Snake River Animal Shelter Announces New Executive Director

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Snake River Animal Shelter (SARS) has hired Michelle Ziel-Dingman as the organization’s new executive director.

Ziel-Dingman was most recently vice president of marketing and operations for Blue Phoenix Branding and led event planning and development activities for Community Food Basket Idaho Falls.

She has held senior marketing positions for Ball Ventures/Snake River Landing, Grand Teton Mall, and Artcore Visual Studio and served as executive director of the Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation (now College of Eastern Idaho).

Ziel-Dingman is passionate about saving animal lives and encouraging others to adopt and foster animals in need. She owns two adopted dogs, including one from the Snake River Animal Shelter.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my story of how adopting animals has personally changed my life and to continue our high level of care for the animals that live in the shelter environment,” Ziel-Dingman said.

A 25-year resident of Idaho, Ziel-Dingman was elected to her second term on the Idaho Falls City Council in 2019 and was recently elected to her second 2-year term as council president. ZielDingman’s other community service endeavors include service as president of the Civitan Club of Idaho Falls and on the boards of Community Youth in Action (CYA) and the Community Food Basket Idaho Falls.

“The Snake River Animal Shelter Board of Directors is thrilled with Michelle’s leadership, fundraising expertise, and passion for animals to ensure a strong future for our non-profit organization,” said Board Chair Christine Wiersma.

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