TRENTON — After eight years of leading the SPCA of Hancock County and overseeing the construction of its shelter building, Jim Nobil, president of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors, has passed the torch to Mount Desert Island resident Jennifer McNally.
Nobil, who resides in Bar Harbor and Boca Raton, Fla., will remain on the board and will chair its Development Committee.
McNally, a local farmer and teacher, first became involved with the SPCA as a volunteer dog walker. Wanting to do more for the organization, she joined the board in 2010 and later served as vice president.
“It’s a joy to work alongside people who are passionate about protecting an animal’s right to be treated with respect and helping them move on to loving homes,” McNally said. “As president of the Board of Directors, I am honored to represent a group of people who are devoted to the highest standards of animal care.
“I plan to work closely with the Hancock County and SPCA communities to continually strive for excellence and then set the bar even higher.”
McNally was voted in as SPCA president at the March meeting of the Board of Directors. Board member Jennifer Skiff was elected vice president. Diana de los Santos serves as secretary and Pearl Lewis serves as treasurer of the organization.
Colleagues said Nobil’s accomplishments during his presidency were many.
SPCA Executive Director Tracy Shaw added that Nobil’s financial expertise, business skills, passion for animals and his own generosity has helped the SPCA grow.
During Nobil’s eight-year tenure as president, the SPCA raised $2 million to build the current shelter on Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. A small shelter building was opened in 2007 and the main shelter opened its doors in the fall of 2010.
McNally, her husband, Jay, and their four children live on Four Foot Farm on Mount Desert Island, where they raise heritage breed animals. After a career in technology, McNally now teaches computer science the Acadia Christian School in Trenton.
Skiff, an author and journalist from Bar Harbor, started volunteering at the SPCA thrift store in Northeast Harbor as a teenager. Today, she works with charities throughout the world to bring relief to abused and abandoned animals. Skiff is a trustee of the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Australia and director of the national rescue organization Pilots N Paws. She joined the SPCA Board in 2009.
Diana de los Santos joined the SPCA Board in May of 2011. She manages Bark Harbor, a pet boutique in Bar Harbor, and also founded the MDI Pet Food Pantry in 2008.
Lewis, a Mount Desert resident and longtime animal advocate, joined the SPCA in 2010. She serves as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee. She also volunteers for her local library, the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor and cares for 20 rescued cats at her home.