John Dinon, who left the Maumee-based group in September, will be Ohio director of outreach and engagement, a new position for the groups. He will be based in Toledo and will focus on a variety of animal protection issues with an emphasis on supporting humane and sustainable animal agriculture in the state. Mr. Dinon also will provide support for animal protection legislation and work with Ohio’s county humane societies, shelters, and animal welfare agencies.
In addition to serving for four years as executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, Mr. Dinon previously worked at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Mich.
Mr. Dinon received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University, specializing in dairy production. He worked on dairy farms in Michigan, including a research farm at MSU. Mr. Dinon also served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica providing technical assistance to dairy farmers.