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Staff and Board of Directors

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Chair

Robert Ochoa

Vice Chair
Mary Stefl, Ph.D.

Treasurer
Cathy Ritter

Secretary
Kathy Zeltmann

Ron Bartnett
Rich Braune
Terry Brechtel
Lynnell Burkett
Richard Burr, Ph.D.
Rosie Chavez
Dina Cole
Alexis Elliott-Stabler
Christian Ledoux
Charles Marino
Beth Morgan
Denise Pride-Elliott, M.D.
Ann Reeder
Jessica Flynn Saldana
Hilary Saunders
Aleida Villarreal
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Staff
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Nancy F. May
President/CEO
Contact Nancy

  • Works with the Board of Directors and helps determine the SA Humane values, mission, vision, and short and long term goals
  • Monitors development and implementation of standards, controls, systems, and procedures of SA Humane programs and services
  • Regularly evaluates SA Humane programs and services to ensure quality and organizational stability
  • Supervises and assures adequate control of SA Humane fiscal activities including budgeting, reporting, and auditing
  • Meets with donors, clients, volunteers, and the community to foster lasting relationships centered on bettering animal welfare
  • Assures awareness and response to community needs and helps generate community involvement
  • Guarantees a donor-centered organization through comprehensive relationship-building programs focused on loyalty and philanthropy

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Lina Eklöf
Director of Operations

  • Manages and coordinates shelter operations
  • Ensures organizational efficiency by organizing, planning and supervising the programs related to the operation of the adoption center, surgical department, receiving department, and animal care department
  • Responsible for the well being and humane treatment of animals on and off site
  • Supervises building and ground maintenance, purchases supplies and equipment and is responsible for proper maintenance and use of equipment
  • Acts as liaison with cooperative veterinary programs
  • Coordinates cooperative programs with other agencies
  • Oversees customer service
  • Safety Manager
  • Plans, coordinates and implements new projects in regards to shelter operations
  • Provides and ensures staff training and development

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Kim Hinze

Director of Community Engagement
Contact Kim

  • General oversight of agency’s fund raising activities
  • Supervises the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all contributions and gifts
  • Coordinates all grant writing strategies
  • Responsible for creation of direct mail solicitations
  • Manages development, public relations, humane education and volunteer.
  • Inform the public about animal related issues (adoption, spay/neuter, micro-chipping, overpopulation problem) through various media outlets and/or social networking sites.

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Dr. Kristine Hawkins, DVM

Chief Veterinarian

  • Supervision of the entire medical department, including the surgical staff and animal health staff
  • Spay/neuter of shelter and public clinic animals, additional surgeries as required for shelter animals
  • Medical evaluation and treatment of sick/injured shelter animals, development of individual treatment plans to facilitate adoption
  • Education of staff and general public about pertinent animal health and welfare issues
  • Development and implementation of medical protocols pertaining to shelter animals including preventative medicine, treatment of illness and injuries; ensure staff compliance to protcols
  • Be a liason between other veterinarians and animal health professionals in and around the area
  • Ultimately ensures the health and well being of all shelter animals under our care

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Sabrina Fowler

Director of Human Resources
Contact Sabrina

  • Directs the planning, development, implementation, administration and budgeting of all the HR functions of the organization
  • Manages hiring, interviewing, employment, recruitment, employment relations, compensation, benefits and organizational development
  • Develops and drive creative HR initiatives and activities to include event planning
  • Advises organization management in HR policies, employee performance and other program matters
  • Manages the maintenance and compliance of all laws and regulations pertaining to DOL, OSHA, EEOC, FMLA, Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment
  • Establishes and maintain all payroll, personnel and department records and reports
  • Supervises HR Coordinators

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Richard Lee

Controller

  • Manage the San Antonio Humane Society’s accounting department providing information, primarily financial in nature, about all company activities that will assist management, its board members and other users in making educated economic decisions about the SAHS’s future
  • Oversee’s the activities of the accounting department for the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports
  • Ensure the accurate and timely processing and management of all accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Establishes and maintains systems and controls that verify the integrity of all systems, processes and data, and enhance the company’s value
  • Assure’s corporate income tax compliance to assure the accurate and timely completion of all corporate income tax returns taking full advantage of all favorable tax codes

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Elaina Henderson
Accountant

  • Assists in preparing financial statements for all asset, liability, and capital accounts on a timely basis by compiling and analyzing information from departments and the general ledger system
  • Performs monthly and end of year closing activities including reconciliation of business accounts consisting of bank statements, credit card, benefits, allocations, accrual entries, among others
  • Other accounting functions include: recording of daily deposits and cash receipts, preparing invoices, processing accounts payable checks and ACH payments on a weekly basis
  • Answer financial and accounting questions by researching information and interpreting data
  • Ensures all tax forms are correct and have been filed to the required authorities on time (including sales tax reporting, 1099, 1096), among others

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Jeannell Davila
Accountant

  • Assists in preparing financial statements for all asset, liability, and capital accounts on a timely basis by compiling and analyzing information from departments and the general ledger system
  • Performs monthly and end of year closing activities including reconciliation of business accounts consisting of bank statements, credit card, benefits, allocations, accrual entries, among others
  • Other accounting functions include: recording of daily deposits and cash receipts, preparing invoices, processing accounts payable checks and ACH payments on a weekly basis
  • Answer financial and accounting questions by researching information and interpreting data
  • Ensures all tax forms are correct and have been filed to the required authorities on time (including sales tax reporting, 1099, 1096), among others

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Dr. Leslie Hopes, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Associate Veterinarian

  • Monitoring the health of all animals at the shelter
  • Examination and treatment of sick/injured animals under our care
  • Spay/Neuter animals coming through the shelter for adoption
  • Education of staff and public in the area of animal health and welfare

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Amanda S. Preczewski, DVM, MPH
Associate Veterinarian

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Natasha Hernandez
Medical Director

  • Responsible for clinic, surgery and foster supervisors, transfer/intake, veterinary assistants and front desk staff
  • In charge of the day-to-day operations for the medical facilities and support the SAHS in ensuring the overall financial and emotional health of the organization, as well as supporting that the organization is meeting its goals and mission

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Chrissy Martinez – Transfer & Intake Supervisor, Brandy Kirchens – Transfer/Intake Assistant

The Transfer and Intake team determines the shelter’s adoptable animal vacancy and works with other shelters, rescues, and the public to fill adoptable pet space. They are responsible for documenting and evaluating the health status and temperament of the animals prior to intake. For more information about shelter intake, please click here!

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Gabriel Gwyn – Human Resources Coordinator

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Jennifer Jimenez – Human Resources Coordinator

The Human Resources Coordinators provide administrative support to the Director of Human Resources and the President/CEO on all personnel matters. Responsible for assisting with all HR related topics to include processing payroll.

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From Left: Kayla Pastrano – Foster Technician, Daniel Taylor – Foster Supervisor, Illiana Arredondo – Foster Technician

The foster team supervises and executes the SAHS foster program, which consists of a network of volunteers whose purpose is to care for shelter animals outside the shelter in designated situations. For more information about joining our foster team, please click here!

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From Left: Yvonne Honorato – Training Technician, Hannah Barrera – Enrichment and Training Supervisor, Janet Stacy – Enrichment Technician, Sarah Serrano – Enrichment Technician

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Chris Rives – Facilities Maintenance Technician
Joseph “Rocco” Roccotagliata – Maintenance Coordinator
Samantha Molina – Assistant Kennel Supervisor
Wanda Mitchell – Kennel Supervisor
Diana Hernandez – Adoption Supervisor

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Back (standing): Andrea Mancillas – Development Associate, Nicole Dearstine – Humane Educator, Mikael Persson – Multimedia Manager, Sarah Rihn – Volunteer Supervisor, Chelsea Contreras – Graphic Design Associate, Hannah Oliviero – Outreach Assistant, Jenna Elizondo – Humane Educator
Front: Linda Lankford – Development Database Associate, Lucia Almanza – Public Relations Manager

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The SA Humane Society performs spay/neuter surgery on approximately 20,000 animals per year with a handful of dedicated veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, volunteers, and Associate Veterinarians working as a unified team under our Chief Veterinarian. These hardworking individuals work constantly against the struggle with San Antonio’s pet overpopulation. For more information about spay/neuter please click here!

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The SA Humane Society employs part-time and full-time veterinary technicians to help in the care of our animals. They are responsible for documenting and evaluating the health status and temperament of the animals in our care. This includes providing appropriate medical care and screening of all incoming and adopted animals.

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The SA Humane Society employs part-time and full-time veterinary assistants to help in the daily care and upkeep of our shelter animals. They are responsible for maintaining a clean and stress-free environment for all animals during their stay in the medical building.

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The medical front desk team works collaboratively with all individuals in the shelter to help serve the public and facilitate the smooth flow of intake, surgery, and wellness clinics. They are responsible for data entry, public education, and monetary interactions.

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The SA Humane Society employs part-time and full-time adoption counselors/customer service representatives to help in the care of our animals. They are responsible for preparing pets and their paperwork for adoption, providing accurate information and friendly service to the public, and screening potential pet adopters.

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The SA Humane Society employs part-time and full-time kennel technicians to help in the care of our animals. They are responsible for general care and maintenance of the shelter animals. This includes feeding, cleaning, disinfecting and grooming. They also assist in the process of introducing potential pet adopters to the many pets.

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The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952. The SAHS shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates thousands of dogs and cats every year.

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