CROW announces new executive director
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and its board of directors have announced that Alison Charney Hussey is the new executive director of the organization as of Jan. 1.
“It was important to us to find someone local who knows what CROW does and what it means to Southwest Florida,” said Paul Ben-Susan, treasurer of CROW’s board of directors. “We wanted to ensure we could find someone that was involved with the community. Through a nine month process and with help from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, we know we have found the right person.”
A graduate of Bishop Verot High School, Hussey was raised in Lee County before attending Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She received undergraduate degrees in English and Business before earning her law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University also in Macon, Georgia. After graduation, she returned home and has been practicing law in the state of Florida for over 20 years.
As a partner at Pavese Law Firm, Hussey represented individual, corporate and governmental clients in a variety of issues including corporate, criminal, family, estate planning, probate, real estate and adoption. She served as the court appointed Attorney Ad Litem in various cases including dissolution of marriage, paternity, domestic violence, dependency and criminal matters. In addition to practicing law, Hussey is a Supreme Court Certified Circuit and Family Mediator.
With almost 20 years as an active Rotarian, Hussey has remained involved in the Southwest Florida community. She is a current member of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and served as Past President of the organization. She is the current Rotary International District 6960 Membership Chair. She has helped organize and lead the club’s fundraisers and projects including the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival, Rotary Golf Tournament, Holidays without Hunger and Club and District scholarship programs.
Hussey’s commitment to the community is not limited to her service as a Rotarian. Her involvement has included P.A.C.E. Center for Girls, St. Francis Xavier School Board, the Cape Coral Community Foundation, Past President of the Pilot Club of Fort Myers, and a founding board member of the Lee County Sheriff Youth Activities League.
“CROW is a fixture in the community and its longevity is a testament to those who have led the organization in the past,” said Hussey. “I am excited for what the future holds. I look forward to helping CROW adapt and grow to become sustainable for the benefit of wildlife and, in the end, the benefit of our local environment and community.”