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:


Quincy Sweeney, Director of Behavior & Training | Quincy has a lifelong commitment to improving the welfare of animals. Having trained everything from pigs and dogs to hyenas and mountain lions at Moorpark College, Quincy went on to get a Master's degree in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law at the University of Glasgow. She loves her work at the Shelter, where she is able to support healthy relationships between dogs and their owners. When she is not walking and training dogs she is traveling with friends and learning to embroider tapestries. Contact 505-983-4309 X1153, 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 X1232, Email:

Dr Snooke

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

Dr. Kristen Jensen, Staff Veterinarian |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


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


Dr OgberfellDr. 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:


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.


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:


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:



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:



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