Greenville Humane Society Welcomes New CEO, Board Members and Officers

Rachel Delport

Rachel Delport

GREENVILLE, S.C. – January 11th, 2021 – The Greenville Humane Society is pleased to welcome Rachel Delport as their new Chief Executive Officer as well as new members and officers to its 2021 Board of Trustees.

Rachel Delport, the new Chief Executive Officer, has been an integral part of the Greenville Humane Society team for over seven years serving in various roles throughout her career.

Before her promotion to CEO, Rachel most recently served as the Adoption Center Operations Manager where she was responsible for the daily operations of the Adoptions and Kennel departments. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal & Veterinary Sciences from Clemson University in 2016. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Trysten, and their three dogs and cat: Chloe, Colt, Diesel and Kyro.

“From a young age, I knew I wanted my career to be in animal welfare. On my first day at the Greenville Humane Society in 2013, I never could have anticipated the fulfilling path I would walk down over the next seven years. My passion, love for and dedication to saving homeless animals has only grown and I am looking forward to continuing the development and success of GHS. We will continue to be integral leaders in animal welfare while ensuring the happiness and safety of all animals cared for by our organization and beyond.” said Rachel Delport, Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society.

The Board is made up of community members who help to provide leadership for the execution of the Humane Society’s mission to preserve the lives and enhance the well-being of animals. Joining the Board of Trustees are Henry Pellerin, Karen Schwartz, Thomas Self and Laura Turner.

“Henry, Karen, Thomas and Laura are compassionate community leaders who are devoted advocates for homeless pets. Their diverse professional expertise will help to ensure the mission of the Greenville Humane Society continues to be fulfilled in our community. We are looking forward to seeing the many positive contributions they will make to our organization.” said Rachel Delport, Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society.

Henry Pellerin is the President and CEO of VantagePoint Marketing. He brings a passion for business and marketing strategy, along with years of executive experience. While Henry’s leadership at VantagePoint takes center stage during the workday, he’s first and foremost a dedicated husband and father especially to his “third child” his beloved dog, Maggie.

Karen Schwartz is the Vice President of Performance Management and Support Services at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Karen has two sons, two daughters-in-law and 3 grandchildren – with a fourth expected soon! Karen is also proud of her two grand-dogs, Tilly and Lola.

Thomas Self is a Principal at Elliott Davis with extensive experience in providing tax services to partnerships, corporations, trusts, estates, and individuals. In his free time, Thomas is a philanthropic leader in the Greenville Community. He has served on boards for organizations such as United Ministries, the Greenville Symphony and Harvest Hope Food Bank. Thomas is also a dedicated father to his son and cherished Golden Retriever. Laura B. Turner is the Director of Government and Community Relations for Prisma Health-Upstate. She is responsible for the government relations strategy for Prisma Health’s Upstate South Carolina region. Laura shares her passion for animals with a love of the outdoors. In her free time, you can find her in the mountains or at the lake with her family.

Pellerin, Self, Schwartz and Turner will join a distinguished Board of Trustees in 2021. The new Slate of Officers includes Cindy Crick, Attorney/Owner at Cindy Crick Law Firm, as Chairman of the 2021 Board of Trustees. Bank Hipp, retired executive and community leader, will serve as the Board Vice Chairman. Paul Chambers, Vice President of Marsh and McLennan’s Property and Casualty Division, will serve as the Board Secretary. A shareholder of Elliott Davis, Frances Patterson will use her financial expertise to serve as the Board Treasurer. The Executive Committee is rounded out by Kathy McKinney, Attorney at Law with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA; Russ Miller, Partner at Nachman, Norwood and Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy, and Marie Monroe, Partner at Merline and Meacham, PA.

About Greenville Humane Society
Greenville Humane Society is a destination for animal lovers and a place where all animals are cared for compassionately. The community supported non-profit organization offers services for both family pets and animals at the facilities, from affordable preventive care services including vaccines and medications, to adoption and foster services and retail offerings. All of these support the organization’s mission to preserve the lives and enhance the well-being of animals. With a strong history, reputation and leading facilities such as the Medical Center and The Healing Place, the Greenville Humane Society impacts not only the Upstate, but the wider southeast region as a leader and model in animal care expertise.


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