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Lisa LaFontaine

Lisa LaFontaine is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Rescue Alliance. When not advocating for the animal community at large, Lisa shares her life and home with her husband, Matt Kayhoe; Sazzy, their pit bull; cats Crystal, Gregory Xavier Pibb, and Harold; and an ever-rotating and always welcomed family of foster animals. She serves as Vice Chairman of the DC Board of Veterinary Examiners and is a proud member of SAWA (the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators).

Content by Lisa LaFontaine

  • Blog Post

    Building quality leadership

    Merging two organizations (and a new leadership team) brings challenges, new opportunities and lessons learned

    Hear from the experienced president and CEO of WHS/WARL, Lisa LaFontaine, on some of the challenges her team has faced, and what they’ve done to address them.

    In the first quarter of 2016, the Washington Humane Society (WHS) and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) merged two century-old organizations who now provide care and outreach for more than 60,000 animals a year in the nation’s capital. As a result, we are blending a leadership team and, in many ways, reinventing ourselves: expanding programs and services, developing a new culture and unrolling a new brand and identity.

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