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Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Names New Director

November 8, 2018

Griffin Pond Names New Director

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter’s board of directors appointed its interim executive director to a permanent position.

Ashley L. Wolo of Scranton stepped in to oversee operations when shelter officials cut ties with Ricky Bonilla, who was on the job for about three weeks.

Wolo, 23, is the fourth person to fill the shelter’s top staff position this year as volunteer board members and employees strive to rebuild public trust.

At the beginning of 2018, Rosemary Bohenek had managed daily operations. Then, in April, the board hired Bucks County SPCA Director Vanly Pierson, who stayed on for a little more than two months. Pierson told The Times-Tribune then that she had been hired on a trial basis.

In a statement from board President Elaine Geroulo announcing Wolo’s appointment, she pointed to Wolo’s “perfect mix of skills” to run the shelter, which cares for more than 200 dogs, cats and other animals.

“Her proficient leadership, genuine compassion for all living creatures, persistent advocacy for animal rights/welfare and her dedication to service make her the perfect candidate for this appointment,” the statement said.

Wolo began working for the shelter in 2016 and quickly ascended to leadership. She started as a kennel attendant, then adoptions and foster coordinator.

She was named shelter manager before assuming the executive director’s role in August.

“I’m confident in the work that needs to be done. I’m excited to be a part of the solution as well as the rest of the staff,” Wolo said. “It’s been a rough year, but I think we’re all in the mind set of looking forward to the future.”

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