Dr. Tai Federico has been named interim executive director at the Humane Educational Society while a national search is underway to replace Guy Bilyeu.
Funeral services were Wednesday for Mr. Bilyeu who died after suffering a head injury in a bicycle accident along the riverfront.
The HES board said:
"We laid our dear friend and leader Guy Bilyeu to rest today. He was surrounded by his family and friends and throngs of well-wishers.
"The Board of Directors of the Humane Educational Society met this evening. We wish to express our profound sadness at Guy's passing. HES made extraordinary improvements in the decade that Guy was at the helm and the Board is taking steps to ensure that Guy's legacy is carried on. To that end, HES is beginning a nationwide search for a candidate to take over the ED position. Dr. Tai Federico has been appointed by the Board as the Interim Executive Director. He is a local veterinarian and has served as the president of the Board of Directors since 2006.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support from our community and all the offers of help. You can visit our website for information on volunteering, adopting or donating. Guy's memory lives on in our hearts and the hearts of all the people and animals he has touched.
"We will miss you, Guy."
Board of Directors of the Humane Educational Society