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Jennifer Bartolotta elected board president

MILWAUKEE - Jennifer Bartolotta has been elected board president of the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS), the largest and oldest animal shelter in the state. She succeeds Tony Enea, whose term as president has expired.

 “We are so thrilled that Jennifer will be the Wisconsin Humane Society’s next board president,” said Anne Reed, executive director. “Jennifer’s passion and leadership are matched by her love of animals, and I so look forward to working more closely with her.”

“It is both my privilege and honor to serve as board president for the Wisconsin Humane Society,” said Bartolotta. “I'm truly humbled to be stepping into such a significant pair of shoes - Tony's contributions to the organization are indelible and I know I speak for the entire board in thanking him for his extraordinary commitment, vision and service to this fine organization.” 

“The Wisconsin Humane Society is at a very exciting juncture,” Bartolotta said. “I look forward to this challenge knowing that we (the board) are supporting the tireless efforts of a passionately committed staff in serving our (mostly) four-legged fluffy companions.  I AM the luckiest girl I know!” 

Jennifer Bartolotta is a leader in the community, serving on a multitude of nonprofit and professional boards. Her roles include serving as board secretary of Schools That Can – Milwaukee; past president of TEMPO Milwaukee; former board chair at Meta House, a women’s treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse; 2011 honorary co-chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and much more.

Jennifer is president and owner of Train-2-Gain, which develops professional socialization skills in employees. She also serves as director of Care-a-lottas, The Bartolotta Restaurants’ charitable foundation. Jennifer is married to Joe Bartolotta of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group and is the mother to four golden retrievers, Stella, Bubba, Sophie and Rufus.

Enea will be continuing with the organization as vice-president of the board. Enea served as board president through the organization’s acquisition and closing of Puppy Haven Kennels, the largest puppy mill operation in the state; the passing of the former executive director, Victoria Wellens; the construction of the WHS Ozaukee Campus in Saukville; and the acquisition of Racine’s former Countryside Humane Society in January 2013.  He is married and has three dogs, all WHS alumni.

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest animal shelter in Wisconsin.  It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties.  The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, spay/neuter clinics for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.wihumane.org.


  • Friday, May 17, 2013
  • For Immediate Release
  • Media Contact: Angela Speed
  • (414) 431-6104
  • aspeed@wihumane.org