CCHS Elects New Board

Thursday, April 2, 2015


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (March 31, 2015) –The Chautauqua County Humane Society recently welcomed four new faces to serve on its board of directors.


Mary Hajdu, Esq., Tina Jones, David Misenheimer and Blake Tarana were newly elected to serve on the CCHS board of directors for years to come.   The board also designated Maggie Irwin to serve as president, Diana Ordines joined Dr. Thomas Greer as co-vice presidents, Jade Barber will serve as secretary and Cindy Panebianco as treasurer. Other board members are Janet Bowman, Tracy Lathrop, Emily Prybylo and Robert G. Rappole, DVM.

“All of these strong professionals bring a wide range of talents and skills needed to help further advance CCHS’ mission,” said Maggie Irwin. “I am proud to lead such a distinguished organization and am excited to see where the future leads us.”

CCHS board members are selected at the annual meeting and serve two, three year terms. The second term is at the discretion of the board. 

Outgoing board members Mary Schiller, Esq. board president, Fred Baker board vice president, Yvonne

Tovell, board secretary and Mary Ellen Bonner have been significant assets to the success of CCHS over the past six years, leading CCHS to a 96.9% save rate, among many other accomplishments.

“Each member of the CCHS team brings compassion, commitment, and a lot of talent,” said Mary Schiller, Esq. “I was privileged to have had the chance to see this impressive group of people in action - making tough decisions, coping with difficult situations, going above and beyond whenever needed, and always true to the CCHS mission.” 

To view CCHS’ 2014 Annual Report, please click here.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to promote the adoption of animals, prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect, shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals, and to provide education about the humane treatment of animals.