Meet our New WHS Program Directors!

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In this time of uncertainty, there is one thing we know for sure here at Willamette Humane Society (WHS): We have an incredible team of staff and volunteers working to serve the community. Today, we’re thrilled to announce two new additions to that team: Paul Marksbury, Operations Director, and Erin Weldon, Development and Community Engagement Director.

First, we welcome Paul Marksbury to the team as the shelter’s new Operations Director. In his position, Paul will oversee and lead shelter operations, including animal welfare, medical and veterinary practices, and adoption and foster programs. He brings more than 12 years of nonprofit experience to the role, most recently working as the Director of Operations for Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kanas. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and one of Salem’s newest residents, along with his wife and two children.

Here’s what Paul had to say about starting at WHS: “I am so excited to move to Salem and join WHS! The staff here is amazing, and I can’t wait to work with them to create second, third, fourth (or more!) chances for homeless pets. I love animal sheltering because it’s so much more than saving lives. These pets use their second chances to complete families and heal souls. This is life-changing work in so many ways, and it’s an honor to do it in this incredible community.”

In addition, we celebrate existing team member Erin Weldon’s appointment to Development and Community Engagement Director. Erin has been a member of the WHS family since 2017. In her elevated role, Erin will drive strategy for the organization’s development, fundraising, and sustainability efforts, as well as guide community relations, events and outreach, and volunteer management. Over the past decade, Erin has championed nonprofit missions across a variety of industries, including animal welfare, human services, and education. She is an Oregon native and graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a double major in English and mathematics.

Here’s what Erin had to say about her new position at the shelter: “Working for Willamette Humane Society has all the pieces of the pie—a cause I am passionate about; an amazing community; and a dedicated, expert staff who provide the best possible outcomes for animals. I am beyond excited to move into this new position and lead the Development Team, and the organization, into a sustainable and impactful future. I’m continually inspired by the amazing community of adopters, volunteers, donors, and community members who support WHS. It’s been a privilege to get to know them over the last two years, and I look forward to deepening our connections moving forward.”

When we’re able to get together again, Paul and Erin look forward to meeting you at a future Willamette Humane Society event.