Denise Deisler


Jacksonville Humane Society

As president and CEO of Jacksonville Humane Society, Denise Deisler has developed productive partnerships, increased revenue while reducing expenses, recruited a talented and enthusiastic board and staff, and stabilized a faltering organization. JHS doubled the number of lives saved with programs for underage kittens, retention and intervention, enrichment, and it opened doors to stray dogs and cats, and prioritized transfers from the city’s shelter. Jacksonville is now one of the largest communities in the U.S. to achieve and sustain no-kill. Denise led the campaign to replace the JHS shelter, which was destroyed by fire in 2007, by raising $15 million. She oversaw the design and construction of the new 44,000-square-foot facility, and in November of 2017 JHS moved into the new center, 10 years after the devastating fire. Denise enjoys training, mentoring and consulting on a wide variety of topics, including building successful partnerships, community engagement, board and staff development, capital campaigns, sound financial management, strategic planning and no-kill programs. She serves on Best Friends Animal Society’s no-kill 2025 steering committee, and she created and leads the state level program, Florida Leaders in Lifesaving. She’s a member of the Petco Love and Purina leadership groups and is the recipient of the Maddie’s Hero Award, the Best Friends Advancement Award (presented at the 2019 Best Friends National Conference) and the 2018 Woman of Influence and 2019 Ultimate CEO awards, presented by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Denise shares her life and home with her husband (Bernie), her granddaughter (Emma) and her dog and cat (Shellie and Purrl).