Dr. Tai Federico has been appointed as interim executive director of the Humane Educational Society.
The appointment follows the death of Guy Bilyeu, who had served as executive director since 2003.
Bilyeu died Saturday at the age of 54.
According to a release from the HES board of directors, a nationwide search will begin to find a candidate for the position.
Federico is a local veterinarian and has served as the president of the board of directors since 2006.
In the release, the board had the following to say regarding Bilyeu:
"We wish to express our profound sadness at Guy's passing. HES made extraordinary improvements in the decade that Guy was at the helm, and the board is taking steps to ensure that Guy's legacy is carried on ... Guy's memory lives on in our hearts and the hearts of all the people and animals he has touched."
An expanded obituary for Bilyeu is available here.
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