WAIF Welcomes New Executive Director

Charles Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF) Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce that Charles Vreeland has been named Executive Director of WAIF. Mr. Vreeland will lead the organization in its efforts to build a new shelter, develop animal advocacy programming, and consistently fulfilling the mission and values of Whidbey Island’s largest animal sheltering organization. Before joining WAIF, Mr. Vreeland served seven years as President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

WAIF Board of Directors President, Bob Rupp, states that Vreeland is the perfect choice to lead WAIF into the future and continuing its efforts in improving the lives of homeless companion animals on Whidbey Island. “The board and staff wholeheartedly agree that Charles is the right leader for WAIF based on his animal advocacy efforts and his demonstrated ability to lead program initiatives for the benefit of shelter animals.” Mr. Vreeland’s experience with the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is complemented by his twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector with the proven ability to integrate a broad range of communication skills promoting collaboration and successful funding for needed programs.

Vreeland adds, “I’m looking forward to coming back to my Northwest roots and contributing to an already successful, well-respected organization like WAIF. I’m impressed with WAIF’s low euthanasia rate, programs to help low-income families, and of course, the support for the new shelter. The board and staff are extraordinarily passionate and enthusiastic about the work they do. It will be great to be part of such a dynamic team.”

Vreeland is a graduate of University of New Mexico (MPA, Certificate in Finance) and Graceland University (BA, Social Work). He has also received certification as a fundraising executive (CFRE) and as a financial planner.