Robert spent his early years on a small cattle ranch in Montana and a farm in Minnesota. He worked in the banking industry for five years and after completing a college degree in Anthropology-Archaeology worked on various archaeology projects in California and Montana. In 1980, he moved to New Mexico and began a career in wood-working. Currently he is owner of Tesuque Design and a dedicated animal advocate.
Yolanda Eisenstein is an attorney with more than 10 years of experience in animal protection law. She is a published author and an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Yolanda is past chair of the American Bar Association Animal Law Committee and in 2018 received their “Excellence in Animal Law” Award in recognition of her work to advance the humane treatment of animals through the law. She currently serves on the board of the State Bar of New Mexico Animal Law Section and is a member of the Santa Fe Bicycle and Trail Advisory Board. Her books include Careers in Animal Law, The ABA Guide to Dog Laws, and Wildlife Law and Ethics, where she served as co-editor.
Secretary, has been a long-time animal advocate and former board member of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Seeking to make a broader difference by working to solve the root cause of animal abuse in New Mexico, Dave and his wife, Liddy, became members of Animal Protection of NM. Dave joined the board of Animal Protection Voters to support its efforts to pass humane laws that promote an environment in NM that protects and supports animals, women and children.
Dave is the managing member of a financial services company, Davos Capital. He has served as Chair of the Board of Santa Fe Economic Development and on an advisory board at Wells Fargo Bank. Dave is an avid traveler, cyclist and mountaineer.
Danielle Wilson and her husband Lee came to New Mexico in 1973. She has been active with several animal rights’ groups—both local, national and African—in addition to the Santa Fe Girls Club and homeless youth. She has worked with Save the Chimps since their takeover of the Coulson Foundation and assisted in moving the chimps to Florida. Danielle is a retired state employee and has assisted in promoting APV legislative goals. Danielle has three cats that are incredibly spoiled.
JC has been an outspoken advocate for animals for over 25 years. He co-founded and served as president of VegMichigan, the state’s largest vegetarian organization; co-founded Plant Peace Daily, with his wife Rae Sikora; founded Santa Fe Veg and co-founded VegFund, an international organization which helps vegan and animal rights activists spread the word through food and other means. JC was also inducted into the Green Michigan Hall of Fame.
Tracy is a lifelong animal lover. In addition to her experience in social work and education, she is the former Assistant Director and board member of Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary in Glorieta, NM, where she helped care and advocate for over 200 animals. She and her husband, Lander, are raising their twin daughters, Rumi and Sabine, with numerous animals in Santa Fe. She enjoys hiking, gardening, dancing, and cooking plant-based meals for a local homeless shelter.
Advisory Board Members
Is originally from Los Angeles, California, with many years of her youth and adulthood spent living in Santa Fe. Trish has lived in Taos for 15 years, working in non-profit organizations and presently contracts with the town of Taos as a Tour/Marketing Coordinator. She was the first director of Taos’ Stray Hearts Animal Shelter and has also served as a board member for the shelter. Trish is a passionate animal lover and fundraiser for local animal groups, and currently serves on the Taos County Animal Control Advisory Board. She continues to advocate for the animals with her weekly column, “The Taos Bark” for the Taos News.
Has been an active member of Animal Protection Voters since its inception in 2002. She is also President of the Board of Directors of Animal Protection of New Mexico and has served as its president since 1997. 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.
Patti J. Bushee had a long and varied career in State and Local government, while also operating a small business for over thirty years. Most notably, Patti served as a Santa Fe City Councilor for 22 years. Patti took on many progressive issues as a local legislator, including protection for her four-legged constituents. She was responsible for securing the land that our beautiful Animal Shelter sits on. Patti also worked with APNM’s Executive Director Lisa Jennings to pass a law that added a bitter taste to antifreeze sold within the City limits, to prevent wild and domestic animals from ingesting this deadly substance. In her final year on the Council, Patti led the charge to pass the “No Tether” law in the City.