APNM Board of Directors

Anne Coller, President

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

Anne is a naturalized Canadian citizen from Vancouver. In 2005, she, her husband, and canine companions moved from Texas to Santa Fe, NM. While living in Texas, she served on the Texas Humane Legislation Network Board which is similar to Animal Protection Voters. She lobbied in Austin for four legislative sessions and is completely committed to getting more humane laws enacted in New Mexico. Since 2005, Anne has served as a very active board member for Animal Protection Voters.

Tom Alexander, Secretary

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

Mr. Alexander earned his BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University. After 20 years in training and being in marketing and advertising position for Fortune 500 Companies, he spent 10 years as a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, Tom decided that he wanted to retire in Santa Fe, NM. Since his retirement, he has done volunteer work for many nonprofit organizations to include: Kitchen Angels, Mentoring NM, Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, Espanola Animal Shelter, Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, and the Espanola Wildlife Center. For the last 8 years, along with serving as the Humane Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, Tom has been working on an official event by proclamation of the Governor of New Mexico called New Mexico’s Week for the Animals Task Force. In addition, he also serves advisor on the Shelter Youth Board in partnership between the shelter and the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Youth Program. He has previously served on the board of directors for Kitchen Angels, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, the Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary, and the Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society) and the Lakota Animal Care Project, an effort to address animal neglect and abuse on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Dr. Susan Diaz, Treasurer

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

According to her mother, at the early age of 3, Susan started to develop her concern for the care and advocacy of animals. Since then, she has been committed to speaking and acting for those who cannot do so for themselves. After having lived in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, where she worked as a Social Worker, Susan moved New Mexico to attended the University of New Mexico where she would complete her medical training, in 1999. In 2002, She would also go on to receive additional training at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. Since her training, she has worked in New Mexico for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, has rescued and rehomed many companion animals, supported the work of multiple animal welfare and rescue organizations, and looks forward to continuing to speak and act on behalf of children and animals in the state of New Mexico.

Joan David, Director

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

After originally moving to New Mexico in 2013, Joan decided to plant her permanent roots in Santa Fe in early 2015. Prior to moving to New Mexico Joan lived in Texas where she spent over 30 years devoted to education working as a teacher, licensed specialist in School Psychology, and a Special Education Director. She also volunteered with Shark Research Institute to support the protection of shark populations with a focus on the Whale Shark in particular, showing presentations to the dive clubs. She continues to support the National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network where she found Sheba, her canine companion of 9 years. She, and her partner Michael, recently adopted two wonderful cats from the feral program out of a shelter in Corrales. Since her retirement, she has enjoyed spending her time working with horses (a long-time passion) and volunteering with Equine Spirit Sanctuary where she continues to support the special needs population in equine assisted living activities.


Advisory Board

Robert Shelton

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

In 2009, Robert and his beloved furry friends moved from Houston, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Professionally, he works an investment advisor but his passion outside of work is providing love, care, attention, and assistance to animals. Robert used to own a mobile pet grooming business in Houston, TX where he donated grooming services to the Houston SPCA, rescue groups, and animal shelters, to give the animals a better chance of finding a new home. Robert’s motto is “pets are not spoiled, just deserving,” and he wants to see that all animals in New Mexico get the legal protection, care, and support that they so very much deserve.

Robanne Harrison

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

Since 1987, Robanne has been an active member of Animal Protection of New Mexico with her primary focus on education and international animal rights efforts. She first became convinced of the tremendous need for animal rights on a personal level in 1975 while working on a college art project at a dairy farm in Athens, Georgia. After having moved to New Mexico, Robanne decided to become an activist in her pursuit of animal rights. Currently, she teaches Social Studies and Language Arts at Manzano High School in Albuquerque. She holds an MA in Anthropology with an emphasis on Political and Legal Anthropology.

Kelly McEwen

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192

Kelly is a New Mexico native who attended The University of New Mexico where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing & Finance. In addition, she owned and managed a custom home building corporation with her husband for over 25 years. Kelly currently works for VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center. She travels throughout the state to support the referring community by providing continuing education events, disseminating resource materials on VCA’s various specialty services, and organizing in-clinic presentations by VCA specialists at the referring owner’s practice. Kelly is also involved in many community outreach events and supports many local non-profit groups. She is well traveled and a capable sailor! She enjoys the landscape of the Southwest and spends most of her leisure time hiking and mountain biking with her Border Collie, Mattie, and her Papillion, Ivy. She also has a very lazy cat named Kate Hepburn.



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