a letter from executive director, stacey hannouche
I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the new Executive Director of the Humane Society of Pinellas. The one thing that inspired me to take the position is the passion and dedication to the mission that is evident in the Board, staff, volunteers and supporters of the organization. Buildings can be built and systems can be improved, but it takes a passionate team to make that happen. We are that team!
I am extremely excited and optimistic about the future of the Humane Society of Pinellas. Historically, the organization has seen success and helped thousands of animals - and that is something to be proud of - but we can do more. The Humane Society of Pinellas is vital to the well-being of animals in Pinellas County. For their sake, we will all work hard to ensure our success.
As we start on this new journey together, I would like to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.
Who am I?
I am 44 years old. I recently married my amazing husband, Peter and moved to St. Petersburg in June of 2015. I have two wonderful daughters: Hannah, who is a freshman at USF, and Emma, who is a 7th grader at Tampa Prep. Our family also includes our dog Stamkos, a very loving lab mix, that we rescued three years ago. I am very lucky to have most of my extended family living in the Tampa Bay area. I love outdoor activities, trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends and traveling.
I grew up in the military, so I have lived all over the world. This experience instilled a sense of gratitude in my heart, as I quickly learned that we in America have so much more than most of the rest of the world. I attended USF where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and later obtained my MBA.
The first part of my career I spent in the corporate world, managing training facilities. Although I enjoyed my job, I felt it was not my purpose. I was always drawn to non-profits and I spent a lot of time volunteering and helping them through the companies for which I worked.
In 2002, I was hired at the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) in Brandon, FL. At the time, it was a little charity with amazing people, but horrible facilities and very little money. I realized at that moment that I had a greater purpose and passion for my life. I needed to improve this charity so that it could continue to serve those who desperately needed its services. I began to run the charity like a business, but always keeping our mission and client service in the forefront. Together, myself and the team, transformed this little food pantry into one of the major social service agencies now in Eastern Hillsborough County. It was hard to leave after 13 years, but my new marriage and move to St. Petersburg began a new chapter in my life.
I believe that together we can ensure the future of the Humane Society of Pinellas. We can improve the facilities and services offered. Together, we will work on a detailed plan to make that happen. Individually, we all need to do our best, each and every day. I hope that every person at every level of the organization shares my passion. Focus on what you as an individual can do to help the team and help us achieve our goals. I look forward to this journey and the good things that are ahead.