Meet a few of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Staff


Dr. Jennifer Steketee, Executive Director | Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Steketee attended vet school in Oregon and Washington state. As director, she brings us a wealth of knowledge in many areas of animal sheltering so that our animal population receives the highest level of care possible. When she’s not busy with her life-saving work at the shelter, she’s mountain biking, hiking and skiing. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1201 Email:


Laura Parker, Director of Finances| Laura grew in the Midwest, attended college at Oklahoma State and earned her Master’s of Business Administration at The University of New Mexico. She has lived in New Mexico for 30 years and has been doing income taxes in public accounting since 1994. She served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2016. She has two Shelter cats, Marshall and Oscar and may be looking for the perfect dog to join her group. When not working, she enjoys quilting, college football and traveling. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1220 Email:


Dr. Sara Lewis, Medical Director| Born and raised in Minnesota, Sara has lived all over the country. After a career in Fine Arts, Sara was inspired to give back and began as a volunteer at the Shelter. She was hired at the clinic, where she fell in love with the shelter environment and thus began her love affair with veterinary medicine and, in particular, shelter medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and decided to return to the place that inspired it all – the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. When she’s not busy in the clinic, Sara enjoys hiking, snowboarding, travel and making art. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1370. Email:

Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez, Receiving & Licensing Director| Shortly after completing a degree in Criminal Justice, Monica realized she preferred to work with animals. She now manages the Admissions department and licensing programs. Monica and her team work endlessly to reunite lost pets with their owners. She says experiencing that moment when a family is reunited with their lost pet keeps her coming to work every day. Monica enjoys a good boxing match, football and cooking. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1200 Email:

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Dylan Moore, Director of Adoptions | Born in Missouri, Dylan has lived throughout the East Coast. With a degree in psychology, he spent 14 years doing social work. Dylan now oversees our Adoptions building and staff, ensuring we make the best matches possible. His favorite time of year is hockey season, and when he’s not at the Shelter, he’s hanging with his adorable young son. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1240 Email:


Emily Burlingame, Co-Director of Behavior & Training | Emily is a Companion Animal Behavior & Training Specialist with more than 15 years of professional experience working with and training a variety of animals. Before moving to Santa Fe, Emily worked as a trainer and operations supervisor for a private daycare and training center in California’s Silicon Valley, as well as many other animal-related jobs there. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Animal Behavior where she studied under the renowned Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin. Emily has been Certified Professional Dog Trainer for over 12 years, is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified CGC Evaluator, contributing writer to Bay Woof magazine, and attends training and behavior conferences regularly across the country. When she is not at work, she likes to spend time hiking on mountain trails with her retriever-husky mixed breed Zuni and her German Shepherd mix Kona. Contact 505-983-4309 x1153 Email:

Brittany Linkenheimer, Co-Director of Behavior & Training | Raised outside the Philadelphia area, Brittany has lived all over the country and even received her undergraduate degree right here in New Mexico! After spending 10 years in customer service and sales, she decided to switch gears and follow her passion for animals. She received her Canine Training and Behavior Specialist certification from Starmark Academy located outside Austin, Texas, and also received her KPA-CT certification from Karen Pryor Academy. With Brittany’s diverse experience with animal training coupled with her customer service background she brings a unique perspective to both our animals and our staff. If Brittany isn’t at the shelter you can find her skiing, hiking, or enjoying a cold beer at one of the local breweries. Contact 505-983-4309 x1153 Email:


Solange Del Arco, Director of Public Clinics | Born in Uruguay but raised in New York City, Solange settled in Los Angeles after completing a degree in Biology from UCLA. She found her passion for veterinary medicine because of her beloved cat Simba. As Director of Public Clinics for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Solange’s many years of veterinary experience are perfectly suited to ensure every pet guardian in Northern New Mexico has access to quality affordable veterinary care for their beloved furry friends.
Contact: 505-983-4309 x1330 Email:

Deanna Allred, Director of Development 
| Born and raised in San Diego, California. Deanna and her four-legged traveling companion, Petey the one-eyed pirate, are realizing their dream of living in Santa Fe. Deanna has been visiting the “City Different” for the past 25 years. She comes to us by way of Portland, OR where she worked, lived and played for 16 years.

Deanna has enjoyed working in the financial/banking world, as a small business owner/operator and the nonprofit sector.
Deanna received her CFP designation from the College of Financial Planning, Denver, Co and  graduated from Portland State/WVDO with a Professional Certification in Nonprofit Fund Raising.
In her free time, Deanna likes to volunteer, road trips with Pete, exploring great wines and time with friends and family.  Contact: 505-983-4309 X 1232, Email:

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Dr. Rick Snook, Shelter Veterinarian | Born and raised in Colorado, Dr. Snook received his B.S. and DVM from Colorado State University. He soon developed a strong interest in surgery, and has since focused on orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. After 19 years in private practice, our animals are lucky to have him on our staff full-time. Contact 505-983-4309 x1370 Email:

Dr. Michelle Salob, Shelter Veterinarian|Michelle, a longtime vegan and animal advocate, is originally from New York but has lived throughout the U.S. After a rewarding career in human medicine serving primarily homeless youth and adults, Michelle decided to pursue a veterinary degree. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University where she focused on shelter medicine and behavior. Michelle also completed a yearlong internship in shelter medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. In her free time, Michelle is a seeing eye human for her dog Stanley Mortimer, who enjoys exploring the sounds smells, and textures of the incredible New Mexico landscape. Email:

Dr. Kamilla Shmakalova, Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian|Dr. Kamila Shmakalova, also known as “Dr. K,” is a full time veterinarian at Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital. Dr. K was born in Russia and moved to the states as a child. She grew up in NYC, where she received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and graduated Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 with a passion for shelter medicine and small animal general practice. Dr. K moved to New Mexico after graduation and shortly after joined Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Dr. K’s professional interests include emergency medicine, surgery and helping strengthen the human-animal bond through client education. Dr. K sees cats, dogs and sometimes exotics. In her spare time, Dr. K enjoys spending time with her dog and two cats. Email her at or

Dr. Sarah Sirica, Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian|Sarah, a Virginia native, is passionate about animal welfare and the One Health Concept, which is an integrative effort of multiple disciplines to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. She received her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College in Harrisonburg, Va., and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master’s in Public Health from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She loves to read, run and hike and is excited to be in Santa Fe with her husband and two cats. Email her at

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Dr. J. Tod Obergfell, Spay/Neuter Clinic Veterinarian | Dr. Obergfell was born and raised in Western Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University, he worked in private practice in Denver until 1995. The serene landscape of Santa Fe lured him in, allowing the Santa Fe Animal Shelter to gain another skilled and passionate veterinarian. Tod is now our veterinarian at our south-side clinic, performing quality spay/neuter and vaccinations for our community at an affordable price. Contact: 505-474-6422 Email:

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Anne Stein, Lead Shelter Technician | Born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Anne has always been passionate about animal welfare and obtained a degree in veterinary technology in Illinois.  She has a soft spot for senior animals and has a long foster history to reflect this. After a short hiatus in Utah, Anne found her way back to the Shelter. She is excited to be here and ready to jump in and use her nursing skills to help any sick or injured animal that may come through our doors. While not at work, Anne enjoys hiking, travel and baseball (go White Sox!). Reach her at

Murad Kirdar, Public & Business Relations Officer | After a 20-year career in media and marketing within the TV industry, Murad moved to Santa Fe, allowing him to purse his passion for animal welfare. During this second career as an animal-welfare advocate, Murad has been a volunteer, an adoption counselor and most recently, the manager at Look What The Cat Dragged In, the shelter’s resale store. As Public & Business Relations Officer, he is responsible for media and community relations, as well as, business growth for the shelter. Murad’s passion for animals isn’t just at work — he has many “fur babies” at home and enjoys taking them on hikes around Santa Fe. Email him at


Steve Herrera, Facilities Manager | Hailing from Taos, Steve has lived all over the world during his days in the military. With years of facilities management under his belt, Steve is one of the most seasoned maintenance supervisors around. He now keeps our facility in top-top shape at all times. But Steve says the favorite part of his day is being able to greet all of the animals when he first arrives at work. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1260 Email:



Chelsea Gregg, New Hope Coordinator | Chelsea grew up in Colorado but spent several years living in sunny Hawaii, where she worked for the Girl Scouts of Hawaii as the after-school program leader. She’s also spent a good amount of time volunteering at the Hawaiian animal shelter, so when life brought her to Santa Fe, applying for a job with us was a no-brainer. She now oversees our foster program and works with other shelters and rescues to transfer animals in and out. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1270 Email:


Devin White, Volunteer Coordinator/Critter Camp Director | A born and raised a Midwesterner, Devin received his Interpersonal Communication degree from Kent State before making his way out West. Since graduating, Devin spent over four years training and recruiting volunteers to teach at after school programs. Devin makes sure our volunteer program runs like a well-oiled machine, and also runs our Critter Camp program, teaching children the importance of humane education. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1128 Email:



Melissa Marquez, Graphic Designer | A native of New Mexico, Melissa graduated with a degree in Media Arts from New Mexico Highlands University. She is now our go-to-gal for any designs needed for print or web materials and works closely with our development team to brainstorm ideas and implement them into designs. Her favorite part of the job is knowing that all of our efforts go towards saving as many lives as possible. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1282 Email:

TomTom Alexander, Humane Education Coordinator | Hailing from Texas, Tom graduated from Texas A&M and spent his business career in Philadelphia. In 2000, he retired to gorgeous Santa Fe. As the Humane Education Coordinator for the shelter, Tom works hard to educate young people in our community. He knows that if spay/neuter efforts are going to grow if animal abuse and neglect is going to be reduced, it has to begin in the hearts and minds of New Mexico’s young people. Contact: 


Sue Burnham, Pet Outreach Coordinator | A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Sue has been volunteering with our Pet Outreach program since 2002. Sue now leads the program, working to establish and promote therapy dog programs across our community. Helping kids to read, spending time with the elderly, and visiting folks in the hospital are just a few things that make Sue’s job a rewarding one. She loves making Santa Fe a better place for folks who need an extra smile in their day. Contact: 505-820-9955