The Board of Directors of The Franklin County Humane Society is pleased to announce that Gail Castle has been named Executive Director. Ms. Castle will lead the organization in the operation of the Animal Harbor shelter and in their efforts to reduce pet overpopulation and improve the lives of homeless pets in Franklin County. Castle is a seasoned professional whose career reflects over 8 years of small business and restaurant management and over 20 years of non-profit organizational development.

Board President Patricia Thompson said, "The Board of Directors looks forward to working with Gail. She will be an effective leader of the organization and a passionate advocate for pet welfare who will inspire the staff, board, volunteers, donors, and community businesses and organizations with whom we partner. She has already proven her abilities in mobilizing support for our new shelter building as our Development Officer. With her leadership we have raised $480,000 (80%) of the total needed to complete the building campaign, and we are confident that we can raise the last $120,000."

Castle adds, “I am really excited about being Animal Harbor's new Executive Director. I have truly enjoyed directing the capital campaign for the last two years and am extremely impressed with the community support Animal Harbor has received. The future looks bright and promising for the organization as we move into its second decade of serving Franklin County and surrounding areas. With a sustainable, more visible and accessible shelter facility, the Animal Harbor staff and board will be able to focus on our mission and use our resources and donor dollars towards fulfilling our mission, and not on repairs of  'the old hog barn.'  I am eager to contribute my many years of non-profit experience and leadership to Animal Harbor and join the staff, board and volunteers to help the organization increase its capacity to help the animals and serve the people of our community. Please be sure to mark your calendars to come and see our new facility and join us for the Grand Opening Fall Festival Event on November 1, 2014."

Gail previously served as Director of Adults In Ministries with Mountain T.O.P. Ministries where she managed 3 programs of ministry which are still active and thriving today. She also served as Co-Founder/Associate Executive Director of LEAMIS International Ministries Inc., where she designed, developed, and established programs in developing countries in Central and South America, Africa and Asia, training pastors and lay leaders in leadership and management, organizational skill sets, and fund raising and development. They developed, installed and trained on water purification systems for communities without clean water, and trained widows on how to start small home businesses and co-ops within their own cultural context. Gail most recently operated Lorena's Cafe and Catering for six years as sole proprietor. In 2010, Gail received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club .

Castle is a graduate of Belmont University and holds a certificate in Fundraising and Development from the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville and is a certified facilitator with Personal Strengths Deployment, Inc. She lives in Monteagle, Tennessee with her husband Walter, her dog Pookie, and St. Francis the Maine Coon cat.