Luan Dean and Paula Allen bring deep experience in advocacy, community relations and programs
LARGO, Fla. (July 23, 2014) – Two new team members, Luan Dean and Paula Allen, have joined SPCA Tampa Bay to further the organization’s impact in the community. Luan Dean has been hired as director of mission advancement, and Paula Allen, MA now serves as community program director.
Approved by the SPCA Board of Directors, Dean’s position as director of mission advancement allows for enhanced customer service for SPCA’s legacy donors and the process of planned giving, which helps sustain SPCA’s mission of advocating for the humane care of animals. Previously, Dean was the director for PAWS Humane Society in Rockford, Ill., where she successfully lobbied for a citywide ordinance banning the sale of animals at outdoor events such as flea markets. She brings 20 years of experience in the communications field, with 15 years spent working with animal welfare organizations.
Allen will manage SPCA’s community outreach initiatives, children’s programs and Sniff U! training classes for pets and their families. She succeeds Sharon Hauser who retired earlier this year after nearly 25 years with SPCA. Prior to joining SPCA Tampa Bay, she was the director at The Center for Girls and The KidzCreate Progam at The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Allen is known in Tampa Bay for her international projects with children and her work in private and public schools.
“We are fortunate to have these two individuals who are extremely passionate about animal welfare and education join our team,” said Martha Boden, SPCA Tampa Bay CEO. “Luan’s extensive experience lobbying on behalf of animal welfare and Paula’s strong ties in the community align with our vision to be the community leader in animal advocacy.”
Both Allen and Dean have been honored for their work in their fields. In 2008, Dean was named to the Top 40 under 40 Most Influential People in the Rockford area. In 2011, Allen was the recipient of the Tampa Human Rights Council’s Humanitarian Award.
About SPCA Tampa Bay
SPCA Tampa Bay accepts all pets surrendered by their owners and sick or injured stray animals. Owners are required to make an appointment but no fee is charged for admission, though donations are strongly encouraged. The organization’s mission is to improve the community by promoting humane care, preventing animal cruelty and reducing pet overpopulation. Community services include animal cruelty investigation, lost/found pet assistance, animal admission and ambulance transport for sick/injured strays. Located on 10 acres in Largo, SPCA programs include pet adoption, free pet behavior help, Sniff University training for dogs and cats, children’s summer camps and more. Founded in 1940, SPCA Tampa Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. More than 8,500 animals are admitted each year. www.spcatampabay.org.