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May 4 Luncheon
May 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Pivoting during Covid and problem solving
Denise joined the Jacksonville Humane Society in September 2011. She immediately built bridges and developed productive partnerships, increased revenue while reducing expenses, recruited an energetic, talented and enthusiastic board, and implemented new initiatives that contributed significantly to the community’s no kill goal. New programs like a kitten nursery, community resource center for retention and intervention and a renewed focus on transfers from the city’s shelter resulted in an additional 1,000 lives saved in her first year alone. Jacksonville has achieved a city-wide live release rate of 90+% for five of the last six years, making it one of the largest communities in the United States to do so.
Denise led the campaign to replace the JHS shelter that burned to the ground in 2007 and raised $15 million. She oversaw the design and construction of the new 44,000 square foot facility. The building includes an adoption and education center and a community resource center attached to the previously constructed public hospital. JHS moved into the new center in Nov. 2017 – ten years after the devastating fire.
Denise enjoys training, mentoring and consulting on a wide variety of topics including building successful partnerships, community engagement, board and staff development, and model no kill programs. She currently serves on Best Friends Animal Society’s No Kill 2025 steering committee and leads the No Kill Florida committee. She is also honored to participate with Petco Foundation and Purina leadership groups. Denise was named a 2018 Maddie’s Fund Hero and a 2019 Best Friends Animal Society National Advancement Award winner.
Prior to coming to Jacksonville, she was the executive director of the Humane Society of Manatee County. Denise orchestrated a public/private partnership that ended trap and kill for feral cats and she led lobbying efforts which resulted in the county becoming the first municipality in the state of Florida to formally adopt a no kill plan.
As the Chief Operating Officer of the Richmond SPCA, Denise collaborated on efforts that transformed the City’s approach to animal homelessness and a capital campaign that raised $14.2 million for the construction of a new humane care and education center.
Our lunch menu at Topgolf is buffet style. Please choose either the buffet meal or the vegetarian and gluten-free option. Special accommodations cannot be made at the door.
Advanced Online Registration:
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT NOON ON FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
After 12:00 p.m., the price is $35 for both members and guests at the door.
$27 PWC members | $30 non-members
Reservations are held until 11:45 a.m. Then we allow those on the waitlist to use the empty seats. No refunds. If you are having problems with the payment process, please let us know in our contact form.
As always, guests are welcome to attend. After two visits we do encourage you to join PWC and the JAX Chamber to continue attending events.
For assistance with a payment issue or receipt, please contact Kathy Sutton, our JAX Chamber representative at Kathy.Sutton@myjaxchamber.com or 904-273-5367.
JAX Chamber’s utmost concern is for the health and safety of our members and staff. We will adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please note temperatures will be taken upon arrival and cloth face coverings will be required until attendees are seated. In addition, we will be practicing social distancing and contact-less registration. Pre-registration is preferred and much appreciated. More info on the CDC recommendations can be found here.