Michel Meunier: Founder/Executive Director
Michel works for the Center for Countermeasures at the WSMR, NM, post as a civilian Department of Defense employee in the field of technical writing/editing. Michel grew up in the border region and attended the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Criminal Justice and a master of fine arts’ degree in English/Creative Writing.
Michel has been a lifelong animal welfare and rights advocate and has rescued animals personally since she was a child and then later as a volunteer at many animal organizations in El Paso and Las Cruces. Because of her love and respect of animals, she became a vegetarian at age 19 and now follows a mostly plant-based diet.
Michel founded ACTion Programs for Animals in Las Cruces in 2009 to fill gaps in No Kill programming and services she felt were important and sorely lacking in the area. She still serves as a member of the board and as the organization’s volunteer director as well as a foster caretaker and overall volunteer.
Heather is a native of New Mexico but grew up in Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Journalism degree. She had a passion for fashion and ended up in Dallas Texas working for Dillard’s. She was transferred back to her native state of New Mexico in 2012 to manage the Dillard’s store in Las Cruces. She fell in love with the city and significant other, which prompted her to leave the corporate world and buy the amazing boutique, LuLu. After buying LuLu, Heather became involved with APA. Being an avid animal lover for our four-legged furry friends and rescue mom to 3 fur babies of her own, LuLu was host to several events and supporter of fundraising efforts and events.
Heather brings with her experience in retail sales, merchandising, fundraising, social media, special events, event planning and marketing.
She enjoys traveling, hiking with her dogs, being with family and close friends, and of course animal rights and advocacy.
Seeking new Board Members committed to saving lives!
APA’s philosophical approach to animal welfare in our community is modern and progressive. We are part of the No Kill movement as defined and advanced by the No Kill Advocacy Center, which is helping many communities achieve No Kill goals nationwide and worldwide. We strongly support reform of Animal Control departments and animal shelters to drastically reduce our community’s homeless animal kill rate and improve the lives of animals and people.
If you are a No Kill advocate, someone who wants to help save more feral cats’ lives, someone who is partial to the plight of pit bulls in our community, or someone willing and able to learn more about progressive approaches to animal welfare and help us grow quickly to reach our goals, we’d love for you to join our board of directors and help us step up our advocacy work in the community. Please contact us today if you are interested in serving on our Board.