Anne was born in Canada and started her career as a buyer for the Hudson’s Bay Company. In the late 1980s, she moved to Texas and became a U.S. citizen in 2004. While living in Midland, Texas, Anne volunteered for the Midland SPCA. She learned firsthand how important advocacy is in order to break the cycle of animal abuse and neglect. This inspired her to join the board of the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN). Anne lobbied for animal issues as a volunteer in Austin for several years. While serving in Texas, she became aware of APNM as a model of effective animal advocacy. Anne moved to New Mexico in 2005, where she and her husband now share their home with Millie, a mixed-breed dog adopted from a shelter. APNM welcomed Anne to the board in 2008, where she is proud to serve this powerful, full-circle advocacy organization, the only one of its kind in the nation.
Joan, a Texas native, earned an MA in School Psychology from Trinity University, in San Antonio, TX. After a long career serving the needs of special education students and families, she decided to retire in New Mexico. Since retirement, she has devoted herself to helping New Mexico nonprofits, volunteering with organizations such as Equine Spirit Sanctuary (she’s passionate about horses and all equines) and APNM. She shares her home with two rescued cat siblings, Pepe and Fifi, and a lovely Doberman gentleman, Milo. Joan is committed to advocating for animals and has served on the board of APNM since 2015.
Tom, a Texas native, earned a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University. After a career in training, marketing, and advertising for Fortune 500 companies, he decided to retire in Santa Fe. Since then, he has devoted himself to helping nonprofits, volunteering with organizations such as Kitchen Angels, Mentoring New Mexico, Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, The Wildlife Center, PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society), and the Lakota Animal Care Project. Tom is passionate about the welfare and protection of animals in our state and has been proud to serve on the board of Animal Protection New Mexico since 2010.
Dr. Susan Diaz
According to her mother, it was at the age of 3 years old that Susan started to develop deep concern for the care of animals. Ever since, she has been committed to speaking and acting for those who cannot do so for themselves. Susan began her career as a social worker in Massachusetts then moved to New Mexico to work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. She shifted her focus to medicine, attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and went on to become a Board Certified Pediatrician. 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 (including the Philippine Eagle Foundation), and looks forward to continuing to speak and act on behalf of children and animals in the state of New Mexico. She and her husband share their home with two rescued dogs and a pond filled with fish and local toads. Since 2014, she has been proud to serve on the board of APNM.
Andrew J. Rudnick
Andrew Rudnick currently serves as a founding board member and Vice Chair, Social Impact of the Western New York Impact Investment Fund (wnyimpact.com); he also is a member of the Impact Investment Committee at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a board/executive committee member of the Community Foundation of South Alabama.
Rudnick retired as President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in 2013, having served as the regional economic development/”place making” organization’s first chief executive officer since its inception in 1993, and previously having served as CEO of one of the Partnership’s predecessor organizations, the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation. He came to Buffalo from Houston, TX where he was chief operating officer of the Houston Economic Development Council; Director of Rice University’s Urban Planning and Research Center; and Associate Chancellor of the University of Houston. Prior, he served in a variety of positions at the University of Alabama – Assistant Dean of the School of Primary Medical Care, Executive Assistant to the President, and Director of Planning and Research for the University of Alabama System.
In Buffalo, Rudnick was board chair of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and vice chair of Univera Healthcare’s board. He also served as a board member of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, Say Yes Buffalo, SPCA of Erie County, Visit Buffalo (of which he also served as acting president), WNY Economic Development Council and Unshackle Upstate (of which he was a founder). Rudnick also was a director of Dunlop Tire Corporation, board chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (of which he also served as acting executive director), board president of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, and vice chair of the 1993 World University Games.
In Houston, he was board chair of the Houston Arts Council, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Rice Design Alliance, and South Main Center Association. He also was a founding director of the Orange Show Foundation.
Rudnick is a BA graduate of Harvard, has an MBA from Columbia (where he was named a Woodrow Wilson Administrative Fellow), and a PhD from the University of Alabama.