Profile Lee Ann Shenefiel

Lee Ann Shenefiel

South Central Regional Director at Best Friends Animal Society

Lee Ann Shenefiel started as the South Central Regional Director with Best Friends in January 2019 after serving as interim Chief Animal Services Officer at the Austin Animal Center since 2017. The Austin city shelter is nationally recognized as a leader in sheltering and has achieved live outcomes for over 97% of the nearly 17,000 dogs and cats it takes in annually by creating systems of programs and processes that work toward live outcomes for all animals.

Lee Ann has been passionate about finding ways to connect every member of the pet community with Austin’s lifesaving animal services mission, and she piloted engagement-based programming to help neighborhoods with higher-than-average intake and lower return-to-owner rates. Prior to her role as interim chief, Lee Ann served as deputy chief and oversaw animal protection, outreach and prevention programming and the center’s volunteer program, which is now a Service Enterprise–certified program.

Before moving to Texas, Lee Ann served as Assistant Director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Virginia, where she managed intake, adoptions and business services, and helped to develop policies and programs that brought the shelter to a save rate of over 90% for the first time. She has over 15 years of experience in municipal government and brings this unique perspective to building partnerships.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

Keeping Families Together: The Future of Animal Control

Clock Icon5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Map Icon Capitol D, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Join this panel discussion as Marc Peralta leads a discussion with a panel of expert animal protection change-makers. What role does Animal Control play in community lifesaving? Hear how animal protection units around the country are thinking about what's next for animal protection.

Saturday Feb 29th, 2020

Ensuring Accountability Around Life and Death Decisions

Clock Icon4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

What does it mean to be accountable to life and death as a leader? Learn how to implement policies that will keep your organization accountable and increase lifesaving across your organization.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

Building Resilience and Excitement Around Change Panel

Clock Icon3:30 pm - 4:10 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Does your team fall apart when difficulties seem insurmountable in times of crisis? Learn from people who have experienced, first-hand, what it means to be leaders of change in difficult municipalities. Shelly Thompson moderates this panel to help you get the insider tips on how to cultivate a team of resilience and how to build strong teams that will rally around you.

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