Denise Deisler

CEO

Denise Deisler
Denise Deisler joined the Jacksonville Humane Society JHS in September 2011. She immediately built bridges and developed productive partnerships increased revenue while reducing expenses recruited an energetic, talented and enthusiastic board and implemented new initiatives that have contributed significantly to achieving the communitys nokill goal. New programs like a kitten nursery, a community resource center for retention and intervention, and a renewed focus on transfers from the citys shelter resulted in an additional 1,000 lives saved in her first year alone. Fall 2018 marked the fifth year in a row that Jacksonville has achieved a citywide live release rate of more than 90 percent, making it one of the largest communities in the United States to do so. Denise led the campaign to replace the JHS shelter that burned to the ground in 2007 and raised 15 million. She oversaw the design and construction of the new 44,000squarefoot facility, which includes an adoption and education center and a community resource center attached to the previously constructed public hospital. Denise enjoys training, mentoring and consulting on a wide variety of topics, including building successful partnerships, community engagement, board and staff development, and model nokill programs. She currently serves on Best Friends Animal Societys nokill 2025 steering committee and leads the nokill Florida committee. She is also honored to participate in Petco Foundation and Purina leadership groups. Prior to coming to Jacksonville, she was the executive director of the Humane Society of Manatee County. Denise orchestrated a publicprivate partnership that ended trapandkill for feral cats, and she led lobbying efforts that resulted in the county becoming the first municipality in the state of Florida to formally adopt a nokill plan. As the chief operating officer of the Richmond SPCA, Denise collaborated on efforts that transformed the citys approach to animal homelessness and a capital campaign that raised 14.2 million for the construction of a new humane care and education center. Denise shares her life and home with husband Bernie, granddaughter Emma, dogs Yogi and Shelli, and cat Rocky.