A former member of the American Humane Association board of directors will lead the organization during a search for a new chief executive.
George C. Casey, a professional management consultant, will serve as the interim president and CEO for the association, the American Humane Association announced Jan. 14. Marie B. Wheatley held the position about six years before she resigned Jan. 8.
Casey will work to sustain priorities for the organization and evaluate its structure during the search for a permanent executive, information from the organization states.
The announcement praised Wheatley for leading a resurgence of the AHA's reputation and presence, the growth of the organization's farm animal certification program, and the creation of the association's Human-Animal Bond Division, the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and the American Humane Child Protection Research Center.
Dr. Kirk D. Weicht (TEX '83) won the third annual "Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet" essay contest, which is sponsored by the Morris Animal Foundation, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and BowTie Inc. Dr. Weicht is the owner of the Brown Trail Animal Hospital in Bedford, Texas. He was nominated by his client Gina DeGennaro for being "the heartbeat of his clinic because he goes above and beyond for his clients and his community." Dr. Weicht was named the Southwest regional winner.
Dr. Kirk D. Weicht
The other regional winners were Drs. Amara H. Estrada (FL '98), University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center, Gainesville, Fla.; Patrick M. Hourigan (IL '84), Richmond Veterinary Clinic, Richmond, Ill.; J. Robert Yack (IL '92), Jackson Creek Veterinary Clinic, Jackson, Calif.; and Kristin Quisenberry (OSU '05), Hidden Valley Animal Clinic, McMurray, Pa.