New TAILS official brings business background

DeKALB – Tom Van Winkle is the new associate executive director for development and community outreach at TAILS Humane Society. He comes from the Animal Care League in Oak Park, where he was executive director for eight years.

Van Winkle has a background in mathematics and finance, with expertise in internal auditing and risk management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an MBA.

After 14 years in corporate America, first in banking and then at Caterpillar Inc., Van Winkle decided to follow his passion for animal welfare and, in 2005, accepted the executive director position at the Animal Care League.

At TAILS, Van Winkle will focus on building individual donor and corporate partnerships, expanding the organization’s reach, and developing and implementing a sustainable fundraising plan.