Bubbler Executive Appointments

Reed will take helm of Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society has named Anne Reed as its new executive director. Reed, an attorney at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., will begin her duties as executive director on Jan. 11, 2010.

Reed succeeds Victoria Wellens, who served in the position for 15 years, and Ellen Clark, who has served as interim executive director since Wellens’ passing in March. Clark has been appointed deputy director at the shelter.

The Wisconsin Humane Society is the largest animal welfare organization in the state and is nationally recognized for its leadership in the animal welfare field.

“After an extensive search, and with unanimous consent, we have chosen Anne Reed to fill this key position with the Wisconsin Humane Society,” said Tony Enea, WHS board president. “Anne’s leadership ability, progressive vision and accomplishments in the non-profit sector will be great assets in ensuring the continued success of the Wisconsin Humane Society.”

Reed is a current board member of Meta House, Inc., a substance abuse treatment center in Milwaukee serving women and their children, where she also served as board president. Reed has also served on the board of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc. For the last 28 years, she has been a member of the litigation practice group at Reinhart Boerner, a firm of over 200 lawyers serving the legal needs of business clients.  She obtained her A.B at Northwestern University and her J.D. at Cornell Law School. 

"I am honored to become a part of a dynamic team of individuals committed to improving the lives of animals,” Reed said. “The Wisconsin Humane Society has a 130-year tradition of breaking new ground, and I am proud to have been chosen to help continue its important work.” Reed lives in Milwaukee with her husband, daughter, three cats and new puppy.

Birmingham is new CEO at Stein Gardens and Gifts

Stein Gardens and Gifts, a Milwaukee-based retailer specializing in lawn and garden, home decor, and giftware, has hired Mark Birmingham as chief executive officer.

Birmingham has more than 15 years of retail and consumer products management experience. Birmingham most recently served as president and CEO at Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. in Port Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"We are very pleased to have Mark join our growing organization," said Jack Stein, chairman and owner of Stein Gardens and Gifts. "Mark’s strong retail and consumer products background make him a perfect fit for our organization. He has a successful track record of creating positive change. Mark will lead our team in positioning Steins for the future while maintaining the core values of our company rooted in over 60 years of family ownership."

"I am excited to join such a tremendous Wisconsin company," Birmingham said. “The Stein family has built an organization that cares deeply about the customer, its coworkers, and the community. I am proud to lead its continued growth and organizational development." Founded in 1946, Stein Gardens and Gifts is the largest independent garden center in the Midwest.

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