Changing roles for HSKC’s leadership
CHESTERTOWN — The Humane Society of Kent County is dividing the responsibilities of an executive director, according to a news release.
Jane Welsh, who had been the executive director, is now the executive vice president. Her duties include strategic planning for a new or improved shelter facility; fundraising, including grants, events and campaigns; community outreach; and advocacy for laws to improve the treatment of animals.
Jay Alexander is the newly named executive director with primary responsibility for operation of the shelter. He is tasked with supervision of shelter and animal control personnel and maintenance of HSKC facilities.
Welsh and Alexander will report to the board of directors.
In announcing the changes, board President Richard Keaveney said, “Jay and Jane, together with the board of directors, are sure to make significant progress in realizing the next phase of shelter growth and development.”
Welsh’s ties to the HSKC began as a shelter volunteer in 2009. She was president of the board from 2012 to 2014, when she took the job of executive director.
She previously was the business manager for Kent Youth. She has a background in accounting.
Alexander has recently returned to Chestertown from New York City. He has extensive government and nonprofit management experience, and worked as a senior manager for the Virginia Division of Risk Management. He also has been a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Kent County, a member of the advisory board for Main Street Historic Chestertown and a volunteer consultant for Sumner Hall.
Jay Alexander and Jane Welsh have new titles with the Humane Society of Kent County. They are splitting duties that once had been the responsibility of the executive director.