Kelly Alexander and her dog.

Kelly Alexander will begin her work at the Durham nonprofit on June 1.

After a two-month national search, the Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Alexander as general manager of the organization, beginning June 1. With an extensive background in business administration and two years of experience managing an animal shelter, the board is excited by the possibilities that her direction will bring to IAR.

“We’re very excited to have Kelly join IAR as the first full-time paid employee,” says Alan Dow, president of the board. “Our organization has seen significant growth over the last few years and I am confident that Kelly’s financial and shelter management experience combined with her enthusiasm for animal welfare will push Independent Animal Rescue to new heights as we work to provide more homes for unwanted cats and dogs and alleviate pet overpopulation.”

Dow says that the board has been working seriously towards welcoming the organization’s first full-time employee for several years. “IAR has been 100% volunteer run for more than 25 years, and we wouldn’t be where we are now without the incredible network of volunteers and supporters in our community,” says Dow. “After researching other animal rescue operations of similar size and budget, we knew a paid employee who could harness the power of our volunteers and supporters was the right next step for IAR.”

After a career in customer operations with a Silicon Valley-based company, Alexander first spent time as a volunteer in Texas and Oklahoma rural shelters until joining the SPCA of Bradley County in Tennessee working in multiple positions including serving as its director of operations. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas and her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.