June 9, 2017

TAOS, NEW MEXICO — The Board of Directors of The Humane Society of Taos, Inc., dba Stray Hearts Animal Shelter™ announced their new Board Officers.

Barbara Ann Downs vanCalsem will serve as the Board President, Jay Prunty as the Vice President, Kay Kimmel as Board Treasurer and Donna Storch as the Secretary. Raquela Moncada Cowan will serve as the Assistant Secretary.

Barbara Ann, Raquela, Kay and Donna are all long time volunteers with Stray Hearts. “Barbara Ann’s volunteer experience with Stray Hearts has included driving dog transfers. Her leadership and entrepreneurial experience has provided invaluable experience with fundraising events and programs,” stated outgoing President Pam Miller. “She relocated to Taos from New Orleans and her background as a small business owner and talented artist make her an excellent choice to take over now that my term is up,” added Miller.

“Raquela joined the board in March and has long been a dog walker. She uses her photography skills to ensure beautiful photos of the shelter animals are available for the website and the Pet Page, donated monthly by the Taos News. Raquela’s hands-on involvement as a driver for the dog transfer program and many of the annual fundraising events at Stray Hearts is a huge benefit to the organization,” said Miller.

Donna Storch joined the Board last October. “Donna’s many years of broad experience across many industries, along with her years of active coordination with other shelters, rescues for transfer of animals and transport adds a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors Executive Committee,” said Jennifer Gfeller, Executive Director.  “We appreciate her willingness to serve as an officer and look forward to benefitting from her judgment and counsel.”

Kay Kimmel joined the Board in November 2016. “Kay created the name, ‘Stray Hearts’. She is a long time volunteer who spends time working with the feral and shy dogs that require a lot of special attention to help them advance in their behavior in order to become adoptable dogs. Kay’s background in accounting and business (she is a retired CPA) will be a tremendous asset to the organization in her new officer position of Treasurer,” stated Miller.

Jay Prunty is a retired Silicon Valley procurement professional who joined the Board in 2015 and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Taos Chamber of Commerce.

All four officers were elected during the Stray Hearts regular meeting held in April 2017.

The Humane Society of Taos, Inc., dba Stray Hearts Animal Shelter™, is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to interim compassionate and humane care for lost and abandoned canines and felines. Our goal is to provide a safe, secure and healthy shelter in which we offer enrichment while animals are in residence. SHAS primarily focuses on the needs of dogs and cats within the communities we serve.

By Diane Padoven

Friday, April 21, was my last day as acting Executive Director for Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.