Following an extensive nationwide search, the SPCA of Hancock County has hired a veteran animal welfare professional as its new executive director.

Nichola Redmond

Nichola Redmond, the current executive director of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society in Gloucester, VA, will begin her new position at the SPCA later this month. As the Executive Director,  Redmond will oversee the operation of the SPCA of Hancock County and its shelter, including all development and fundraising efforts.

“We are thrilled to have Nichola join the SPCA,” said Jamie O’Keefe, the president of the SPCA of Hancock County. “She has more than 30 years of experience in animal welfare and more than 20 years of experience as the executive director of several non-profits.”

Under her leadership at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, Redmond increased the number of animal adoptions and implemented a diverse fund-raising plan that helped  move the organization from an annual deficit to a revenue surplus.  She previously worked as executive director of Main Stream, Inc., in Oldwick, New Jersey, and the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, New Jersey. Redmond also has extensive experience as a veterinary technician.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the fine staff and volunteers at the SPCA of Hancock County,” Redmond said. “I look forward to serving the animals and people of this beautiful area, and expanding our outreach and programs."

The SPCA has not had an executive director for seven years. Former board member Diana de los Santos, stepped in as director in 2012, and has done a great job running the shelter, O’Keefe said. She will remain on staff while Redmond transitions into her new position and plans to stay engaged with the organization as a volunteer.

Founded in 1911, the SPCA of Hancock County is committed to providing shelter and care for abandoned, stray and surrendered animals. Since opening the doors of its expanded shelter facility in Trenton in October 2010, the organization has found new homes for hundreds of dogs and cats. The organization is also focused on community outreach and educating the public on proper and humane animal care.