SPCA of Texas Board of Directors

Katy Murray, Chair

Chief Financial Officer; A. H. BELO Corporation

Katy has more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for A.H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC). Prior to this role, Katy served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for several multi-national public and private software and service companies.

Katy grew up in Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University where she received both her Bachelor and Masters of Accounting. Katy joined the SPCA of TexasÂ’ Board of Directors in March, 2014. Katy also sits on the boards of directors for Downtown Dallas, Inc.; DMV, Inc.; and Dallas Morning News Charities, Inc.

While Katy enjoys traveling, being outdoors and sports, her passion is to help with the protection of all animals and working to create sustainable environments that we share with them. Katy shares her Dallas home with Mack and Stella, her French Bulldogs, and her two cats, Frank and Mo.

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Judy Davis, Vice Chair

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank

Judy is a native Dallasite and currently resides in East Dallas with her husband, who is a retired avid golfer, and their adopted 2-year-old Golden Retriever named Bogey. She attended the University of Dallas, where she received a BA and MBA. Judy currently works as an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan's Private Bank. She joined the SPCA of Texas' Board of Directors in 2011, and served as the Chair of the Audit Committee before becoming the Treasurer.

Judy enjoys cooking, gardening, playing the piano, reading and voluteering at her local retirement home by singing and playing the piano. She grew up in Irving in a home where there was always a pet who was treasured as a family member.

"While I have served on several boards in the past, I have never felt as passionate and engaged about a cause as I do about doing whatever I can to help the animals who so helplessly depend on us for their care and love," said Judy. "The SPCA of Texas has no other mission than that, and I am proud to be a part of it."

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Pam Ragon, Treasurer

Partner, Seaton Hill


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Teresa Henderson, Secretary

Managing Director/Market Leader, Burson-Marsteller

With more than three decades of communications experience, Teresa instinctively knows how to tell a good story. She hammered out her first newsletter at the age of 10 on her mother’s manual Remington typewriter and remains fascinated by the persuasive power of written words. 

Early in her career, she worked as a copywriter for Runner’s World, worked in internal communications for leading corporations and held senior leadership positions with two of the largest international public relations firms before joining Saxum, an integrated communications agency with offices in Texas and Oklahoma, as senior vice president of client development.

A lifelong Dallas area resident and active volunteer who joined the SPCA of Texas board in 2015, she and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with their two children, three grandchildren and Duncan, an Australian Labradoodle and notorious counter surfer.

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James Bias, CAWA, SPCA of Texas President

James Bias is a native of Arizona but a Texas resident for over forty years, and has been in the animal care and control industry for the past three decades. James holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Animal Health Technology; is a former reserve Texas Peace Office, Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator; holds a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from SMU and the Center for Nonprofit Management; and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Prior to becoming President of the SPCA of Texas in 2004, James was Executive Director of the Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County in San Antonio. While in San Antonio, James successfully spearheaded a fundraising campaign to build a 21,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Humane Society Adoption and Education Center, completed in November 2002. James also started the preliminary work for the Bexar County Maddie’s® Fund Shelter Data Grant benefiting many community animal shelters throughout the U.S.

James has also served as Regional Coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States Southwest Regional office, Animal Services Manager for the City of Albuquerque Animal Services, Executive Director for the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth and Operations Director for Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston. James is a current Board member and Past Board Chair of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council on Pet Population and has joined the Board of the Lone Star Business Park Association. 

Under James’ leadership, the SPCA of Texas serves as Lead Agency and a partner in the No More Homeless Pets of Dallas Coalition. Conceived in 2007, the Coalition is comprised of Dallas-based animal control and traditional adoption guarantee organizations whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets in Dallas and work with others to transition Dallas to a no-kill community. James oversees the Coalition’s transparent and consistent shelter statistics reporting made possible through a series of Maddie’s® Fund Starter Grants for shelters. Maddie’s® Fund publishes the Coalition’s statistics and others throughout the nation on its website for easy public access and measurable results. James was Named Non-Profit CEO of the Year in 2011 by the Center for Nonprofit Management. In 2014, James was honored with the 2014 "Humane-itarian" award in recognition of his lifetime of helping animals at the Texas Humane Legislation Network's sixth annual Animal Advocacy Conference.

Bias and his wife, Natalie, have several children, as well as four dogs, eight cats, one horse and several aquariums full of tropical fish.

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Cassie Evans, Esq.


Cassie was born and raised in Dallas and attended The Hockaday School; Union College in Schenectady, NY and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. She currently works as an attorney for Hexter-Fair Title Company. Cassie lives in Preston Hollow with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Pollyanna and Rusty, and their fish, Sam. Rusty was rescued from atrocious conditions in a puppy mill in 2010, but has adjusted well to his new, pampered life.

Cassie joined the board of the SPCA of Texas in 2011, and is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization devoted to helping animals in need. Having grown up with many dogs, a cat, fish and a pet duck, Cassie is an animal lover at heart who believes all animals should be treated with kindness and respect. On a trip to India, Cassie enjoyed feeding the incredibly intelligent street dogs of New Delhi, and while in Cuernavaca, Mexico during college, she volunteered at the local animal shelter. While homeless animals and animal abuse is a global problem, Cassie is actively working in her community to reduce pet overpopulation through the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause group.

When she's not picking up a stray, fostering dogs or tending to her own furry "children," Cassie can be found volunteering with the Junior League of Dallas.

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Becky Fisher

Vice President, Human Resources, PepsiCo

Becky Fisher is the Vice President of Talent Management for PepsiCo. In this role, Becky plays a transformational leadership role in building strong succession plans, accelerating organizational capability and forging strong partnerships.

Over her 10+-year career at PepsiCo, Becky has a stellar track record of delivering breakthrough organizational designs and talent accelerator programs in several Fortune 50 corporations. Becky’s impact extends globally as she has developed strong network across a multitude of businesses.

Becky moved to Texas to attend Texas Christian University and graduated with a BS in Journalism and has continued to reside in the Dallas Metroplex area for most of her career. Becky is married to Greg Fisher and they have two children (Jena and John) and three Labrador Retreivers (Baylee, Cade and Jack) and has had horses, cats and many other pets. Her love for animals extends back to her youth, and she has been known to adopt, provide medical care for and secure forever homes for animals she finds or hears about. Becky considers being on the SPCA of Texas Board a true honor and privilege,and sees this as an opportunity to put her personal passion to work. Since joining the board in early 2015, she has joined the Development Committee with an aim towards building a strong campaign for the SPCA of Texas in the North Dallas Corridor.

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Gustavo N. Hinojosa, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP

Associate Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS

A 13th generation Tejano, Gus grew up in San Antonio and is descended from the founding families of South Texas and Northern Mexico. Ancestors include several conquistadors, colonial  governors, magistrates and the historian Don Juan Bautista Chapa, chronicler of the 17th century  first Texas (Tejas) history.

He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of  Notre Dame in 1982 and returned to San Antonio to work with the newly established firm of - Fisher Heck Lake & Flato.

In 1986 New York called and he moved to Manhattan with the firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. While there he worked on a variety of domestic  and international projects including Chase Manhattan Bank and Bruxelles Banque Lambert.

Recruited by Gensler in 1992, he headed design for many large clients including Paine Webber, CS First Boston and Goldman Sachs. Likewise, his portfolio includes smaller award winning and published projects like Ducati Motocycles , worldwide. As a design principal, he transferred to the Dallas office in 2005.  He served as design lead for major commissions including : Haynes & Boone, The Rosewood Corporation and Bracewell Giuliani.

The summer of 2009 he founded – Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, PLLC. This boutique firm provided big firm experience with a small firm design focus. A noted project was the award winning and highly published “ SPCA of Texas.” This design augmented pet adoptions by 40%,  proving that design does matter and is good business.

The Spring of 2013 had HKS knocking at his door and he agreed to join the firm as their Director of Commercial Interiors, closing his own firm at the end of that year. Current projects include headquarters for: DFW Administration, Raytheon and  Murchison Oil & Gas.

Gus is a registered architect in Texas as well as New York State. He is on the board of TACA and the Notre Dame alumni group-GALA-ND/SMC; while serving on the advisory committee for the 12th edition of the AIA Graphic Standards as well as an architectural committee for Dallas Independent School District. He is founder and president of the Leal-Hinojosa Scholarship Fund which celebrates its 25th year in 2014. Along with his partner and rescue dog “Bear” he lives in the Farmers Market district of Dallas.

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Stacey Kivowitz

National Council Member, Humane Society of the United States

Stacey is widely known for her far-ranging civic involvement with the North Texas Food Bank, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, World Affairs Council, School Year Abroad, Vogel Alcove and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In earlier years, Stacey worked for Ed Rollins post-Reagan White House, with Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the House and Senator Chic Hecht (R-NV) in the Senate.

She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Owner/VP of the Dorfman Production Company, a pilot, a vegan, political junkie, a Francophile (fluent in French), working on her Italian and Spanish, and fosters animals at The Kivo Humane Halfway House (their penthouse on Turtle Creek). She also directs the Stacey and Don Kivowitz Charitable Foundation.

Stacey and Don have two grown daughters (both in the entertainment business) and one grandson in LA. In Dallas, they have 5 four-legged children.

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David Kubes

Marketing Consultant

David is originally from Chicago – where he started his career in Advertising. He moved to Dallas in 1984 to be President of Tracy Locke/ DDB Direct and continued his Advertising career in Dallas with senior management roles at Brierley & Partners, The Richards Group and Torchmark Corp.

He now does Advertising & Marketing Consulting projects and lives in McKinney with his wife Carolyn, daughter Olivia and Charlie…their rescue mutt with a distinctive under-bite.

David started his relationship with the SPCA of Texas as a Volunteer at the McKinney facility, became a participant on last year’s Strut Your Mutt committee, and is also on the Marketing and Communications Committee.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. He has served on the Board for the Dallas Direct Marketing Association, Children’s Oral Health Center and currently on Hopeful Solutions.

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Larry M. Putnam, DVM

Veterinarian, Retired

Larry M. Putnam, DVM, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University 1968 with a B.S. degree in chemistry and biology. He was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M in 1968 and graduated with B.S. in Veterinary Science in 1969 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1971. Dr. Putnam practiced Veterinary medicine in Pensacola, Florida for one year, in San Antonio, Texas for one year, in Corpus Christi, Texas for 11 years and in Dallas, practicing veterinary medicine and surgery, for the past 28 years.

Dr. Putnam served as president of the Coastal Bend Veterinary Medical Association and also on the board of directors of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for a number of years. His hospitals have always worked closely with various rescue groups and he has seen many happy families adopt rescued pets. Dr. Putnam enjoys veterinary medicine, and especially orthopedic, neurosurgery, and soft tissue surgery.

His pets include a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, MoneyPenny, and a Havana Brown cat, D'Vita. His daughter is an animal veterinary technician and an avid cat lover with her two cats, but MoneyPenny has won her heart.

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Jan Rees-Jones (non-voting)

Co-founder, The Rees-Jones Foundation


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Danny Tobey

Partner, Commercial and Business Litigation, Vinson & Elkins

Danny Tobey is a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. A Dallas native and graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Danny represents clients in trials and appeals in state and federal court. A long-time advocate of the SPCA of Texas, Danny has served as lead outside counsel for the organization in several matters and donated hundreds of hours of pro bono service.

Danny also sits on boards of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and the Parkland Foundation and is 2016 co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Dallas Bar Association. Danny lives in Dallas with his wife Judith, a trust and estates attorney, and his three children. In his spare time, Danny enjoys writing fiction and is a published novelist with Simon & Schuster.

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Karen Urie

Real Estate Sales Agent and Marketing / Business Development Consultant, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates

Originally from Massachusetts, Karen Urie moved to Dallas in 1990.  After 30 plus years in the financial services industry, 19 of which were with UBS, Karen now currently serves as the marketing and business development directory for Dave Perry-Miller and his team. It was her volunteer effort in 2007 when she was on the Paws Cause committee that first introduced her to the SPCA of Texas and since then she has been actively involved with a myriad of SPCA of Texas activities and events.

“My involvement with the SPCA has not only provided me with a wonderful way to help all the animals that can not help themselves but has also introduced me to a wonderful group of people that have become true friends.  The important work and services that the SPCA of Texas provides is not only a benefit to the animals but an important asset for the entire Dallas community. I can not think of a volunteer experience that I enjoy more.”

When not devoting her time to her two beloved dogs Rosie, a 14 year old PBGV (Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen) and 12 year old Frazier, a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier who was rescued from a puppy mill, Karen is actively involved with the USA Film Festival and the Andover Association of North Texas.

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John Vandermeer, DVM

Veterinarian, Highland Park Animal Hospital

Dr. John Vandermeer is a native of Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1983. He received his undergraduate education in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University and his Veterinary degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation in 1990, Dr. Vandermeer returned to Dallas and joined Highland Park Animal Hospital. Dr. Vandermeer's professional interests include orthopedic surgery and endoscopy.

In 2001, he founded the Hard Luck Hound and Kitty Society, which works to provide medical services to seriously ill or injured homeless animals. He has served on the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors, as president of Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association Board in 2008 and as president of the Dallas Emergency Animal Clinic. He currently serves on the board of directors for the SPCA of Texas and the board of directors for Southwestern Diabetic Foundation (which runs Camp Sweeney, a summer camp for diabetic children).

He and his wife, Dr. Wendy Dearixon, live in University Park with their three children Emily, Marshall and Hannah. In his spare time, Dr. Vandermeer enjoys playing basketball, fishing and spending time at his country retreat with his family. They have two dogs and two cats – Rosie, Pedro, Ed and Harley.

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Patricia Villareal

Attorney, Securities Litigation, Jones Day


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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

Pet Owner