Each semester, Marin Humane welcomes a group of students into our Student Service Clubs. These animal-loving students spend the semester learning about Marin Humane become animal advocates through their work. Middle and high school students in the Junior and Senior Roots & Shoots clubs develop a community service project to guide their semester. These clubs are part of the national Roots & Shoots program started by Dr. Jane Goodall.

For this semester’s project, students decided to invite a variety of speakers from different animal-involved organizations to teach us what they do. You can watch new installments of these virtual interviews every week and more from the Student Service Club blog.

In this interview we meet with Nancy McKenney, Marin Humane’s CEO, and Keri Fennel, Director of Shelter Services.

Nancy took the helm of Marin Humane as its Chief Executive Officer in March 2011. Before the move, she worked her tail off as CEO of Seattle Humane for 19 years (and as their PR coordinator for three), executive director for the Petfinder.com Foundation, interim manager for King County Animal Care and Control, and as a consultant. Nancy is past president of the boards of the Washington State Federation of Animal Care & Control Agencies, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), and Elder and Adult Day Care Services.  Having held numerous positions on several national, statewide, and local boards and committees over the years, Nancy currently serves on two boards – CVNL (Center for Volunteers and Nonprofit Leadership) and on the State Humane Association of California. She also chairs the CAWA (Certified Animal Welfare Administrators) Test Development committee.

Keri’s introduction to Marin Humane was in 1998 as a volunteer pet pal. Inspired by the organization’s innovative thinking, Keri transitioned from volunteer to employee in 1999 when she became a Customer Care Representative. Keri’s passion is working with people and in 2005, she was promoted to Director of Customer Care. As the director of Shelter Services, Keri oversees the Adoption and Animal Care departments, the Veterinary Clinic, and our campus store.

Join us today to learn what it takes to run an animal shelter and how daily operations have changed during COVID-19.