As the Humane Society of Southern Arizona celebrates 70 years of serving our community, it also celebrates the leadership of the amazing women who have been at the heart of the organization since its beginning.

It was the passion of one woman in 1944, Mrs. Guerin Wilson, that helped create what is now the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in southern Arizona. Women have led the HSSA for the past three decades, steering it to become a leader in progressive sheltering, education and prevention.

Women certainly do not corner the market on compassion and love for animals, but in a sector dominated by women, the HSSA is lucky to have CEO Maureen O’Nell, COO Brandy Burke and CDO Hilary Van Alsburg, three passionate, caring and dedicated leaders, guiding the HSSA into its next 70 years of helping pets and the people who love them.

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