'I get to combine my passion for non-profit work with my love for animals,' Boynton to lead Animal Adoption Center

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Animal Adoption Center (AAC) announced the hiring of Carrie Boynton as the new Executive Director of the organization. Boynton replaces Kara Pollard, who left the AAC after three years to be a stay at home mother to her newborn daughter. Also departing the AAC is Krista LaPier, who served as Operations Manager. LaPier was at the AAC for four and a half years, and leaves to take a job in the private sector. "Kara and Krista led the Center during an important time in its history," said AAC co- founder and board member Tom Patricelli. "The AAC wouldn't be in the great shape it's in today without their effort and dedication. We will miss them, and they will always be part of the AAC family." In announcing the arrival of Boynton, AAC board chair Stefan Fodor said "there is a short list in Jackson Hole of elite non-profit executives, and Carrie is on that list. We are privileged to have her leading the AAC at this exciting time." [image: Inline image 1] *Carrie Boynton. h/t Animal Adoption Center / Pitchengine Communities* Boynton has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, most recently having served as Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club from 2006-2015. While at the Ski Club, Boynton increased enrollment by 40 percent to more than 550 local athletes, grew the annual scholarship awards to more than $50,000, and led numerous capital and program expansion campaigns. Prior to that, Boynton worked at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole where she was Director of Special Projects and Events. Her primary focus at the CFJH was organizing Old Bill's Fun Run for Charities, a multi-million dollar fundraiser for non-profit organizations throughout Jackson Hole. "Carrie has a proven track record as a non-profit CEO, and her vision and strategic planning skills will be very valuable to us as we continue to successfully execute our mission to save the lives of homeless animals through rescue, adoption, education, and spay/neuter," said Fodor. "I could not be more excited to join the AAC team," said Boynton. "Since I was a child, all of my pets have been rescues. Now, thanks to the Animal Adoption Center, I get to combine my passion for non-profit work with my love for animals. I'm looking forward to building on the strong foundation laid by the AAC's dedicated board, staff, volunteers, and donors." The AAC also announced the promotion of adoption counselor Anna West to the position of General Manager. "We are thrilled to have one of our own step up to this important position," said Patricelli. "Anna's energy, spirit, and devotion to the animals are remarkable." The AAC also added Sophie Craighead to its board of directors. Craighead has been a non-profit and philanthropic leader in Jackson Hole for more than twenty years, having served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, The Jackson Hole Community School, and Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free. "Sophie has had a long and strong connection to the AAC, and homeless animals have no better friend or advocate than Sophie," said Patricelli. Craighead has adopted several animals from the AAC over the years, and the Dog Town section of the AAC is named in honor of the Craighead family. She also holds a PhD from Colorado State University for her work on the human-animal bond. "With her insight, experience, and sharp mind, Sophie is a great addition to our dynamic board," said Patricelli. Since its founding in 2004, the AAC has rescued and found permanent homes for more than 3,000 animals and has spayed and neutered more than 4,000 animals through its low-cost mobile Spay/Neuter Wyoming Program since the program's inception in 2012. *Feature Photo: Carrie Boynton. h/t Animal Adoption Center / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news