Our leadership team is responsible for overseeing the organization and its various departments. Together, our leadership team of 4 members has over 50 years combined animal welfare experience.
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.”
Mandy Osborne Sovey, 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.
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.
Leanne Pike has been our Humane Agent since the Fall of 2013. She started at Lake Humane in October of 2012 as an Adoption Counselor. After working at Lake Humane for a year, Leanne took great interest in our Humane Investigations Department. Her background proved to be perfect for this position, and she was sworn in as a Humane Agent on November 27, 2013. As Humane Agent, Leanne enforces the state laws regarding animal cruelty and neglect.
Before joining our team, Leanne worked in the adoption department of another nearby shelter, and prior to that she worked as a juvenile probation officer and with at-risk youth doing drug/alcohol prevention and education. Leanne graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Leanne enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with her husband and 3 children. Leanne also shares her home with her 2 senior dogs and 3 cats, all rescue pets.