals. She began her career as Owner and Medical Director of a private veterinary practice but came to realize that her true calling was to help homeless shelter animals, as well as pets whose owners could not afford care. Based on this realization, Labrecque changed the trajectory of her career and served as the first veterinarian for Lana’i Cat Sanctuary, then as Medical Director of Maui Humane Society’s Mobile Animal Surgery Hospital (MASH) clinics. Under her direction, over 6,000 animals were spayed and neutered over a period of 2 years. In 2016 Labrecque became Director of the MHS Community Spay/Neuter Program, a position she held until 2019 when she left Maui to serve as Director of Veterinary Services at Humane Society of Sonoma County in California and most recently as Senior Director of Veterinary Services at Humane Society of Silicon Valley. “I am thrilled to be returning home to Maui and the compassionate and dedicated staff and volunteers at Maui Humane Society” Labrecque commented. “Together, we will work hard to make a difference for the animals and community of Maui County”.

“We are very excited to welcome Lisa back to MHS,” says MHS Board Chair Kanara Woodford. “The selection process for our new CEO involved an extensive search, reviewing applications and conducting interviews with both local and national candidates. Lisa’s animal welfare experience, her previous excellent work at Maui Humane Society, and her business acumen — as a past business owner, consultant, and project manager — were all considered in our final decision. We are confident that she is the best choice to lead Maui Humane Society going forward, and that she will be an outstanding advocate for the animals and pet owners of Maui.”