PARKERSBURG - The executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg will step down in two weeks.
Maryann Hollis, who has been with the humane society for a little more than five years, is the new career center director for National College.
"I will be splitting time between the two for the next two weeks, and then will be full time at National College beginning Nov. 11," she said Tuesday.
Hollis said it is a move she had been considering for a while.
"I've always enjoyed working with people and that is one of the biggest things I enjoyed working at the humane society," she said. "This is actually not a far stretch for me. This is a bit more of a coaching position, helping place people into employment. I dabble on the side in life, coaching and career coaching, so this was an area of interest for me."
Michelle Earl, a humane society board member and recent volunteer coordinator, has been named the new executive director. Earl said she began working with the shelter's volunteer coordinator earlier this year and officially became the volunteer coordinator in late August-early September. Earl will begin as executive director Nov. 1.
"We have an excellent board and staff and I'm excited to work with them," Earl said. "Maryann has done a wonderful job and I'm excited to carry on with what she has started."
"She will be fantastic for the position," Hollis said of Earl. "She definitely has the skills to take everything and run. She'll be a big asset for the shelter."
Earl said many of her goals are simply to improve those things the humane society has already been doing.
"I just want to continue on with the goal of reducing the pet overpopulation, increasing community awareness, increasing adoptions," she said. "I want to continue to foster relationships with the community."
Hollis said with the opening of the S.P.O.T. (Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together) spay and neuter clinic, the humane society executive director position has changed in its scope and responsibilities.
"It really is a new position because you are overseeing both the shelter and the clinic," she said.
"I don't see it as a challenge, I see it more as an opportunity," Earl said. "We're already seeing great numbers with the clinic. I really am excited to oversee both of those, the clinic and the shelter. I think we can do some great things."
Hollis said while the transition will be difficult for her, she believes it is a positive step.
"I would just like to thank our wonderful community for all of their support," Hollis said. "I will miss working at the humane society, but it is time to start a new chapter."