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.
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Sheila Vaughn • Chair

Sheila is a native of Illinois, but spent most of her adult life in Southern California. After receiving her Ph.D. in psychology, she had a private practice and taught at UC Irvine for 20 years. Since moving to Santa Fe 10 years ago, Sheila has continued her private practice and does consultation with couples in the collaborative divorce process. In her free time, when not being trained by her flat-coated retriever, she does volunteer work, reads, hikes and looks forward to post-pandemic movie-going and traveling.

Mary Mitchell • Vice Chair

Mary worked as a major donor consultant in a variety of political, environmental and education 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, opened her own landscaping business and became a certified Hatha yoga teacher. She presently teaches classes at her home studio in Santa Fe. Upon moving here, Mary became involved with the newly created Santa Fe Botanical Garden and was asked to serve on its Board. At the SFAS, Mary enjoys fostering animals and working in recovery at the clinic. She has four shelter alumni at home who fill her days with joy.

Elizabeth Rice • Treasurer

Elizabeth has lived in Santa Fe since 1977 and has served on many boards including Girls’ Inc, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary. Her background in nonprofit experience as well as strategic planning, policy development and finance will benefit our board going forward. Elizabeth has a big dog named Bear.

Diana Brown • Secretary

Diana grew up in Minneapolis, lived primarily in Los Angeles, and retired full time to Santa Fe with her husband and three rescue dogs in 2020 after having lived here part-time for almost 15 years. 

Diana received a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and a JD from the University of Michigan. Prior to her retirement, Diana practiced health care law in San Diego and Los Angeles. 

Diana enjoys hiking, traveling throughout the Southwest and learning to play tennis. 

Gretchen Walther

Gretchen began to visit Santa Fe as a young girl when her father moved here and opened his law practice in 1983.  Santa Fe captured her heart and she spent her childhood exploring Santa Fe’s historic architecture, native American culture and art, and the forests of the Sangre de Christos.

Gretchen was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   After 2 years of college abroad in Switzerland, Gretchen finished her undergraduate education at New York University. Gretchen remained in New York for law school and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1997. After graduating from law school, Gretchen followed her heart to New Mexico and began her legal career. Gretchen combined forces with her father David Walther and for many years they ran a pre-eminent divorce and family law firm with offices in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

25 years later Gretchen decided to close the doors of her law practice and pursue a career in real estate with her partner Mary Guzman.  The Guzman & Walther Real Estate Group work with Sotheby’s International Realty of Santa Fe and their favorite team members are their Golden Retriever “Bruno Mars”, their Boston Terrier “Gus” and their kitty “Hucklberry Finn”.  Gretchen brings the passions she developed in her legal career to being a real estate broker – developing personal connections with people, negotiating win-win deals, creative problem solving and helping people meet their goals and dreams.

William “Bill” Feinberg

Bill is the President of Dorsar Investment Partners and related entities, a diversified investment holding company primarily focusing on various types of private capital / equity, real estate, and other alternative asset classes. Bill is responsible for all aspects of running Dorsar including sourcing and performing due diligence on new investments, financial and analysis and reporting, shareholder relations, estate planning, accounting, and tax / audit. Bill joined Dorsar in 2008. Prior to Dorsar, Bill held various positions at Washington Mutual Bank in Seattle, WA, Staenberg Venture Partners, for Microsoft Corp and for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

In addition to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Bill currently serves on the boards of the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico (as chair), and Communities in Schools of New Mexico. He is also a member of the finance and endowment committees at Rio Grande School.

Bill has a B.A. in political science and minor in Spanish from Skidmore College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University focusing on finance and strategy. Bill resides in Santa Fe, NM with his wife Ariana, their 2 sons Noah (14) and Max (11) and their dog Willy Bear.

Kris Michaelis

Kris and her husband, Kenny Goldstein, moved to Santa Fe from Walnut Creek, CA in 2002 and have loved the NM culture, outdoor activities, community engagement and philantropic activities ever since.

A retired human resource and organization development consultant, she has worked as a volunteer and/or board member for Challenge New Mexico, Assistance Dogs of the West, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, Alliance for Gun Violence Solutions and the Santa Fe Branch of the NAACP. She has effectively lobbied the NM legislature in the areas of social, health and housing equity, sexual harassment investigations by independent parties and  now for minimizing gun violence through reasonable gun access laws. In her spare time she often volunteers for ADW, socializing dogs in training to become service dogs, hiking (often with them) and working on her art. Love of animals, especially dogs, has been a part of her life since she was five when her family owned an English Springer Spaniel known for killing water moccasins (of all things!) at her family’s farm in south central Alabama. She and Kenny had a Santa Fe Animal Shelter adoptee, Sidney, a black Lab rescued near Edgewood, for 12 years.

Caren Shiozaki • Interim CEO

Caren is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s worked in corporate executive roles that have taken her to Hong Kong, Phoenix and Dallas before landing in Santa Fe in 2008. She’s supported animal welfare organizations in all of those places, and others, along the way. From childhood, Caren has always had rescue dogs; her current fur baby is SFAS alum, Willoughby. Caren has served on a number of boards, both for and not for profit. She is a long time volunteer, donor and Board Chair Emeritus of SFAS. The Board is pleased that she was able to step in quickly to help them bridge the gap to finding a permanent CEO.