The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is governed by a Board of Directors, each of whom brings a deep commitment to the animals and people of our community.
To contact our Board of Directors, please email email@example.com.
Caren Shiozaki, President
Caren is a native of the Bay Area. After gigs in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Phoenix and Dallas, she landed in Santa Fe in December 2007. She joined the Shelter Board in 2016. In her day job, she’s a Chief Information Officer and e-discovery specialist. She is an ardent advocate for animal welfare, Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM), and girls’ and women’s issues. She is mom to her canine fur-babies, Sparky, who was rescued from the streets of Dallas, and Willoughby, a Santa Fe Animal Shelter alumni.
Mary Mitchell, Vice-President
Mary worked as a major donor consultant in a variety of political, environmental and educational organizations in Washington, DC and New York. In 1998 her husband's job took them to Europe where they lived for 15 years, first in Switzerland, then in England. While in England, Mary earned a diploma in garden design and opened her own landscaping business. She also became a certified Hatha yoga teacher and now teaches at her home studio in Santa Fe. Mary has served on the Board of the Botanical Gardens, and is active in the Hestia Fund, which helps middle school children graduate from high school. Mary has two dogs, and recently adopted a remarkable kitten from the Shelter. Her name is Joni Mitchell.
Kurt Hausafus, Treasurer
Kurt grew up in California, graduated from the University of Washington, and received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University. After a decade as a university professor, he entered the business world with various computer-based information companies in the Boston area, serving roles in product development, marketing and as chief financial officer. Kurt and his wife Anita retired to Santa Fe in 2010, bringing with them their cairn terrier Baylie. Involvement with the Shelter’s volunteer dog walking program led to the adoption of Chaco, a terrier mix. Together Anita and Kurt enjoy cooking and entertaining the wonderful friends they have made over the years.
Robert Basler, Secretary
A retired journalist who roamed the world for three decades with Reuters, Bob moved to Santa Fe in 2012 and joined the Shelter Board in 2013. Before moving here, he lived in New York City, Hong Kong and Washington, DC. Bob went through the Khyber Pass twice, and was annoyed that they didn’t sell souvenir t-shirts. He and his wife, Barbara, live with two dogs and three cats, all of them rescues. Bob enjoys hiking, writing, cooking and just waking up in paradise every morning.
A Midwest native, Sarah has worked professionally as a non-profit director within marketing, development and educational programming and landed here in Santa Fe in 2015. Sarah has been an active volunteer for many organizations devoted to animal welfare, as well as being the creator of the first national animal adoption website for animal shelters and rescue organizations in the 1990's. In addition to her work and volunteering within non-profits, Sarah is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is an active practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Sarah has a remarkable shelter lab mix and a feisty orange tabby, also from the shelter.
Holly Koehler grew up in Michigan and received two masters degrees from School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington. She then lived in Washington D.C for 15 years where Holly worked for the U.S. Department of State on international oceans and fisheries conservation and management. Her career in marine conservation took her around the globe from Oceania to Europe negotiating international treaties, measures and instruments for tunas, deep sea fisheries and habitats, sea turtles and to combat illegal fisheries activities. Holly moved here in 2012 when her husband Matt’s job was transferred to Santa Fe. Since 2014, Holly has been the Vice President for Policy and Outreach for the non-profit International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. Holly and Matt have 3 dogs (two are Shelter alums) and a cat, all rescues. Holly enjoys volunteering at the Shelter in dog and cat socialization and clinic work. Matt and Holly also volunteer at Feeding Santa Fe, and enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, cooking and exploring the West.
Dr. Jennifer Steketee, Shelter Executive Director
Born and raised in Oregon, Jennifer attended veterinary school in Oregon and Washington State, graduating in 1997. She has worked since then both in the public and private veterinary sectors, finding her true passion in shelter medicine. Moving from Medical Director to Executive Director in late 2016, she brings us a wealth of knowledge in many areas of animal sheltering, devoted to making sure 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, skiing, or hanging out with her 2 dogs and 4 cats.