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Naperville Humane Society leader ‘excited’ about transition

<p>Photo courtesy of Naperville Area Humane Society.</p>

Photo courtesy of Naperville Area Humane Society.

Anna Payton is heading east.

The longtime advocate for animals large and small, formerly head of Kendall County Animal Control, has been named the new executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society.

The agency’s current director, Angie Wood, will leave her post at the end of the month to relocate with her family to Tyler, Texas, as a result of her husband’s recent job transfer.

“I’m very excited. Certainly we went through a round of interviews,” Wood said Tuesday of the hiring process for her replacement, which drew 42 applicants. “We’re very impressed with Anna. I’ve known her for a number of years and think she will be a great asset to our organization.”

Payton’s broad and extensive experience will benefit the agency’s work, said Wood, who also serves as treasurer of the Illinois Animal Welfare Federation.

Payton, who writes an animal advocacy column for the Aurora Beacon-News, is an active volunteer with assorted humane societies and breed-specific rescue groups. Before taking the animal-control helm in Kendall County, she was an animal control officer and coordinated humane education and public events for DuPage County Animal Care & Control. She also has been a board member with the Association of Professional Humane Educators.

Public education initiatives have been a priority in recent years at the Naperville Area Humane Society, which will observe its 35th anniversary later this year.

Payton earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she also worked as a department instructor. She received a master’s degree in teaching with a concentration in humane education from Webster University.

“It is wonderful to be taking on (a) role where I will be surrounded by compassionate staff, caring volunteers, and passionate board of directors,” Payton said in a news release. “Our goal is to continue to be progressive in our animal welfare efforts and in serving the local community.”

Payton shares her southwest Plainfield home with her husband Dave, son Auggie, daughter Carly, a black Labrador, a Rottweiler/pit bull mix, an English mastiff mix and three munchkin cats.

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