Meet a few of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Staff
Jack Hagerman • CEO | As a child, Jack Hagerman founded and operated his own make-shift animal rescue – taking in stray cats, injured birds, and the occasional bunny. Clearly not learning his lesson as an adult, he co-founded a critically endangered livestock conservancy on his farm in the Midwest, where he cared for and rehabilitated more than 400 animals in 17 different critically endangered livestock species. Think Dr. Doolittle meets Noah’s Ark. A native Angeleno, he moved back to LA to pursue an animal welfare career at Pasadena Humane, where he was the Vice President of Operations and Community Engagement. Prior to his work at Pasadena Humane, Jack built successful marketing, communications and community relations programs at some of the largest health care delivery systems in the country including Scripps Health, Cedars-Sinai, and MedStar Health. He and his partner Andrew have two elderly Dachshunds who completely run the household. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1201 Email: email@example.com
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 is also is a great cook. Another friendly companion is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Alumni Paco, the Maine Coon cat who acts like a dog. She also enjoys spending time in the garden, hiking, and skiing and to capturing those times on her camera. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1220 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
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. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1200 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. As Director of Shelter Operations, Dylan provides oversight to the departments involved in the internal care and flow of the shelter animals, including Admissions, Behavior & Training, Animal Care, Adoptions, Volunteers, and New Hope. His favorite time of year is hockey season, and when he’s not at the shelter, he’s hanging with his adorable young son. Dylan has been with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for over ten years. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1240 Email: email@example.com
Deanna Allred • Director of Development | Born and raised in San Diego, CA. Deanna and her four-legged traveling companion, Petey the one-eyed pirate, realized 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, the nonprofit sector, and as a small buiness owner/operator. 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 Fundraising. In her free time, Deanna likes to volunteer, take road trips with Pete, explore great wines and spend time with friends and family. Phone: 505-983-4309 X1232 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Kelly • Human Resources Director|
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Kim lived in Seattle, WA, for 15 years before returning to the warm, sunny southwest. Over her successful career in Human Resources, Kim has worked in manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and at domestic violence organizations. She enjoys helping and serving people and has a passion for the welfare of animals. Kim especially has a soft spot for Doberman Pinschers. In her freetime, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her Doberkid, Legend, and continues to pursue her passion of service to others by volunteering at several nonprofit organizations. Email: email@example.com
Michelle Aceves • CVPM, Hospital Director | Michelle was born and raised in New Mexico and she has always had a passion for the human-animal bond. She majored in Animal Science at NMSU, originally a pre-vet student. She then pursued business and human resources. She received her CVPM certification through the Veterinary Hospital Manager Association. Michelle brings with her over 16 years of experience in the Veterinary Industry. As Hospital Director, Michelle provides oversight to the shelter’s clinic and hospital departments. She has a menagerie of animals at home including dogs, cats, horses, an African grey parrot, and two pot bellied pigs. When not at work she enjoys riding her horses and spending time with her husband and daughters. Email: 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 | Dr. Levin 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, CT. 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 Shorthaired Pointer and Weezie, a Pit Bull. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Debra Diaz • Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian | Dr. 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 it 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! Dr. Diaz says, “My favorite thing about working at Thaw is helping our community . I love the pets I treat, but also love helping pet parents, too!” Email: email@example.com.
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. Phone: 505-474-6422 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the manager at Look What The Cat Dragged In (now named The Cat Santa Fe), the shelter’s resale store. As Public & Business Relations Officer, he is responsible for media and community relations and business growth. He also creates and executes all social media for the shelter’s social media channels reaching over 80,000 followers. Murad’s passion for animals isn’t just at work — he has many “fur babies” at home, who he calls “The Golden Girls.” Murad also produces and co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast titled ‘Pet Chat with Murad & Bobbi.‘ Phone: 505-983-4309 x1139 Email: email@example.com
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. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1128 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Merideth • Creative Manger | Hailing from the fresh coast of Lake Superior in Minnesota, Jamie graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a passion for Journalism. After successfully working for years as a news photographer in Duluth and finally in Albuquerque, she’d decided she’d had enough of the headlines. Going from news to nonprofit allowed her to create high quality videos to help raise funds for the homeless animals of Santa Fe. During her time with the shelter she became an award-winning videographer with ‘Lester’s Story’ and ‘The Dog Bachelor’ which gained national attention. Now, as a Creative Manager, she continues to raise funds and save lives while leading the shelter’s top-notch, in-house marketing team. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1203 Email: email@example.com
Cynthia Resnick-Levine • Adoptions Department Manager |Before taking her position at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Cynthia had never imagined she’d love coming to work every day. With the shelter since 2016, Cynthia has completed hundreds of adoptions – impacting the lives of many homeless animals and making many families complete. She continues to make a difference in the lives of animals and in the lives of our employees, as the Adoptions Manager. She says her commitment to animals is lifelong and that she truly values the shelter’s mission to support animals, save lives and spread compassion. Cynthia says she could not have asked for a better, more fulfilling job. Phone: 505-983-4309 x1240 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Fitzpatrick • New Hope Coordinator |
Sara recently joined the New Hope department after relocating to Santa Fe from Fort Myers, Florida. She has a background in public relations, business administration, and human services, and has worked with numerous nonprofit agencies, including a federal grant project to provide crisis counseling to Hurricane Irma survivors. An award-winning newspaper and magazine writer, Sara has reported on issues such as the environment, criminal justice, and the arts and humanities. She is also a poet whose debut collection was published by the Boston press Nixes Mate in March of 2020. Sara is excited to apply her various talents to achieving the best outcomes for the shelter, the animals we serve, and our community. Phone: 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, PA. 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, and 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. Phone: 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 throughtout the Santa Fe 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. Phone: 505-820-9955 Email: email@example.com