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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Moore, Director of Finances|Born and raised in Sweden, Linda came to New Mexico in 2001. Sweden to New Mexico – how did that happen? Well, before moving to New Mexico she worked on a luxury cruise ship as stewardess and got a snapshot of the world in addition to making new friends. New relationships brought her to Jackson Hole, WY for a summer job on a dude ranch before coming to New Mexico. After a few years of working for a public accounting firm she decided to attend the University of New Mexico where she earned her degree of Bachelor Degree of Business Administration. After finishing college Linda earned her Certified Public Accountant license and returned to public accounting as an auditor for a couple of years. Before joining the Shelter, Linda also worked as controller for a local community bank in Santa Fe. Linda is happy to now be part of the Shelter team and such a great mission. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her fiancée, Dave who in addition to being a massage therapist also is a great cook. Another friendly companion is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Alumni Paco, the Maine coon cat that acts like a dog. She also enjoys spending time in the garden, hiking, skiing and to capture those times on her camera. Contact: 505-983-4309 x1220 Email: email@example.com
Dr. Kristen Jensen, Medical Director |Dr. Kristen Jensen joined the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in early 2019. She graduated veterinary school in 2003 from Cornell University. Kristen was boarded in Canine and Feline Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2010. Dr. Jensen worked in Key West, FL at a general practice and with the Florida Keys SPCA. She also spent time in Santa Fe as an emergency clinician. She has volunteered her veterinary services for relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, taught surgical techniques to veterinary students in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Bolivia, and volunteered for several different non profits including the ASPCA and Animal Balance. For the past few years, she headed a large spay/neuter campaign in American Samoa as the territorial veterinarian. Kristen is very happy to move back to New Mexico with her three rescue dogs to be part of the wonderful team at SFAS. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Gonzalez, Director of Admissions & Community Outreach| 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: email@example.com
Dylan Moore, Director of Shelter Operations | 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 X1232, Email: email@example.com
Michelle Aceves, CVPM, Hospital Director | Michelle was born and raised in New Mexico. She majored in Animal Science at NMSU originally a pre-vet student. She then finished a couple of Human Resources and accounting degrees. She received her Certification as Veterinary Practice Manager through the Veterinary Hospital Manager Association. Michelle brings with her over 12 years of experience as a Veterinary Practice Manager. She has a menagerie of animals at home including dogs, cats, horses, an African grey parrot, and a pot bellied pig. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenage daughters. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
Dr. Kellie Levin, Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian, received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she majored in Animal Science. She went on to receive her DVM from Ross University. Immediately after graduating from Ross, she spent almost a year in London, England studying for her Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and working in a small animal practice. Prior to working at Thaw Animal Hospital, Dr. Levin worked in the towns of Greenwich, Bridgeport and Norwalk, Connecticut. In addition to treating cats and dogs, her interests include treating pocket pets, especially ferrets and rats. She even performed surgery on her own goldfish! When not working, Dr. Levin spends time with her rescue dogs Frances, a German Short-haired Pointer and Weezie, a pit bull. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jillian Dougherty, Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian, joined our team in May 2021 after almost 13 years in private practice and several years in Emergency Medicine, with both a small animal and equine emphasis. Jillian is from Lafayette, LA but spent many years in Texas, Mississippi, and Montana before finding her forever home in Glorieta, NM. She received her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M in Animal Science, a Master of Science in Equine Nutrition, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University. Her outside interests include gardening, cooking, karate, painting, trail running, hiking, horseback riding, and skiing. Jillian and her husband Tab share their home with their Malamute (Adele), cats (Zen and The Dude), and horses (Doc and Sherpa).
Dr. Debra Diaz is a native of MIssissippi and a 1998 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She started her career as an equine practitioner in Texas. She has been working as a small animal general and emergency practitioner since 2002. She fell in love with Santa Fe and made this her home in 2018. Currently, Dr. Diaz shares her home with two horses, three dogs and two human children. When not at work, you can mostly find her running her kids around town to all of their events. She is also a huge fan of the St. Michael’s Horsemen!
My favorite thing about working at Thaw is helping our community. I love the pets I treat but also love helping pet parents too!
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: email@example.com
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 pursue 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 MKirdar@Sfhumanesociety.org
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.
Carrie Gaston, Volunteer Coordinator | Inspired by the connections she developed with animals as a child in the Midwest, Carrie has committed to a professional life in the pet care industry. While her Master’s in Human Services created a foundation for human relationships from an empathetic perspective, her real-world experience in small business ownership and non-profit work was centered around animals. As the Volunteer Coordinator, she is now able to unite her experience in the industry with her passion for collaboration and the betterment of animals and people alike.
Contact: 505-983-4309 x1128 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney Emerson, New Hope Coordinator
Born and raised in New Mexico, Sydney attended college at The University of New Mexico and graduated with a degree in Communications. After graduating and adopting her dog, she realized how much she loves animals and pursued a career in the animal welfare world. Sydney is so happy to be a part of an organization that helps save animal lives in New Mexico. Sydney also enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Ginny. Contact: 505-983-4309 X1270, Email: email@example.com
Tom 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: 505-988-8980. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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