The Animal Protective Foundation has hired a new executive director who brings experience across a span of advocacy programs and organizations.
Michael Daugherty will begin his new job Monday, replacing Rosalie Ault after a three-month, nationwide search. APF board President Connie Burns said in a news release his experience in programs, associate relations, advocacy and capital campaign development are an “excellent fit” for the nonprofit animal shelter on Maple Avenue.
“In his new role, Michael will position APF for continued growth with the expansion of our Spay and Neuter Program in 2013, among other APF initiatives designed to support our local communities’ long-term needs,” she said.
Ault led the organization for nearly six years as executive director, after starting there nearly two decades ago. She began thinking several months ago about resigning and approached the board of directors with her decision.
“I just felt that I had done all I could,” she said Saturday. “I felt like I had taken the APF as far as I could, and we needed someone to take it to the next level.”
The APF has butted heads in the past with the Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Last February, the SPCA, under its leader, Michael Tully, called for Ault to resign after she left two young pit bulls at the Schenectady Police Department, citing neglect. The APF has an agreement with the city of Schenectady, however, that states it won’t accept strays when it has no space or if the animals are sick. The dogs in question had projectile diarrhea and were in need of immediate attention, the APF fired back.
Ault was never charged with any wrongdoing and did not resign.
“This has nothing to do with that, honestly,” she said Saturday. “That was just the normal course of business at the time, and this is more of a personal decision for me. I would like to stay with the APF in some capacity, and I look forward to working with the new director. He’s got a lot of experience, and he’s a great guy.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in counseling and personnel studies from SUNY Oneonta and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University, Daugherty worked for more than 30 years in human services positions and nonprofit roles.
He served as executive director of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, an organization founded in Clifton Park to help teens dealing with homelessness, poverty, violence, alcohol and drug use, academic failure and family dysfunction. He also served as president and CEO of Family and Children’s Service of the Capital Region, an Albany nonprofit that offers counseling and family service. He also has served as executive director of United Cerebral Palsy, an advocacy organization that provides support for people with disabilities.
Animal welfare has always been a personal passion for Daugherty.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to work in a leadership capacity for the Animal Protective Foundation, upholding its 80-plus years of history of addressing pet overpopulation and animal suffering through education and community programs and services, as well as providing care to animals in need,” he said. “I look forward to partnering with the APF staff, board of directors, donors and volunteers to continue this great and impactful work for our communities.”