CUMMING -- The president of the Humane Society of Forsyth County has decided to step down.
Lance White, who has served as president of the nonprofit volunteer organization for nearly four years, said he notified the organization’s board on Sunday that he has accepted a staff position with Angels Among Us, headquartered in Alpharetta.
That organization is another animal rescue group that serves all of north Georgia by using foster homes rather than a physical shelter location.
White will serve as president of Angels Among Us, putting to good use all of the experience he has gained as a local businessman and as president of the Humane Society, which provides the only no-kill animal shelter in the county as well as many other outreach programs.
“With my past experience business-wise since I have Lance’s Jewelry, of course, and also working with an actual shelter and dealing with the animals there, they needed that experience,” he said.
“They also eventually want to open up a thrift store and I was the one who started our thrift store, so I had all the credentials that they needed.”
Mark Schullstrom, who for the past two years has served as vice president of the local humane society, has been named the new president.
“It is impossible to replace someone like Lance with all that he has done for this organization and this community,” Schullstrom said in a statement.
“I look forward to putting into practice all of the things I have learned from him as I take on the challenge of this new role.”
White praised Schullstrom, as well as the other members of the society’s board.
“Mark is going to do a great job,” White said. “And our board of directors … they’re strong and I don’t think they’re going to miss a beat. I think they’re going to continue to save more animals’ lives and just continue right along.”
Prior to serving as its president, White spent a year on the society’s board in a fundraising and membership role. He said he is most proud of two aspects of his tenure.
“Before I came along, 20 years in a row they had adopted out between 400 and 500 animals … this past year it was like 1,500 animals, so three times as much,” he said. "I would have to say that’s my greatest accomplishment because I saved lives.”
He’s also proud of establishing the organization’s thrift store, which he said “means we’re able to have a constant, steady income throughout the year instead of just waiting for big fundraisers.”
“So if you’re talking about something that’s going to save even more lives in the future, my greatest accomplishment would be the thrift store because that’s going to be a constant income,” he said.
In his new position, White said he’s ready to save the lives of even more dogs and cats.
“I’m looking forward to being able to help animals not only in Forsyth County but all over the whole Atlanta area and dealing with the great volunteers of Angels Among Us, which is the reason it is successful today,” he said.