Board of Directors
The HSSNM Board would be happy to come to your group or organization and talk about what we do. We can describe our mission and goals, volunteer positions and suggest projects for which funding and gifts are accepted. Please call 523-8020 for more information.

Frankie D. Bryce, President

Frankie D. Bryce, BA, has 15 years experience operating a successful commercial companion animal boarding kennel in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Bryce is retired from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) having served across the nation at wildlife refuges and regional offices. His USFWS responsibilities included wildlife programs management, a wide range of public affairs and access for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and other outdoor activities along with conducting volunteer programs and 10 years in law enforcement. Mr. Bryce provided ADA evaluation, facilitation and training for state and federal sites and staff in 12 states. Mr. Bryce worked extensively in both print and photography fields. Additionally, Mr. Bryce has served on non-profit boards, either as a voting board member or as an ex-officio member, and been active in various civic organizations, elementary, secondary and college level programs and efforts. Mr. Bryce served as volunteer coordinator for the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History and coordinator for the Science Advisor Program for the Las Cruces Public Schools and school districts throughout Doña Ana and Luna Counties.

Contact number - 647-1416

Frank Bryce
Emile Bourdet, Treasurer

Jean Gilbert, Membership/Fundraise Chair

Jean is a retired teacher with a MS degree in elementary/special education. She has been active in animal welfare work since moving to Las Cruces with her husband over 30 years ago. She has served on the board of directors of Las Cruces Storytellers, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, Southwest Environmental Center, and the Dona Ana County Humane Society.

As a humane and environmental educator for HSSNM, Jean leads "Critter Connection" sessions for youth and adults in the community and “Diggity Dog Learning” programs in the public schools. In addition, Jean leads the “Cans 4 Critters” project benefiting animals in the community and serves as a volunteer with the Las Cruces “pet network“.

As membership/fundraise chair, Jean welcomes ideas and support for fundraising projects for the organization to sustain HSSNM programs/services. Jean welcomes requests for humane education presentations and service projects involving youth and adults in the community.

Contact information: jigilbert@zianet.com 575-522-2529(H), 575-640-6867(C)


Jean Gilbert

Anna L. Juarez, Director

Anna L. Juarez, a lifelong lover of animals, moved to Las Cruces in 1983 after graduating from law school. She shares her home with a variety of dogs including fosters. Anna and her dog Apollo make public appearances and are part of the Royal Court at the Dona Ana Art Council's annual Renaissance Faire in November.

Rebecca Stanger, Director and Cat Captain

Rebecca Stanger is passionate about animals, and has been volunteering regularly in animal rescue since 2005, working with cats, dogs, and small animals--especially rats. She is a full-time student working toward her B.A. in Social Work from NMSU, while also serving as HSSNM's Cat Captain.

Contact information: veganstanger@yahoo.com, 858-869-4219

Maryln Zahler, Ex-Officio

Maryln has lived in Las Cruces for13 years with her sister Phylis Blazer Ph.D.
She has an Ed.M in Education plus 45 hrs. post graduate in Curriculum Education and has taught both elementary school and college level students. She has owned dogs and cats, and has served on two animal shelter boards in Florida, plus a "NoKill" group as a young person in NewYork State. Maryln spent 2 1/2 years with Doña Ana County Animal Control as Coordinator of the A.C. Reserve Officers and now serves as vice president of HSSNM. Maryln loves green chiles.

Maryln Zahler

Bill Smith, Ex-Officio

HSSNM Pet Help Line Lead Volunteer

Join us!

To download an HSSNM Committee and Board application in PDF format, please click here. Complete the application and mail it to:

The Humane Society of Southern New Mexico
P.O. Box 13826
Las Cruces, NM 88013

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