Ben Henderson has been hired as the new Watauga Humane Society Director of of Development and Community Relations.

The Watauga Democrat reports Henderson has 20 years of experience in public health and operated Bare Essentials Natural Market – now Be Natural Market – from 1997 to 2016.

Henderson’s responsibilities include helping the organization develop, monitor and evaluate its strategic plan, ensure that transparency is maintained and grow the organization’s financial support base.

He will also represent the Humane Society in the community to advance the organization’s role and reputation as a pet resource center, and will oversee the organization’s communications strategies, policies and procedures.