Bella SPCA Welcomes Matthew Goodwin as Organization’s New Executive Director
Bella SPCA’s Board of Directors is excited to announce that Matthew Goodwin will be the organization’s new and first Executive Director beginning July 5, 2017.
Matt comes to Bella with a wide range of experience in the non-profit world with four years of that experience pertaining to animal rescue non-profit after having served as Executive Director of Free to Live Animal Sanctuary in Edmond, OK.
Matt brings to Bella a passion for helping both animals and people aligning perfectly with the organization’s mission. While living in Topeka, KS for 10 years, Matt led a team of volunteers to create “A Meal and A Toy,” a community effort that provided over 2000 meals and toys to underprivileged children in the area. Along with making a significant impact in the community, “A Meal and a Toy” also won an “ADDY” award for its use of video and campaign creativity.
During his time at Free to Live, Matt’s role as Executive Director allowed him to not only grow the organization but also have a hands-on approach to animal welfare. With close to 300 animals on site at Free to Live, Matt managed the day to day operations as well as fundraising, community initiatives, Board collaboration, and spending time with the animals.
Eric McCune, CEO and Bella Co-Founder says, “This is Bella’s 10 year anniversary and we are excited to start a new chapter with Matt. Animal rescue is a tough business and in the four years that Matt has been at Free to Live, I have heard only positive things about him; this speaks volumes. When our selection committee sat down with Matt, all of us were very impressed and excited about his ideas and plans for the organization. After nearly 10 years of leading Bella, I am 100% comfortable putting the organization that we started in his hands. The sky is the limit and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”
Bella SPCA was started in 2007 to assist low-income pet owners with the cost of veterinary care and over the past 10 years has provided more than $700,000 in funding to low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners. As well as its Veterinary Assistance Program, Bella also places close to 1600 dogs and cats yearly into new homes via its Adoption Program, provides bi-monthly low-cost vaccine outreaches to the public, and uses rescue dogs in conjunction with the Mutt-I-Grees curriculum to assist children with reading difficulties via its Pawsitive Heelers group.
"I have long been a fan of the work Bella does to help people walking through difficult situations get medical care for their pet, while at the same time-saving thousands of animals from euthanasia. It is truly a privilege to come on board with this team and to bridge my two passions of saving animals and helping people,” says Matt Goodwin.
In addition to managing the day to day operations and looking for innovative ways to improve the overall processes of Bella, Matt will also work hand in hand with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic plan that will expand current programs and create new programs to further Bella’s reach into the community. Cherokee Ballard, Board of Directors Vice-Chair says, “I am thrilled that Bella has found someone of Matt’s caliber and experience to take Bella further than ever before. I and the Board of Directors look forward to working with Matt and the entire Bella team to do what we do best; saving lives and making a difference.”