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 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, 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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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: 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Dr. Jasmine Olivas, Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian, joined the Clare Eddy Thaw team in August 2019. She is a northern New Mexico native who always knew she wanted to return to the Land of Enchantment to practice. Dr. Olivas received her undergraduate degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013 from Colorado State University. The best part of the job for Dr. Olivas is simply meeting new pets and their guardians; being able to witness and be part of the sacred human-animal bond. Her areas of specific interest are soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery. In her spare time, Dr. Olivas enjoys reading, listening to music, trying new foods, and spending time with her four dogs and family. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Sohaila Jafarian, Thaw Animal Hospital Veterinarian, is a first-generation Iranian who grew up in Texas. She completed her DVM and Masters of Public Health at Kansas State University in 2018. Her MPH project introduced a passion for community-based healthcare and the realization of the lack of community-based interventions in veterinary medicine. After graduation, she went on to a rotating internship with VCA in Albuquerque, NM, gaining valuable clinical experience in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery. After her rotating internship, she had the opportunity to work at the University of Pennsylvania as a Community Medicine Intern. At Penn, she worked with 9 different shelter organizations across the Philadelphia area, all with different missions, focuses, and resources. This was an invaluable experience to see the positive impact of veterinary community medicine in action. She has now returned to New Mexico with aspirations to be a part of creating positive change within the state and taking part in creating broader solutions for our field. Email her at 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. 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