CLEVELAND, OH (February 10, 2011)– The Cleveland Animal Protective League has elected its new slate of board officers for 2011. Rebecca Grunick-Langer is the new Chair of the Board of Directors. She is a Senior Vice-President and Associate General Counsel at KeyBank. In that capacity, she oversees all commercial workouts and bankruptcies for KeyBank. Ms. Langer became a member of the APL Board in 2007 because of her love for shelter animals and her strong belief in the APL’s mission. Serving as Vice-Chair is Laura Koballa Hudak, who is Vice President of Finance and Administration for Team NEO. Jack Herrick, President of Realty Investors Corporation, is the Cleveland APL Board’s Treasurer, and Tanis Swan, Environment, Health & Safety Specialist at GE Lighting is the Secretary.The 15-member Board of Directors is responsible for the oversight of the 98-year-old not-for-profit organization. Incorporated in 1913 in response to the overwhelming number of abused and abandoned animals needing assistance in our community, the Cleveland APL is now the largest humane society in Ohio and a progressive leader in the field of animal welfare. The Cleveland APL’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering through adoptions, humane investigations, spay and neuter, and education.
In recent years, the APL has experienced a major facility renovation, has committed to finding every healthy, friendly animal in its care a home regardless of how long it takes, and has implemented new and impactful live-saving programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return for free roaming, community cats and the Second Chance Program for animals with treatable illnesses and injuries. From its inner-city location, the Cleveland APL enforces Ohio’s animal protection laws throughout Cuyahoga County. The Cleveland APL’s Humane Investigations department, which is funded solely by donation, is dedicated to rescuing abused and neglected animals and assisting with the prosecution of offenders. The Cleveland APL is also committed to working with other humane societies and rescue groups for the good of all animals.