The Board of Directors of Providence Animal Center has appointed Lisa Roberts Cadorette as the Center’s new Executive Director.
A Delaware County native with 25 years of experience in non-profit administration and public relations, Cadorette officially stepped into the role on May 8, after serving as a volunteer on the board for over seven years. Cadorette played a significant role last year when the organization rebranded and changed its name from the Delaware County SPCA to Providence Animal Center.
“We are very excited to have Lisa as our new Executive Director,” said Providence Animal Center Board President Jo-Ann Zoll. “As a board member, Lisa was a strong advocate for the organization’s lifesaving mission, and she helped advance a number of important operational and administrative initiatives. The Center will be well-served by Lisa’s enthusiasm and leadership, and we look forward to working with her in her new role as Executive Director.”
Since 1992, Cadorette has held a variety of positions at Neumann University in Aston; most recently, as one of the Directors in the Institutional Advancement & University Relations Unit. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Education, and she honorably served as a Registered Nurse and Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. Cadorette is an active member of the Delaware County community and is completing her term as a board member with the Delaware County Press Club. Cadorette is the mother of four children and has rescued three dogs from Providence Animal Center.
Cadorette succeeds Rick Matelsky, who retired earlier this month after eight years of dedicated service to Providence Animal Center. Matelsky, a resident of Queens, N.Y., was semi-retired, after a 27-year career in animal welfare, when he came to the then-Delaware County SPCA in 2009. As Executive Director, Matelsky helped bring about much-needed fiscal and operational stability, modernized the organization’s mission and led the Center’s transition into a lifesaving facility. Since he joined the organization, Providence Animal Center has fulfilled 25,500 adoptions and maintains a 98 percent lifesaving rate.
“Rick has led Providence Animal Center through arguably the most transformative and successful period in its 106-year history, and the board, staff and volunteers are profoundly grateful for his tireless service,” Zoll said. “The team Rick has put in place is part of his exceptional legacy, and under Lisa’s leadership they will continue to save lives and enrich families through adoptions and other lifesaving services.”
In 2016, Providence Animal Center adopted out an annual record 3,765 pets, saw nearly 11,000 low-cost veterinary clients, provided over 5,100 pet food pantry meals and investigated over 700 cruelty complaints. On May 24, Providence Animal Center will celebrate 106 years as a lifesaving organization. In recognition of the anniversary, the organization will be offering “pick your price” adoption fees for one day only.