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Theresa Barbo Appointed Director of Cape Wildlife Center

  • Theresa Barbo.

The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that Theresa M. Barbo has been appointed director of the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Mass., one of five animal care centers in the country operated by The Humane Society of the United States. Barbo assumes her new role effective July 19.

"Theresa's background in environmental conservation and long-standing involvement in the Cape Cod community gives her a head start in taking the lead at our wildlife rehabilitation center in New England," said Debra Parsons-Drake, The HSUS' senior director of animal care centers.

The Cape Wildlife Center is operated by The HSUS in partnership with The Fund for Animals, with wildlife care, wildlife advocacy and wildlife conflict resolution as its key missions. Since 1995, the Cape Wildlife Center has provided year-round care for 135 species of wildlife — from songbirds, waterfowl, raptors to raccoons, foxes and coyotes.

Barbo will manage fiscal operations, help develop and implement long-range plans for the facility and enhance outreach and programming at the center. She will oversee development, and work to raise the profile of facility within Cape Cod business, civic and social communities.

Barbo is the author of six books and is a noted public lecturer in maritime and cultural history with a background in journalism, non-profit programming and development, and environmental conservation. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and has studied executive integral leadership at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Long active in Cape Cod community and civic circles, Barbo is the founding director of the annual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History — now in its 15th year — and is a commissioner on the Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women. Barbo and her husband, Daniel Barbo, reside in Yarmouth Port, with their daughter, Katherine, and son, Thomas.

To read more about the Cape Wildlife Center, click here.


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