The Animal Protective Foundation has named a new executive director.
Deb Balliet, who most recently was CEO of the Equine Land Conservation Resource in Kentucky, was selected for the position following a five-month national search, according to a news release from the Glenville-based animal welfare organization.
“We are delighted to welcome Deb as the APF’s executive director,” board President Lisa McCarthy said. “She brings leadership and creativity that will further enhance the APF’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our mission.”
Balliet will be coming home to the Capital Region, having worked previously at Union College and Northeast Health, now a part of the St. Peter’s Health Network. She also provides consulting in the areas of organizational leadership and development, and brings more than 25 years of experience working in animal welfare, program and budget management, community engagement, fundraising and conflict resolution to the job.
She starts as executive director Oct. 27.
“I am honored to be named the executive director for the APF, and excited to lead an organization that provides a variety of services for people and companion animals in the Capital Region,” said Balliet, a lifelong animal lover and longtime advocate who lives with Allie, a boxer rescued from a puppy mill neglect case in Kentucky. She also has a 19-year-old quarter horse-thoroughbred named Taz.
The APF takes in cats, dogs and small animals at its shelter at 53 Maple Ave. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the organization will host Dog-toberfest, a chance to meet animals available for adoption that will also include a bake sale, microchip clinic, bottle drive, pet photography and more.