SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center’s Long Time CEO Announces Departure

“It is with a sense of appreciation and anticipation that the SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center announces the departure of Nora Vondrell, President & CEO,” said Kunal Patel, SICSA Board President. “After a successful tenure at the helm of the organization for more than 12 years, Ms. Vondrell will be leaving her position to pursue new opportunities, effective September 22, 2023,” he stated.

“Under Ms. Vondrell’s leadership, SICSA has witnessed remarkable growth and transformation. Her passion for animal welfare, strategic vision, and dedication to creating a brighter future for animals and the community have been pivotal in shaping the organization’s mission and impact,” said Patel.

During her time as President & CEO, Vondrell oversaw several key accomplishments, including:

  • Expanding the center’s adoption programs, resulting in an increased number of successful pet adoptions.
  • Launching innovative veterinary initiatives that improved the overall health and quality of life for community pets and those in SICSA’s care.
  • Implementing groundbreaking intake diversion activities aimed at keeping pets in their homes and not in overcrowded and underfunded shelters.
  • Strengthening partnerships with local, regional, and national foundations and animal welfare stakeholders.
  • Spearheading fundraising efforts which significantly contributed to the financial stability of the organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the dedicated team at the SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center,” said Vondrell. “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together and am confident that SICSA will continue to flourish and make a positive impact on the lives of animals and our community.”

The Board of Directors at SICSA have begun their search for a new President & CEO to continue the organization’s growth trajectory and uphold its commitment to animal welfare.

“The entire SICSA community expresses its deep appreciation to Nora for her unwavering dedication and the legacy she leaves behind. The organization remains committed to its mission of promoting the welfare and adoption of companion animals and nurturing loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people,” stated Patel.

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