June 11, 2013

New Vision, Leadership for Amazon's Only Domestic Animal Charity

NOTE February 21, 2016:  This blog is from June of 2013.  An official blog about Manuela's exciting RETURN to Amazon CARES is forthcoming!!

By Shannon Sullivan

Molly Mednikow, founder of Amazon CARES, is stepping down as the organization’s Executive Director. Replacing her as Executive Director is longtime associate and Amazon CARES team member Manuela Rodrigues. 


Founder Molly Mednikow and Executive Director Manuela Rodrigues.


CARES' founder Molly Mednikow.
Molly had a vision for a domestic animal welfare organization, and nine years later that vision is a reality. Molly explains, "I have dealt with the complicated aspects of setting up an animal charity from scratch in a poorly developed area of the world. I lived in Peru during the initial five years, handling minutia and cleansing kennels to teach my employees what their standards should be. One of my most challenging endeavors was to find and train employees to be sensitive towards animals. This sense of caring is not built into the culture. It is so exciting to turn the leadership over to Manuela, who is better able to see the big picture."


Molly has a B.S. in Political Science and a M.B.A., and will now be attending Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia. She plans to earn a legal degree so that she may be a part of the bigger picture in the prevention of cruelty to animals. Molly will continue to serve on the CARES Board of Directors.


New Amazon CARES Executive Director
Manuela Rodrigues.
Manuela, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has lived in the United States since 2004. Manuela has volunteered her time and skills since she was a teenager, and she has worked with nonprofits in Brazil and South Africa. Manuela first worked as a virtual volunteer for Amazon CARES and over time she has become more involved and a more integral team member. Manuela is a wonderful and skilled member of the Amazon CARES team and we are excited for her new leadership role.


Please join us in welcoming Manuela to her new role as Executive Director of Amazon CARES, as well as wishing Molly great success in her new endeavor! Leave them both a message on our Facebook wall or on Twitter!

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new endeavors Molly.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I know Molly appreciates the support!

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  2. Would you like to be a guest on The Pet Radio Show?
    www.petradioshow.com

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    1. Hi Robert! Please e-mail Manuela with more information. She can be reached at manuela@amazoncares.org

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  3. Congratulations Manuela! I know you will do a fabulous job!!

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  4. Congratulations & best of luck to you Molly, I know you will do a fabulous job too!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! Transitions can be difficult and I know that Molly truly appreciates your support!

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