Leadership Team

Our Team

Overview

Our leadership team is responsible for overseeing the organization and its various departments. Together, our leadership team of 5 members has over 50 years combined animal welfare experience.

Lee Nesler

Executive Director

 

Lee Nesler became the Executive Director of Lake Humane Society in June of 2015. Before coming to LHS, Lee was the Executive Director and CEO of the Lemur Conservation Foundation for three and a half years, and the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society for eight years prior to this position. Lee shares her home in Willoughby with four rescue dogs and a rescue cat. Her most recent addition to the family is Stetson, a 10-month-old German Shepherd mix adopted from LHS in September of 2016. Lee’s passion for animals flows to her own home where she often fosters cats in need of cage breaks to give them a respite and a little time of home life. With a degree in Animal Science and a specialty in Animal Behavior from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Lee has been in preparation for her career in animal welfare. Making connections between people and animals is the key to finding the best fit for a homeless pet in the shelter environment. The first step is always connection both the potential adopter and the homeless pet. Lee was excited to accept the Lake Humane Society position due to the passion and commitment she found in both the board of directors and the staff. “As a team, we have the ability to build a strong community-based resource for both the pets and the people in Lake County. With the construction of a new building on everyone’s radar for the future, it was an exciting time to join the organization and begin the process.”

Email Lee Call Lee, Extension 102

 

Mandy Osborne

Director of Community Outreach & Development

 

Mandy Osborne, the Director of Community Outreach & Development, has been devoted to the lifesaving mission of LHS since 2010. Mandy attended Bowling Green State University for her bachelor’s degree in Event Planning & Tourism. Her passion for helping animals was sparked when she began volunteering full-time at LHS in July of 2010 as the Marketing & Events Intern as part of her BGSU program. Following her internship, in January 2011, Mandy was hired for the newly created position of Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator at LHS, which she served as for 5 years. In February of 2016, Mandy accepted the position of Director of Community Outreach & Development. This position was also newly created as the organization continued to expand, and the focus of the position is to strengthen relationships with our donors and improve fund development objectives. Mandy is also responsible for overseeing marketing, fundraising events, and the volunteer program. Mandy graduated from John Carroll University earning a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration in May of 2017. Mandy enjoys spending time with her family and friends – including her two dogs and two cats, all adopted from LHS.

Email Mandy Call Mandy, Extension 103

Cassie Hatch

Humane Agent

 

Cassie joined the LHS team in June of 2019. She has 12 years of animal experience and has spent her working career centered around the care and welfare of animals. Before joining the team at LHS, Cassie worked at the Cleveland Clinic. She started as Veterinary Assistant and went to Stautzenberger College to obtain her Veterinary Technician License and became a RVT. Since then, Cassie worked at Case Western Reserve as a Surgery Training and Research Technician. During her training, she attended many different seminars and training sessions to help her  as the Humane Agent for Lake Humane Society. She attended OPOTA Ohio Police and Training Academy, Basic Humane Agent Training, Dog Fighting and Identification and Investigation, Equine and Large Animal Investigations training as a part of the HSUS Humane State Program in Ohio, and Ohio Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop 2019. On December 9th, Cassie was sworn in as Lake Humane Society’s Humane Agent. Cassie loves spending time with her family and friends, including her German Shepherd, Ember, her Lab/Newfie mix, Henry, cat named Cow and Tootsie the rabbit.

Email Cassandra Call Cassandra, Extension 105

Alicia Smychynsky

Finance/Office Manager

 

Alicia Smychynsky joined LHS in January 2017 as the Finance and Office Manager. Alicia manages the daily financial operations of LHS. In addition to her financial duties, she handles Human Resources, payroll, and various other administrative duties. Before joining LHS she worked for University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic. Alicia attended Lakeland Community College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, watching sports, spending time with friends and family, and keeping up with her adopted black lab, Macy.

Email Alicia Call Alicia, Extension 104

 

Megan Newkirk

Shelter Manager

Megan has been with Lake Humane Society since November of 2017 as the Animal Clinic Care Manager and in 2019 became the Shelter Manager. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science. Megan has always had a passion for animals and knew that she wanted to get into the medical field and help save as many animals as she could. While in college, she worked as a veterinary assistant at a private practice. When she graduated she decided to become a wildlife rehabilitation specialist. After 9 years and 2 children later, Megan left the field to be a full time mom and a part time veterinary technician. As she worked in private practice she knew that she wanted to do more for those animals that couldn’t afford to get treatment. She began searching for her new career and found Lake Humane Society. Now, she oversees most aspects of the shelter including medical, animal care, adoptions, and foster. In Megan’s free time she enjoys hiking, camping, and being outside in the river with her family and dogs.

Email Megan Call Megan, Extension 111