Chautauqua County Humane Society Announces New Executive Director

Kellie Roberts has been named the new executive director of the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

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The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kellie Roberts as its new executive director. Kellie succeeds Jeff Lubi, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.

Roberts, a Falconer Central School graduate, brings with her an impressive background in shelter management, animal care and nonprofit development. Most recently, Roberts served as the director of placement services for the Animal Friends animal shelter in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Kellie Roberts has been named the new executive director of the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

She received her bachelor’s degree in business, management and economics with a concentration in business and nonprofit management from Empire State College in Jamestown. She also received a bachelor’s degree in literature with a minor in journalism from SUNY Oneonta and an associate’s degree in veterinary technology from SUNY Delhi.


“I am pleased to have this opportunity to advance the vital programs and services offered by CCHS to the animals and people of our community,” Roberts said. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, volunteers, and the public in this endeavor.”

In addition to her role at Animal Friends, Roberts also served as the director of programs and Services at the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield, Pa. Roberts led and assisted her teams in developing innovative programs and services; created successful volunteer and foster care programs; and successfully achieved program funding through grant writing.
“Kellie brings extensive experience in a shelter environment and has all of the most important qualities we had been seeking in an executive director,” said Maggie Irwin, president of the board of directors. “On behalf of the board, we are confident that Kellie can continue to lead CCHS on a path of success. Her record of accomplishment and leadership will help to expand our objectives in the work of animal welfare.”

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society, connect with CCHS on Facebook or call the shelter at 665-2209.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need.