Sherry Mangold, APNM's Educational Outreach Director and Lead Facilitator for the program, is a retired New Mexico schoolteacher and the recipient of a Golden Apple Award for teacher excellence. She serves as APNM's Educational Outreach Director. Ms. Mangold works with both law enforcement and community leaders to instill humane values among young people. She is the developer of The Animal Connection program. She is also an evaluator, facility trainer and therapy dog handler for Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers. Sherry works primarily with greyhounds rescued from the dog racing industry, and uses her own registered dogs in the classroom.
Cindy Wacek, Co-Facilitator, has been a certified K-12 Special Education teacher for over thirty years. Her active involvement, both as a board member and trainer for Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers makes her well qualified to teach humane education. She is also involved with humane organizations in Valencia County, where The Animal Connection curriculum was tested as a pilot program. Ms. Wacek assists in the APNM classroom and community presentations.