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GCHS welcomes Lori Burke as new development director

By Staff | Sep 19, 2023

Lori Burke. PROVIDED

The Gulf Coast Humane Society has added to their team with Lori Burke taking on the development director duties.

Burke’s experience in non-profit development is a tremendous addition to GCHS.

She started her non-profit organization career by volunteering and providing leadership training at Hands on Atlanta, in Atlanta.

Burke was the executive director for Shanghai Sunrise (China), which was one of the first nonprofit programs of the Shanghai Charity Foundation, which supports the education of Shanghai’s under-resourced youth.

Burke has lived in Southwest Florida for 14 years, along with her husband and two daughters. She worked at Mothers Against Drunk Driving fundraising and building its programs in the community to include advocating for victims impacted by impaired driving, and providing prevention programs at schools, nonprofits, and various organizations.

Most recently, Lori raised funds and managed the membership program at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. In addition to her charitable employment in Southwest Florida, Lori has held leadership roles on the ArtFest Fort Myers Steering Committee, the Guardian ad Litem Foundation Board of Directors, and the Florida Youth Shine SWFL Chapter, among others.

“We are excited bringing Lori on board to GCHS,” said GCHS executive director Gary Willoughby. “Her experience working in the non-profit field will benefit GCHS and our commitment to providing the community with top shelter animal care.”

Burke is a committed advocate for animals and people. Her family includes two dogs and four cats. Originally, from Massachusetts, she and her family have lived in Atlanta, Shanghai, and Fort Myers. She firmly believes that the only way to feel part of a community is through nonprofits. Burke’s furry family members are all rescue animals. To contact Lori, please email lori@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org.

About Gulf Coast Humane Society

Gulf Coast Humane Society is a regional organization dedicated to helping companion pets find their forever homes, no matter how long it takes. GCHS provides an adoption center, spay-neuter and veterinary clinic, as well as education and awareness to the public about the welfare of homeless pets.

GCHS’s mission is to care for companion pets in need by offering safe refuge, providing medical care and facilitating adoptions. GCHS promotes the concept the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” and help educate the community about proper and responsible animal care, while providing quality, affordable veterinary care. To learn more about GCHS, visit its WEBSITE.

GCHS Veterinary Clinic: 2685 Swamp Cabbage Court, Fort Myers, Phone: 239-332-2719

GCHS Spay/Neuter Clinic: 2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers, Phone: 239-332-1573

GCHS Adoption Center: 2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers, Phone: 239-332-0364

Source: Gulf Coast Humane Society