Humane society presents awards, honors Nathan


The board of the Wood County Humane Society honored several community members and businesses during its
annual meeting, held at Simpson Garden Park.
The Minibelle Conley Community Recognition Award was presented to The Copy Shop for its printing
donations throughout the year.
Sandy Lepper received the Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award in appreciation for her efforts on
the volunteer database, the food and cat litter assistance program, and the SNIP program.
Kara Reynolds was honored as the Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year for her contributions of time and
care to the WCHS cat adoption suite at Petco in Bowling Green.
Also honored for over two decades of work with the WCHS and its board was Jacqui Nathan.
Nathan was awarded a lifetime membership with the WCHS and was honored as the namesake for the
newly-minted Nathan Kennel at the shelter. Signage for the kennel is expected to be installed in the
WCHS Board President Lori Young convened the meeting by presenting a brief “year in review” report.
During the meeting, several new members were voted onto the board, including: Heath Diehl, Martha Fether,
Sara Hemingway, Emily Keegan, Kathy Manley and Christina Stefanik.
Young also recognized Nathan as a retiring board member.
Guest speaker Esther Fabian, associate vice president of branding and creative services at the University
of Toledo, talked about her experiences serving on the WCHS board and how to establish a strong brand
image for a small non-profit organization.

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