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SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas, the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas, is proud to announce new Board members for 2018.

New SPCA of Texas Board Members include John Ackerman, Executive Vice President Global Strategy & Development, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport; and Brian Loughmiller, Partner, Loughmiller Higgins P.C., and former mayor of McKinney. They join the current board members.

The SPCA of Texas’s Executive Board Committee is comprised of Katy Murray, Chair, Chief Financial Officer, A.H. Belo Corporation; William B. Driscoll, Vice Chair, Owner, William B. Driscoll, CPA; Patricia Villareal, Treasurer, Attorney, PatVillarealLaw; Steve Atkinson, Secretary, Realtor, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; and James Bias, CAWA, SPCA of Texas President and CEO.

Returning SPCA of Texas Board Members include Joy Brawner, Accountant (retired); Ambassador James W. (Wally) Brewster, Principal, Insignias Global; Roberto Cañas, Criminal Court Judge, Dallas County; Gustavo N. Hinojosa, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP, Owner, HINOJOSA. Architecture & Interiors; Felicia Kerney, Dallas County Asst. District Attorney; Stacey Kivowitz, Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Philanthropist; David Kubes, Marketing Consultant; Brent Lemon, Attorney, Law Office of D. Brent Lemon; Rocky McKelvey, DVM, Regional Medical Director, VCA Animal Hospitals; Jan Rees-Jones (non-voting), Co-Founder, The Rees-Jones Foundation; Christina Sanders, Assistant General Counsel, NGP Energy Capital Management: Kelly Thompson, Realtor, Ebby Halliday Realtors; and Danny Tobey, Partner, Commercial and Business Litigation, Vinson & Elkins.

Ackerman and Loughmiller were elected as Board members by the SPCA of Texas’ Board of Directors on April 17, 2018 which took place at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, Texas.

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics, two mobile spay/neuter vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, visit

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