Willamette Humane Society Welcomes New Director of Development

Willamette Humane Society Welcomes New Director of Development

New Hire Sherri Partridge Brings More Than 30 Years of Local Experience to the Role

SALEM, Ore. ─ May 17, 2017 ─ Willamette Humane Society (WHS) announced that Sherri Partridge has been appointed as the organization’s Director of Development and Community Relations. In her new role, Partridge will oversee the organization’s fundraising and development efforts, as well as community and donor relations initiatives. She brings 30 years of development and communications experience to the position, and will work closely with the shelter’s exiting development director, Susan Carey, until her retirement in June 2017.

BJ Andersen, Executive Director, stated, “From serving on our Board of Directors to watching her daughter grow up in our summer day camps, I know Sherri’s dedication to our mission is exemplary. I am excited to see what we can accomplish with her on our leadership team.”

Partridge joins WHS from the Salem Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit extension of Salem Health, where she worked as the Foundation’s Annual Giving Officer since 2003. She played a major role in various fundraising and community relations programs, including the creation of the hospital’s Community Health Education Center and the Let’s ALL Play place therapy and community play area. Prior to her work with the Foundation, Partridge managed community relations for Salem Hospital from 1987 to 2003.

Partridge also maintains an active presence in the local community, serving as a board member for organizations such as the Willamette chapter of the American Red Cross and Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties, as well as a past president and board member at WHS. She is a graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

“I’m honored to be joining the wonderful people at WHS who work tirelessly to provide compassionate services to pets and people,” said Partridge. “Through the years the shelter has played a huge role in my family—from adopting pets, to taking training classes, to our daughter participating in summer camps— so I’m excited to share with the community the amazing work this organization does each and every day.”

Callie Gisler, Communications Manager
Willamette Humane Society
503-585-5900, ext. 308


About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society, located in Salem, Ore., was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve communities in Marion and Polk counties.  The organization is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people, serving more than 8,870 pets and 51,280 people in its last fiscal year. Willamette Humane Society provides essential services and programs such as adoption and sheltering, behavior and training, youth programs and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 60 employees and  1,000 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.