Asheville Humane Society announces that their executive director, Tracy Elliott, has resigned from his position, effective February 15. Last month, Elliott informed the organization and its supporters of his planned departure. Personal matters are calling him to be closer to his parents in the Midwest, and Elliott has accepted the position of President at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.
Though his colleagues at Asheville Humane Society are sad to lose him, they are excited that his lifesaving work will continue in Chicago. “Tracy has established AHS as a national model for animal welfare organizations,” said Meredith Pitcairn, communications manager at Asheville Humane Society. “In his nearly four years at AHS, he lead us beyond the shelter walls, into homes where pets can be served before ever arriving at our doors. His commitment to our community has enabled Asheville to go beyond no-kill – ensuring a life worth living for pets and their people.”
In his heartfelt letter to friends of Asheville Humane Society, Elliott said, “It has been a high honor to lead Asheville Humane Society for almost four years. I have loved this job and the people with whom I work every one of those 1,388 days. We have experienced heartaches, but we have had many, many more amazing triumphs, lives saved and improved – both animals and people. We are truly about hope, not heartache.” (Read the entire letter here.)
Elliott announced that John Haas, past AHS Chair of the Board and very close friend of the organization, will be the interim executive director while they search for the right candidate to fill this important role.