Meet the Team

  Craig Neilson - Co-Founder and Executive Director   For over 20 years Craig has been fulfilling his mission of helping end pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering pets. His passion, drive, and humor brings everyone together to pass the gift, and have fun while doing so!

Craig Neilson - Co-Founder and Executive Director

For over 20 years Craig has been fulfilling his mission of helping end pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering pets. His passion, drive, and humor brings everyone together to pass the gift, and have fun while doing so!

  Rosaura Arriola -  Director and President    Rosaura has dedicated the past 25 years to the rescue and adoption of street dogs in the City of Mexicali, B.C. Mexico And since 2005 began to organize campaigns for the sterilization of dogs and cats, and to promote the training of Veterinarians in minimally invasive techniques to reduce the time and cost of surgeries and make them more accessible to the general population.

Rosaura Arriola - Director and President

Rosaura has dedicated the past 25 years to the rescue and adoption of street dogs in the City of Mexicali, B.C. Mexico And since 2005 began to organize campaigns for the sterilization of dogs and cats, and to promote the training of Veterinarians in minimally invasive techniques to reduce the time and cost of surgeries and make them more accessible to the general population.

  Dr. Marvin Mackie -  Director    In 2005, Dr. W. Marvin Mackie of Animal Birth Control clinics in Southern California, demonstrated in a DVD called  “ QuickSpay”, his high-volume surgical pet sterilization techniques developed while operating low-cost spay/neuter clinics since 1976. He has now been a part of Spay Mexico for years sharing his technique with veterinarians worldwide.

Dr. Marvin Mackie - Director

In 2005, Dr. W. Marvin Mackie of Animal Birth Control clinics in Southern California, demonstrated in a DVD called QuickSpay”, his high-volume surgical pet sterilization techniques developed while operating low-cost spay/neuter clinics since 1976. He has now been a part of Spay Mexico for years sharing his technique with veterinarians worldwide.

 
  Michelle Ellena -  Director and Marketing Coordinator    Michelle has a BA in communications, a MA in social entrepreneurship and change, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D in organizational leadership. She is the founder of Compassion for Animals and has been involved in animal welfare since 2013.

Michelle Ellena - Director and Marketing Coordinator

Michelle has a BA in communications, a MA in social entrepreneurship and change, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D in organizational leadership. She is the founder of Compassion for Animals and has been involved in animal welfare since 2013.

  Dr. Yazmin Valdez Barrientos -  Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian    Dr. Yazmin graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in 2005, and began participating in spay and neuter campaigns straight after. She has over 13 years of experience and has travelled the globe spaying and neutering animals. She is a clinic owner in Mexicali and has participated in over 150 spay and neuter campaigns worldwide.

Dr. Yazmin Valdez Barrientos - Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian

Dr. Yazmin graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in 2005, and began participating in spay and neuter campaigns straight after. She has over 13 years of experience and has travelled the globe spaying and neutering animals. She is a clinic owner in Mexicali and has participated in over 150 spay and neuter campaigns worldwide.

   Dr. Jose Ariel Felix Ortiz - Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian     Dr. Ariel has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM), is a Spay Mexico and Spay Global Trainer : Dr. Ariel received his DVM from the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, where he then specialized and received a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine, surgery, and zoonosis. He worked as the director of animal control in Hermosillo, Sonora, and has over ten years of experience in spay and neuter.

Dr. Jose Ariel Felix Ortiz - Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian

Dr. Ariel has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM), is a Spay Mexico and Spay Global Trainer: Dr. Ariel received his DVM from the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, where he then specialized and received a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine, surgery, and zoonosis. He worked as the director of animal control in Hermosillo, Sonora, and has over ten years of experience in spay and neuter.

 
  Dr. Blayra Maldonado Cabrera -  Spay Mexico Education Coordinator, Trainer, and Veterinarian    Graduated in 2009 with her DVM, she went on to receive her master’s degree in public health administration, and a diplomate in strategic administration and another one on veterinary medicine and surgery. She worked as an adviser on the direction of epidemiology in Mexico city for two years and as sub director of the animal control center in Hermosillo for three years. Currently she's getting a doctorate degree in institutional health; teaches at two universities in Sonora México, and has her own private clinic.

Dr. Blayra Maldonado Cabrera - Spay Mexico Education Coordinator, Trainer, and Veterinarian

Graduated in 2009 with her DVM, she went on to receive her master’s degree in public health administration, and a diplomate in strategic administration and another one on veterinary medicine and surgery. She worked as an adviser on the direction of epidemiology in Mexico city for two years and as sub director of the animal control center in Hermosillo for three years. Currently she's getting a doctorate degree in institutional health; teaches at two universities in Sonora México, and has her own private clinic.

  Dr. Nancy J Ruiz Reza -  Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian    Dr. Nancy graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in 2011, and immediately became a part of Spay Mexico. She is specialized in spay and neuter surgeries, and small animal practice. She has spent most of her career supporting spay and neuter campaigns.

Dr. Nancy J Ruiz Reza - Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian

Dr. Nancy graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in 2011, and immediately became a part of Spay Mexico. She is specialized in spay and neuter surgeries, and small animal practice. She has spent most of her career supporting spay and neuter campaigns.

  Dr. Cesar Tejeda Aguirre -  Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian    Dr. Cesar graduated in 2007 as a DVM. He has his own practice in Ensenada, Mexico, and has been a part of the spay and neuter movement for over 15 years. He has worked endlessly throughout his career spaying and neutering animals and participating in campaigns worldwide. He is part of different organizations that help bring an end to pet overpopulation.

Dr. Cesar Tejeda Aguirre - Spay Mexico Trainer and Veterinarian

Dr. Cesar graduated in 2007 as a DVM. He has his own practice in Ensenada, Mexico, and has been a part of the spay and neuter movement for over 15 years. He has worked endlessly throughout his career spaying and neutering animals and participating in campaigns worldwide. He is part of different organizations that help bring an end to pet overpopulation.

 
  Dana Mikel -  Director and Treasurer    Dana Brings years of experience to Spay Mexico. She has a BS in Public Affairs Management and a Certificate of Accounting from UCSD. She is the Co-founder and Treasurer of ARRF (Animal Rescue Resource Foundation) and has been fostering and caring for animals since 1998.

Dana Mikel - Director and Treasurer

Dana Brings years of experience to Spay Mexico. She has a BS in Public Affairs Management and a Certificate of Accounting from UCSD. She is the Co-founder and Treasurer of ARRF (Animal Rescue Resource Foundation) and has been fostering and caring for animals since 1998.

  Joaquin   Villaseñor -  Director and Veterinarian    Dr. Villaseñor became the executive director of Give Some Life Foundation when it was founded in 1998. His expertise is on the comprehensive vision of population control of dogs and cats. He worked as the director of the animal control center for three years in Rosarito Baja, California. He is currently working in rural areas of Baja, and surrounding islands, for different organizations. He is learning the serious impact that feral animals have on the environment and public health.

Joaquin Villaseñor - Director and Veterinarian

Dr. Villaseñor became the executive director of Give Some Life Foundation when it was founded in 1998. His expertise is on the comprehensive vision of population control of dogs and cats. He worked as the director of the animal control center for three years in Rosarito Baja, California. He is currently working in rural areas of Baja, and surrounding islands, for different organizations. He is learning the serious impact that feral animals have on the environment and public health.

  Claudia Elena Pons Monreal -  Social Media Coordinator    Claudia has been volunteering with Spay Mexico for over nine years. She help promote our spay and neuter campaigns and knows all things Facebook. She is an invaluable team member and we are so grateful for her work.

Claudia Elena Pons Monreal - Social Media Coordinator

Claudia has been volunteering with Spay Mexico for over nine years. She help promote our spay and neuter campaigns and knows all things Facebook. She is an invaluable team member and we are so grateful for her work.

 

Our Team is supported by our wonderful Advisory Board!