The Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has announced that after a nationwide search it has selected a new executive director, Bob Citrullo.
He is a 25-year military veteran who has spent the past 13 years working in animal welfare. Before joining the Humane Educational Society, he was the Executive Director of the Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Center, located in Smyrna, Ga. He has held the following positions with different animal welfare organizations around the country: executive director, director of operations, director of support services and shelter director.
Over the past several years, he has established programs that have successfully reduced the number of healthy adoptable animals that are euthanized yearly, along with numerous other animal care, fundraising and community awareness initiatives.
He holds a nursing degree as part of his service in the military and is also a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
He and his wife, Debra, share their home with Gunner and Ivy - Basset hounds and Daisy, a Jack Russell.
The previous director, Guy Bilyeu, died following a bicycle accident.